Rigby on a Rem 700 action

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I was wondering if anyone has built a 416 Rigby or one of the big Wbys on a Rem 700 action and if so anything I should watch for?

I will be using a seekings precision bottom metal and magazine, so I should have the COL taken care of in that area. I am using a custom bolt with a Sako extractor and proper head size.

Anything else that I need to pay attention to? Advice would be appreciated.
 

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I have been told that there is not enough metal left on the rim of the bolt face to be safe after the bolt has been reamed out to accept the cartridge head. Please verify this when you talk to a competent gunsmith about your project.
 

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Ross Seyfried had a 700 in 416 remington, fact check, but that is what I remember, that he said was his most reliable rifle, if push feed.
 

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I don’t see why not, they make them in .338 lapua and that’s the 416 case.

Rigby: .590
Lapua: .588
Weatherby: .579


 

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You are correct- you'll have to use either a Sako or M16 type extractor. That necessitates the extractor being placed next to the lug which in turn may tend to flip extracted cartridges at a higher than optimal angle where they may impact either scope or mount. The Sako type extractor is a captured-by-detent system while the M16 type is cross pinned. Most consider the M16 type to be more robust.
 

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Why not just take a Remington 700 in 300 RUM and rebarrel it to a 404 Jeffrey? That I think would take very little work. Bet the magazine takes zero modifications.
 

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Contact them . The owner runs a blog about building custom dangerous game rifles , and is a master gunsmith . He recommends that the Remington Model 700 action is only ACCEPTABLE for large calibre dangerous game rounds , if used with M-16 extractors . The standard small extractor is not adequate for reliably extracting large .416 Rigby cases , when the bolt is operated speedily .

Nevertheless , there are much more superior actions available today ; which make the Remington Model 700 action quite superfluous for a dangerous game rifle build .
 

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