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I’m running a 6bra and 6.5x47 Impacts in Foundation stocks. Both run Arc mags (with MK followers) flawlessly. Both also have 27 inch hv barrels and 419 brakes. It’s already been mentioned how smooth the Imacts are so I don’t need to expand on that. Joe at Exodus built both and these combinations flat out shoot.
 
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I’m running a 6bra and 6.5x47 Impacts in Foundation stocks. Both run Arc mags (with MK followers) flawlessly. Both also have 27 inch hv barrels and 419 brakes. It’s already been mentioned how smooth the Imacts are so I don’t need to expand on that. Joe at Exodus built both and these combinations flat out shoot.
Share some pics with us! Ol Joe sure can build em!
 

USMC1990

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Anyone know when Impact 737r 308’s available again? Emailed Impact but have not received response yet. If anyone knows where I can get one in the next month or so, I would greatly appreciate the info. Thank you.
 

Renomd

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I’m running a 6bra and 6.5x47 Impacts in Foundation stocks. Both run Arc mags (with MK followers) flawlessly. Both also have 27 inch hv barrels and 419 brakes. It’s already been mentioned how smooth the Imacts are so I don’t need to expand on that. Joe at Exodus built both and these combinations flat out shoot.
how the heck did you get it to latch? did you end up filing down the magazine hook for the mag latch? Or file down the top of the feed lips a hair? I tried 3 different arc mags 10-11 months ago when I got my first impact, tried it in a post-2014 ax, KRG whiskey, and finally the foundation with Hawkins bottom metal, it didn't work, it was on the cusp of latching but didn't.

I converted to AICS AI brand mags and haven't looked back.
 

Renomd

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Anyone know when Impact 737r 308’s available again? Emailed Impact but have not received response yet. If anyone knows where I can get one in the next month or so, I would greatly appreciate the info. Thank you.
OTM has one in stock, don't hesitate they tend to disappear quick... yet again my prediction is impact WILL be the number one action this year used by top 100 shooters, I said it almost a year ago.
 
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how the heck did you get it to latch? did you end up filing down the magazine hook for the mag latch? Or file down the top of the feed lips a hair? I tried 3 different arc mags 10-11 months ago when I got my first impact, tried it in a post-2014 ax, KRG whiskey, and finally the foundation with Hawkins bottom metal, it didn't work, it was on the cusp of latching but didn't.

I converted to AICS AI brand mags and haven't looked back.
You need to grind down the catch on the ARC mags.. they are larger and more of a 'hump' compared to the shallower triangular shape of AICS (comparing cross-sections). Most DBM's have geometry to match AICS so the mags don't over-insert and bind on the bolt.
 
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Really nice, where else can you get a super switch barrel, switch bolt rifle action and it never has to leave your possession for re-barrels etc. Barrel changes couldn't be easier. Better yet made in the USA.
 
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Anyone know when Impact 737r 308’s available again? Emailed Impact but have not received response yet. If anyone knows where I can get one in the next month or so, I would greatly appreciate the info. Thank you.
308 BF have been added to the website and are now in stock ready to rock! Impact try’s to keep a steady supply in stock, so when actions do go out of stock you shouldn’t see very long waits for them to come back in. Couple weeks at the most.
 
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My new 737r action and 6.5 creedmoor M24 barrel from impact are showing up tomorrow. I've been wanting to upgrade from my R700 AAC-SD and this seemed like the right choice. Lots of high praise here and they are just a few hours away from me. Can't wait to try it out!
 
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how the heck did you get it to latch? did you end up filing down the magazine hook for the mag latch? Or file down the top of the feed lips a hair? I tried 3 different arc mags 10-11 months ago when I got my first impact, tried it in a post-2014 ax, KRG whiskey, and finally the foundation with Hawkins bottom metal, it didn't work, it was on the cusp of latching but didn't.

I converted to AICS AI brand mags and haven't looked back.
They are just plug and play for me. Just picked up a couple more with the same result.
 
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bgavin

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So my googlefu is failing me. Someone explain to me how the barrel system works on these?

I was thinking about a curtis vector but haven't purchased yet.

Thanks
 
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The Impact holds such tight tolerances on the Tenon threads from Action to Action, under .005 (As was explained to me this morning from a call with a smith) that they are able to thread all barrels the same which allows you to use an action wrench and change barrels without much trouble getting proper headspace.
 
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Add me to the Impact owners list! I love it! Shooting wonderfully and feeling buttery smooth even when dry. I went ahead and greased it up a bit but it can be put through anything! After today it was caked in a thin layer of red dirt. Felt as smooth as when I picked it up from the FFL yesterday.
 
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The Impact holds such tight tolerances on the Tenon threads from Action to Action, under .005 (As was explained to me this morning from a call with a smith) that they are able to thread all barrels the same which allows you to use an action wrench and change barrels without much trouble getting proper headspace.
Is not much trouble the same as no trouble?

Not trying to nit pick - I also just ordered an impact action but barrel swapping is a new trick to me so looking for any input on it. Specifically swapping with this action.

Thanks.
 
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Is not much trouble the same as no trouble?

Not trying to nit pick - I also just ordered an impact action but barrel swapping is a new trick to me so looking for any input on it. Specifically swapping with this action.

Thanks.
Man there is nothing to it. I was the same way. It took me a long time to get a vise and wrench bc I was worried about messing it up. First time I screwed a barrel off and put one on I was like why in the world did I not get this stuff sooner! It’s simply tighten up barrel in vise and use correct torque and unscrew. Screw on new one to correct torque. Easy as that. You will love being able to do it yourself.
 

arm017

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Is not much trouble the same as no trouble?

Not trying to nit pick - I also just ordered an impact action but barrel swapping is a new trick to me so looking for any input on it. Specifically swapping with this action.

Thanks.
All rifles are switch barrels... It's market BS to have something field swappable in my opinion. No matter what, you are going to want to double check zero. I was obsessed over switch barrel stuff a few years back till I figured out- they are all switch barrels. You want an action manufacturer that hold tight tolerances, this opens the door to action unseen barrels. Bighorn and Impact are your huckleberry(s) here.

Take your barrel vise - torque it down to the barrel goodntite. Take a hammer and smack one side of the vise to unthread the barrel. Righty tighty torques it shut. You can faf around with the action wrench and your overseas torque wrench that likely isn't calibrated, but a smack or two (make sure to anti sieze your threads) requires an average of 70-150 ft lbs of force to remove it. Here I made a video for you.

 

kthomas

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^ yup, the "switch barrel" fad is so overrated. Like you state, every rifle is a switch barrel rifle. Plus, you don't have to worry about introducing another potential failure point in the system with a set screw, etc.

It's great that Impact has such tight tolerances that you can order a shouldered barrel to your door, with no gunsmith needing your specific action specs.
 

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^ yup, the "switch barrel" fad is so overrated. Like you state, every rifle is a switch barrel rifle. Plus, you don't have to worry about introducing another potential failure point in the system with a set screw, etc.

It's great that Impact has such tight tolerances that you can order a shouldered barrel to your door, with no gunsmith needing your specific action specs.
Completely agree with the above comments.. if you have a Smith of your choice do the 1st one, those HS measurements are saved so a phone call gets you a new barrel for every reciever on the market.

The notion guys are shooting up barrels so fast, they need to have 10 on order from multiple sources only happens on the internet.
 

Campguy308

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All rifles are switch barrels... It's market BS to have something field swappable in my opinion. No matter what, you are going to want to double check zero. I was obsessed over switch barrel stuff a few years back till I figured out- they are all switch barrels. You want an action manufacturer that hold tight tolerances, this opens the door to action unseen barrels. Bighorn and Impact are your huckleberry(s) here.

Take your barrel vise - torque it down to the barrel goodntite. Take a hammer and smack one side of the vise to unthread the barrel. Righty tighty torques it shut. You can faf around with the action wrench and your overseas torque wrench that likely isn't calibrated, but a smack or two (make sure to anti sieze your threads) requires an average of 70-150 ft lbs of force to remove it. Here I made a video for you.

It looks like you have the rifle in a bench vise? That seems to work OK? No need for action wrench/vise?
 

Mordamer

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The Impact holds such tight tolerances on the Tenon threads from Action to Action, under .005 (As was explained to me this morning from a call with a smith) that they are able to thread all barrels the same which allows you to use an action wrench and change barrels without much trouble getting proper headspace.
0.0005" is likely correct. 0.005" is nowhere near tight enough tolerance to headspace all barrels the same.
 
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All rifles are switch barrels... It's market BS to have something field swappable in my opinion. No matter what, you are going to want to double check zero. I was obsessed over switch barrel stuff a few years back till I figured out- they are all switch barrels. You want an action manufacturer that hold tight tolerances, this opens the door to action unseen barrels. Bighorn and Impact are your huckleberry(s) here.

Take your barrel vise - torque it down to the barrel goodntite. Take a hammer and smack one side of the vise to unthread the barrel. Righty tighty torques it shut. You can faf around with the action wrench and your overseas torque wrench that likely isn't calibrated, but a smack or two (make sure to anti sieze your threads) requires an average of 70-150 ft lbs of force to remove it. Here I made a video for you.

Haha - that is great, thanks!
 

arm017

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It looks like you have the rifle in a bench vise? That seems to work OK? No need for action wrench/vise?
exactly. bench vise w/ soft jaws.
the only caution i have is make sure your action screws are torqued sufficiently to ensure no extraneous torsional force on the receiver point of contact. No need for an action wrench. You could even have a gunsmith machine flats in the barrel to be able to remove it with a crescent wrench. essentially the same concept.

i dare somebody to troll about headspace...
 
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I don't care about swapping in the field. I greatly appreciate a company that machines to those tolerances consistantly. It takes a lot of prep and dedication to get so many receivers in those tolerances. Being able for order a barrel from nearly any shop helps greatly instead of waiting on one smith that initially installed the barrel to get a blank from a backed up barrel company and cut it. Also the reviews about the smoothness helped.
 
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arm017

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I don't care about swapping in the field. I greatly appreciate a company that machines to those tolerances consistantly. It takes a lot of prep and dedication to get so many receivers in those tolerances. Being able for order a barrel from nearly any shop helps greatly instead of waiting on one smith that initially installed the barrel to get a blank from a backed up barrel company and cut it. Also the reviews about the smoothness helped.
They are awesome no doubt.
Some of the best rifles and action companies (IMO) come out of machine shops that are already set up for other work.
IE: Tape-matics is a machine shop that has been doing aerospace, dept. defense, oil/gas stuff before guns.

They are passionate shooters that happen to be machinists by trade and figured out they can make a quality action.
 
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Just wanted to let you guys know that are following this thread, I finally got a chance to shoot and post about my 6.5 PRC. I started its own thread
 
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Just DROS ed my action. Fondling it at the FFL was fun. Very clean action and slippery bolt. Very happy I went with them. Now to get a barrel ordered. Already spoke with TScustoms about a Benchmark. Waiting on him to return from his hunting trip.
 
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Happen to know if TS needs the action or they can ship just the cut barrel and user can assemble like Impact by Stuteville?

I'm not in a hurry but only asking in case their barrels aren't back for awhile.
 
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Happen to know if TS needs the action or they can ship just the cut barrel and user can assemble like Impact by Stuteville?

I'm not in a hurry but only asking in case their barrels aren't back for awhile.
I’m pretty sure that he will chamber the barrel without the action in hand and ship you the barrel for you to assemble yourself. I know that TS has done a lot of Impacts so he should not need the action in hand.
 

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Question to the smith's offering "pre-fit" barrels........

How do you verify the customer's action has not been modified by "Joe Plumber" riflebuilder down the street or the previous owner didn't watch youtube university and do something stupid to change HS or thread specs?

Are you, the new barrel machinist, assuming all of the liability or do you have a safety clause or procedure the customer does to confirm the action is in "original" condition?

Over the years I have seen some pretty terrible work in the name of accuracy. I believe there is still merit in having the action in-hand for general inspection and cleaning upon re-barrel.

Ern
 
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If a gunsmith sent me a shouldered barrel to install, I'd still check with go /no go gauges the same way he would if I had sent the action in. Whoever is installing the barrel assumes the risk I'd say. If you go to install a barrel and it doesn't pass the gauges, send it back. Just my opinion
 

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If a gunsmith sent me a shouldered barrel to install, I'd still check with go /no go gauges the same way he would if I had sent the action in. Whoever is installing the barrel assumes the risk I'd say. If you go to install a barrel and it doesn't pass the gauges, send it back. Just my opinion
So far on my two Impact actions, I’ve had over a dozen barrels over several years and two different gunsmiths. Of the two calibers that match (6BR and Dasher) the headspace has been identical. Not off by a thousandth - identical. I always check it when I get a new barrel and I’ve never had to change my sizing die.

Why no other action manufacturers have done this yet is beyond me, but the days of sending your action in and putting your gun down for months is over.
 
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I haven't had to rebarrel mine since it's only a month old but when I do I still plan to use a go/no set to check it. Not saying impact and stuteville suck because this is hands down the nicest barreled action I've ever had the pleasure to shoot, and there's literally nothing I would change about it, but you never know... It's worth the 10 seconds of your time and a few bucks for gauges to verify you don't damage yourself or your gear.