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    Viper Action

    I have been out of touch for a while. Does Stiller still make the Viper actions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedH View Post
    I have been out of touch for a while. Does Stiller still make the Viper actions?
    Jerry sold that part of the business and I am not sure if the new owner is making them. Doubtfull

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedH View Post
    I have been out of touch for a while. Does Stiller still make the Viper actions?
    No. Borden makes a better one.

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    When did Borden start making aluminum actions? Only Marsh and Kelbly's make aluminum actions that I know of.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesakelbly View Post
    When did Borden start making aluminum actions? Only Marsh and Kelbly's make aluminum actions that I know of.

    Jim
    Now 'at's FUNNY right there ......


    You'se guys doing a drop-port yet?



    BTW I just ordered 2 more of them black-ticool Atlases from Ryan this morning..... good thing ya's got going there

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    Several actions can be modified to drop port configuration.
    On another site there is a nice thread by Alex Wheeler converting I believe, a BAT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesakelbly View Post
    When did Borden start making aluminum actions? Only Marsh and Kelbly's make aluminum actions that I know of.

    Jim
    There are stainless Vipers. I thought he was talking about drop ports. That is what I have.
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    No drop ports planned here, there are several companies offering to convert Kelbly actions to drop ports if you need one, Alex Wheeler included. Yes the Atlas sells very well and another 8 world records added last year to people using Kelbly actions for a total of 84 confirmed (website will be updated to show this soon). We are blessed to have such good shooters using our products. We want to thank all those using Kelbly products.

    Jim

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    I know guys that convert panda's and others to drop ports but they all say they're dangerous, I've fired one and liked it but my normal BR rigs are set up for rightys and are left feed, right eject and they work fine, you just have to use a tube or a mat to keep the cases from rolling off of the bench.

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    BAT makes a drop port. Just ask for it.

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    I don't see

    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    I know guys that convert panda's and others to drop ports but they all say they're dangerous, I've fired one and liked it but my normal BR rigs are set up for rightys and are left feed, right eject and they work fine, you just have to use a tube or a mat to keep the cases from rolling off of the bench.
    how a drop port could be any more dangerous that any other action with a cut in the bottom and how could anyone call them any more dangerous than an action with only a loading port?

    Pete

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    It's all about the extractor

    Stillers was good because he used a rem style extractor. If there was a case failure the extractor would stay with the bolt. Sako style can be dangerous because there is a possibility of the extractor leaving the bolt. M-16 style extractors are better is this regard.

    Richard

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    I converted my favorite R/L Farley to a drop port several years ago. Yes, when the bolt is closed, the Sako extractor has a clear exit straight down that Left Raceway.

    I don't care. It's my Rifle.

    I doubt the M-16 extractor would be any different. A blown case head would shear that little pivot pin, sending the extractor right out the rear.

    This is a decision each individual will make. I would never sell this action, or do one for some one else. For my own use, I have no worries.

    By the way. Stiller did not make a Stainless Steel Viper. He made a round Stainless action called a Diamond Back.
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    Actually, Jerry did make a Stainless Steel Viper. It just was not a short range item. Unless you could afford an action that weighed 56 ounces.
    They are excellent for a cruiser weight or a 16 LB long range rifle. They were made from 17-4 stainless and I understand they were tough on tooling. But they sure are nice for their purpose.
    Joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Duke View Post
    Actually, Jerry did make a Stainless Steel Viper. It just was not a short range item. Unless you could afford an action that weighed 56 ounces.
    They are excellent for a cruiser weight or a 16 LB long range rifle. They were made from 17-4 stainless and I understand they were tough on tooling. But they sure are nice for their purpose.
    Joe
    That is SUCH a great 1000yd action. Like a big steel Panda......hefting one makes a Kodiak feel like a toy!

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