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Savage 11BTH .243 wont shoot!! opinions please

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:18 AM
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Re: Savage 11BTH .243 wont shoot!! opinions please

TikkaMike
I had an issue with a Savage take off barrel I bought off another forum. I was ready to wrap it around a tree.It wouldn't shoot consistantly no matter what I tried. When I thought I found a sub MOA load I'd load up a few and shoot them a week later and it was all over the place GRRR.
Since you've already tried the obvious things bases, rings, bullet weight, etc....

Here's the things I went through ...
1). Try another scope if you can.
2). Try getting someone else to shoot it.
3). Make sure to clean real good when switching from one bullet manufacture to another.
4). Try a basic proven load . For me I tried 70 gr, NBT and 42 grains of varget at .015 off the lands.
5). If all else fails and for me it did , J&B bore paste and a small amount of #0000 steel wool wrapped on a brush through the barrel 100-200 passes . I know sounds bad but it was the last resort before replacing the barrel .

Now the gun is shooting 1/2 MOA or better at 100 yds. with 70 NBT's, 95 Berger VLD's, and 105 A-max.
Apparently there was a small burr in the barrel that was removed using the bore paste. As I said this was the LAST RESORT and I hated to do it but .....

Mike
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Old 01-14-2010, 12:01 PM
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Re: Savage 11BTH .243 wont shoot!! opinions please

MKG,

I do clean using JB's non embedding bore cleaning compound. I am considering switching to JB's bore bright. What do you think about lapping bullets from David Tubb? I used them on my 270wsm that I aquired in a (reluctant to say) winchester super shadow (which is the poorest piece of worksmanship I have ever seen. no atention to detail whatsoever on the metal work.) but that gun now shoots .5 inch groups all day. I guess I should ask what are you aiming to achieve with the steel wool and JB's? Smoothing the bore? or just changing something in there to see if it shoots better? I am not too excited about putting that down what is supposed to be one of the best production barrels on the market... very frustrating situation as you know haha. thanks

Mike
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Old 01-14-2010, 12:21 PM
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Re: Savage 11BTH .243 wont shoot!! opinions please

TIkkaMike

I think that the barrel I bought was someone elses problem that I inherited. It probabally didn't shoot well for the guy that had it and he dumped it.

I think that there was a small imperfection in the rifling that was stripping copper off the jackets. The JB just smoothed out what ever it was just like shooting a barrel in without burning powder , bullets etc ...

I have several Savages from 300WSM to 22lr and this is the first one I have ever had an issue with. The others shoot lights out. I know how you feel about putting abrasives in the bore , like i said I hated to do it but it was the last chance for that barrel.

BTW one more thing you should check before going the J&B route is to check the crown for damage.

Mike

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Old 01-14-2010, 12:35 PM
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The crown appears to be in good shape. I cant find anything wrong with it. I am defiantly not condemning savage even though this is a pain in the butt. in fact I just ordered a 111 long range hunter in 6.5x284. Do you know if an accustock can be put on this gun if I can find one?

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Old 01-14-2010, 12:55 PM
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Re: Savage 11BTH .243 wont shoot!! opinions please

I'd love to hear how the 6.5X284 works for you . I'm trying to stop myself from ordering a RRA varmint 20" er .... I think I'm failing.
I don't know for sure about the accu-stock , I would assume that if your current 243 is center feed that the accustock would fit ( a center feed short action is a centerfeed short action) but I don't have any experiance with the accu-stock so I don't know for sure. I will give you an alternative if you can't find one though. B&C Medalist varmint tactical. It's an awesome stock for the money, has a beded aluminum rail and is now available for center feed short action Savage.
Bell & Carlson Tactical Medalist A2 Style Remington 700 SPS BDL Savage 10/12 Weatherby Vanguard Howa 1500 Vertical Grip 2092, 2096, 2997, 2998 & 2999

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Old 01-14-2010, 04:04 PM
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Re: Savage 11BTH .243 wont shoot!! opinions please

Accustock uses a different recoil lug.

I think you'd be better off going to the medalist than the accustock.
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