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Old 02-14-2013, 04:02 AM   #1
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I have a .243 savage with an extremely flimsy stock, like turn it 30 degrees flimsy, and I've been debating on buying a new howa bull barrel or buying a new stock.

I'd like to have the bull barrel because my savage is light contour but the debate is 300$ quality stock or 500$ gun?

Any comments about the howa hogue stock or about any other dilemmas posted above?

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Old 02-14-2013, 05:54 AM   #2
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Easily the savage. Howa makes a great rifle but the savage is more easily customizable. Get a vice, barrel tool and headspace gauges and you can have whatever caliber you desire action length restrictions though. sharpshootersupply.com

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But how much do you think it would cost for a new stock and barrel?

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But how much do you think it would cost for a new stock and barrel?
A new Douglas match barrel is like $375 and $100 stocks from stockys
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A new Douglas match barrel is like $375 and $100 stocks from stockys
Ill look into it
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$475.00 for a stock and barrel, $500.00 for a new rifle. Really?? The Howa uses the same bases as the 700, there are quite a few options. If a rifle does what you want out of the box, what would you need to "customize"? Howa rifles are pillar bedded. Barrels are button rifled. Savage makes a VG rifle, but are in no way better then a Howa. You could also sell/trade your rifle and save more $$$.This is an older Howa .308HB that will poke your eye out at a few hundred yards.

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$475.00 for a stock and barrel, $500.00 for a new rifle. Really?? The Howa uses the same bases as the 700, there are quite a few options. If a rifle does what you want out of the box, what would you need to "customize"? Howa rifles are pillar bedded. Barrels are button rifled. Savage makes a VG rifle, but are in no way better then a Howa. You could also sell/trade your rifle and save more $$$.This is an older Howa .308HB that will poke your eye out at a few hundred yards.
Ya I was planning on selling/trading it for a howa if I chose that route
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Howa builds some nice shooting rifles,but I'm partial to Savage.
With a Savage Action,you can change your rifle into any caliber in the short action family with a 308 case head,with just a simple barrel change. Or any other caliber with a simple change of the bolt head.
Barrels depending on brand can go for $150-500,it all depends on what you are wanting.
Stocks of many different syles/materials can also be had for the Savage. There are many styles of Laminate stocks that sell for $100-up,Composites can start around $100 and can get into the $700+ range depending on the maker/style.

You could buy a heavy contour barrel,and a new stock and have a target/varmint rifle,and then change back to the sporter barrel for hunting in a few minutes in your garage with a couple simple handtools.
I have more barrels for my Savages than I have actions,and do swaps on them all the time. I can assemble a complete custom rifle from parts with a Savage action in less than an hour,and that includes bore sighting the scope.

If you decide you want to keep the Savage,and do some upgrades,PM me and I can point you in the direction for some good deals on the items that you'll need.

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