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Location: north Idaho, USA
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I hunted sheep last fall and beat up a nice rifle pretty good. So this year I decided to buy something a little more rugged. After shopping around I decided that I wanted a H S Precision. Now I think I want to build a custom and I can't make up my mind on the " action ".

Options????

Montana Rifleman 1999, Waffenfabrik Hein N series, Nesika Hunter model V or the Nesika Round model L
What others might I consider??? Any thoughts here. I'm not a big fan of the 700 actions. I prefer the designs based on the pre 64 mod 70's.

The barrel will most likely be a 24" McGowen or Krieger in 300 win mag, twist rate is still TBD maybe 1/10 or 1/12 I like 180 grain accubonds. Advice?

Trigger depends on the action, if I use a Nesika I'm thinking about using a Jewel hunter/varmit top safety . Montana or Hein actions get their triggers

Stock will probably be a Lone Wolf composite.

Tally rings with Leupold vxIII 3-9x40glass (on all my rifles)

Stainless or some other all weather finish?

Any input on these components would be appreciated

Rogie

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Location: Cheyenne, WY
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Sounds like you have good tastes. I prefer one of the Mauser derivatives my self. As to the action of the ones you mentioned I would go with the Montana Rifleman. But check with them on availability be cause some people have had trouble getting them in a timely manner. Another route you might want to investigate is Dakota Arms. They do quality work and they are coming out of the problems they had on delivery times, etc.

http://www.dakotaarms.com/

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Location: north Idaho, USA
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Hey Joe
Does Dakota sell stand alone actions or barreled actions? The reason I started considering the Nesika actions as because of the affiliation between the two Co's. My goal was to build something very close to a Dakota rifle for half the price.
I have not seen Dakota actions for sale that were not attached to some great looking piece of wood or a very large price tag and I've got a rifle like that full of nicks and scars.
I too have heard that Montana Rifleman has had some backlog/production issues(from their own website). I think that some key people left the company last year and started their own shop (now McGowen Precision). I wondered if Montana had resolved that or if quality had suffered. McGowen Precision has a long action in development but it is most likely not going to kill anything this season from what I understand.

Just For your Info Hein is working on a 98 clone (http://www.rifleactions.com)
Thanks for the input
Rogie

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Location: Seattle, WA
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I hear from my gunsmith that if you got the $$$ Nesika makes the best actions you can get.

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Location: Cheyenne, WY
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rogie wrote:
Hey Joe
Does Dakota sell stand alone actions or barreled actions?

You can get a Dakota action here. http://www.brownells.com/aspx/ns/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=6755&title=D...

They are a tad pricey.

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Location: Wa.
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I've had 2 hunting rifles built.
One was a 700 action with a Douglas barrel and a custom stock. The other a Montana action with a Douglas barrel and a custom stock. I got rid of both but it was gratifying to have them, for a while.
Of the two, I prefered the Montana action. I believe the action was around $450 but neither was my favorite hunter.

My favorite "hunters" are factory models that have been altered to fit my needs. Right now I use a Browning Micro Hunter, in 300wsm, that has the stock fit/altered a bit and all the metal trued/squared, and, a Rem 700, in 308win, that has the stock fit/altered a bit, the barrel shortened and all the metal trued/squared.
Anyway, I get better use from the altering rather than having one built. Plus, I don't have to be concerned about banging them up.

tim
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Location: north idaho
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rogie

if you build them, will you use them?

Also where at in north idaho are you?

I do like my rugers for hunting and using as a walking stick. You just don't care what happens to them.

tim

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Joined: 03/02/2008
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Hi,

I have a custom rifle built by Charlie Sisk and he used a SAKO action.
It functions flawlessly and is extremely accurate. I love the 60% bolt throw.

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Location: Antelope, Ore
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Welcome dwight. I have a custom too. But it's over 60yrs old. 03A3 built by Paul jaeger. 30-06 and very accurate. Beautiful rifle

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Hey Tim,
Yea, I will hunt with this rifle. I don't own anything that does not have blood on it. I am somewhat particular about my Guns /Rifles however. Nothing bugs me more than an equipment failure when it counts.
I live in Moscow. Where you at???
Everybody else... Thanks for the input so far.

Rogie

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Location: Misouri
Joined: 11/30/2005
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TacOps can guarantee one that shoots .25 with factory match ammo and there tougher than woodpeckers lips. There the best I've ever seen. Price is reasonable for a custom and from what I've heard customer service is outstanding. I wish I could afford one. Best of luck.

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