The only Ruger action I'm aware of that will fit a 505 Gibbs is the Ruger Magnum, or RSM. (I have one converted to 505 And they no longer build them as they don't have the machinery any longer. This their reason for developing the 375 Ruger a d then the 416 Ruger on a standard 30-06 length action.Just a question can one buy a M77 CFR action only and use that to build a custom rifle reason for asking I have a friend who wants to build a 505 Gibbs. He was thinking of getting a Montana action
Just a question can one buy a M77 CFR action only and use that to build a custom rifle reason for asking I have a friend who wants to build a 505 Gibbs. He was thinking of getting a Montana action
Sorry if this is a duplicate post, I haven't seen a similar post yet.
I went to help order a rifle for a friend (a stainless 375 H&H), and noticed the website is down. Upon further search, I found this;
So, Ruger stops making safari rifle in everything but their own proprietary Ruger cartridges, Then CZ stops making the 550, and now Montana Rifle Company is closed.
Seems like affordable controlled-round feed safari rifles are disappearing fast. Looks like the Model 70 is the lone affordable hold-out that still chambers in standard safari cartridges.
Who are these new owners - venture capitalists? To me, there is more to this story and the company is tippy-toeing around words to make up for their post-acquisition shitshow. They want you to believe their company was doing so well that they only thing they can do is close the plant?
This sounds more like a Marlin / Remington deal. The new owners are going to find a new plant in a different state so they cut wages, then they are going to cheapen the quality of the rifles, sell them for the same price, and pretend everything is the same.
They are taking a big risk. With smaller Semi-custom rifle makers increasing, people are going to forget about Montana fast. Winchester was able to pull it off only because of the brand they had for 100 years.
Imo, these new rifles are likely going to be overpriced junk
I have a friend who might be able to get in contact with them. I will see what he says and get back to you.They have been advertising on this forum (recently), they had their rep as member here. It would be nice from him to make some comments on situation with this company.
If your friend was thinking of a Montana action then he can afford a Deviant Hunter action from Defiance Machine.
CRF and 3-position safety are options.
Are the Defiance actions true CRF? I thought the actions, while exceptional, are based on Rem 700 and have a Sako type extractor.
Another option, although expensive, are the Granite Mountain Arms actions. I checked with them about a 404 Jeff, barreled action (Krieger barrel) and the lead time was about a year. GMA has several custom rifles available now: https://granitemountainarms.com/finishedrifles.html
I am one of those members with a Blaser R8.There is also the competition from European rifle makers, some of which are multi caliber. Some members of this forum have bought those and sing their praises as better than sliced bread.