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Okay custom Rifle builders.... you know who you are!...
 
Trop's manufacturing and division of Trop's Gunshop here in PA just purchased the design and all rights to the ED Brown 704 rifle built by Legendary Arms Works.   Ed Brown ceased production in 2010
 
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Who here has heard of the 704 Action and what have you heard?
Does anyone have one?
 
It sounds like this action has all the best features from different Manufacturers...
 
Okay boys let her rip, I need some background info...  This just my be my first complete custom build...
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I don't have one, but I'm familiar with the Ed Brown M704 action. I've seen their "Damara" rifle (based off the 704 action) several times at the Dallas Safari Club show.

It's a nice action; well built as you'd expect from Ed Brown. It's kinda unique in that it's a controlled round feed action, but with a push feed looking bolt that doesn't use the long Mauser style claw extractor; it uses a unique extractor of Brown's own design. Basically, it's just like any other Remington 700 clone bolt with 2 lugs, except it has the lower portion of the bolt face slotted to allow rounds in the magazine to slide up under the extractor for the controlled round feeding. It also has a spiral fluted bolt body and a Winchester 70 style 3-pos wing safety. I'm pretty sure it has the typical Remington 700 round action footprint dimensions, so the action should fit any stock designed for the 700, but I'm not absolutely certain of that because I've never seen the action outside of the stock. I do know it accepts standard Remington 700 style 2-pin trigger assemblies, so this fact lends extra evidence to the fact it's likely a 700 style drop-in action. Think of it as a hybrid between the Rem 700 and Win 70 made to tighter tolerances than either.

Not much else to say. If Trop maintains the same production processes, then it's a close-fitted, well-machined action. I know Ed Brown made them out of 4140 CM steel, but I'm not certain they ever made a stainless steel version. If they did, I've never seen or heard of it. If Trop does offer it in stainless steel, I would definitely opt for that route, unless you're wanting to build a "blued and wood" custom rifle.

Good luck, have fun, and if you do have a rifle built, be sure and let us see the finished product.
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 Thats Ted I was hoping you had some comments.
 
I'm just doing research at this point.  I have been playing with the idea of a ground up build for a while.  I have been leaning toward a T3 action cause of the reported butter smoothness of them and still quite reasonable cost.
 
Peddler is actually the one that sent me the link to Trops M704 accouncement and it intriqued me.
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