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    Are the FN Belgum actions a good action,reliable?

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    Sure worked well on my old .308 NORMA MAG!! Never a problem!!

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    I have a .300 magnum thats never failed using that action. Ive always heard there one of the best you can have.

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    I have a 1951 FN commercial action that is a joy to use. The timing on operating the bolt, camming, cocking, etc. is very smooth and precise.

    Modern guns just don't have this precision although most don't understand what I'm talking about. Everyone is hung up on extreme accuracy although ultimate accuracy is seldom an issue in the field.
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    Thanks guys,are they similar to the Interarms Whitworth action?

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    The Interarms are a copy of the FNs but not as well made or finished. Functionally there isn't much difference but the FNs are better finished and operate smoother and more precisely.

    If you have them both side by side you can easily tell the difference. Whether the FN is worth the extra is up to you.


    Quote Originally Posted by coues32 View Post
    Thanks guys,are they similar to the Interarms Whitworth action?
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    Yes, depending on which one we are talking about. Commercial FN's are great.
    A few things to watch for:

    I have FN actions sold by Sears in the 50's, that broke the trigger arms.

    They have a 2 piece trigger. Orig M98 triggers fit fine, as to aftermarket though. Rest of action is great.

    Fn400, last of the FN's, had a cheesy Aluminum bottom metal, I tend to like steel.

    The Chines Army FN built rifles from the 30's came back here in the 80's beat up pretty good, and often had set back lugs on the bolts. The field correction for the armorer was to weld and extension to the firing pin to reach the primer .....

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    Yes Fn Mausers are very good actions. The Sears rifles need some parts replaced on some, (two piece triggers), but great actions. The very best are the 1960's vintage browning Safari grade rifles. They have great triggers and three pos safety, though tang mounted.

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    yes, fine action.
    i had a 1963 FN BELGIAN by SEARS.
    Swapped out .30-06 barrel for Remington .3338 WM.
    weighed right at 7minus.
    kicked like a Georgia Mule.
    sold it on consignment at Sporty's in Clatskanie, ORYGUN......lived there 15 years.helped run TROJAN.

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    The FN Supreme actions are also highly desireable esp. the ones used by Weatherby in building his early rifles. Mine have the SAKO triggers in them; I've seen them in other FN Supreme actions also but not sure if they were standard equipment.


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    Yes Fn Mausers are very good actions. The Sears rifles need some parts replaced on some, (two piece triggers), but great actions. The very best are the 1960's vintage browning Safari grade rifles. They have great triggers and three pos safety, though tang mounted.
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    If I'm building a Mauser-based rifle, the FN is preferred. They're not commonly available now, even the Sears branded rifles are scarce, and getting pricier all the time. The Mark X is a fine action, certainly better than the Santa Barbara's, or a host of 'other' brands, just not as well done as the FN. They can be made to work very well, and I've used a lot of 'em.
    FN also made a lot of money producing military 98's for governments, and if you can locate one of those that hasn't had the guts pounded out of it, they also make up into very nice rifles, they just don't have the nice lines of the commercial versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darreld Walton View Post
    If I'm building a Mauser-based rifle, the FN is preferred. They're not commonly available now, even the Sears branded rifles are scarce, and getting pricier all the time. The Mark X is a fine action, certainly better than the Santa Barbara's, or a host of 'other' brands, just not as well done as the FN. They can be made to work very well, and I've used a lot of 'em.
    FN also made a lot of money producing military 98's for governments, and if you can locate one of those that hasn't had the guts pounded out of it, they also make up into very nice rifles, they just don't have the nice lines of the commercial versions.

    That was to be my question ! Are we talking about a FN commercial action or a FN military action.
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    FN commercial is prefered; the military FNs are better than many of the other military 98s if you can find a good one.

    Also- you can find a number of the military FNs in .30-06 so they already have the long magazine box etc. if that is what you want.


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    That was to be my question ! Are we talking about a FN commercial action or a FN military action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tvfinak View Post
    FN commercial is prefered; the military FNs are better than many of the other military 98s if you can find a good one.

    Also- you can find a number of the military FNs in .30-06 so they already have the long magazine box etc. if that is what you want.
    Many commercial rifles were built on FN military style actions. I have a FN commercial (J.C. Higgins) which was a 30-06 it's now a 416 Taylor.
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    I've always hated the military style actions with the thumb cutout - perhaps my dislike comes from years of using 03 Springfields. I've got a couple of sporters built on military actions but I can't see why anyone would build an expensive sporter on a military action anymore.

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    Many commercial rifles were built on FN military style actions. I have a FN commercial (J.C. Higgins) which was a 30-06 it's now a 416 Taylor.
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    The Military 98's don't have as "clean" a side-profile as the commercial pieces, especially compared to the Browning/FN's, BUT, if you're talking 03 Springfields, there isn't a cut out, and the front receiver ring is much much smaller than a large ring 98, and can be made up into a really nice little sporter without a lot of bulk. Only thing I've not much cared for on the 03 pattern rifles is the magazine cutoff and the knob on the back of the striker rod. Both can be dealt with, and it gives me something to do besides watch porn and eat cheezos.
    I've used several of the G33-40/VZ33 Czech produced small ring 98's, and love 'em!
    Right now, I'm down to a .257 Roberts on a VZ33, a .220 Swift on a G33/40, and another VZ33 still in 8X57 that the only alterations done to it was to be drilled and tapped, and the bolt handle altered. That 8mm is a heckuva shooter, but it will sore you up some with 200 gr. Noslers and a stout charge of powder.
    Perhaps the best of the bunch of the military 98's, at least as far as I'm concerned is still the old 1909 Argentine, but the nicer VZ24's that came in the last few years have been nice actions, as well.

    IF you can't get your hands on a decent FN, you might consider looking for one of the 598 Remington's chambered in a round that'll blow yer skirt up! I took a look at one, new in the box, in 7mm Remington Mag, at a Tru Value hardware store last fall for $450.00! That stock looks like it could be a poster child for an abortion clinic, but they're useable till you could find something more suitable!

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    Default Husky HiPowers and 640s.

    The Husqvarna Hipower and model 640 were FN Large Ring model 98 mauser actions.
    You can find them at Alan's Armory or at Simpson's Limited. This is where I would look for action for actions.

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    I have a FN action in .300 magnum. How do you know what type you have ? Commercial or military or whatever other types there were? Any identifying things to look for. Its just the action, the barrel says Firearms International Corp and it sits in a Fiberglass stock. Bought it maybe 20 years ago at the gunshop on muldoon , on the right as you went out of town just before the glenn highway.They've been gone for a while,forgot there exact name. O, I paid $400.00,good price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danthedewman1 View Post
    I have a FN action in .300 magnum. How do you know what type you have ? Commercial or military or whatever other types there were? Any identifying things to look for. Its just the action, the barrel says Firearms International Corp and it sits in a Fiberglass stock. Bought it maybe 20 years ago at the gunshop on muldoon , on the right as you went out of town just before the glenn highway.They've been gone for a while,forgot there exact name. O, I paid $400.00,good price?
    Military 98 style actions have a half-moon (thumb groove) cut out that is laying on its back, just in front of the bolt release on the side of the action oppisite the bolt. This cut in the action allows the use of stripper clips to load the magazine. Many commercial firearms were manufactured with military Mauser actions after WWII thru the mid-60's. HUSKY is a good example, Parker Hale made some also.
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    Nope ,no cut out there just a smooth area that say FN action..made in Belgium.

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