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Old September 23rd, 2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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How do I know if I have a long or short action on my rifle?

Hi Everyone,

I just got in today a Remington 700 XCR long range tactical rifle in .308 26" barrel. How can I determine whether the action is long or short?

http://www.remington.com/products/fi...long_range.asp

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Old September 23rd, 2008, 09:33 PM   #2
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I suppose I should have asked whether this is based on cal of the round or what can be chambered? What would a .308 be considered?

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Old September 23rd, 2008, 09:57 PM   #3
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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....

Your .308 is a short action rifle.

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Old September 23rd, 2008, 11:07 PM   #4
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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

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The simple answer is t hat if the loaded factory round JUST fits in the ejection port, it is a short action.

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Old September 23rd, 2008, 11:08 PM   #5
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From YAhoo Answers:
Measure between the screw holes on the bottom of the rifle.

Long action is 7 3/8"....short action is 6 1/2".

Remington M24 sniper rifle built on long action in 308

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Old September 24th, 2008, 05:26 AM   #6
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I measured from the center of the screws between the floorplate and trigger guard and it came out to be 6 1/2". I now know that I have a short action rifle. Thanks!

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Old September 24th, 2008, 05:29 AM   #7
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Gun Rider,

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?

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Old September 24th, 2008, 05:36 AM   #8
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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.

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Question Mark V .257 Weatherby Magnum rifle

I had a questions about a .257 Weatherby I inherited. It is a beautiful West German left-handed Mark V, serial # 397xx.

It has got a Weatherby 2/34 - 10x Variable scope, also in great condition.

The overall condition is excellent+ and I know that the gentelman that owned it hardly shot it. Bore and all looks good.

I have heard that the early models from West Germany are highly sought after (?). Any ideas on value anyone?

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