Originally Posted by texaswoodworker
This has gotten me thinking. I was going to build a custom 6.5mm target rifle (which will unfortunately be delayed for awhile) and I'm still wide open for suggestions on it's design. I had originally planned on using a Mauser action or possibly a Remington, but the idea of paying hundreds of dollars to have a barrel put on the action makes be cringe. I'd rather do it myself if possible.
The barrel I planned on using is a heavy Krieger barrel. Would I be better off getting a Savage, or sticking with my original plan?
BTW, nice topic guys.
There's 3 ways you can go.
(1) Use a Mauser/Remington/etc action and have a gunsmith install and headspace your barrel. $$$
(2) Use a Remington action,and use a Rem/Age barrel-Remington style barrel with a barrel nut like a Savage.
Here's a link - http://www.savageshooters.com/showthread.php?344-Remington-Pre-Fit-Rem-Age-Barrels
(3) Use a Savage action,and buy whatever brand of barrel you want for it,and do everything yourself.
I always get my actions and barrel nuts trued for my builds,it adds a few dollars to the build,but it also increases the accuracy of the rifle.
You asked if a Savage can be as accurate as the others. Hell yes they are,I won't claim they are any better because that all depends on who's behind the trigger,but they are just as accurate as any other brand of a production rifle.
You would have to go into a full blown custom action to claim to have a more accurate shooting rifle,and then you are talking about a rifle that is several thousand dollars to build under the tightest of clearances.