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Old 12-07-2017, 11:42 PM   #1
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I am going to start piecing together everything for a new rifle build. I was planning on using a remington 700 long action from an existing rifle I have.

I am planning on going with that action, lilja barrel, and the below stock from manners. I am just going to use a factory contour barrel.

What are realistic gains from a custom action? Am I going to regret staying with a remington action?

http://riflebarrels.com/barrel-contour-data/

https://www.stockysstocks.com/stocks...s-xcr-xhr.html

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Old 12-08-2017, 12:10 AM   #2
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With the custom action you will have generally a smoother bolt cycle with less slop that is already blueprinted reducing gunsmithing cost. If i were building one mow it would have a Curtis or Borden action
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:35 AM   #3
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The custom action will hold its value substantially vs a trued 700...no doubt they also work the bolt slicker so to speak along with the groovy vibe brought to the table. Still, I don't think I've ever had to take a follow up shot on my 700 280ai in over 20yrs so working the gun on a big game gun doesn't mean much for what has been a single shot really. A 700 can be every bit as accurate as a custom by the right smith, so you just have to balance $$$ available to spend on the build vs the $$$ you may want to recover later. I guess my 700 280 might be worth $1k to the right person if I put it on the market and have more in it even as old as it is, but would not sell for double.

Having said that, my next rig will be a custom action / non 700 varmint build of sorts to appreciate working the gun for that application & better long term value if i ever decide to do such.
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Kyle I had an old Remmy action that I used, had it trued, and put a Lilja 3groove barrel on it. It shoots lights out! I have no regret. I sent it to Cajun Blake and he had his smith in Independence, La do all the work, chamber, crown, cut, glass and pillar bed it, and I put on the trigger, as I didn't see paying a smith to do that.
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Old 12-08-2017, 01:28 PM   #5
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The custom action will hold its value substantially vs a trued 700...no doubt they also work the bolt slicker so to speak along with the groovy vibe brought to the table. Still, I don't think I've ever had to take a follow up shot on my 700 280ai in over 20yrs so working the gun on a big game gun doesn't mean much for what has been a single shot really. A 700 can be every bit as accurate as a custom by the right smith, so you just have to balance $$$ available to spend on the build vs the $$$ you may want to recover later. I guess my 700 280 might be worth $1k to the right person if I put it on the market and have more in it even as old as it is, but would not sell for double.

Having said that, my next rig will be a custom action / non 700 varmint build of sorts to appreciate working the gun for that application & better long term value if i ever decide to do such.
I don't THINK I'll sell it... but that's a good point. Look at GAP rifles. they go used for almost new pricing.
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I don't THINK I'll sell it... but that's a good point. Look at GAP rifles. they go used for almost new pricing.
Yup. I would go ahead and spend the extra $900 to $1300 on a custom action. I have a great 700 done by Tip Burns that is as smooth as most customs, but it still says 700 on it!
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Old 12-08-2017, 03:07 PM   #7
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Yup. I would go ahead and spend the extra $900 to $1300 on a custom action. I have a great 700 done by Tip Burns that is as smooth as most customs, but it still says 700 on it!


Actually its probably cheaper. Id be burning a perfectly good rifle to use that action. I could probably sell the gun easy for 400 bucks and put that towards an action.


And yes.. Im being a little snobby and want a fluted bolt. Lol.


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