donor vs custom action



  • I'm weighing the options on a 260 or 6.5slr build on a rem 700 and don't know if it's better to sell the donor rifle or bite the bullet and go with a custom action. I've read several places that by the time you have a donor action trued and personalized (sako extractor, bolt fluting, bolt handle, cerakote, etc) that the price rapidly approaches the costs of a custom action with those same (or possibly better) personalized options.

    Is this still the case?



  • What donor action are you working with?

    In most cases, you are correct... it is much better to start with a custom action and build on that. However, if the donor is special in some way, that can sway things in it's favor.



  • It's a Rem 700 Short action that currently exists as a 22-250. It is the SPS version so the action isn't necessarily smooth.



  • Unless you are emotionally attached to the "donor action" I would go with a custom action. The custom action will come out more expensive...but only marginally.

    Keep in mind that with many custom actions you can also eliminate the cost of a scope rail and recoil lug because they either come with the action or are milled in one piece.



  • @dddoo7 said:

    Unless you are emotionally attached to the "donor action" I would go with a custom action. The custom action will come out more expensive...but only marginally.

    Keep in mind that with many custom actions you can also eliminate the cost of a scope rail and recoil lug because they either come with the action or are milled in one piece.

    Good point! I'm looking at the Defiance Tactical with an integrated 20moa base...there's a $100 and only less set of screws.



  • Here's another question...If I were to go custom action would choosing a long action be adventitious when it comes to COAL and fitting longer length cartridges in a magazine?



  • @rngrfromthemtns 260 Remington properly throated will have no issues out of a standard 308 AICS or AW magazine.



  • @tscustoms Thanks, I'm actually considering your shop for the build.



  • @rngrfromthemtns said:

    Good point! I'm looking at the Defiance Tactical with an integrated 20moa base...there's a $100 and only less set of screws.

    I would go a different route than defiance. Their actions are not very impressive.

    Take a look at the Lone Peak actions that TS Customs sells. They are completely good to go.



  • @orkan thanks, I'll have to take a look...I guess I tend to be biased toward Montana companies and failed to investigate other options.



  • Yup, Travis did my 260, no issues so far with COAL and magazine length.



  • While 260's can be setup to work in short action, I much prefer the 6.5 Creedmoor because the bullets end up being more optimally seated in the case. This tends to help with wider nodes that are less finicky. Just a bit more desirable of a setup. Though as previously pointed out, 260's setup right will hammer.



  • Good point about the 6.5 Creemoor.



  • Yup also agree with that when the barrel goes if I stay with 6.5mm is will be 6.5 Creedmoor.



  • @rngrfromthemtns said:

    @dddoo7 said:

    Unless you are emotionally attached to the "donor action" I would go with a custom action. The custom action will come out more expensive...but only marginally.

    Keep in mind that with many custom actions you can also eliminate the cost of a scope rail and recoil lug because they either come with the action or are milled in one piece.

    Good point! I'm looking at the Defiance Tactical with an integrated 20moa base...there's a $100 and only less set of screws.

    The Lone Peak Razor and Fuzion have phenomenal feature sets, are available, and made by some awesome dudes.



  • @tscustoms Thanks, I've been eyeing your rifles the last couple days on Facebook. I'm really liking the most recent on with the fluted med Palma barrel you posted this morning (on 10/26).



  • @rngrfromthemtns Thanks! That one is set up nice for long range plinkin'


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