Thanks for the info guys! What I'm thinking about is making a semi custom 300 mag. I was looking at taking apart a Winchester extreme weather because I don't really like the stock. But I've also been looking at the Dakota as I think I could put a stock on a barreled action for not too much more than the Winchester with a new stock. Edellweis, are any of those actions you mentioned stainless?
To clarify my question, I am looking to work on a stainless controlled round feed with a nice synthetic stock.
DCannon, what are you looking to spend and I can give you some good options.
And what options do you want on it?
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They also have "production" models that are pretty nice, and are a little over a grand.
Edelweiss, I was thinking around $2500, maybe a little more. I would probably go with a #3 taper barrel, & a brown precision stock if he still does elephant hide on them. Maybe a teflon coat too, not sure about that though. Also, do all actions with a mauser claw need a both in the barrel, or is it only Winchester?
I have looked at the MRC rifles, & they just don't feel very good to me. It was very rough & just seemed overly heavy.
Was that a "production" MRC or a high country custom?
Originally Posted by dcannon
The high country guns are pretty light, IMO. They also have a tiny 5 lb. ultralight.
Even the production guns seem to smooth out after a little breaking in.
Just another option to look at for controlled round feed.
Here's a price out
A Dakota 76 is about $2200 for the action from Brownells, you might find a cheaper one by looking around.
A 2nd hand FN Winchester M70 long action can be had for somewhere between 650-800. You could use a 2nd hand New Haven or even a pre-64, but less quality from both of those.
Barrel blank from Krieger, Lilja, Hart, Schneider about $300-400.
Talley Lightweight 2-Piece Scope Mounts with Integral Rings $45.99
Might as well change out the firing pin and spring $59.99
Jewell Rifle Trigger $240
Brown stock $900
True action, face receiver, replace firing pin, chamber and fit barrel, springs and lap lugs for contact. $800
I think you could probably have what you wanted for somewhere between $3000-5000.
You could save quite a bit by getting a 2nd hand Winchester action and sending it to Hart to true and install one of their barrels.
Hart charges $1015, to true, lap lugs, fit and chamber one of their barrels, including the barrel for a CM barrel. That's an outstanding buy.
Bedding a stock is stupid easy, and you could buy a stock from someone else and bed it way cheaper than giving Brown $900 for his.