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Old 02-09-2021, 03:18 AM
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Am I able to make any custom short action 223 bolt face and alter mags work for a 20 vartarg?
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Old 02-09-2021, 04:13 AM
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Am I able to make any custom short action 223 bolt face and alter mags work for a 20 vartarg?
Unless you can find a short action that was originally in say a 221 FB or maybe the 300Black out, mag and all, most 223 actions and magazines are a hit and miss as far as being a good repeater. Most are shot single shot/sled.
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Old 02-09-2021, 02:02 PM
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I have two on Stiller Predator actions. One is a repeater and one is a single shot, both eject just fine, Stiller uses a Sako style extractor on the .223 size actions. My repeater was built after seeing one built by Adam Bentley and it feeds and functions just fine. I used a Rem 700 Fireball magazine and follower that I bought from Remington. This gun is my walking woodchuck gun and I really donít need a repeater, it never misses. Most accurate rifle I own.
My second is a prairie dog rifle and I just went single shot. If I built another walking varmint rifle I would be inclined to just go single shot again.
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Old 02-09-2021, 02:06 PM
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Call Jim Borden and talk to him. See if his short 6 action would work with a smaller bolt face. His actions are top quality.

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Old 02-09-2021, 02:40 PM
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Am I able to make any custom short action 223 bolt face and alter mags work for a 20 vartarg?
I pissed away a lot of money by rebarreling a REM 700 in factory 223 to a 221 FB. It would not feed from the magazine and would not eject empties or loaded cartridges.
I ended up re barreling back to a 223.
Since then, Iíve had custom a 221FB and 20 VT made on Sako A1 actions and they work just fine. Also Iíve had made a 20 VT on a R 700 that was originally a factory 221 FB. It works great.
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Old 02-09-2021, 03:22 PM
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When Remington brought out the 221FB in the M700, they had to change the position of the ejector to get the action to eject. The 223 Remington bolt works fine for a 223, but with the 221FB it does not work.
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Old 02-09-2021, 03:36 PM
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Am I able to make any custom short action 223 bolt face and alter mags work for a 20 vartarg?
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YOU CAN MAKE THAT WORK,I HAVE BUILT SEVERAL VARTARGS.3 ON 17 OR 221 FIREBALL ACTIONS.3 ON 223 ACTIONS WITH ALTERED MAGS OR MAKE A SINGLE SHOT.223 BOLT WILL PULL CASE AND DROP ON ACTION.MY PERSONAL VARTARG I USED A PACIFIC TOOL & GUAGE.BOLT CUT WITH SAKO EXTRACTOR THAT WORKS GREAT.REMINGTON ACTIONS ARE GREAT AND DONT BREAK THE BANK.I CAN HELP YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT.
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Old 02-09-2021, 04:02 PM
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Okay thank you everyone, maybe Iíll just keep an eye out for a copper or something. Not too interested in a single shot. Maybe Iíll switch focus to a 17 cal of some kind. Always wanted to try one of them
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Old 02-09-2021, 04:26 PM
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Since you have a 223 action and you're looking for reliable feeding/extraction have you given any thought to building a 20-222 instead of something off of the 221FB case? Anything off of the 222 case will feed and extract smooth as butter from any 223 action.
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Old 02-09-2021, 04:32 PM
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Okay thank you everyone, maybe Iíll just keep an eye out for a copper or something. Not too interested in a single shot. Maybe Iíll switch focus to a 17 cal of some kind. Always wanted to try one of them
A 17 Remington or even a 20-222 on a s/a i.e. Rem 700 or such, would work just fine as a repeater, if a repeater is what you prefer. or even a 20 practical is another fine choice and will cover a multitude of critters shooting.
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