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Change a 308 into a 300WM???

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Unread 06-28-2009, 07:06 PM
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Change a 308 into a 300WM???

Ok here is my Question, i am looking at getting a SVAGE Model 10FCP-K with AccuTrigger, AccuStock, and Detachable Box Magazine its in a 308 chambering but since savage actions are bigger than most, and this is a "short action" can i change the bolt face on the bolt to a 300WM and be able to shoot both out of the same rifle?> i wold have to get a diff barrel too wouldnt i?

i ask this ? bc i cant find the rifle in a 300wm for sale but the local store has the 308.. now i would mostly be shooting 300 yards so the 308 would plenty but i like the idea of the extra power and KE if i were to use it hunting, deer, elk possibly and prong horn, and hogs. any thoughts ?
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Unread 06-28-2009, 08:16 PM
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Re: Change a 308 into a 300WM???

Problem would be your starting with a short action. The 300 mag would not feed from the mag and you could only single feed. You would have to remove the bolt to eject a loaded round from the chamber. Flip that around and use a long action in 300 win mag, and you would still have problems. Feed lips to wide for a 308. So you would need a pair of boxes and a pair of bolt heads and a pair of barrels, action wrench and barrel vise. Just go buy 2 guns and save yourself alot of grief, or buy a 7mm mag and be happy.
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Unread 06-28-2009, 08:41 PM
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Re: Change a 308 into a 300WM???

Call savage and ask to talk to someone in the custom shop an they will give you the details over the phone an build time with a deposit an your local gun store or ffl it will be so easy even a caveman can do it....................
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Unread 06-29-2009, 07:32 PM
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Re: Change a 308 into a 300WM???

Instead of the .300WinMag, consider the .300WSM. The same action would suffice for .308 and WSM. JohnnyK.
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Unread 07-28-2009, 06:03 AM
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Re: Change a 308 into a 300WM???

Is this what you're looking for?

Savage 110FCP-K .300 Win Mag

Looks like they run just over $700 retail. I'd just have the local store order one for you and get what you want the first time.
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Unread 07-28-2009, 06:26 AM
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Re: Change a 308 into a 300WM???

what you want to do is fiesable if you choose the 300WSM instead of the 300WM - performance is identicle anyways... whats the big deal? then you short action is fine...
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Unread 07-28-2009, 11:03 AM
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Re: Change a 308 into a 300WM???

Sure, you can do it.

I believe AJ Peacock was shooting a 338 Edge barrel on his short action Savage target action.

$300 for a good new barrel and about $50 for a new bolt head. Another $50 in tools and you will be heading down the road to barrel swappin paradise.

I've got two Savage long actions that I run all my barrels on. One has a Douglas 22-250AI barrel on it and the other has a Shilen 7mmWSM. Hmmm..long actions feeding short action rounds, yes it can work. Just takes some tweeking.
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