Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Long Range Hunting & Shooting

Long Range Hunting & Shooting Nightforce Optics


Reply

Savage LA with .473 bolt face - which LR caliber?

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-03-2010, 11:06 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 302
Savage LA with .473 bolt face - which LR caliber?

I have a Savage long action with a .30-06 bolt face that I want to turn into a 1000 yard paper puncher / Steel thumper / deer rifle. What caliber do you recommend that will fit this bolt head / magazine and provide good results? Have been thinking about the :

6.5/06
6.5/.284
.280AI
.284 Win
others?

What is your opinion?

Last edited by TORCHRIDER; 11-03-2010 at 11:22 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-03-2010, 11:21 AM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: SW MT or noVA
Posts: 985
Re: Savage LA with .470 bolt face - which LR caliber?

Without hesitation .284win!

However you do know that buying different bolt heads for a savage is really easy, right? So don't let the bolt head govern your caliber choice. Get what you want, first and foremost.

How important is barrel life for you? Since this is a savage you can -with minimal equipment, change barrels, and have a quiver full of back ups. In that case I would go with the 6.5-284 win as it is a more "proven" 1000yard caliber than a straight .284win.
__________________
"Out of range" is a theoretical concept as far as I'm concerned. Send it!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-03-2010, 11:41 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 302
Re: Savage LA with .470 bolt face - which LR caliber?

Thanks Oliveralan, I really wanted to go with the 7mm WSM, but not sure what I would need to change other than the barrel. Can you assist in pointing me to what I need and where to purchase it?

Also, does anyone make a 7WSM barrel with std. shank and muzzle brake?

I have an older (non accutrigger) 110 with flat rear receiver.

Thanks!

Dave



Quote:
Originally Posted by Oliveralan View Post
Without hesitation .284win!

However you do know that buying different bolt heads for a savage is really easy, right? So don't let the bolt head govern your caliber choice. Get what you want, first and foremost.

How important is barrel life for you? Since this is a savage you can -with minimal equipment, change barrels, and have a quiver full of back ups. In that case I would go with the 6.5-284 win as it is a more "proven" 1000yard caliber than a straight .284win.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-03-2010, 12:08 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Federal Way, WA
Posts: 204
Re: Savage LA with .473 bolt face - which LR caliber?

I believe most barrel makers will turn a 7WSM on a small shank. a couple years ago I built a .300 RUM on a Stevens 200 with a standard bolt face. I put a Shilen barrel on that one and had no problem getting the small shank. Any good gunsmith should be able to thread and fit a barrel to the small shank as well as thread and fit a brake.

Only other thing I changed was the bolt face. Used one of these;

Savage Arms Bolt Head Long Action Model 110 to 116 Push Feed Small Firing Pin Hole Right Hand Magnum 7mm Remington Magnum, 300 Winchester Magnum - MidwayUSA

Believe this one would work as well but not positive

Savage Arms Bolt Head Long Action Model 116 Right Hand Control Feed Remington Ultra Magnum and Winchester Short Magnum (WSM) - MidwayUSA

Careful to make sure and get the one that matches your firing pin

Savage Rifle Gun Parts Information at MidwayUSA

I built mine as a single shot so I didn't have to do anything to the mag box to get it to feed, but if you want a repeater you may have to tune the box a little or get a new one to get it to feed.

This might work but may take a little playing with to feed the fat WSM

Savage Arms Magazine Box Standard Magnum (300 Winchester Magnum) Model 110, 111 Long Action - MidwayUSA

In short, 7WSM would be no problem. 7 Rem mag would be another good one to look at. It would be simpler to get it to feed well I would think, Not sure though as I haven't tried.

Good luck and keep us posted!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-04-2010, 06:41 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 163
Re: Savage LA with .473 bolt face - which LR caliber?

Bold head for the Savages are easy to get and even easier to change. Right now I`m plaing with a 6-284. I haven`t been playing with it to long and have not streached it past 700 yrds. I built it as a varmint rifle and have not cronoed the loads yet, but expect to find that my SD is to high as I`m getting more vertical spread than I think I should. I`m useing the Berger 105 gr. hunting bullets and the way it is right now it should take every coyote at 500 yrds. and over 50% at 700 yrds. if I do my part. For a strictly 1,000yrd. gun I think I would go with the 6.5-284, but may try this one if I get it doing what I want.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-04-2010, 09:24 PM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: corpus christi,tx
Posts: 819
Re: Savage LA with .473 bolt face - which LR caliber?

6.5-06AI thats what i'm building on a savage long action right now.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-04-2010, 09:42 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SW Montana
Posts: 4,549
Re: Savage LA with .473 bolt face - which LR caliber?

If I were you I would rock the 7WSM, you know you want it make it!!! The components are available and workable, you may need to ask questions but not a problem, lots of advice on LRH!! If you haven't seen this video it should push you over the edge

GA Precision 7wsm 1400 yards (video)
__________________
High Fence, Low Fence, Stuck in the Fence, if I can Tag it and Eat it, it's Hunting!

"Pain is weakness leaving your body"
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: Savage LA with .473 bolt face - which LR caliber?
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTB: Savage Bolt and/or Bolt Face and bolt parts VjjR Gun Parts - Stocks, Barrels, Actions, etc. 5 10-01-2012 01:42 PM
300 RUM on Savage Magnum bolt face? the444shooter Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 3 02-01-2011 09:22 PM
bolt face for a savage Tony dooley Gunsmithing 2 01-09-2010 11:37 AM
Help picking caliber for SA .473 bolt face youngtrout The Basics, Starting Out 18 11-21-2009 01:04 PM
Caliber selection for a rem 700 short action w/223 bolt face CHARLIEDUECE65 Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 0 08-16-2009 10:54 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC