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Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

 
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:37 PM
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Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

I have recently been racking up a list of items that I would like to put into a custom rifle. I went to a gun show today and found a nice gently used Savage 112 BVSS in one of the calibers that I was looking for and now I can't decide which direction would be better to go in. Part of it is monetary concerns the other is shoot now versus shoot later. I'm a college student looking for something to use varmint poppin and deer hunting and possibly doing some low-key competition shooting as a hobby. Any suggestions on course of action would be great.

1. Custom build using
Savage short varmint action $415
Pac-Nor barrel in .260 $425
Stocky Stock from current sale $200ish
Undecided $300 scope
Mount/Rings $60

Total $1400 plus dies and expensive brass

2. Buy 112BVSS in 25-06 and upgrade after the barrel is shot through
Accutrigger model
No immediately visible action wear
Minor surface imperfections in laminate stock
Some bolt scuffing
Told the barrel should be in pretty good shape and I have an opportunity to shoot it Thursday.
Buy a better $400 scope and rings on it

Asking price is $620 plus tax with a relic Tasco scope but I think I should be able to get it down to $550 before tax without the scope. MSRP is $980 new for a 12BVSS from savage.

Total: $1000 plus dies and cheaper brass


The other concern is upgrade path for short versus long action. Not really concerned about going to 200gr+ high BC bullets in some super mag cannon but I may go to a 6.5-06, 6.5-284 or similar versus only .260 or 6mmBR in a short action.

I originally liked the 25-06 but moved to .260 to get a 6.5mm bullet (as suggested) in a short action since they don't sell long varmint actions anymore. Then I began to like the .260 but barrel life seems about the same between it and the .25-06 so now I'm torn in between the two.

Thanks for the input,
-B&C
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:06 AM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

BAC,
I have two of the 112BVSS's; one in .300WinMag, the other in 6.5-284Norma. The .300WM I bought used for approx. $550.00 (tax included), the 6.5-284 I bought new for $632.00 out the door.
Both are sub 1/2" rifles with tailored handloads and both run about 12-13lbs with scope(s). Not light but manageable for most men. The length of pulls are about an inch too long (with heavy clothing) but that can be corrected. I never noticied this until I shot my Sendero SF in .25-06 and felt the difference.
Pre-chambered barrels are available for the Savage and swapping tubes out is pretty easy and straightforward. I haven't done it yet but there are plenty of fellows on this forum who have. Check it out. JohnnyK.
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:48 AM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

I think I would go #2 for two reasons, you can upgrade optic and it has a ton of potential for an even longer range shooter with that long action!! Getting to shoot it before buying would make it a no brainer for me, if it shoots decent I would get it!
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:59 AM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

Either direction would be a good one. I think you will like the Varmint/Target action with a much lower trigger setting. Right now I am thinking about taking my Accu-Trigger off and putting a lighter Rifle Basix trigger. I want to be down around 12 to 14 ounces instead of the 1.5-2lbs right now. You can find some pretty good scopes at $300 to get you started until you can afford a better scope.

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Old 12-13-2010, 01:35 PM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

I was in a similar dillema and I bought a used (minty!) model 12 F/TR in .308 for $830... I couldn't be happier bit I havn't shot it yet. If I later want a different (caliber) barrel, McGowen might get the nod at around $275 and install it myself....

Can't wait...
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:32 PM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

I'd definately jump on the 112 if it shoots well. Also don't overlook the Tasco relic, there was a time when Tasco used respectable glass, if it was made in Japan and the power range suits you it may be a pefectly useable until you can upgrade.

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Old 12-13-2010, 04:43 PM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

My Tasco 4-16x40 (42?) isn't going anywhere. Shoots nice on my .243...
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