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Old 12-16-2013, 03:41 AM   #11
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Someone mentioned stripped savage actions being hard to find? Where would you even start a search for one? I'd really like to build myself a rifle on a savage action, seems like it would be a really fun project and learning experience.
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That was me. See post #9 for the reply. I wonder; how does Savage deal with a smooth barrel nut? After all, they have to install it…...
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There's a different wrench that you can buy for the smooth barrel nut.

This barrel swap on my short action Savage ( model 16 ) has changed my thinking... I've decided to buy a model 116 which is the long action version of the 16.

With both a short and long Savage action on hand, I can buy barrels/bolt heads/magazines for anything from .223 to .458 Winchester.

There is also a large-shank action for the short magnums but I can get by without one of those if I have the other two.
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There's a different wrench that you can buy for the smooth barrel nut.

This barrel swap on my short action Savage ( model 16 ) has changed my thinking... I've decided to buy a model 116 which is the long action version of the 16.

With both a short and long Savage action on hand, I can buy barrels/bolt heads/magazines for anything from .223 to .458 Winchester.

There is also a large-shank action for the short magnums but I can get by without one of those if I have the other two.
Now your thinking like me Salvo.
I have 2 LH SA,2 RH SA,and 2 LH LA savage actions,and calibers in 223,25/06,6.5 Creedmoor,7mm-08,308,and 300 WM. I have a couple different 300 WM and 308 barrels,and I'm waiting on my 6.5-06 barrel for the new build.
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I ordered that rifle in .243 when I lived at the southern tip of Texas, which is whitetail country. Then I moved to west Texas in the high desert, where it's mule deer and elk so I knew that I needed something with more grunt than the .243.

I've read several places about 7mm-08 in a 24" barrel being roughly equivalent to a .270 Winchester with a 22" barrel.

It kicks a little more than the heavy barreled .243, but it's still not bad. I'm thinking of getting a Hogue OD green rubber overmolded stock to lighten it up a bit more. The laminated thumb-hole stock is fairly heavy, not something I'd want to haul up and down these mountains.

In general, the thumb-hole stocks are a problem for hunting with Savage bolt guns, as they make it awkward to use the thumb-safety located behind the bolt, thus nullifying one of the guns best features.

I think I'll keep the thumb-hole stock with the heavy .243 barrel, and use them together. The .243 barrel is very accurate, it makes an ideal range gun or heavy varminter with the 70 grain bullets it likes.
The expansion ratio on the 7-08 is such that you gain VERY little with a bbl over 20 inches. If you are going to try the 160 or 175 grain bullet you may have a slight increase if you were use a 22 inch bbl. I have both the 20 and 22 inch bbl 7-08 and in every load I have tried there is less than 35 fps difference in MV between the 20 and 22 inches.
And you are correct, the 7-08 is very close to the 270 in external ballistics but is actually better in the terminal ballistics at normal hunting ranges (0 to 350 yards).
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very nice write-up Salvo!

i have a Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08. after you get some loads worked up, you will absolutely love the round!
Axxe55: I have been jumping all over this site and I see the benefits of going with the savage for my bolt rifle project. thanks
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Axxe55: I have been jumping all over this site and I see the benefits of going with the savage for my bolt rifle project. thanks
actually i was going to suggest you check out the Savage rifles but TXhillbilly beat me to it! both of those rifles he posted pictures of i have seen in person and they are very, very nice rifles. they look much better in person and Hillbilly is pretty danged knowledgeable about those Savage rifles. now don't get me wrong, i still like the Remington M700's and always will, but i have to say, the Savage rifles are a great rifle platform and very accurate. they are much less reliant upon lathes and special tools like the M700's if building one from scratch. if you decided on going the Savage route instead of the Remington, i seriously doubt you will be disappointed in the least with the build or the accuracy.

if you decide to go with building a Savage, pick Hillbilly's brain as he knows them much better than i do. he is the person here i would defer to on building the Savages. he won't steer you wrong for sure.
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I just wish savage offered a control round feed bolt. If they did it would be the perfect action with the best of all bolt gun options.
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I just wish savage offered a control round feed bolt. If they did it would be the perfect action with the best of all bolt gun options.
i nominate you to design and build one! i'll buy the first one!
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i nominate you to design and build one! i'll buy the first one!
Lol I'm no designer.
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