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Old 01-26-2011, 02:46 PM
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Savage 12 F-Class Rebarrel

I have a Savage 12F-Class rifle in 6.5x284.

It's all factory right now and shoots great. But, I was thinking of rebarreling to 6mm br for fun which sounds very easy.

However, what would be the biggest (long range) cartridge I could rebarrel to without major mods other than the rebarrel and bolt head swap?

In other words, I want to do it myself without a smith and still maintain sane safety levels.

I beleive it's classified as short action. But, as a single feed I would not necessarily be opposed to removing the bolt to load/unload rounds.

Thanks in advance!
Richard
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:05 PM
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Re: Savage 12 F-Class Rebarrel

most short mags (wsm) will work you may have to work on the feed lips also

a good way to check is to measure your mag well and the overall cartrige length you would like. 7mm wsm,300wsm,325wsm all come to mind as builds i have seen.
rebarreling is easy even though you may want to take it to a gun smith to get the barrel off with to start. they torque it down to 100# at the factory. when you install a new one all you need is 50 to 60 # (helps if you want it a switch barrel) tools can be found at brownells or savage shooter supply. there are two types one for smooth nut one for for large/small shank. mine cost 40$ at sss.
when you reinstall your barrel you'll need head guages one in "go" and one in "no go" or the laymans way is a regular shell for a "go" add 3 pieces of clear scotch tape to primer end of shell for "no go" .
screw the barrel in on the "go" untill it stops agaist the bolt head, hand tighten the barrel nut, check with the "no go" if the action will close tightn the barrel alittle more against the bolt until it wont close then check again with the "go" to see if it will still close. next with the "go" guage in place in the bore tighen down the barrel nut. it helps to hold the barrel with something so as not to tighten the unit as a whole and have to start over (also were steel guages come into play instead of brass)
if you plan on taking your barrel off yourself make sure not to twist the action. i made a simple tool out of the original stock (has custom now) by cutting off the forend at the shank so i could fit the tool around the barrel nut. i then locked the stock into my bench vise and used a plastic dead blow to loosen the factory nut. some people use two blocks of wood and a vise for a BARREL VISE (do not do this on the action you may twist it) to do the samethig however i found this alot harder than the stock trick.

its alot of fun and satisfying when complete. good luck

any questions along the way the good people at savage shooters forum can really help. some there have 300 ultras on short actions but they are single shots and require removal of bolt to load/unload

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Old 01-26-2011, 03:43 PM
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Re: Savage 12 F-Class Rebarrel

416 Rigby and the like! My cousin has a 338 Lapua on a target action and has had zero problems. Get the bolt face, slap the caliber of your choice to it, and ! Can't beat a Savage! Most versatile platform out there.

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Re: Savage 12 F-Class Rebarrel

Tank,

Is this the bolt head you're referring to?

Savage Arms BoltHead Long Action Savage 110BA Push Feed Small Firing Pin Hole Right Hand 338 Lapua Magnum
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I guess I'm not sure since it doesn't specifically say 12f. But, I think the 12f is based on the 110. And, I don't know if there's something different about the fact that it says 110(BA) other than the black coating for their LE series.

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Re: Savage 12 F-Class Rebarrel

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Tank,

Is this the bolt head you're referring to?

Savage Arms BoltHead Long Action Savage 110BA Push Feed Small Firing Pin Hole Right Hand 338 Lapua Magnum
MidwayUSA - Advanced Search

I guess I'm not sure since it doesn't specifically say 12f. But, I think the 12f is based on the 110. And, I don't know if there's something different about the fact that it says 110(BA) other than the black coating for their LE series.

thanks,
Richard
That one should work. His is Stainless, but I'm sure it will fit your bolt. Pretty sure the 110BA is a long target action. Might want to call Savage to verify it will fit your bolt. I think he may have gotten his through SSS. Not sure, I'll ask him for you.

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Old 01-26-2011, 04:05 PM
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Re: Savage 12 F-Class Rebarrel

Just talked to him. He said they used a normal bolt face and opened it up. If I remember correctly, they used a 223 bolt face due to the ejector position making it the best option for this type of use and caliber. I would bet the 110BA would fit.

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Old 01-26-2011, 04:19 PM
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Re: Savage 12 F-Class Rebarrel

i do not think long action bolt heads fits short action bolts heres one for short mags/short ultramags/short actions Savage Arms Bolt Head Short Action Savage 10 to 16 Right Hand Controlled Round Feed Winchester Short Magnum (WSM) , Remington Short Action Ultra Magnum - MidwayUSA
this head will also build 300 rum, 338 rum, 338 edge


also checkout this place and email them about custom stuff http://www.sharpshootersupply.com/

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