Re: custom build
There are stocks available.
Any stock that will fit a Savage short action ... EXCEPT......
You will have to know whether you have a "stagger feed" where the magazine box is attached to the action, or a "center feed" where the magazine box is attached to the stock. The two are not interchangeable due to the screw spacing for mounting the action to the stock. I can tell you that the newer models are center feed and that if the rifle's over about 1 year old, it will probably be a stagger feed. Most of the short action stocks you'll find aftermarket are for the stagger feed at this point, although there are some center feed models available... for more money. Most of them are from custom stock makers rather than places like Boyds or Choate.
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