So, I have finally gotten to the place in my life that I can start to have some of the guns that I want, not just what is utilitarian. I have grown to appreciate fine custom guns. The only problem is I'm not to the point in my life that I can afford thousands of dollars for one.
I have been looking at building my own. Last year I was looking at using a Savage action, because a few people I knew said they were cake to work on. As some have probably read, a few weeks ago I came home with a custom Mauser. There is no comparison between the two.
So now my dilemma begins, what action to use. I have ambitions of building two, a 35 whelen and something in the 24-26 caliber range. I'm a nostalgic personality and nothing strikes my fancy than a nice old gun, whether it's cut down or not. My one concern is the life of the action. I've picked up a few Savage's around and the actions feel sloppy and rough. But some of the Mauser's I've seen are in way worse shape, plus the bolt handle would need reforged. There is a part of me that says to just buy a new Savage, cheap, and start from there.
So, if you were doing it, what action would you use and what would you buy(new/used)?
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