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    Modular rifle build

    Like a lot of people I'm wrestling with the replacement of my AR. While mine was a pure hunting tool, I did rather like the modular aspect of the platform, and enjoyed building it from parts, with the possibility of morphing it to other niches (if I'd had the opportunity).

    I've canvased several replacement options but nothing yet has reached my loosely defined personal "satisfaction/benefits vrs cost" ratio

    However I've been thinking and have a modest proposal to offer for your opinions and thoughts . . . . now keep in mind that although I want "modular" I'm at heart a Blued Steel and Walnut fan.

    A key gap in my cabinet is what some would define as a "walk-about varmint" rifle - lightish, with a bit of reach, smaller pesties to 300M, wallabies, goats and the like to 500M etc. I'm not too focused on the actual cartridge yet, except that it should fit in a short action.

    With an eye to modular I got hammering the keyboard and bugging suppliers (the good buggers @camowsm @kiwigreg @dfmaisey ). Nothing has hit the mark yet with suppliers so it might have to be a order and wait project - but sometimes that's not a bad thing.

    So - the proposed build details

    Action - a Bighorn "Origin" ordered with two boltheads, .378 and .473 (and who knows, maybe the fashion bug will get me and I'd need a magnum BH for 6.5 PRC)
    Barrel - something in the class of a Brux, Bartilen or Kreiger - about 20 or 22", light varmint profile
    Bottom metal - Remington std hinged "BDL" floorplate etc (initially to save a few bob - its modular so can be changed), later I'd like a 5 shot flush mag with the ability to slam a 10 shot (er) in if that runs dry
    A special recoil lug - a "Switch lug" which offers practically tool-less barrel changes, no barrel nut https://westtexordnance.com/product-...ry/switchlugs/ (note that this needs an action without an integral recoil lug)
    Stock would be a Remington factory walnut sporter stock of the highest grade I can find through the course of the build. Long term upgrade into something with an adjustable comb.

    I've been down the switch barrel route before and its not that useful for day to day changes, but with this platform I'm looking at the ability to change long term, playing with various chamberings, taking advantage of stocks or barrels that come up etc etc.

    Thoughts??

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    Buy a Savage action...
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    Fascinating
    Identify your target beyond all doubt

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    Closest I've seen to what you want is the Black Collar Arms Pork Sword. Whether it fits your needs, not sure.

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    although I want "modular" I'm at heart a Blued Steel and Walnut fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    Buy a Savage action...
    Savage have a reputation for accuracy but to me they are just plain ugly . . . you could never love one
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    without a picture . .. it never happened !

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossi.45 View Post
    Savage have a reputation for accuracy but to me they are just plain ugly . . . you could never love one
    Yup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rossi.45 View Post
    Savage have a reputation for accuracy but to me they are just plain ugly . . . you could never love one
    On the contrary, I love 2 of them

    Have a short and long action and 5 barrels between them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    On the contrary, I love 2 of them

    Have a short and long action and 5 barrels between them...
    Theres always an anomaly to every rule ;-)
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    Modular

    Hard to shop for tentman.
    Found this in walnut, as for magazines! carry as many as you can read.
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    FALL IN LOVE WITH THE NUMBERS , NOT THE IDEA

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    A mooseburge

    What about a mooseburge and don't feed me that line it's not walnut.
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    As ground control says, Blaser
    Overkill is still dead.

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    https://www.ballisticmag.com/2018/05...n-rifles-2018/

    I think I will purchase a direct impingement action as it's not a semi auto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossi.45 View Post
    Savage have a reputation for accuracy but to me they are just plain ugly . . . you could never love one
    Yeah but still lots of fun....wait...are we still talking about firearms..?

 

 

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