Curtis Custom Axiom action

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  1. MDM

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    I wanted to post up some info on the new Axiom action from Curtis Custom. This action is the brainchild of Chase Curtis and Joel Russo and it's not your standard Remington clone. I've been running one for a couple of months now and there is a lot to like here. From the website...

    • Receiver machined from one piece of 416 stainless steel
    • DLC (diamond like coating) coated bolt.
    • Available in ADL, BDL (LA Extended), single shot and AI configurations
    • Includes screwed and pinned on 1913 accessory rail standard at 20 MOA. 0, 10, 30, 40 MOA available as special order
    • Includes double pinned recoil lug
    • Side bolt release
    • Rollerball tipped cocking piece to reduce drag
    • Fire control system “tuned” by Greg Tannel
    • Available in short and long actions
    • Right and left hand configurations available
    • M16 extractor
    • .750” bolt diameter
    • Spiral fluted bolt
    • Bolt faces available in .473” (.308) and .540″ (magnum)

    This is a Remington footprint and 3 lug design with 60* bolt through. 3 lugs, 3 raceways. There is normally a concern with heavy bolt lift with any 3 lug/60* action because you are cocking the spring in less bolt lift travel, but let me tell you that is not the case here. The bolt lift is really smooth due to the roller ball cocking piece and I would equate the bolt lift very similar to a well broken in 700. It's light and smooth. Another thing I like is the side bolt release/bolt stop. While these are standard fair on most custom actions, this one is quite beefy and set up in a way that the force of cycling the bolt is not absorbed by a roll pin, but the bolt release itself. Its hard to explain, but its a solid design.

    I've made up some videos that show one finger bolt lift operation and some shooting. These are a great value at $925. I have the full DLC treated action. I did get out to a two man team sniper match a few weeks ago and the action ran perfectly and my partner and I did quite well. Anyway, I just wanted to make a post about these for those that may not be aware of these. These are really nice actions for sure.





     
  2. snakepit

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    A lot of the Axion action details you mention are not available yet. Last I knew it was only available in short action .308 bolt face, right port and repeater. I am still waiting for them to come out with the Vector Single Shot action.
     
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  3. MDM

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    All in the works. Pretty sure they will cover their bases where the collective demand is at the most.
     
  4. bigngreen

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    The ones I handled left a LOT to be desired!!
     
  5. Dgd6mm

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    Like what specifically?
     
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    anxiously awaiting a report from bigngreen
     
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    I sure do like mine. They have made some subtle tweaks here and there since the first run. I've only had mine long enough to put 500 rounds thru them, but they have been stellar. I've only got to shoot one precision rifle/team sniper match with it but did pull out a win with it. It ran flawless all day and the 60 degree throw does save some seconds on a stage and that adds up for sure. Primary extraction and timing are right there and there isn't any wasted motion. I had lots of sponsored guys handle mind and not one single person had a bad thing to say. MPA must have been impressed to pick them up as the base for their production rifles as well. All good so far here.
     
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    I like mine!
     
  9. Spook

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    is there an ETA for the single shot ?
     
  10. eric32

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    What is the thread pitch for the barrel tennon?
     
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  12. eric32

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    will the action then be able to take a prefit remage barrel? assuming the bolt nose takes after a REM700.
     
  13. MDM

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    No. There is no bolt nose recess. Theoretically, you could use a rem prefit if you faced the recess off. I'm going to do that with 22-250 prefit I made up to use for night time coyote hunt this winter.
     
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    thanks for the info
     
  15. snakepit

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    It is just misleading when their website says and you have reprinted above about all the configurations that are available when it appears that only one configuration and a choice of coatings is all that is available.
     
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    One misleading thing that keeps getting repeated is that these actions are timed. They are in no way timed nor do they have provisions to adjust the timing such as an adjustable trigger hanger. If by timing we are talking primary extraction, well thats just a basic function of an action. They will make a fine hunting action. They are not a Benchrest action, so do not expect that.
     
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    The use of 416 steel for an action seem to me quite Strange . Even is surface hardened by DLC coating, the substrate remain soft at some
    The use of 416 steel for the receiver seem to me not ideal. Even if DLC coated, the substrate remain always the original at less than 30HRC

    R.G.C
     
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    Correct and my apologies if by saying "primary extraction and timing are right there" was misleading as that was not my intention. I was referencing primary extraction and timing of the cams and bolt handle. I come from a different discipline of shooting and benchrest is not my thing. Thanks for clearing that up and Mr. Wheeler is right, I don't think these were ever designed or intended to be a benchrest action. The Axiom was intended to cater to the hunting crowd and those in the practical/tactical precision rifle game. It shines in those scenarios in my experience.

    Not sure about the concern of 416, lots of places use that - BAT, Defiance, LonePeak, etc.
     
  19. brianc74

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    I liked my Axiom ok, for what I had payed for it. I received mine at the original pricing. The DLC coating came off the bolt super fast, just with my barrel seasoning with 20 rounds fired. I thought the barrel tennon threads were to short in length aswell. Only .750 thou in length of barrel threads, compared to Remington of around .950 thou. Mine did not feed well at all using standard Remington box follower and bdl bottom metal. The action is quite heavy aswell compared to other Rem 700 clones. I did like the 60 degree bolt lift.

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