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jetman624
09-08-2013, 12:13 AM
I know the cartridge will work fine, and is, I guess, meant to be used in a short action rifle, but am wondering if a long action would be better to use so longer VLD bullets could be accommodated more easily.

What say you smart people?

StraightShooter
09-08-2013, 6:58 AM
Short and long action has nothing to do with bullet seating length. Bullet seating length is entirely dependent on what reamer was used to chamber the barrel. With that said, I would highly recommend you use a short action because with a long action you will have to break your cheek weld to run the bolt. The only reason for a long action is if you were building a single shot rifle to make single port loading easier or if you have plans down the road to rechamber to a long action specific cartridge.

6mmintl
09-08-2013, 7:08 AM
If you planning on running VLD's from the mag go with the long action, if not short action.

I have a 721 LA barreled in .308 with a 26" varmint barrel I am selling and the longer bullets feed like clockwork.

You are limited by mag length in a short action, in a LA you just keep seating bullets out to match throat length.


Another option in a LA is to block mag at 3.00" and install a spacer (and SA follower) in left bolt lug rail to shorten bolt throw, quick and easy mod.

russ69
09-08-2013, 12:13 PM
I think there are good arguments for each action length. I wont go down all the pros and cons because I really think it's a 50/50 proposition. Just make sure the stock you want comes in the action length you want.

jetman624
09-08-2013, 11:21 PM
I am not sure what all of those are... was hoping to get some more input on that front from those in the know.

russ69
09-09-2013, 8:17 AM
I am not sure what all of those are... was hoping to get some more input on that front from those in the know.

A short action is lighter, stiffer, popular, shorter throw, but has limited cartridge choices, not as long a bedding surface, and has available mag conversions in popular calibers.
A long action is heavier, less stiff, long throw, unlimited cartridge choice, long bedding surface, limited stock choices, limited mag conversions, and is a longer overall gun.

Iloveguns
09-09-2013, 11:29 AM
What do you want to do with the rifle? That will help you determine which to go with.

jetman624
09-09-2013, 11:42 AM
What do you want to do with the rifle? That will help you determine which to go with.

1000 yard shots would be the main use...

Iloveguns
09-09-2013, 12:32 PM
A S/A will be more then adequate for 1000 yard shooting. But if you feel the need to seat them extra long and want to run a Mag then I guess go with a L/A. But if that's the case there are far better calibers for L/A out there.

milotrain
09-09-2013, 2:48 PM
Get a LA. You can run anything in a Long Action. Every choice that gives you a chance to make more choices later is likely the better choice.

Cypriss32
09-09-2013, 2:55 PM
Give me ALL your L/A rem700 recievers that are "sub par." Id love to have another 30-06, 280AI, 300win, or 338 Lapua.

LynnJr
09-09-2013, 8:28 PM
If it was myself I would go with the long action.
The first picture shows a 30-06 length case getting ready to eject from a Remington 600 action showing that it can be done.You need to single feed the rounds and pull the bolt out on live rounds.
I did this for several years and you get used to it but I would no longer do it myself or recommend it to someone else.
The second photo shows a short 700 bolt then 2 long action 700 bolts followed by 3 BAT Action bolts a Stiller Tac bolt and a McBros 50 bmg bolt.The locking lugs are way larger on all the custom bolts and if you look closely at the second bolt it is a Dave Kiff replacement bolt and it has larger locking lugs as well.
Somebody mentioned that the short action 700 is stronger.I don't think there is enough difference to be of any real concern.You can sleeve a action or use a barrel bedding block so the entire action floats and makes no contact with the stock at all.
Third picture is of a 700 PSS short action with a straight 1.250 barrel on it in a H-S Precision stock that has been opened up for the larger barrel.
4th and 5th pictures show a 700 action versus a BAT target action and a Stiller Tactical action for size comparison.
Notice the tang on the 700 and the area around the rear receiver ring.The thickness is typical of a true target action.Clearly the difference is quite apparent.

6mmintl
09-10-2013, 6:48 AM
WTS Remington 721 LA .308 Win. In MacMillan stock, C & R
Brand new Remington 26” .308 Winchester 1x12” varmint weight barrel + .003” on Sami Go Gage.
Fluted/polished firing pin, tuned Remington 700 trigger breaks’ at 2.75lbs.
MacMillan Anschutz silhouette stock pillar bedded and two sling/bipod studs/aluminum posts, epoxied into fore stock.
Scope/rail mount (700SA) and Bipod not included as these are personal preference items for Buyer.
$900 C & R FTF
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.300 Weatherby Mag
09-18-2013, 11:56 PM
What say you smart people?

I built a Creedmoor over a .260 to avoid this predicament..