They are fine rifles. I own a older model 700 BDL in 30-06. It was the first rifle I bought. when I was 14 years old with money I earned trapping muskrat in the creeks around my parents house in Northern Michigan. That was a lot of rats but back then you could get 7or 8 bucks a piece for them.
I just prefer the pre 64 model 70 action or the 98 variants nothing more then that. Just personal taste. I'm also not sure I like the idea of a smith taking a factory action and having to rework it to get it right. If I'm building a custom I want an action that is designed and built with precision the first time.
I think I have decided to go with the Waffenfabrik Hein N series action, but i need to go to the guys shop and meet with him. I like this action but I need to make sure that all my other pieces will fit and work correctly. Not to sure about his barrel selection either.
This is the companies web site see what you guys think. http://www.rifleactions.com
Okay, here's an update on the custom rifle project. After six weeks of trying to buy anything (action, barreled action or complete rifle) from Waffenfabric Hein I give up.
I decided to buy a Dakota Model 97 "Outfitter" which is the same as the current model 97 " All Weather". Does any one on this forum know these rifles. I would be interested in learning more about any historical problems before making the purchase. The rifle is NIB and unfired, chambered in 300 win mag. Any advice from the forum would be great.
You get out for bear yet?? Any plans to go?
I've been scouting the Waha area but there is still quite a bit of snow on the north slopes and ridges. Lots of stuff moving down low on the breaks but its tough to hunt that solo. Have you hunted down this way?
When i went to college i used to hunt around princeton, deary, harvard. HAven't hunted there in years.
I don't bear hunt, but i do snowmobile and the snow has been awesome, right now i can only get about 2 1/2 miles up the road behind the house. to much snow. I will start kayakinig and mountain biking.
I do see alot of bears though. I had one getting into my garbage but my neighbor took care of him. Most guys right now can't get to there usual bait area because of snow. My guess it will be mid june end of june to go over any real mountains around here. There is still 10 feet at 5000 feet.
As the allure of hunting big whitetails becomes more and more a passion for many, we are finding that the recent (historically speaking) popularity of hunting deer from a tree stand is becoming the way to do it. I'll make no statement either for or against that technique here. This will be simply an essay on what I feel are some outstanding rifles for tree stand use.
Before we go even one more step, let's all remember that safety is first and foremost for anyone wanting to hunt...