++Bighorn TL3 Builds++

5RWill

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It's to mention if you don't remove the button like Sheldon did you will get charged more. When i saw his prices for disassembled i assumed the bare receiver was fine and didn't touch the mechanical ejector or bolt stop button, which cost me some and drove the price up. But he does great work as Shelon noted and is just an all around easy guy to deal with. He also offers polishing as well, which to be fair i still haven't come across an action as smooth as my tempest i let him polish and DLC.
 

christopher.dow

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I stumbled upon this thread from a Google image search I did while waiting for my TL3 to get out of waiting period jail at the FFL. I should have my XLR Envy Chassis and Shilen .308 barrel in time to build it the first weekend in December. From reading all this, I feel even more confident that I made the right choice (I was considering a Defiance Deviant as well). I’ll post pics once I’ve built and shot it.

Thanks for all the wisdom you e posted here!


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***Been meaning to drop something like this here for a while, wrote this in response to a question elsewhere and decided it was time. Thank you to the Bighorn crew for offering actions that allow this type of system to be so flexible!***

I've owned quite a few bolt actions in the last 11 years, probably around 30 or so. Not at the same time mind you, but it wasn't uncommon for me to have 10+ at once. I always found them a hassle to keep on top of. I never had more than 3 or 4 ready to go at any one time. A few have been totally stock, most have had some level of customization, and a few have been full customs.

Whenever I'd get back from a day spent shooting my "best" rifle, I'd wonder why I even had all the fair to middlin stuff, and say I should just get set up with a few matching "best" setups and call it good. Over the course of this year I did just that. Now I have three matching Bighorn TL3-SA's, which of course headspace the same making barrels interchangeable between them. The swappable bolt faces allow any of them to be 223, 308, or magnum bolts in ~ 30 seconds. I have two matching MPA Comp chassis's, and my favorite hunting weight stock in the Manners EH1. I've got three semi-matching Bushnell's, and matching Timney Calvin triggers set at 16 oz. There's four barrels here so far with another on the way, and I'm getting set up to have flats milled on them to swap them out quickly without needing my barrel vise (read, at the range). Whenever I'm interested in a new chambering (I'm not very interested in most though, 3 of 5 barrels are Dashers) or wear a barrel out, I can have a savage prefit from NSS here in 2-3 days, a premium barrel with a bugnut from Greg Young in ~ a month, or a premium shouldered barrel from PVA in however long they're taking, all without shipping an action or rifle out.

Now I can put my attention towards shooting (and also hunting) and my money towards barrels/bullets/brass/powder/primers as well as entry fees and fancy tags. As of now I'd certainly do it again, and anticipate long term happiness with the system, but time will of course tell. I may do some scope upgrading though, as funds allow.

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Thanks guys! The matching heavy gun has been getting quite a lot of use as a loaner, which was 1/3 of the reason I'd built it (also for practice and as a backup). In the four matches since I got it put together it's been used by others in three! I'm glad to have a quality platform to hand folks to get their feet wet. I do need to add some bright paint to one chassis to make them a touch easier to tell apart at a glance.

One downside of the matching setups, if you find a new component or part you like, it costs you 2x or 3x!
 

christopher.dow

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The final parts for my TL3 arrived this week, and I was able to get two days in at the range. Here’s the setup:

TL3 Action with 20 MOA rail from Northwest Shooters Supply
Shilen 26” .308 Stainless Savage pre-fit (muzzle threaded by Shilen)
Little Bastard muzzle break
Timney 510 trigger (I could not get two different Shilen triggers to function)
XLR Envy chassis with ergo grip, XRL Extreme butt stock, and folder
Vortex Razor HD Gen II

I can’t believe how easy it was to barrel this thing. As you see in the pics, I don’t keep vices mounted on my work bench. The total time, including vice set up, barrel installation, and vice takedown was about 30 minutes.

There was the usual run-in stuff when I got to the range, but once it was dialed in, that thing shoots!

The four-shot groups were when cease-fire was called before I could get the last shot off.




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5RWill

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It's finally almost done, Triggertech is on the way and it should be finished. Got some 123gr Scenars loaded over 4451 should be shooting Wednesday. Weighs a little more than i was expecting probably 12ish pounds depending. Wont get it DLC'd/Cerakoted and fluted until january likely.
 

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5RWill

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I think this is by far my favorite 2-lug i've used. Granted i've not run any other other than a remington for an extended amount of time. But the bolt lift, cock on close, and cam over are just smooth as hell. The way it feeds is ridiculous as well i press check almost constantly because i don't realize the action picked up the round. Love it. I need to get it painted and fluted and then try and source a proof .284 barrel for a 7 SAUM.

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Love this thread. My build should be done by end of Feb. Can anyone tell me if I need the extended sear for the Timney 510 trigger (model U I think) with a Bighorn action?
 

5RWill

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To add those looking to TT triggers the Standard will only go to 2.5lbs for the Bighorns while the Special will go to 1.5lbs. Least both following their instructions per setting the lowest weight are reading those in my TL3. Haven't tried them in Dad's SR3. I'm sure the Diamond goes lower.
 

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My 2nd TL3 is waiting to be sent out for DLC so it matches this one. Need to finish up 2 barrel reviews then sending it over to Bighorn.

Bighorn TL3 DLC
XLR Evolution w/Tactical Buttstock
Jewell HVR 14oz
Patriot Valley Arms 26" Rock Creek 6.5x47L Marksman Contour Prefit
Bighorn 12 Point Barrel Nut
ARC 10rd Mag
Rugged Surge 7.62
Harris S-BRM
Vortex Razor HD


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I love this thread, but some of the photos aren’t loading for me. How much of the TL3 action do you guys recommend getting DLC coated? I haven’t thought of it until reading on page 17.
 

DEW0341

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Ordered this one DLC from Bighorn after they started offering it from the factory. ordered dec10 received feb 2. The bolt body is darker than I expected it to be I don't know if coatings are different now? I thought it would be much shinier not as flat and gunmetalish based off pics of other actions
 

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im loving my setup. The throw is even smoother than it was new, after ~400 times dryfiring for practice. Already looking into another caliber to complement the 6.5 creedmoor I currently run.
How is the barrel blended with the action? Can we get a close-up shot?
 

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Ordered this one DLC from Bighorn after they started offering it from the factory. ordered dec10 received feb 2. The bolt body is darker than I expected it to be I don't know if coatings are different now? I thought it would be much shinier not as flat and gunmetalish based off pics of other actions
Bolt bodies are still receiving the same coating they have been in the last year. They do tend to look darker in DLC coated receivers than they do in standard finish (bead blasted) receivers, but that seems to be a trick our eyes play on us. Other than that, there has not been a change in bolt bodies.
-Ray
 
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DEW0341

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Bolt bodies are still receiving the same coating they have been in the last year. They do tend to look darker in DLC coated receivers than they do in standard finish (bead blasted) receivers, but that seems to be a trick our eyes play on us. Other than that, there has not been a change in bolt bodies.
-Ray
I like the dark look, no qualms with it at all. Just wanted to let you know I'm not complaining about it👍🏻
 

5RWill

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Yup i meant to post that earlier months ago actually. Idk if i disclosed the details but i emailed Bighorn after they shortly announced DLC. $75 is a steal. For reference it cost me 200$ to do dad's SR3 receiver. Granted to be fair i forgot to take the ejector out. Still would've been 120$ though.
 

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Big Horn Arms TL3 Action
24" Bartlein 5R 6.5 Creedmoor Rem Varm Barrel
Manners T6A Elite Carbon Fiber Stock in GAP Camo
TriggerTech Special Trigger
Area 419 Hellfire Muzzle Brake
Athlon ARES BTR 4.5-27x50 mounted in Seekins Precision Rings
ATLAS Bipod Rail
PIG Skins Barricade Pad
 

Xander3Zero

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So I'm really starting to think I am gonna jump in on building a new rifle with a TL3... in my head I've already spent the money, and now I'm just going through the normal process of hemming and hawing before I finally make the commitment lol!

I have a question that I think I already know the answer to, but just to confirm: How is the TL3's CRF for single feeding cartridges in through the ejection port. When I am just casually shooting I tend to just lay rounds on top of the magazine in the port, and know that some CRF actions dont like to be fed this way. But the TL3 addresses this concern with a sliding extractor claw, correct?
 

CavScout85

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Let's bump this thread with a pic of a bare action. Funny how early on you guys were waiting for the actions, now I've got the action and waiting on both the chassis and the barrel.

Plans are an XLR Envy chassis and a shouldered prefit from Josh at PVA cerakoted to match the action in 6.5 with Jetblast brake, and a CG Extreme Mod 22 2 stage trigger.

DLC'd TL3 from Core shooting:

 
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