Long Action w/ Short Magnum?


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cipher
July 17, 2009, 03:39 AM
I'm looking to build a .300 RSAUM and at first was going to go with a Surgeon short action and a magnum bolt face. However I don't like the idea that OAL is going to be a problem shooting VLDs. Would any of you suggest going to a long action? From what I've gathered, the only real difference is bolt throw.

Anyone other good reasons not to go up a size? I'm hardly worried about any theoretical differences in stiffness and 4 oz extra weight is negligible in my case. Do they sell replacement bolt stops that can eliminate the bolt throw issue? Also, would I have to pin the magazine in the long action AICS magazines?

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natman
July 17, 2009, 05:39 AM
Why use a short action cartridge with a long action? If you are comfortable with a long action why not take advantage of it with a 300 Win Mag?

cipher
July 19, 2009, 11:57 AM
The short magnums are more efficient, and even if the speeds don't quite match, coming close w/ 60 grains as opposed to 80 is right up my alley.

NCsmitty
July 19, 2009, 03:00 PM
From what I've read here on THR threads, the Savage short action is quite a bit longer than a Remington short action. I don't know if you would be happy with a Savage or not, but they are a good action.
I personally like to seat my bullets out too, so I know what you mean.
Short Mags with the bullets out have a good advantage with the extra powder space.


NCsmitty

Arkel23
July 19, 2009, 03:16 PM
Just get a .300 wby mag, it has way better ballistics than a RSAUM and cost less I'm sure. I've never seen a .300 RSAUM box in a store anywhere. So yes, go to the long action and go with a .300 Weatherby Magnum.

Cypress
July 19, 2009, 04:11 PM
I have a 300WSM built on a savage long action. For a target rifle it definately has its advantages with the WSM. Longer OAL with more case capacity gets a few more FPS out of it. The bolt throw doesn't bother me. Shoots inside 1" at 300 yds if I do my part.

cipher
July 21, 2009, 03:18 AM
Thanks for the responses.

I think I'll look around for a bit before I decide to do the short mag in the long action. I got that feeling that I could be missing something, and those Surgeons aren't exactly cheap. I guess if the Army does it, then it can't be anything too painful, though.

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