What Action ?

SilentVapor631

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Looking to start a Build baseline would be a Action for a .308
what Actions would you recommend ?
 

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What features are appealing to you? Prefits, changeable bolt heads, 60 degree throw, aw cut or aics cut? It’s really hard to go wrong with any of the big names, but they each have their own nuances.
 

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Questions:

1) What's your budget?
2) Do you want to switch calibers/barrels in the field?
3) Do you want a 60-degree throw or a 90-degree throw?
4) What mags do you want to use?

And, out of curiosity, why a .308?
 
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SilentVapor631

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IM choosing .308 cause of suppressor its can be quiet then others.
switching other barrels would be Great.
id like a 10 round mag set up.
don't know anything about the degree of throw.
I'm going to look into that.
 

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IM choosing .308 cause of suppressor its can be quiet then others.
switching other barrels would be Great.
id like a 10 round mag set up.
don't know anything about the degree of throw.
I'm going to look into that.
Degree of throw is something to experience firsthand. It's just how much the bolt has to rotate so you can cycle it. The shorter the throw, the more torque you need to actually cycle the bolt, but I don't really notice a difference in effort.

I like the Curtis 60-degree throw, but if I were pressed, I'd recommend something like the Bighorn Origin or TL3, which is the normal 90 degrees. It presses a bunch of the "neat" buttons for me.
 

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You won't go wrong w/ BigHorn/Origin by Zermatt, Defiance (any flavor Tenacity, Ruckus or Deviant), Impact, Lone Peak, Curtis and Terminus. On a more budget option you could get a cheap Tikka rifle and send to a gunsmith to be re-barreled (use as a donor action). I would personally stay away (for a number of reasons) from other stuff... just my $ 0.02
 
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IM choosing .308 cause of suppressor its can be quiet then others.
switching other barrels would be Great.
id like a 10 round mag set up.
don't know anything about the degree of throw.
I'm going to look into that.
308 is a good cartridge, but my suppressed 308's are not any quieter than other suppressed cartridges I've shot or heard shot. I would not let that be your deciding factor. I prefer the 90 degree bolt throws for ease of bolt lift, as well as mechanical ejection, but that is all personal preference.
 

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    There are lots of good actions that will fit in most chassis system. Pick one you like and go with it. I did do a Rem700 build it was very accurate but the bolt throw was not good.
     

    SilentVapor631

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    Questions:

    1) What's your budget?
    2) Do you want to switch calibers/barrels in the field?
    3) Do you want a 60-degree throw or a 90-degree throw?
    4) What mags do you want to use?

    And, out of curiosity, why a .308?

    Budget is worth Performance

    Nucleus Bolt Action Gen2 Or TL3
    otherwise just basic rem 700 with combo carbon custom barrel. don't wanna have thread or alignment issues.
    honestly had a savage FCP-10sr the bolt wasn't good. sold the gun after 300 rounds.
    also wanna have something that switching barrels.... if wanted to shoot other ammo.
    70-80 Degree of throw would be best for follow up shots
     

    SilentVapor631

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    There are lots of good actions that will fit in most chassis system. Pick one you like and go with it. I did do a Rem700 build it was very accurate but the bolt throw was not good.
    Yeah that's a good build but wanna have some fun an no issues
     

    2muchcowbell

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    Budget is worth Performance
    "Budget is worth performance" - hell yeah. That's my philosophy.

    Nucleus Bolt Action Gen2 Or TL3
    70-80 Degree of throw would be best for follow up shots
    For an 80-degree throw, I would say go with the Nucleus. Personally, I'm a bit skeptical of a short bolt throw allowing for faster follow-up shots - I think the time difference between, say a 60° throw vs a 90 is marginal. Don't think you can go wrong with either action!
     

    SilentVapor631

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    "Budget is worth performance" - hell yeah. That's my philosophy.



    For an 80-degree throw, I would say go with the Nucleus. Personally, I'm a bit skeptical of a short bolt throw allowing for faster follow-up shots - I think the time difference between, say a 60° throw vs a 90 is marginal. Don't think you can go wrong with either action!
    AR15 First Build was two arms one with Gold part other Red.... Rock Creek 16 inch Button Rifled Barrels all aero precision Upper parts & Radian Weapons Bolt & handle, Hiperfire Triggers.
    On this build that Action is the Star of the Show.
    Well see between the Nucleus Bolt Action Gen2 & Bighorn TL3
     

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    Altus Shooting has them in stock.

    I got the Deviant Tactical with a nitride finish, fluted bolt, heavy tang, and standard Remington bolt nose with the M16 extractor.
     

    308pirate

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    IM choosing .308 cause of suppressor its can be quiet then others.
    switching other barrels would be Great.
    id like a 10 round mag set up.
    don't know anything about the degree of throw.
    I'm going to look into that.
    What, exactly, do you know about rifles and specifically bolt action rifles?

    Knowing that will help us help you.

    BTW there is a subforum here dedicated exclusively to bolt action rifles.
     

    Matt_3479

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    I have defiance, stiller, terminus and kelbly and had Curtis. For 60 Degree the terminus is incredible. For 90 degree the defiance is a work of art, and for budget I believe the kelbly is a head of stiller. If It had to come down to just one it would probably be the terminus.
    Next will most likely be Zermatt tl3/sr3
     

    Maurygold

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    I'm just planning on a budget build that I'll be able to upgrade. Been searching for awhile
    the origin is by and far the best "moderately priced" action on the market. I personally went with TL3 for the integral recoil lug but I believe IMPACT and BIGHORN make two of the best actions on the market right now. People will claim defiance is just as good but keep in mind they were almost 2 years behind both those action makers in producing tolerances tight enough to buy prefit barrels - something to consider
     

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    I have Lone Peak Razor TI, Defiance Deviant, and Bighorn TL3. The Lone peak is nice for sure. Doesn't blow my skirt up but does the job well. The Defiance(when clean) runs like its on ball bearings. When it gets dirty though slows down a bit and you have to stay on top of cleaning. The Bighorn/Zermatt has the best bolt lift of all of them, runs good when dirty and you can change the bolt heads when necessary. Lots of pre fits out there. I used to think that all of the people recommending TL3's where just biased or didn't have enough experience with other actions to say. After owning one my second TL3 is due in any day now. They are a great action and in my opinion one of the best values out there.
     

    Garett73

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    Man I think all actions have their advantages and dis advantages I was a Curtis custom guy through and through love the 60 degree throw. Tried an impact at a match and just ordered myself an impact. Best thing you can do is go to a match and ask people about their rifles and See if they’ll let you run the bolt or shoot it a bit
     

    aljones_315

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    Zermatt or ARC nucleus.
    Second on the nucleus. As ive personaly drug one through some of the shittiest shooting conditions and never had a failure. Better than ankle deep chocolate soup mud. Continuous down pour. Rain hail and snow. All day. As well as the blowing desert sand and dust. Bolt has always closed and ive never left a case in the chamber.
     

    Flightmurse

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    I flipping love my bighorn TL3. It’s my first custom action, but I am really happy with the choice.
     

    Gil P.

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    It's hard to understand what you want, do you have any features in mind?

    You said you want a 308 because it's quieter, which doesn't make sense unless you plan on shooting very heavy bullets that are subsonic. Is that your goal? What are you going to use this rifle for?

    Hardly anyone in this site will recommend that caliber by the way.
     
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