Swapping barrels on a Savage

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by Txhillbilly, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    This thread will be pic heavy,so try to hold on before replying.

    Savage rifles are like adult lego systems,if you have the correct tools,anyone with any mechanical ability can change out the calibers in a matter of minutes in their shop/gun room.
    I have a Savage 12 FLV in 308,that's always been a great gun,but just never shot as good as my 10 FCP in 308.I got in on a group buy on some E.R. Shaw varmint contour barrels in 6.5mm and 7mm calibers.
    While these barrels aren't my first choice in an aftermarket barrel,for the price,I couldn't pass up the deal

    I ordered a 7mm-08,and a 6.5 Creedmoor barrel to swap out on this action.
    Now it has taken forever to get the 7mm-08 barrel,I ordered these back in March 2012,and the 6.5 barrel is suppose to arrive in another month or so.

    Onto the swap,First check the weapon and make sure it is unloaded,and remove the bolt.
    Since the rifle has a Weaver rail and optics on it,they need to be removed.

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    You can see why the rail and optics need to be removed,the rail overhangs the barrel nut,and unless you want to modify the Barrel Nut Wrench,you can't get the nut loose.

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    With everything off the action,you can take the action/barrel out of the stock.
    I always wrap the receiver with electrical tape to keep it from getting scratched/marred from the Action Wrench
     
  2. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    With the Action/Barrel assembly out of the stock,Take your Action Wrench,and install it onto the action,making sure the Recoil Lug is positioned into the slot of the wrench
    I forgot to take a pic,before I removed the factory barrel,but you can see the wrench on the action,the Barrel Nut wrench,and a 3lb Deadblow hammer.

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    It usually takes a couple good whack's with the hammer to break the nut loose.Once you break it loose,you'll need to loosen the Action wrench bolts in order to unscrew the barrel out of the action.(If you forget to do this,the barrel will not unscrew)

    Here's the Shaw 26" Varmint contour barrel with a new Stainless barrel nut,and a .250 thick Recoil lug.
    I had to polish the barrel nut,these are brand new Savage nuts,just look how bad the bottom one looks,even has surface rust on it.

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  3. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Alright,Now clean the action threads really good,and screw on the barrel nut on the new barrel,then install the recoil lug.
    Screw the new barrel onto the action,it should screw on freely if everything is clean.

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    I always set the headspace with out the Action wrench,and when it's good to go,I'll put the wrench on the action,and check the headspace again with both the Go/No Go gauges.Then I tighten the barrel nut down.
    Recheck the headspace again,and your good to go.

    With the Go gauge,your bolt should close all the way,but have a small amount of resistance at the end.

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    With the No-Go gauge,the bolt should stop well before closing.

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  4. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Once you have the headspace set,put the action wrench back on the action,and then tighten the barrel nut.I always leave the Go gauge in the chamber when doing this.

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    Now wipe down everything,and reinstall the action/barrel into you stock.
    If you are putting a bigger diameter barrel/contour on your action,you will probably need to relieve the stock for the barrel to fit.

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    After tightening the action bolts to their correct torque specs,check the barrel for clearance on the stock,and then I make sure it is free floated to the barrel nut.

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  5. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    After everything is looking good to go,reinstall the scope base/rail,and the scope. Boresight the scope,and your ready to go shootin'

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    Oh,you will need to give the barrel a good scrubbing before you fire the first shot.
    If you break in your new barrels fine,if you don't that's fine too.
    Personally,I always do a break in.

    THB
     
  6. JSStryker

    JSStryker New Member

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    Thanks TX, that's the best explanation of how to change the barrel in a Savage I've seen including over on the Savage Shooters forum.

    Just realized you're a southpaw! I shoot left handed also.
     
  7. 7mmstw

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    Exactly what I'm doing with my 114 ultra in 7STW and my model 12 in 22-250. They are getting shilen select match barrels in yes 7STW and .260 Remington.
     
  8. JonM

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    worthy of stickiness

    just remember that when using go/nogo/field gages the ejector needs to be removed.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Hillbilly, i reread this thread. excellent post! very informative and very detailed.

    i also felt a worthy post like this needs a little bump!:D
     
  10. big_blue79

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    Thanks for the write-up! I knew it was easy, but didn't know exactly what tools I needed for this. Now that I know, how do you like your E.R. Shaw barrels? I'm considering a replacement Barrel for my 110E in .270 Winchester for when I don't feel like hunting with the 7mm Remington Magnum barrel.
     
  11. bradam

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    Just ordered the same barrel in 260 myself. If you finished, may I ask what type of groupings? load data?
     
  12. bradam

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    I have read this post several times and believe pm-ing may still be in order. I saw my parts today and filled out the paperwork. I can take possession march 10th. Hopefully I will have my room completed.
     
  13. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Big Blue, I've had really good results with the E.R.Shaw barrels,and would purchase them again.
    If your wanting to go from a 7mm Magnum to a 270,you have two choices on that type of swap. The bolt head will be different for each type of caliber.
    You can take your bolt apart,and swap out the bolt heads,and maybe need to change the firing pin also. Or,just buy another complete bolt with the correct bolt head for a 270 Winchester,and just swap out the barrel and bolt assembly whenever you want to change the caliber's.
     
  14. big_blue79

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    I did find out about the different firing pin hole sizes, my Savage is a 110E Made somewhere between 1968-1988 IIRC. I haven't determined exact year yet, so I might as well just buy a complete bolt from a .270 Rifle. The bolt head from the .270 should also work with .30-06 if I wanted to buy a .30-06 barrel.

    Thanks for letting me know about the barrels, I'll be ordering the kit from Midway once my state refund comes in.
     
  15. big_blue79

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    Oh, I also have to check and see if I have the Large Shank barrel or Small Shank, I was reading up on that and believe the Magnum's used the Large Shank.
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    yes it would. both the 270 and the 30-06 are in the same case family. so if you bought a Savage in 270, you could buy an extra barrel for it in 30-06 and essentially have two rifles.
     
  17. big_blue79

    big_blue79 New Member

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    I've got small shank barrel, only the Ultra Magnum's and the Target action's got Large Shank.
     
  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    that's Hillbilly question! he knows more about that than i do!:p
     
  19. big_blue79

    big_blue79 New Member

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    I know, I was just answering my own question up above so Hillbilly didn't have to look for the answer, and in case someone is also looking for the answer to said question.
     
  20. bearded1974

    bearded1974 New Member

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    I have a savage axis II xp, is it possible to upgrade to a heavy barrel or bull barrel and do it myself? Would I need to replace the stock or anything? I know i can change the same size barrel out with the one already mounted on the gun, but I didn't know if I put a heavier barrel on if it would cause problems?