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What is a shellholder style gun?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hadmanysons, Nov 19, 2008.

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  1. hadmanysons

    hadmanysons Member

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    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:
     
  2. Loggerlee

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    Means that you put the Round on the boltface then put the bolt in the gun.
     
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    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

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    Notice how short the action appears?
     
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    I've seen a few Benchrest target rifles with that feature, too.
     
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    Good info, thanks
     
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