Sell my MK V action w/hart barrel and buy custom action, or just build off the MK V?


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Sep 25, 2002
I have a MK V action paired with a hart 26" 6.5-06imp 1:8 barrel. I am considering selling it for the purpose of building a big 30 or 30+ cal long range gun (see my other topic), what are your opinions? Use the MK V action I already have, or sell the whole rig and use the money to buy a custom action? Money expenditure on this one is not paramount, I will spend the necessary money for it to be right. Custom or MK V and why?

Thanks guys, I have learned more from lurking here in a short period than months on the bench, in reguards to long range shooting.
I can see two reasons to sell your current rifle. First, you will get more money selling the whole rig as opposed to selling a few parts from it. Second, if money isn't an issue, buy a custom action as they are far superior having greater accuracy potential, are normally stronger, and have higher resale value. Even if it takes a few months to acquire the extra cash, it will be worth it in the long run. That's what I'd do anyways. Happy hunting!
Another person was asking a similar question a few posts down. The first area to consider is that you have a reg. case bolt face. Any of the magnum cases will require surgery to be done on that bolt face (may not be a big deal).

Weatherby's are very strong action but due to their multi lug bolt, most don't use them for very accurate work. Good chance of less then ideal lug/receiver engagement.

I too would recommend selling the rig as is. Take the money and buy a commercial action (Rem 700, Savage 110, or Win 70) in a magnum calibre. If you wish to go custom, there are many excellent choices and money spent there can have positive results.

Invest in the best barrel and install you can. The chamber and throat dimension are very important. The gunsmith of choice should have some BR or High power experience under his belt. This will have the largest bearing on accuracy in your rifle.

Tune that trigger to something light and crisp (personal preference here). Put the whole rig in a suitable stock and mount the best optics you can afford.

You indicate that budget is not that big a deal, so you have fun building your Ferrari. If the costs get a little out of hand, I would suggest one of the commercial actions mentioned, and put the extra money into the scope, barrel, and practise.

Remember that for the first thousand rounds or so, a well built rifle on a commercial action has better mechanical accuracy then a new shooter can shoot at long range. Some of us never get better then our equipment.

Have fun building your dream rig...

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