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#7635273 - 04/09/13 05:37 PM Forbes rifles - Some new info
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I have some new info for those following what Forbes Rifle is doing up in Maine. The 24B is being made now for the 6.5x55,.280Rem and 35 Whelen. That is in addition to the .270Win, 30-06 and the 25-06.

Stainless barrels are coming in and will be available shortly for all calibers. Stainless actions probably available in 2014.

Short actions, the 20B, are being designed for the .243, .308 and 7mm-08.

Four new paint colors will be offered. An OD camo, a hunter green, earth brown and coyote brown. The black/gray granite is still available.

In the future (2014/2015) will be 3 magnum calibers with a new action.

As always, everything will be available in left handed models.

So, that is your unofficial news from the people at Forbes Rifles.


Edited by bigwhoop (04/09/13 06:06 PM)
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#7635308 - 04/09/13 05:44 PM Re: Forbes rifles - Some new info [Re: bigwhoop]
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Rick and I have exchanged several emails and I changed the stock color on the 20B 243 I have on order.

It may be a while before it comes in, but it's going to be worth the wait! I'm anxious to see how close it actually comes to the 4.75lb advertised weight.
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#7635330 - 04/09/13 05:49 PM Re: Forbes rifles - Some new info [Re: shortactionsmoker]
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How much are the stainless short actions going to run

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#7635370 - 04/09/13 06:01 PM Re: Forbes rifles - Some new info [Re: JerradPelzer]
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I have a stainless 7-08 on order too, but I have no idea on the price!

The stainless 24B has a suggested retail of $1499. I ordered both rifles through Forbes at the same time and was "cc'ing" my dealer on all emails. I'm no FFL, so they'll work out a price then my FFL will give me the number. The dealer takes good care of me, so I'm sure they'll treat me right.
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#7635396 - 04/09/13 06:10 PM Re: Forbes rifles - Some new info [Re: JerradPelzer]
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Originally Posted By: JerradPelzer
How much are the stainless short actions going to run


He quoted me $1470 on the 24B. I wouldn't think the short action would be much different.

New options out there to think about.


Edited by bigwhoop (04/09/13 06:10 PM)
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#7635471 - 04/09/13 06:27 PM Re: Forbes rifles - Some new info [Re: bigwhoop]
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I'm waiting for 20B to rebarrel to a 250 AI. Love that petite little action.

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#7635484 - 04/09/13 06:31 PM Re: Forbes rifles - Some new info [Re: skilakjim]
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I'd imagine they'll be several guys rebarreling over time. The 3" mag box allows lots of room to play.
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#7635641 - 04/09/13 07:09 PM Re: Forbes rifles - Some new info [Re: shortactionsmoker]
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Of course I don't have any sales figures for Kimber, but they do have pages and pages of auto pistols. I presume they have a long backlog of autos to build. That might take them away from their lightweight rifle market share. There has been quite a dry spell for Kimbers on the gun sites, although one from Idaho has quite a few for sale. This could open up an advantage for Forbes if they can keep product coming out in a reasonable delivery time and of course make no concession for quality control.
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#7635703 - 04/09/13 07:25 PM Re: Forbes rifles - Some new info [Re: bigwhoop]
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Agreed. I definitely think Kimber gives handguns top priority....and if they're more profitable at that game, so be it. They have to thrive and survive.

In my opinion, had Forbes jumped in the game initially with a stainless 20B you'd see more 84m Montana's for sale now. If they keep QC and production in check, they'll grab a big share of the lightweight market.
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#7636155 - 04/09/13 11:59 PM Re: Forbes rifles - Some new info [Re: shortactionsmoker]
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