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Old April 18th, 2016, 06:34 AM   #46
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First upgraded parts are in...

NSS recoil lug and barrel nut.

Barrel will be a .308 Criterion varmint 20" fluted barrel with 1:11" twist.



Stock recoil lug versus the NSS recoil lug...


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Old May 10th, 2016, 11:07 PM   #47
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Savage rifles are so under rated... There's an F-Class competitor that shoots a Savage Rifle out of the box NO MODS and winning competitions...

At 2.25MOA at 100y there's definitely something wrong with the equipment, but to eliminate the shooter variables (no offense) let a friend shoot it while using a rest and see if the POI is repeatable... I saw the post where you mentioned the grouping had tighten up but the last update stated it is below average accuracy... Now I'm eager to know what's going on...


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Old May 10th, 2016, 11:24 PM   #48
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Thanks for bringing this up. I decided on a 20" Rock Creek 5R barrel. It will be ordered at the end of next week.

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Cool build. I'm getting excited we're discussing deer season stuff again! Are the leaves changing yet?

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Old May 11th, 2016, 04:27 AM   #50
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Several years ago while searching for Rem. 40x/7.62NATO, none available and Savage had just introduced/offered a so called match rifle w/ heavy prone stock, accessory rail, etc., etc. Bought one but the trigger was a nightmare to adjust, you could but PIA to do so. Accuracy was OK, 1moa rifle with right loads, but my application was Long Range Prone w/sling and "irons" and biggest problem I had was the bolt took two men and a boy to open, super stout spring. All this effort would take you out of position and force you to take rifle from shoulder and that's a no no. Shot the rifle for a season or so and did end up selling it to fellow going to make a bench rifle out of it, he still has it and likes it fine. Don't know about the newer ones regarding the bolt open issue, but do understand their trigger these days is a much improved one and hear good reports on accuracy.

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Old May 11th, 2016, 04:42 AM   #51
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Several years ago while searching for Rem. 40x/7.62NATO, none available and Savage had just introduced/offered a so called match rifle w/ heavy prone stock, accessory rail, etc., etc. Bought one but the trigger was a nightmare to adjust, you could but PIA to do so. Accuracy was OK, 1moa rifle with right loads, but my application was Long Range Prone w/sling and "irons" and biggest problem I had was the bolt took two men and a boy to open, super stout spring. All this effort would take you out of position and force you to take rifle from shoulder and that's a no no. Shot the rifle for a season or so and did end up selling it to fellow going to make a bench rifle out of it, he still has it and likes it fine. Don't know about the newer ones regarding the bolt open issue, but do understand their trigger these days is a much improved one and hear good reports on accuracy.
I competed with Savage for number of years and you're right a dependable trigger was the weak link. I've got a shoe box full of different 'improved triggers for savage'
Go to guy for Savage was (was years ago) Fred Moreo Sharpshooter Supply? he was into his Savage, did a 'timing' thing or something and have to admit it had as smooth a bolt lift as you could ask for. Easily equal to a prepped Remington. Thing is going that route got lot of $$ invested. Resale on BAT a bit better...

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Old May 11th, 2016, 06:48 AM   #52
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Sweet looking rig.

I own a 110 in 30.06 and it has never failed to drop a deer that I have shot with it...I have a Prostaff 3x9 with BDC on it. Bought it over 15 years ago from Walmart on Special for 180.00 bucks it is my go to deer gun.

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Old May 11th, 2016, 08:05 AM   #53
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Tony,

That's quite a project you've got going on there. While I'm not a big fan of switch barrel set-ups I can see their utility. You've got a worthy project.

When someone mentions "switch barrel rifles" I get a picture of someone with a quiver full of barrels and a ton of various ammo sneaking through the woods...

I think you're going to like your 1999 Montana and Obermeyer .308 barrel better in the long run. Just sayin'...

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Old September 8th, 2016, 05:58 PM   #54
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9/8/2016 update...

I got my McMillan HTG stock yesterday and it's awesome! I haven't had the cash for a new barrel yet, so I'm going to drop in my old 30-06 barrel and see how it performs for hunting season in 3 weeks. For now, the barrel is just on hand-tight. As pictured, the rifle is just under 10 pounds. Still lighter than hunting with my M25 from last year at 12.5 pounds.













The barrel channel is cleared for a bull barrel already. I will bed it this weekend. The good part is that any barrel I use from this point on will not require me to re-bed the action.

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Old September 8th, 2016, 06:17 PM   #55
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Got a good looking rifle there

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Old September 8th, 2016, 06:30 PM   #56
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Looks awesome!

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Old September 8th, 2016, 06:47 PM   #57
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I bought a Savage B-mag .17WSM when they and the ammo first came out. Both the rifle and Winchester ammo were out of spec. Irregular case mouths on the ammo, and improper head space on the rifle. 4 inches at 50 yards was the best I could do. I sent it back, exchanged it for a bull barrel that the engineers checked out(3/4 inch @100yds). I also got some Federal ammo. I mounted a Vortex 6-18 scope, and now have a 200+ yd prairie dog rifle. I like it a lot more than my long range AR, as I can shoot for longer before all the targets duck due to noise.

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McMillan will give you a discount. Since your action is an older one, bases, for some reason, are harder to find a good one. I went with a Farrel 20 moa. Of course I didn't build mine for hunting...

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Old September 18th, 2016, 06:57 PM   #59
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Bedding into a McMillan

I routed the factory bedding and laid down a good layer of Marine Tex last night. I got it all trimmed and cleaned up. Here's the process for anyone who's interested...









Recoil lug routing...


Clayed, taped and release agent applied...


Leave the back of the recoil lug exposed, tape the sides and front...


More clay...


Action set in the stock, epoxy cleaned off and factory screws inserted, coated with grease to prevent seizure...





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Old September 18th, 2016, 07:05 PM   #60
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More pics...

Excess clay in the mag well...


Barrel taped for fore end alignment...




After setting for the night and breaking it loose...


Studs inserted to hammer on for removal...


All cleaned up...


Recoil lug and barrel nut bedding...


Receiver all cleaned up...








Perfect image of receiver machining...


I used a knife and razor to trim. A couple of small chunks came off when I was scraping. If I used a Dremel, it would have been flawless...


Invisible bedding...







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