hello gentlemen, i am in the planning stages of a custom rifle build for a 6.5x55. and would like some input. after several months of searching and research , i am buying a jc higgins model 50 for the build. seems this is the best action within my budget to start with. my gunsmith buddy is a mauser guru and excellent gunsmith and has really leaned me toward this action. i believe it is an interarms mark x belgian mauser action. and boy i tell you this is not an easy action (rifle) to find. as for the rifle i plan on a 26" krieger barrel ( i know they stopped most work form the mauser ) but lucky for me we know a machinist who can thread and short chamber the barrel, the rest is up in the air as far as the stock, trigger, safety etc... i plan on shooting berger 140 gr vld's and lapua brass. i really want this rifle to shoot well. it will be my go to gun for most hunting i do. the range i am comfotable with is 800 yrds and under. this custom rifle i hope to pass onto my children one day, so i want it built with most durable parts with clean lines and finishes. i hope i haven't bored you all, but any pointers or suggestions would help out alot. gun)keep the cross hairs steady and hit your mark ! And remember to take a child hunting, they are our future !