How do I know if I have a long or short action on my rifle?
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I just got in today a Remington 700 XCR long range tactical rifle in .308 26" barrel. How can I determine whether the ...
Most short action calibers result in a shorter ,but for lack of a better term "fatter" case. Example...a 30-06 and 7mm Rem Magnum are considered a "long action" cartridges as compared to the 308 Win or 223 Rem. which are "Short Action" cartridges..Different length cases....30-06 & 7mm being a longer case than that of a 308 Win or 223 Rem caliber case....
Not so fast! The remington 700 is available in a long action AND a short action in 308, only a short action in 223.
Some smiths use remington long actions fro 308s so hey can have interchangable barrels -- others, because the short action JUST fits a loaded round of 308, who want to seat their bullets further out, use the long action
You mentioned that if the loaded factory round fits then it is a short action. Is there only certain type of ammunition I can use with this rifle or that comes recommended for this rifle? Also, when I go to purchase the ammunition, do I need to specify to the dealer that I need long or short action ammunition?
No, the action itself is sized to allow any SAAMI spec (the American governing group) ammunition to be used. There is enough room to also use CID (Euro-spec) ammo, as well. These specifications include head size, overall length, case dimensions, and pressures contained during firing.