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Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

 
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:56 PM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

I think 112BVSS is a great rifle. I have a 12F in 6.5x284 that I really like.

You can look at sold items on Gunbroker as one measure of market value.

If the deal looks right, buy it and shoot it as-is with the Tasco. You might be pleasantly surprised. Upgrade later to the best glass you can afford.

You might even like the 25-06. Bullet selection isn't as vast as 6.5's. But, there are enough good ones to choose from for every application you mentioned.

If you want to be a serious competitor, then you may consider rebarreling to one of the 6.5's. I haven't rebarreled a Savage. But, it sounds very doable with the proper due diligence as compared to most rifles that absolutely require a gunsmith.

There's a good forum on savageshooters.com. You'll get lots of help there.

Good luck!
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:34 PM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

I think I'm leaning toward getting a used 112 since it's a long action and cheaper in the short run with better upgrade paths. Although I will still be very tempted to buy one of the orange and gray stocky stocks while they are on sale... Here's a gun broker listing for an identical gun with a 6-24x50 scope of unstated brand on it for $575 starting, that's $600 shipped if no one else bids, although there is the downside of not getting to see it first...

Savage Model 112 Cal25/06 : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

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Old 12-13-2010, 10:42 PM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

Caveat Emptor.

I personally have had good luck buying on Gunbroker. But, there's always risk. So, do your due diligence. Amongst other things, I always ty to ask a question or two from the seller beforehand to see how they respond. You might even throw one in that you know the answer to and see if they BS you. If they won't answer straight up before the sale, you can forget it later.

Don't forget the FFL transfer fee. If you haven't bought like that previously, you'll need to find a local FFL holder/dealer that will recieve the rifle and process the paper work. Fees range from $25-45.

Some dealers will not accept shipments originating from individuals who are not FFL holders. Some sellers are unwilling to ship from an FFL holder or they may be willing to if the buyer covers the cost.

So, be sure to sort all of that out before you bid.

To be on the safe side, if I can't afford to get screwed I usually don't bid.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:06 PM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

My shooting friend, an Army Staff Sgt, just bought a used 112 BVSS in 22-250 and I gotta say thats one of the nicest factory rifles I seen in a long time.
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:27 AM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

I asked the seller what the details are on the scope and if he could attempt to take a picture of the "light scratch" that is described in the listing. Seller has 100% positive feedback with 25 transaction. The gun in this listing is described better than the gun that I saw at the gun show I went to as it looked like it had several hundred shots through it based on bolt wear and typical hunting stock damage, so this auction looks promising although I will be cautious. I should be able to go shoot the gun this Thursday and see if it shoots before looking at the auction although if I tell him I am looking at a gunbroker listing of a better condition gun he may match the price then I would be at another hard decision if end price is equal.

My friends father is a FFL holder and said he would charge me $10 for the transfer fee for Gunbroker transaction.

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Old 12-14-2010, 11:08 AM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

Hey B&C i have a real nice nikon monarch 6.5x20 that i'll make you a good deal on pm me if u want details
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:25 AM
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Re: Choosing between scratch build and gently used Savage 112 varmint

I think those Stocky's Stocks were also going to come out for the long action Savage as well, might be worth giving them a call but I'm sure they said it was in the works.
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