Rogue Action Having built rifles on factory actions and virtually all custom receivers on the market, we felt that there were some things lacking in the industry.
THE ROGUE ACTION
Having built rifles on factory actions and virtually all custom receivers on the market, we felt that there were some things lacking in the industry. In 2008 we became friends with Glen and Lisa at what was then Phoenix Actions. For those that don’t know Glen Harrison, he is the founder of Nesika. Definitely a guy that knows his stuff and how to make actions. In late 2009 we decided to start doing private labeled receivers. Since our name would be on it, I wanted it bombproof. So working with Glen we set out to make a reliable stout platform. Although Defiance makes receivers for many custom builders out there, everyone’s is a little different in configuration. The high quality is consistent throughout the lines, but specifications vary.
One of the first things I did was to eliminate the counterbore that so many Remington clone’s follow. This does a couple things. It gives maximum case support and strengthens the bolt lugs. It also allows us to use a strong extractor.
With a conventional Remington style bolt, in order to use a M-16 or Mini-16 Extractor, the counterbore has to be enlarged significantly over what Remington designed it for. Remington specs a .705” diameter counterbore. This gives .005-.0010” total clearance around the bolt. The “3 rings of steel” design is to contain all the pieces in the event of a case head rupture. When a M16 style extractor is used, the counterbore is increased to .730-.770” depending on the style. This pretty much renders the concept useless. The full length lugs on the Rogue action reduce bolt thrust and flex creating a stronger design. 100% of the case is supported by the barrel and chamber and we think is a safer design.
The extractor is a Mini-M16 design. It is held in by a roll pin the bolt. The only way it can fail is for the bolt to blow apart. We have also tuned the angle so the case does not hit the windage turret on ejection.
You will also notice the thread tennon is longer than a typical action. This gives more thread and barrel support for more strength. The action is also slightly larger in diameter than a Remington.
There are 2 different types of tang designs. Typically I use the Heavy Tang on detachable mag rifles that aren’t so concerned with weight. The other is a Lighter Tang design I use on BDL setups, mainly on hunting rifles. There are also 2 different styles of ports. Both are longer than a typical Remington Port. The first is a Target Port. This is a full round top design with a side port. It works best with detachable mags and offers the most rigid platform. The second is a hybrid port. It retains the full round front and rear bridge, but rolls up to the centerline of the receiver to allow more room. This is typically built with BDL setups or to save weight. It allows more room to get your thumb in to push down the cases. There are many different options for the magazine type.
- Standard BDL Setup with or without Wyatt’s box magazine
- AW Mag well that accepts AICS or AW magazines
The bolts are one piece fluted bolts. We utilize a small diameter firing pin to help with the small rifle primer cases. It also helps out with cratering and pressure issues. Our R Bros bolt knobs are a crossover between a large tactical knob and a low profile hunting knob. Through a lot of trial and error, we have hit the correct size and everyone has really like them. A side bolt release rounds out the receiver. The bases are designed specifically for the receiver. On the target port, we integrate a recoil lug into the 20moa picatinny rail. The hybrid port has the same 20 moa rail, but it pinned to the receiver. Both are held with 8/40 screws.