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Old 05-16-2011, 04:51 PM
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Re: Savage Accuracy, disappointed, free floated barrel

The Bergers could be part of the issue. Some of the above suggestions are good esp about taking the stock out and then putting back together.

FWIW I have never had any luck with the Bergers and shoot Green Box in my sporters and competition rifles.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:30 PM
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Re: Savage Accuracy, disappointed, free floated barrel

also try bedding the action and first 3 inches of the barrel.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:46 PM
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Re: Savage Accuracy, disappointed, free floated barrel

If its going to make you feel better, I just bought Savage 12 LRP, so far I tried different loads using like 5 different powders and 3 different types of bullets and it averages 1 - 1.5 MOA, the huge difference between your rifle, this one has aluminum bedding block from HS precision and it has target action, the barrel here is free-floated...Right now I'm trying to pinpoint accuracy issue, so I will glass bed its action first, there is also barrel with heavy copper buildup usually it takes more then an hour soaking in KG-12 with combination of nylon proof-positive brush to get rid of copper. There is also short freebore space in the chamber which restrict seating bullets farther out, other then that it shoots about 3.75 - 4 1/2" groups @300 yards. So by elimination process I will get to the issue it just takes time. Also prior to this Savage I had some experience with 11 BTH model in 308, it shot 1.5 - 1.75" @100 my gunsmith did glass bedding and recessed crown on it, which didn't help anything, so I trade it for TC ICON PH in the same caliber, it was amazing rifle until its barrel developed pitting, but I had 0.26" 5 shot groups @ 100 and 2.8" @ 600

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Old 05-16-2011, 09:55 PM
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you haven't tried enough

loads. Bullet seating depth has been real important in my savages. Try Barnes TTSX
.005 off and see how it shoots
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:09 PM
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Re: Savage Accuracy, disappointed, free floated barrel

Here what Savage has to say about accuracy, its from Customer Service page on Savage website: What is the expected accuracy of my centerfire model? The accuracy of a firearm depends on the shooter, the ammunition being used, the conditions, and the condition of the gun. We do have factory specifications for accuracy on all of our firearms. For the centerfire models they are: Sporter barrel models (Hunter, Weather-Warrior, Classic, Stevens Series): 1 1/2" or better at 100 yds Varmint barrel models (Varmint, Law Enforcement Series): 1" or better at 100 yds Savage Axis (Formerly the Edge): 2" or better - 3 shot group
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:35 PM
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Re: Savage Accuracy, disappointed, free floated barrel

I broke out the dremmel tool and removed the portion that was in contact. I now have a free floating barrel. I went to the range with 180 berger's the results were better. Not a panacea but a noticable improvement. 4- 3 shot groups 3 came in at 1.38" and the 4th came in at .75" @ 100 yds. Not great but BETTER. I feel I can at least play with powders, bullets and seating distance at this point.
I have heard mixed opinions on bedding the Accustock. It has the aluminum action bed already- does it benefit from a formal glass bedding?
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:45 PM
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Re: Savage Accuracy, disappointed, free floated barrel

Skin bed it, any aluminum block bedding system usually requires some sort of skin bedding, to equally disperse pressure, but I never had accustock so I can't say no more, but I did bed Remington SPS stock and it worked great with Varmint barrel.
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