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What custom action for a new SB Silhoutte Rifle?

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I am curious to hear from the individuals who use a custom rifle for SB Silhouette matches. What is the most popular custom action do people use for a SB Silhoutte custom rifle?

I doubt very much that I will ever have a custom rifle built so this is just a, “I am curious” question.

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Really depends on what you're looking for; there's several options. I used a 2500X single shot right bolt/left port action for mine. Couldn't be happier.
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Doodaddy wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:14 pm Really depends on what you're looking for; there's several options. I used a 2500X single shot right bolt/left port action for mine. Couldn't be happier.
Right bolt but a left port for silhouette? Wouldn’t that be difficult to use? If it works for you that is great; I am trying to figure out how you do it.
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DavidABQ wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:28 pm
Doodaddy wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:14 pm Really depends on what you're looking for; there's several options. I used a 2500X single shot right bolt/left port action for mine. Couldn't be happier.
Right bolt but a left port for silhouette? Wouldn’t that be difficult to use? If it works for you that is great; I am trying to figure out how you do it.
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Significantly easier in my opinion.

As a right handed shooter, I'm always on the left side of the rifle so loading on that side makes sense rather than trying to reach around and do it from the right side. So I'm loading from the side I'm on and can easily see. There's no wrong way to do it; I just prefer this one.
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Hmmmm, I had not considered a left hand loading port. Interesting idea.
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DavidABQ wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:52 pm Hmmmm, I had not considered a left hand loading port. Interesting idea.
Foreign idea at first, but comfortable once you try it. I first got experience with it benchrest shooting and really enjoyed it. If we're ever at the same match, come try it out on mine.
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I just may take you up on your offer if you come out to the Nationals at the Whittington Center. Of course that is if Nationals ever return there. Maybe it is the NRA’s intention to make Ridgway the permanent home for Silhouette. 2022 will be the third(?) year that silhouette nationals have been scheduled at Ridgway.
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My pet 22 is also a right-bolt left-port single-shot 2500X. I think it is absolutely perfect. The thought of switching hands and flipping a rifle over to load in a right port every shot makes absolutely no sense once you try the left port.

It works because between shots after I shoot, I flip the bolt open to eject and while maintaining my right hand on the grip I rest the barrel of the rifle on a sandbag, take a breath and swear at my incompetence before I reload. When you do that, that left port is staring directly at you. Reloading involves picking up a round with your left hand and setting it on the loading trough without moving the rifle in the slightest. When you are ready to shoot, the left hand goes under the belly of the rifle, the right hand snicks the bolt closed and goes back onto the grip, and the rifle comes up to try again - easy peasy. FAR superior to a right port in my opinion.

I like it so much that when I built my ultimate high-power a year later I went with the same configuration on a BAT.

And in the "for what it's worth" file, I know a bunch of guys who buy a 1712 or similar, then rebarrel and restock it. If you are going to do that, it's no more expensive to go with a custom action in the first place. I think a 2500X or Turbo is superior to any factory rifle action, and it lets you choose any 700 based trigger. Win win.

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DavidABQ wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:02 pm I just may take you up on your offer if you come out to the Nationals at the Whittington Center. Of course that is if Nationals ever return there. Maybe it is the NRA’s intention to make Ridgway the permanent home for Silhouette. 2022 will be the third(?) year that silhouette nationals have been scheduled at Ridgway.
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RickF wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:00 pm My pet 22 is also a right-bolt left-port single-shot 2500X. I think it is absolutely perfect. The thought of switching hands and flipping a rifle over to load in a right port every shot makes absolutely no sense once you try the left port.

It works because between shots after I shoot, I flip the bolt open to eject and while maintaining my right hand on the grip I rest the barrel of the rifle on a sandbag, take a breath and swear at my incompetence before I reload. When you do that, that left port is staring directly at you. Reloading involves picking up a round with your left hand and setting it on the loading trough without moving the rifle in the slightest. When you are ready to shoot, the left hand goes under the belly of the rifle, the right hand snicks the bolt closed and goes back onto the grip, and the rifle comes up to try again - easy peasy. FAR superior to a right port in my opinion.

I like it so much that when I built my ultimate high-power a year later I went with the same configuration on a BAT.

And in the "for what it's worth" file, I know a bunch of guys who buy a 1712 or similar, then rebarrel and restock it. If you are going to do that, it's no more expensive to go with a custom action in the first place. I think a 2500X or Turbo is superior to any factory rifle action, and it lets you choose any 700 based trigger. Win win.
It's scary how identical we think on this lol.
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DavidABQ not sure where u get your information but SB/HP are not scheduled for Ridgway in 2022!!!!
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44 mag wrote: Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:45 am DavidABQ not sure where u get your information but SB/HP are not scheduled for Ridgway in 2022!!!!
Not yet.
Actually I misspoke, isn't 2021 the third consecutive year that an silhouette nationals have been scheduled for Ridgway, P.A.?
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Scheduled yes but there were no Nationals in 2020 so Ridgway was awarded them in 2021 to recoup some of the money that was spent preparing.
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DavidABQ wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:02 pm I just may take you up on your offer if you come out to the Nationals at the Whittington Center. Of course that is if Nationals ever return there. Maybe it is the NRA’s intention to make Ridgway the permanent home for Silhouette.
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Doodaddy wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:42 pm Significantly easier in my opinion.

As a right handed shooter, I'm always on the left side of the rifle so loading on that side makes sense rather than trying to reach around and do it from the right side. So I'm loading from the side I'm on and can easily see. There's no wrong way to do it; I just prefer this one.
I don't have a custom action, just a lowly 1710, but I, too, prefer to single-load with my left hand after opening the bolt with my right. The 1700 action isn't a left-port action but is open enough to facilitate lefthand loading. (High scope rings also helps with the process.)

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