custom action for hunting rifle

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by kosyms, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. kosyms

    kosyms New Member

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    I am about ready to have a custom deer hunting rifle built. My first concern is picking the best action. Important features to me are: remington clone, compatible with a jewel trigger, wyatt length mag box. A 3 position safety would be nice but it is not necessary.

    I have a friend who bought a custom action (remington clone). While the action made for a very accurate rifle, he has had feeding problems with the action.

    I do not mind paying $1k+ for a custom action, but I want it to feed perfectly.

    Are feeding issues common with custom actions?

    What actions do you recommend?
     
  2. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Stiller
     
  3. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    Depends on your cartridge, chosen magazine, fitting, etc.
    A good gun is more than just shiny parts.
     
  4. Toptuna

    Toptuna Well-Known Member

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    My stiller feeds flawlessly
     
  5. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    That can probably be fixed. What action and cartridge does he have?
     
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    Jim in Cali Well-Known Member

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    Weatherbys are strong,reliable,good looking and best of all they have a 54* bolt lift.
     
  7. kosyms

    kosyms New Member

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    I hear good things about Stiller. Any thoughts on Defiance actions? Also, I have given consideration to HS Precision actions (because of the 3 position safety) but I can't find many opinions on their actions. Any thoughts on HS Precision actions?

    I plan on using a hart barrel, mcmillan stock, and jewel trigger. I have pretty much settled on a .280.
     
  8. canderson

    canderson Well-Known Member

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    Most remington clones will not have the three position safety. That includes stiller, BAT, surgeon, and defiance. I have had all of the above except the stiller. All were very good pieces. The BAT is my favorite but usually costs a little more. The defiance was probably second favorite. BAT is making a three position shroud for defensive edge LRKM. You may can call them and inquire. Hope I helped you.
     
  9. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    Mcmillan has a 3 position safety for their actions.

    Another thing to consider on a custom action is the ejection.
     
  10. kosyms

    kosyms New Member

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    I will give BAT a call.
     
  11. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    I think that is a good choice but that brings up another issue. The action you will want is one of the HR models. They will only make that with a 1.125" tenon thread. I don't think a 1.250" barrel diameter leaves a large enough shoulder for a 1.125" tenon.
     
  12. canderson

    canderson Well-Known Member

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    Good info Edd. The bat HR I have was acquired on a trade. I have only built the VR. May need to check with your smith.
     
  13. rjmarine

    rjmarine Well-Known Member

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    if you are looking for an off the shelf already built action/rifle there is a company
    [ forbes ] i think is there name building a rifle in a few different calib. in both standard [ 30-06 length ] and short [ 308 ] length ] using melvins ultra light actions. i have 4 ultra lights and all feed and shoot very well . the price on these rifles is very much inside your price you have listed. the down side is they are only building a few different chamberings in both length actions.
    just 1 more bit of info to look at
     
  14. kosyms

    kosyms New Member

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    Thanks for your input. I will defer to smith regarding tenon as that is beyond by level of rifle knowledge. If tenon is an issue, I will look at a Defiance or Stiller.