Custom Action Recommendation

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  1. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

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    I am looking to set up a new rifle build and was looking to go the route of a custom action this time. I want to stick with SAVAGE threads for prefits so that narrows the field. I also would like to stick with exchangeable bolt heads. While I am at it, I want a left hand action, going short action as well. I know what a pain..

    I have looked at:
    Big Horn TLS and origin
    Nucleous

    Are there others I should consider?
     
  2. snox801

    snox801 Well-Known Member

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    Yep pierce engineering. I have the Ti action and it’s fantastic.
     
  3. adam32

    adam32 Well-Known Member

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    They make an action with Savage threads and interchangeable bolt heads?

    Look into the Shilen DGR if they are still around...maybe find an NOS one somewhere.
     
  4. yorke-1

    yorke-1 Well-Known Member

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    I've used the Big Horn TL3 and the Origin a lot, but went with a Nucleus for my last project. I like the extractor on the Nucleus better than the T-slot style on the Big Horn, although I've never had an issue with a sliding plate/T-slot extractor before. I also prefer the bolt handle on the Nucleus over the TL3/Origin. Of course you could easily have a custom bolt knob made for the TL3/Origin with a similar profile to the Nucleus' bolt knob. I'm not crazy about the way the Nucleus action uses the scope rail to index the recoil lug, but that's not a big deal.

    Other than that I think they're all great actions. There are so many good options in that $1000 price point right now that I really don't think you can go wrong. I will say that ARC isn't always the easiest company to deal with if you have a problem though. Big Horn seems to bee pretty quick to respond to questions, comments or concerns.
     
  5. snox801

    snox801 Well-Known Member

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    They have lots of options not listed so it’s best to call and see.
     
  6. Defiance7mm

    Defiance7mm Well-Known Member

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    I know it's not savage... But I'd do a Curtis Vector. You can buy shouldered prefits that you can change with a allen wrench and your hands. No need for barrel vise or go gauge.
     
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  7. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

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    What does the ti action from pierce cost? That’s appealing
     
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    Bighorn.

    There are so many actions you can do shouldered prefits on now though I don’t see much point in a nut
     
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    yorke-1 Well-Known Member

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    Resale value on the barrel is the biggest reason. I have a couple of shouldered barrels for an ARC Nucleus action that I'd sell, but it's a pretty small market. If those same barrels were a standard Savage thread and used a barrel nut I could have them sold in a matter of days. The same goes for buying used barrels.
     
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    jmcmath Well-Known Member

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    Good point
     
  11. corsair4360

    corsair4360 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Gunwerks Left hand short action 700 clone... I have been informed by the chief financial officer at home building it out has to wait... As far as I am concerned Remington clones are the answer. I have other rifles, parts are the reason I like the 700 clone.
     
  12. snox801

    snox801 Well-Known Member

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    I can’t recall what the ti action cost or if they actually make what you are looking for. Would be worth a call because they will make you about anything you want depending on work load.
    Lots of good options have been given also. I just have no experience with the others stated.
     
  13. LongBomber

    LongBomber Well-Known Member

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    Ultimatum makes an action that uses the savage prefits and a barrel nut. Easy barrel swap and bolt head swap, good way to make a switchbarrel rifle.
     
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    wwbrown Well-Known Member

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    I have a number of Stillers and Defiance actions, the stillers are agreat action at a great value. The Defiance actions are finished nicer, polished to a mirror like finish which looks great but does not help you on a hunt.

    Stiller was the first to come out with a high end 700 clone and they make a lot of them.