What is a shellholder style gun?


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hadmanysons
November 19, 2008, 10:26 PM
I've searched and googled but have not found my answer. Everything I found talked about reloading.

My question is this: What is a shellholder style gun? As compared to bolt action or semi-auto? Like the L.A.R. Grizzly 50 cal. They say its a shell holder, what does that mean?

Thanks:confused:

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Loggerlee
November 19, 2008, 10:35 PM
Means that you put the Round on the boltface then put the bolt in the gun.

hadmanysons
November 19, 2008, 10:40 PM
Thanks

goalie
November 19, 2008, 11:26 PM
As stated, a shellholder action is one where you remove the bolt completely between shots, and the round slides into a groove in the bolt-face, holding it into place. One noticeable advantage of such an action, besides the obvious simplicity, is that the length of the actual action can be much shorter, allowing a rifle to be shorter and weigh less than a traditional bolt-action rifle for the same downrange performance. It isn't a big deal in normal calibers, but, with a .50BMG, the weight savings can be huge.

I am VERY pleased with my State Arms .50

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/8105/statearmsfifty004il0.th.jpg (http://img140.imageshack.us/my.php?image=statearmsfifty004il0.jpg)http://img140.imageshack.us/images/thpix.gif (http://g.imageshack.us/thpix.php)

Notice how short the action appears?

bonza
November 20, 2008, 12:57 AM
I've seen a few Benchrest target rifles with that feature, too.

hadmanysons
November 20, 2008, 01:02 AM
Good info, thanks

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