Lift is good and I like the shorter lift for clearance. I don't own a lot of customs but do own a few "shooters". I would compare the smoothness to my Seekins PH, but not as smooth as my Bergara. That being said, I would still describe the action as "smooth" and am VERY pleased.Seems like some good reviews. Can anyone comment on the bolt smoothness and lift compared to say a Tikka, or some of the other nice custom rifles out there. Just out of curiosity wanted to see what people think of it. Also, how would you compare it to the Tikka Tac A1?