Thread: Short action
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Old January 30, 2000, 10:27 PM   #3
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
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The dimensions of "long" and "short" actions vary with the manufacturer. At one time, for example, Remington made a Model 721 long action for .30-'06 size cartridges, and a Model 722 for .222 and .223 size. Now, there is one model number, 700, but it is still made in two action sizes.

Other makers use a "one size fits all" with the longer action adapted to short cartridges by means of magazine blocks and the like.

Some actions, especially ex-military Mausers, have been shortened by gunsmiths by cutting a piece out of the action and the bolt and welding the pieces back together. By cutting off center, some smiths made a long action and a short action from two standard length actions.

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