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Old 06-10-2011, 05:23 PM
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Criterion or McGowen barrel for a savage build

hello gentlemen,

not too long ago i told my wife i was going to buy a savage action for a build well some how i came home with two (hate when that happens), so ive got a new savage long action just sitting in my safe. my long range hunting experience up to now has only been on varmints and small (texas) deer. im deployed right now but after i return, this fall im PCSing to Ft carson colorado and would really like to take a try at some larger big game like mule deer and elk.

so with elk on the table i would really like one of the bigger 338's, which bring me to my question. i really have my heart set on a 338 edge but of the two barrel makers mcgrowen is the only place i can get it form because as far as i know cirterion doesn't make one. Criterion being the button rifling division of Krieger Barrels is a lot more well known then mcgrowen but the only 338 i can get in a savage pre-fit from them is 338 win mag.
so what do i do?
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:08 PM
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Re: Criterion or McGowen barrel for a savage build

I've built two 338 Edges with McGowen tubes. Both were done by Sin Arms. One was purchased as a pre-fit from him, the other I supplied the barrel.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:00 PM
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Re: Criterion or McGowen barrel for a savage build

I have made a few edge barrels for Savages before, well maybe closer to 50 haha. I have used many of the Mcgowens, also have made quite a few Brux ones too. I am starting to use Shilen blanks now too.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:50 PM
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Re: Criterion or McGowen barrel for a savage build

Well, first and foremost, I would like to personally thank you sir for your service to our great country. I sincerely appreciate your dedication. Secondly, I know pretty much nothing about the Edge. Don't have one. Never shot one. But I DO know that the McGowan barrel that I put on my Savage 111 FCNS chambered in 7mmRM shoots great. It is a pleasure to clean and they got it to me in about six weeks from order to my front door. Good luck with your shooting.
Steve
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:16 AM
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Re: Criterion or McGowen barrel for a savage build

Sinarms would be my first choice for this project. He chambered a Brux 7-300WSM for me with my reamer and the gun shoots outstanding.

For my money, I would stay away from the McGowen in favor of a Shilen or Brux or any of a list of others....I have had a couple McGowens and been a little underwhelmed with them, especially their quality control.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:32 AM
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Re: Criterion or McGowen barrel for a savage build

i was under the impression that sinarms only used lother walther barrel only, i didnt know they had other barrels , i know their pricing looked great compared to everybody else. i may have to look in to contacting them and see what they can do for me, im really wanting a 338 edge
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:20 PM
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Re: Criterion or McGowen barrel for a savage build

Actually I don't offer LW barrels anymore. I use Brux, Shilen, and Mcgowen with the occasional Rock Creek.
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