best bolt action for 6.8 SPC


s&w 24
November 4, 2006, 04:36 AM

What would be the best action to build a light wieght carbine in 6.8 SPC. I wanted to build a rifle in 257 kimber but it just won't work out because of A) beer budget B) lack of 222 rem mag brass. I'm looking at a lightish 22" bbl and a nice light stock with a thin forarm and narrow build but what kind of action to use?

If you enjoyed reading about "best bolt action for 6.8 SPC" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!
November 4, 2006, 03:32 PM
I bought a Remington Tatical and load 90 gnr HPs to about 3000. It is a great shooter and tons of fun. It has almost no recoil and a lower muzzle blast than some of my other rifles. Bud GunShop had a bunch of these. They seem to be close to what you are looking for.

Hope this help you out.


November 4, 2006, 05:53 PM
I like Mauser/Mauser type actions for any caliber.

November 4, 2006, 06:21 PM
Which rifles are available with a bolt face suited to the dimensions of the 6.8SPC? I think you may end up needing to enlarge a .222/.223 sized bolt. How much of this project are you planning to do yourself?

s&w 24
November 5, 2006, 01:50 AM
I don't have any way to do any lathe/mill work on my own. I'm going to do the stock work and the metal prep but thats it.

November 5, 2006, 03:16 AM
I would think that cz, or an old converted Carl gustav would be right up your alley.

s&w 24
November 5, 2006, 03:28 AM
does CZ sell actions seperatly?

November 5, 2006, 03:47 AM
There is 222 Rem Mag Brass at the Gunstop in Minnetonka!

s&w 24
November 5, 2006, 04:38 AM
Masybe I'll make a 257 kimber after all ! I'll still need to scrape up a suitable action.

November 5, 2006, 01:43 PM
A mauser action, especially one of the Yugo actions, since they are are a tad shorter than a standard 98 action should work good. If you look on gunbroker, etc., you might find a Charles Daly Mauser action reasonable. I spoke with a 'smith that built two rifles on these actions for folks, and he recommended them if you want a brand new Mauser action. I never shot one personally, but his word is good with me.

(formerly GHILLIE)

November 5, 2006, 01:56 PM
yes, wait , i'll say , that I know that cz used to sell actions and bbls, seperately, so I think they still do.

November 5, 2006, 02:11 PM
Im not flaming, just curious...

If its a bolt action, why go for 6.8? Does it match your AR? Isnt it pretty much the same as a .270?


s&w 24
November 5, 2006, 07:39 PM
don't have or want an AR. The point is to make a very light accurate bolt gun for vermin to deer. 6.8 spc is well under 270 ballistics. You can get a 5 lbs 270 but who wants to shoot crows with it? Can you say bruised sholder?

November 6, 2006, 12:25 AM
Thanks for the reply

November 6, 2006, 08:50 AM
I have one in 308 and I know they make a 6.8...I would get one if I had the cash

November 6, 2006, 09:11 AM
Remington has a limited run of 6.8 SPC bolt guns on the street. Check the auction sites, and you're sure to run across some.

If you really want to build one, I would think that the Savage short-action might be a good place to start. Barrels are easy to replace (so getting a custom barrel would be relatively trivial). More to the point, Savage makes a 223-length variant of their short action complete with a mag block and a bolt head baffle that shortens the bolt throw accordingly. The only real work that would need to be done is to get the bolt head set up for the case head dimensions of the 6.8SPC...

Were Remington not offering one (or if I didn't like the Remmie offering), I'd be really tempted to buy a cheap Savage 10 in 223 and start swappin' parts.

If you enjoyed reading about "best bolt action for 6.8 SPC" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!