The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > The Smithy

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 30, 2000, 08:22 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: January 16, 2000
Posts: 208
I've heard the term "short action" used when discussing rifles. What exactly does it mean?
Mr.X is offline  
Old January 30, 2000, 08:40 PM   #2
Staff Alumnus
Join Date: March 11, 1999
Location: Masquito infested flatlands of Mid-FL
Posts: 1,857
Short actions refer to the length of that action. This is in direct relation to the length of cartridges that will fit the rifle (i.e. .223, 7mm-08, .308)

Long actions will handle longer cartridges (.300 WinMag and the like) with a corresponding longer bolt throw to chamber a round.

I don't know the "stands" for long and short actions. Maybe another member will help us our.

GySgt, USMC(Ret)
NRA Life, Lodge 1201-UOSSS
"Si vis Pacem Para Bellum"
Schmit is offline  
Old January 30, 2000, 10:27 PM   #3
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
Posts: 24,193
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.

James K is offline  
Old January 31, 2000, 08:34 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: March 11, 1999
Location: The Sunny South
Posts: 2,174
As stated above Short Action refers to an action that is only long enough to handle a particular round. Why have extra weight that is not needed? Remington has the M700 in short and long 308 types are short and 30/06 types are long. After this you also have your Magnum actions which will take your longer rounds. Some folks like Sako and Dakota carry this a little bit further. You can cut em and block em you can even stretch em but getting a new made one that is right is the best idea IMHO
HankL is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:43 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2017 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.14960 seconds with 7 queries