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Old 11-11-2010, 09:42 PM
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Another Savage Question

I just picked up a savage model 112 sieries J single shot with a heavy 26 inch barrel in 25-06. Just wondering if these might be ideal for a semi custom or is the rem 40x a better option? Any info or opinions you guys have would be great.
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:21 AM
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I just picked up a savage model 112 sieries J single shot with a heavy 26 inch barrel in 25-06. Just wondering if these might be ideal for a semi custom or is the rem 40x a better option? Any info or opinions you guys have would be great.
The "J Model" came in a lot of different calibers, but most you ever saw were in .308 and 22-250. The first one I ever saw shot .30" groups, one right after another. Had the wood stock and was a very dull matte finish all over. This was in a time when a good varmit rig was struggeling to shoot in the sixes. You might want to date the gun, and there was a couple revisions made back in that time frame (bolt head mostly). The one real problem you'll encounter is with the stock. If you decide to replace it you may have a very narrow selection (I think Sharpshooter sells them for the "J"). I think that the triggers are all similar up to the advent of the Accutrigger, and Sharpshooter makes a good one.

I'd send the action over to Fred at Sharpshooter, and have him time and true the action. As well as installing the best trigger he has. And while at it have him cut one of his barrels in whatever caliber you desire (just about anything will fit). The stock can be pillar bedded, and Fred can supply the pillars and a new recoil lug. The one real problem you may encounter is the scope bases. There seems to be a couple different patterns, and you'll want to look for a long scope instead of a short one. That is unless Farrell or somebody else makes a solid base for the "J" action. I do recommend a one piece base! Of course if you go with a rail mount the scope length problem dissappears.

Those older wood stock have a lot of wood in them, and if you have small hands (like I do) it becomes a problem. Some guys actually build up the area between the trigger guard and the pistol grip with plastic wood or even fiber glass. Then recut it and sand it to shape. I did that with one laminated stock, and it made a big difference. I'd also relieve the barrel channel and sand the bottom of the forend flat. And there's enough stock to cut it for the length of pull you desire. If you rebed the action into the wood, be sure to leave the tang area free floating.

So how will it shoot? Probably better than the 40X unless you dump $2K in it.
gary

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Old 11-12-2010, 03:03 PM
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Thanks for the reply. The only problem I have is that I live in Canada and shipping gun parts over the border does not go to well. Im sure somone local can do the work for me.
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:54 PM
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The J's were only a problem with the intermediate sized action. I bet yours is a regular long action. Measure the screw distance, should be just over 5".
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:41 AM
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Poor boys Cooper

My moneys on it haveing a 4.53 screw spacing (mid length) but long action would not be out of the question.
As GG said the long action is a little over 5"(top) and the intermediate(middle) is somewhere around 4.53



Not a big problem as EGW makes a good scope base for it and the stock is great as is......if you have big hands.
The barrels are still an easy swap and the triggers are tuneable as is but a SSS trigger is hard to beat. The crown from the factory was just sawed off so crowning the barrels sometimes helps a lot? 22-250,243 and 308 where popular but they also came in 223 and 220 swift (not pictured) and 25-06 They dont have the interest that the 40x has but better IMHO as you can swap barrels out yourself.

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