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Mystical creature: Bolt action rifle with trigger guard safety?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by casio02478, Dec 20, 2007.

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  1. casio02478

    casio02478 Member

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    Just wondering if this type of rifle exist. A bolt-action rifle that have the safety located around the trigger guard area like the cross bolt safety found on Rem 870s and Win 1300s. I want a new bolt-action hunting rifle and add a thumbhole/pistol grip stock but converting those with tang safety is not the best or comfortable solution. I will probably go with a rem 700 in the end but is wondering if there is a better animal out there for this project?
     
  2. GunTech

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    You can get a version of the Jewell trigger where the safety lever goes down into the trigger guard area in front of the trigger. But be aware that a standard Jewell varmint trigger runs over $200. But once you try one, you'll be addicted.
     
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    Well, there are aftermarket 3-position safeties for the Rem 700 that are similar to the Winchester M70 safety (on the bolt), so this should permit you to get a thumbhole stock. Gunsmith fitting is required, I believe, but they aren't terribly expensive.

    Or, look into a Winchester M70 as the platform for the new stock. Winchester is supposed to be making these again summer 2008 (and waiting list may be quite long).

    Or, get a barreled action from Montana Rifle Company and have your custom stock fitted to this action. (It's a M70 clone, available in short, long and long with a magnum length magazine)

    I did the MRC option and, so far, I'm quite pleased with the result.

    I think you'll like the 3-position safety. In the rear position it locks the bolt and blocks the firing pin (instead of blocking the trigger), in the middle position the bolt is unlocked but the firing pin stays blocked , and the forward position unblocks both bolt and firing pin.

    One of the other claims to fame of the Winchester M70 action is the easily disassembled bolt -- firing pin assembly can be slid out the rear for cleaning in the field without tools and without fear of dropping something small. MRC kept this feature in their 1999 action.
     
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    The Sauer 200 & 202 have the safety in the trigger guard. One presses on the safety to engauge it and then up on the release in front of the trigger to take it off. It is fast, silent, and easy to get use to.

    M200safety2.jpg
     
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