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Is there such a thing? Something smaller than a normal remmy clone particularly suited to smaller (.223 and below) cartridges?

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bat do 223 bolt face

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Defiance and a few others offer a Model 7 length action which is suitable for smaller cartridges. Otherwise there are some short BR actions available too.

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The newish Howa Mini Action (factory,not custom) is a quite petite action (6",13 oz)-in 223 and 204-maybe more to come-and there are a few savvy shooters on here using this as a semi custom......probably they will comment in detail....

 

Zastava did quite a tidy small action,mine is in 223...

 

As did Sako,in an early 222 rifle - a fine action indeed. (A1-?)

 

"Smaller than 223....well,that would include any Hornet action...lots-especially the Euro ones,for quality."

 

Wayne Zwoll and Frank De Haas "Bolt Action Rifles" might help,though not focussed on 'minis'.

 

"Custom" can eventually mean "yes of course-how much can you afford"-but there are some comparable to above.except in price.

 

gbal

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+1 for the defiance action. I have one already and they are a big investment but well worth it IMHO. I would suggest you speak to Baldie on UKV about these actions. Defiance will make you one and to whatever spec / extras etc as per the website however for the money perhaps consider something in that call but in a different action size so you can use your considerable investment more widely perhaps. You won't regret a defiance deviant tho.

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My Tac was built by Neil Mckillop on a Sako 75 Action 1. I don't regret not buying a custom action for the project.

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The early short action Sako was the L46,made from 1946-1961,the later ones also called "Vixen"-it came in 22Hornet,218Bee and 222rem (and a few in 7x33Sako,25-20,32-20).

The 46 in 222-especially the 'Bofors steel' barrel ones -were a cult rifle combo in USA,setting new standards for accuracy in a (pricey) factory rifle. In 1953 I was ten, and that was all I wanted in life (outside the trout season,and a BSA 22 Martini on Tuesday evening Drill Hall shoots).Took a while longer,shoots in the low twos.

The L461 was a stretched version for the 222rem mag cartridge,and was superseeded by the A-1 (vixen).

 

The much later 75 was a fine action,and maybe the 85,but neither had the diminutive charm of the earlier 46 action for a short action,small cartridge build. They remain a very desireable action among

afficionados.

I'm not sure if any custom action is comparably dinky,but I hope one still is made.Pure joy in 222.

 

gbal

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Fired a 20 tac built on a Remington 700 Action recently built by Les at VARTAC precision. .280" C-C with my first 5 shots firing blitzkings and an unfamiliar rifle. impressed with the calibre too.

 

Do you need a custom action when a factory one will perform that well with a custom barrel?

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Do you need a custom action when a factory one will perform that well with a custom barrel?

If i decide to have one built it would be nice to have something a little special.

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If i decide to have one built it would be nice to have something a little special.

Nothing wrong with that....u gotta love a bit of bling

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Nothing wrong with that....u gotta love a bit of bling

I had a nice John Carr one built to speck in 20 practical , it's a beauty to use ! Just showing off again I suppose

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got 2 x 2 tacs,

 

one is on a tikka 595 and is a pleasure to use as my NV set up.

 

the other is built on a sako s/491 again a cracking rifle to use, this is my daytime rifle set up,

 

just had a annealing machine from this forum so no issues with brass etc,

 

Bob.

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got 2 x 2 tacs,

 

one is on a tikka 595 and is a pleasure to use as my NV set up.

 

the other is built on a sako s/491 again a cracking rifle to use, this is my daytime rifle set up,

 

just had a annealing machine from this forum so no issues with brass etc,

 

Bob.

 

was looking at something special, i.e. custom high tolerance actions, not run of the mill factory actions.

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How about a Dakota Varminter? Not available as an action, but the rifles are chambered in several 20 calibre chamberings.

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As time has moved on and there are a few new action manufacturers around I thought I would resurrect this thread, and see what is out there.

Regards,

MB

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MB, Raytrade (the Remington importers) are also the UK Dakota agents. If a single shot bolt action is your thing, I don’t think you can find a nicer true short actioned rifle than the Dakota Varminter.

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I think stiller predator do a short custom action!!  saw one in .17 fireball for sale on hear once beautiful looking thing. 

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23 hours ago, munkjack said:

I think stiller predator do a short custom action!!  saw one in .17 fireball for sale on hear once beautiful looking thing. 

I don’t think so- the Stiller Predator shares the Remington 700 footprint, so is not a true short action.

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On 05/02/2018 at 9:39 PM, 17 Rem said:

I don’t think so- the Stiller Predator shares the Remington 700 footprint, so is not a true short action.

Ahh shame it did look good though!!

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Borden used to offer a very short action for the  PPC/BR length case with bolt to suit action specified.

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