Short action calibers in long action receivers

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  1. linebaugh

    linebaugh Silver $$ Contributor

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    I am ordering an action next month for a 260AI build and I have it in mind to run a 260AI with heavy bullets on a long action to get rid of any OAL limitations. Considering I have not personally done this is there any downside to my idea?
     
  2. BRGUY

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    I have done this many times and see no downside at all.

    A lot of guys that shoot 284 based cartridges put them in a long action, so overall cartridge length is never a problem, especially with the longer VLD bullets.
     
  3. steve123

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    I'm one of the unlucky ones.

    My Surgeon XL won't eject 6.5 Saum cases reliably. I have to run the bolt at a certain speed and it'll kick em out most of the time otherwise they'll turn around backwards or just pop off and stay in the action - and no the cases aren't hitting the windage turret. This is after trying to tune the ejector and spring too.

    With my SA Mausingfield in 6mmBR, I have to cycle the bolt fast and hard or they'll do the same.

    Seems like some ejector and extractor combo's work better from what I've read.
     
  4. Sniper338

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    Yes do a long action. Been here done it on a custom short action - custom built for it, id just do a long action if done over again.

    Edit. And itd be a long action single shot. Just because im over having a repeater rifle for anything.
     
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  5. 5spd

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    A pal just built another 6.5 CM on a long action and it feeds, loads perfectly with his long bullets VS having to keep them within the SA magazine length on the old gun and not reaching the lands. Feeds slicker than snail slime.
     
  6. JEFFPPC

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    I had this problem with a Panda 6PPC I changed to 6.5x47. Made a trip to Kelbys, took Tom about 15 min. to correct. He reground the angle on the ejector, works fine.
     
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  7. bsekf

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    I use all Stagger feed Long Action Savages and 6X47L, 260. 308 all feed through the magazine with no problem. I am careful to load them as far back as possible in the magazine.

    Bill
     
  8. rimfiremac

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    The logic seems to be that a short action is "better" due to shorter bolt throw for faster cycling but no one in North America shoots bolt fast enough for this to matter. Consider the Scandi speed shooters who beat the G3 for speed and accuracy using the Sauer 200.
     

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