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Is the aero precision SOLUS worth buying

Well, considering I was heavily invested in Nucleus barrels, bolt heads, etc, etc, and that the CDG doesn't support those barrels, and that I didn't want/need AW mag support because I'm also well invested in AICS mags... I think it was a mistake. I'm happy a bunch of people disagree, and I'm a big fan of ARC, but I do think they stepped on their dick and would have sold a lot more CDG if it was simply AICS compatible, without all the other engineering compromises they made to support a mag that isn't very popular for most uses. Maybe time proves me wrong, we'll see.
Your Solus doesn't take Nucleus barrels either, and is also a Solus.
Sold a lot more? They can't keep them in stock. They're THE BEST action at even double the price.
The coned breech isn't specifically for AW mags. The action will run AICS. Both benefit from a coned breech. It is simply AICS compatible.
 
I ran Impacts all last year. 737 in PRS and bench, NBK in NRL Hunter. I've ran Vudoo and Anschutz for years in NRL22. I know what some of the nicest feel like. I'm typically well over 80% (unless the wind kicks up), so I like to think I know what matters - "feel" is way, way down on the list.

So far, I will absolutely recommend the Solus to anyone wanting to get into the games with a budget or wanting a 60deg without a wait.

If you guys hate Aero, that's fine. We're all entitled to our own opinions. But unless you can demonstrate why a specific product is unacceptable (after ruling out other causes like mags/fitment/maintenance), you have no factual basis for your position on that product.
Why, when a CDG exists?
 
Well, considering I was heavily invested in Nucleus barrels, bolt heads, etc, etc, and that the CDG doesn't support those barrels, and that I didn't want/need AW mag support because I'm also well invested in AICS mags... I think it was a mistake. I'm happy a bunch of people disagree, and I'm a big fan of ARC, but I do think they stepped on their dick and would have sold a lot more CDG if it was simply AICS compatible, without all the other engineering compromises they made to support a mag that isn't very popular for most uses. Maybe time proves me wrong, we'll see.
If we're using our own personal wants for the metrics, then I can say 100% I wouldn't have bought a CDG without it being designed for AW mags. AICS mags don't appeal to me at all. I'd rather have a magazine that is double stack, easy to load and able to be topped off while in the gun. The price point and other features helped push me to purchase the action as well.
 
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that makes the most sense. no, I don't a solus - I spend my money on quality parts and companies that actually innovate not just knock off existing products with poor QC. I don't have to own a solus for everything I have said about Aero to be true. Have a great day and please stop pushing this shit on people.
You’re expecting him to abide by the same standards you’re not even abiding by… You don’t own one, haven’t even handled one in person, and have absolutely ZERO personal experience with one… So, take your own advice, and shut the fuck up until you actually do have some personal hands-on experience with one, and stop pushing your inexperienced opinions on people. I think that’s more than fair. 👍🏼

Or, you can put your money where your mouth is, and buy one, then talk all the shit you want. Unless you’re too cheap. Maybe you’re just too chicken-shit after all the shit you’ve talked about them? 9/10 times, the loudest motherfuckers in the room are always the weakest trying to fool the rest into believing they’re tougher, or smarter, or cooler, or more correct than the rest, and they usually end up getting their ass whooped, or embarrassed by someone else. 🤣

Not one person is saying they’re the greatest thing ever, or that they’re the best action out there, but it sure beats any mass-produced factory rifle action right off the line, including Tikka…Especially with the fact it uses a 700 footprint for aftermarket stocks, triggers, accessories, takes both AICS & AW mags without requiring any modifications, and Origin prefits. Something the Tikka (and every other factory action) lacks severely, in comparison. But you do get a lot for your money. Is it a BAT, Surgeon, Defiance, Curtis, or ARC… Nope. But most of us don’t compete, so it’s a hell of a lot of action when they’re on sale for $600-700 compared to all those others, and compared to anything mass-produced off an assembly line.
 
I’ll toss my actual user experience with a Solus into this circus. My comments are only regarding the action and nothing about barrels, accuracy, etc.

My experience comes from basement fondling side by side barreled actions in different stocks and chassis of a Savage 12 with lift kit, bergara HMR, tikka t3, Zermatt origin, aero Solus.

Regarding the Solus:
Lift effort - totally normal and acceptable for a 3 lug 60degree. A bit lighter lift than a tikka t3. The ‘feel’ however had a slightly springy slightly coil bindy feel if trying to lift the bolt very slowly and deliberately…which is not likely how it would be run at the range. Take it for what it’s worth.
It lifts heavier than any 90 degree two lug action but this is expected. Physics apply here.

Bolt running/cycling/stroking - this is where I took some issue with the Solus. Even after 300+ cycles and seeing wear marks on the bolt it does not cycle back and forth anywhere near as smoothly as a tikka/origin/bergara. The savage was smoother and I’m sure I’ll get flamed with the haters here.
It just did not feel very smooth and has a bit of a hitch or bump to push the bolt over at the most rearward of the bolt stroke.

The value proposition can be argued all day but I think comes down to what is a person willing to accept and at what cost $. When the bare action can be found on sale for $600-700 and expectations are realistic in how it ‘feels’ I think it’s an awesome value for all the other things it provides. It functions, lots of integral design features, and lots of aftermarket compatibility.
But it absolutely does not compete with nicer and smoother actions that all ‘feel’ better which are all also at significantly higher price points.
 
Why, when a CDG exists?
You can buy a Solus for $650-750 fairly often. To some people, that matters.

With the PVA deal, the delta rises to $500.

As a complete comp rifle for an entry level rig, that delta is more like $1k.

But for me specifically, match season would be half over by the time I got one. I don’t do long lead times if I have another option. Mostly because I’m impatient, but I also don’t like supporting that supply chain model.
 
You can buy a Solus for $650-750 fairly often. To some people, that matters.

With the PVA deal, the delta rises to $500.

As a complete comp rifle for an entry level rig, that delta is more like $1k.

But for me specifically, match season would be half over by the time I got one. I don’t do long lead times if I have another option. Mostly because I’m impatient, but I also don’t like supporting that supply chain model.
For $150 more, you can have a $1500 action.
 
If I was smart I wouldn't have poured $10k + into this hobby in the last year. I would've bought a Solus Comp, taken a few classes and been way further ahead in the rankings and had plenty of leftover for a nice vacation to distract the wife from all the neglect!
 
Have more rounds down range through a Solus Action (both as a custom build and in factory config) than most people in this thread who claim to own them. My buddies have more rounds through solus actions than anyone on the planet, including the shitty testers at aero. My qualified opinion is to stay away but by all means, listen to the kid whose first "custom" action is a mass produced one from a company that never even made bolt gun shit before. Nothing else needs to be said in this thread, So I am out.

And yet here we are waiting patiently to be graced by your infinite wisdom as to exactly why you crap all over the Solus with grand bravado, but thus far you have given us exactly zero details as to why. I suspect it’s due to the fact you must be out of breath from all the chest beating and strutting around. I guess what you want is for us to be awed by all your self proclaimed experience to the point we bow to your greatness, submit to your opinions without question, and jump aboard the DBD train. Forget it, I’m not hopping on that lonely train.

You likely have quite a bit of experience, but your opinion isn’t worth a hoot if you withhold details.

Apparently, neither lowlight nor bohem share your opinion. In addition, I strongly suspect given past experience that either of them, should they have problems with the Solus in the future, would promptly and in usable detail, communicate openly what those difficulties are. That, I respect.

Again, no one expects this to be a CDG, Origin, etc……

Personally, I like the fact it’s 60 degrees and I can swap the barrels between it and my Origin. If I really hate it, I can sell the action and keep the barrel.
 
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And yet here we are waiting patiently to be graced by your infinite wisdom as to exactly why you crap all over the Solus with grand bravado, but thus far you have given us exactly zero details as to why. I suspect it’s due to the fact you must be out of breath from all the chest beating and strutting around. I guess what you want is for us to be awed by all your self proclaimed experience to the point we bow to your greatness, submit to your opinions without question, and jump aboard the DBD train. Forget it, I’m not hopping on that lonely train.

You likely have quite a bit of experience, but your opinion isn’t worth a hoot if you withhold details.

Apparently, neither lowlight nor bohem share your opinion. In addition, I strongly suspect given past experience that either of them, should they have problems with the Solus in the future, would promptly and in usable detail, communicate openly what those difficulties are. That, I respect.

Again, no one expects this to be a CDG, Origin, etc……

Personally, I like the fact it’s 60 degrees and I can swap the barrels between it and my Origin. If I really hate it, I can sell the action and keep the barrel.
Its already been explained in other threads, and has been told to a few qualified people via PM because not everything needs to be public. Sorry you aren't that important. Sorry you are too lazy to read through the other threads where I explained some of the issues. I don't give 3 fucks if you buy them or not. By all means buy 50 of them but for a guy trying to make up his mind, being fed bullshit by people who do not even have enough time on the platform to make a educated opinion is doing them a disservice.

You aren't entitled to all the details, sorry. Those that need to know already do. But the fact is the action is not where it needs to be, even at the price its selling for.

This is why most of the people with the most knowledge and experience do not post on forums. Its all risk and no reward.
 
Its already been explained in other threads, and has been told to a few qualified people via PM because not everything needs to be public.
Nothing relevant was shared. No info on what the problems were, what attempts were made to resolve them, or what the root causes were later found to be. I appreciate you trying to share info, but none of it was substantive.
 
You aren't entitled to all the details, sorry. Those that need to know already do. But the fact is the action is not where it needs to be, even at the price its selling for.


I’ve read other threads; nothing but trash talking. Thanks for taking the time, once again, to contribute absolutely nothing of value and keeping the supposed information only for an entitled few on your self proclaimed elitist train. I thought in your last post you were “done” with this thread; I guess not. I can tell you what I’m done with; your 💩, because that’s all you’ve contributed here.

You are exactly why there is an ignore button. I’m actually a man of my word. Good bye; reading threads without your trash talking nonsense in the future will be sublime.

For everyone else, I’ll be playing with a Solus from PVA over the next year. You can be certain that I’ll share the good, the bad, and the ugly with all the other non-entitled people on this forum. Those elite self proclaimed god like I individuals won’t be able to say, “I told you so”, if there actually is an issue with them, because they shared exactly nothing with us non-entitled little people who don’t compete. I really hope the majority of PRS competitors are not elitists, otherwise, that sport is doomed.
 
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No, there isn't. One user said they bought one, it was acceptable, they will continue to use, but won't buy another. The only one that is advocating against it only claims to have more rounds down range than anyone else in this thread, and only after actual user experience was called into question, despite making no mention of said experience prior in this and other threads (they'd only said they've seen them run and have issues, with no supporting information). The other user is trying to troubleshoot issues common to all rifles, not just the Solus. You can't even toss flagship parts together and expect 100% reliability out of the gate, why are you expecting it out of the budget option? Hell, that's why MDT and others use adjustable mag catches and shimming systems. Some fitting is expected with any custom DIY build.

You’re just arbitrarily discounting issues that are in the thread.

My multiple manners and tl3/ origins have never required any fitting or shims to work right. Weird - it’s almost like you get what you pay for?
I’ve read other threads; nothing but trash talking. Thanks for taking the time, once again, to contribute absolutely nothing of value and keeping the supposed information only for an entitled few on your self proclaimed elitist train. I thought in your last post you were “done” with this thread; I guess not. I can tell you what I’m done with; your 💩, because that’s all you’ve contributed here.

You are exactly why there is an ignore button. I’m actually a man of my word. Good bye; reading threads without your trash talking nonsense in the future will be sublime.

For everyone else, I’ll be playing with a Solus from PVA over the next year. You can be certain that I’ll share the good, the bad, and the ugly with all the other non-entitled people on this forum. Those elite self proclaimed god like I individuals won’t be able to say, “I told you so”, if there actually is an issue with them, because they shared exactly nothing with us non-entitled little people who don’t compete. I really hope the majority of PRS competitors are not elitists, otherwise, that sport is doomed.

You guys are just ignoring more people coming in here with issues. I love it.
 
You’re just arbitrarily discounting issues that are in the thread.

My multiple manners and tl3/ origins have never required any fitting or shims to work right. Weird - it’s almost like you get what you pay for?

You guys are just ignoring more people coming in here with issues. I love it.
My Impacts and ACC Elite, TCS, and LRH all required some fitting and mag tuning. No, it isn’t just a “get what you pay for”. Mags are stamped steel turds. Stocks and chassis have variances in position. That’s why there are adjustable mag catches or long file to fit catches.

Please quote these issues you keep referencing. Let’s use proof and facts, we have the tools at hand.
 
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My Impacts and ACC Elite, TCS, and LRH all required some fitting and mag tuning. No, it isn’t just a “get what you pay for”. Mags are stamped steel turds. Stocks and chassis have variances in position. That’s why there are adjustable mag catches or long file to fit catches.

Please quote these issues you keep referencing. Let’s use proof and facts, we have the tools at hand.
They’re in this fucking thread. Stop ignoring them and acting like you need imperial data to determine it’s made from asshats with a history of qc issues.
 
I really hope the majority of PRS competitors are not elitists, otherwise, that sport is doomed.
The vast majority of us that know what we are talking about are not. We understand the top guys will still beat us with a Savage. Skill trumps equipment. Most of the top shooters (even locally) don’t even bother participating in forums because there are so many people that permanently on the initial slope of the Dunning Kruger curve and refuse to recognize it, so they give up trying to help. Folks at comps will absolutely help you build a better position or get your dope dialed, regardless of what you’re shooting.
 
Then quote them, don't just say that they are there.
Use the eyes god gave you and read this thread. Don’t sit there and say if you can copy and paste it all together it doesn’t exist.

How senseless.
 
Use the eyes god gave you and read this thread. Don’t sit there and say if you can copy and paste it all together it doesn’t exist.

How useless.
I did and did not see any issues that you are stating too.

Oh, here is a link to Terry's post about the Solus action: https://www.snipershide.com/shootin...-precision-solus.7157033/page-2#post-10732422

I don't see an issue with what he is saying in that says improvements can be made and overall he states that it a good low budget action.

I also searched over 200 posts throughout the forums and have not come across any major issues with the action. Basic things like having to trim a mag leaver or shim the bottom metal is sometimes normal when you swap out actions or bottom metals due to different heights-thickness. And there is only one post about this from what I have found.

Here is a link to the search: https://www.snipershide.com/shooting/search/6091105/?q=Solus&o=relevance

Now prove me wrong by posting links to all of the issues that you say are posted. Though I bet you cannot since you do not like Aro Presession which is the main issue here.
 
I did and did not see any issues that you are stating too.

Oh, here is a link to Terry's post about the Solus action: https://www.snipershide.com/shootin...-precision-solus.7157033/page-2#post-10732422

I don't see an issue with what he is saying in that says improvements can be made and overall he states that it a good low budget action.

I also searched over 200 posts throughout the forums and have not come across any major issues with the action. Basic things like having to trim a mag leaver or shim the bottom metal is sometimes normal when you swap out actions or bottom metals due to different heights-thickness. And there is only one post about this from what I have found.

Here is a link to the search: https://www.snipershide.com/shooting/search/6091105/?q=Solus&o=relevance

Now prove me wrong by posting links to all of the issues that you say are posted. Though I bet you cannot since you do not like Aro Presession which is the main issue here.

They’re right here. In this thread. You did all that and couldn’t see the multiple people saying not to buy one here??

I found a picture of you morons trying to find the issues.
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Understood, they are not there, you refuse to back up your claims, because you can’t.

Ignore button activated. I try to mitigate BS being spewed, but I have my limits.
 
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Understood, they are not there, you refuse to back up your claims, because you can’t.
My Solus!!! Someone said something bad about my solus!!!!

Good luck with your aero precision and shitty recommendations to new people. Good work op seeing through these people sniveling
 
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My Impacts and ACC Elite, TCS, and LRH all required some fitting and mag tuning. No, it isn’t just a “get what you pay for”. Mags are stamped steel turds. Stocks and chassis have variances in position. That’s why there are adjustable mag catches or long file to fit catches.

Please quote these issues you keep referencing. Let’s use proof and facts, we have the tools at hand.
My impacts, defiance, tikka, arc and terminus actions didn't require any tuning or mag fitment for manners TCS, manners lrh, a CS2, foundation centurerions and mg2, acc, matrix ,matrix pro. The only thing that did was krg due to trigger hangers but that's expected.

Maybe you just don't know how to use Allen keys and torque wrenches.
 
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This thread is amazing! 😂

Heated discourse about a discount rifle action, personal attacks, super secret squirrel data that can only be shared with certain people… Why the fuck are you all so invested in this? There’s a lot of “if you don’t like what I like you’re a cunt” going on.

I bought a Solus barreled action and took it to my smith to cut down to 16” so I can put it in a screech owl chassis and have a little truck gun that’s not $5k.

It’s a discount rifle action with some cool features for the price. All else equal, I’d buy a Curtis or Bighorn action (or other expensive actions) over the Solus every time, but for half the price, it definitely has a place.

Back to eating popcorn and watching the show. 😁
 
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This thread is amazing! 😂

Heated discourse about a discount rifle action, personal attacks, super secret squirrel data that can only be shared with certain people… Why the fuck are you all so invested in this? There’s a lot of “if you don’t like what I like you’re a cunt” going on.

I bought a Solus barreled action and took it to my smith to cut down to 16” so I can put it in a screech owl chassis and have a little truck gun that’s not $5k.

It’s a discount rifle action with some cool features for the price. All else equal, I’d buy a Curtis or Bighorn action (or other expensive actions) over the Solus every time, but for half the price, it definitely has a place.

Back to eating popcorn and watching the show. 😁
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I like mine so far. Cut down to 17” and in a screech owl chassis.
 

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Are people trying to say that there is no accuracy difference between a CDG/Origin, and a "fancier" $1,900 action?
 
Are people trying to say that there is no accuracy difference between a CDG/Origin, and a "fancier" $1,900 action?

I’m not sure if anyone has said that or not, but your comment got me thinking. What aspect of an action could make one high end action more accurate than another? Assuming the action is torqued down properly and the barrel torqued to the action properly, the action’s job just becomes feeding the round and hitting the primer. After a round is fed, and chambered, the bullet only interacts with the barrel.

Genuinely asking. I really don’t know the answer and I’m hoping someone smarter than me can chime in.
 
Are people trying to say that there is no accuracy difference between a CDG/Origin, and a "fancier" $1,900 action?
How much fancier can you get than a CDG?
 
I’m not sure if anyone has said that or not, but your comment got me thinking. What aspect of an action could make one high end action more accurate than another? Assuming the action is torqued down properly and the barrel torqued to the action properly, the action’s job just becomes feeding the round and hitting the primer. After a round is fed, and chambered, the bullet only interacts with the barrel.

Genuinely asking. I really don’t know the answer and I’m hoping someone smarter than me can chime in.
Pin fall. Striker velocity. Striker velocity consistency.
 
Are people trying to say that there is no accuracy difference between a CDG/Origin, and a "fancier" $1,900 action?
As long as you have a high quality barrel, with a properly cut chamber, correct headspace, and everything else is squared-up, I don't see how the bullet would know the difference whether it was being shot from a $700 Solus or a $2,000+ Defiance... 🤷🏼
 
Consistent ignition begs to differ.
 
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Wouldn't that more or less have to do with the quality of the sear on the trigger, and the quality of the firing pin spring?
Part of it is the relationship with the top sear. Part of it is the spring. Most of it is the design of the firing assembly and its geometry.
 
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That has more to do with your primers, powder charge consistency, cartridge design, and your handloading capabilities than it does what action you choose...
No. Ignition is what ignites the primer, and is paramount to accuracy.
 
Serious question... If they're such inconsistent junk actions, why would reputable gunsmiths like @bohem at PVA and Terry Cross, and many others, put their names and reputations on the line to sell them, even with their own high-quality built and chambered barrels on them, if they were in-fact garbage, like you claim, that can't possibly be accurate or repeatable?

You sound more personally biased towards Aero than anything rooted in any actual facts... Maybe @John.Warren4 can pop in and explain more about their manufacturing process for their parts, since you seem to think you know everything about Aero. I don't claim to know, that's why I'm tagging experts in here so they'll explain to you why they chose to sell them, or build on them, or use them, or how they're made and to what tolerances and standards.

I'm not saying the Solus is the best thing ever, I'm simply asking how you can be so absolutely 100% sure with having 100% ZERO personal experience with one, or having ever even seen one in person... Seems like a bunch of Fuddlore personal brand bias to me.
Well I am their Product Development Manager.....

I wont pretend that both BA/Aero have never had QC issues, I can tell you as a whole we have less than 1% and when we do we always go out of our way to square up the customer. We are a large organization and with that comes misses, there are a lot of steps to get from raw material to a product on your doorstep.

The SOLUS is my baby, is it the best action on the market....no but that wasn't the point. The point was to lower the barrier of entry for people to get into the sport and still feel like they have 90% of the options that a custom action has. I think we have successfully done that. Has there been hiccups yes, but every company has them on new product launches the point is that we keep innovating and getting better.
 
Well I am their Product Development Manager.....

I wont pretend that both BA/Aero have never had QC issues, I can tell you as a whole we have less than 1% and when we do we always go out of our way to square up the customer. We are a large organization and with that comes misses, there are a lot of steps to get from raw material to a product on your doorstep.

The SOLUS is my baby, is it the best action on the market....no but that wasn't the point. The point was to lower the barrier of entry for people to get into the sport and still feel like they have 90% of the options that a custom action has. I think we have successfully done that. Has there been hiccups yes, but every company has them on new product launches the point is that we keep innovating and getting better.
So, out of curiosity, has it been determined who this mystery guy is who “has more rounds through a Solus than anyone else and says they’re junk” in Washington State? That was talked about in this thread, but shall not be named, along with all the secret squirrel proof and evidence that us peons are not privy to? 😂

I’m excited about getting my Solus built, but I forgot that on The Hide, you’re not allowed to be excited about scopes that cost less than $1,500 and actions that cost led than a CDG… 🤣

John, one question I have… My Solus action wrench says +/- 75 ft. Lbs. on it, but some smiths say 90 for any action. What do you recommend for torquing the barrel on?
 
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Hornady brass???!! yep, that checks for someone pushing aero. you know there's quality components out there right? (ADG, Lapua, Alpha)

Yep, and I have Hornady 6.5 CM brass that has been reloaded several times and is still good. I have Lapua and ADG now but I'm not going to toss a 1000 pieces of brass because the internet says it's bad. :)
 
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