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Old 11-15-2012, 11:55 PM
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Savage.... worth it? and possible build

My buddy has a Savage model 116. It has a grey laminate stock, muzzle break (not sure if its from factory or not) and its stainless.

It is a .300wm

It has a TOTAL of 30 rounds through it. Not beat up at all, pretty clean. I can purchase it for $300.

First question is, is it worth it?

Next, If so...
I wanted to build a 7mm-08 for my wife. Shorter barrel, "light as possible"....

Would this rifle be a good donor rifle for a build without breaking the bank? We just had our first baby so I dont have ALOT of money for this. Just want something is accurate, reliable, and something she will enjoy.

Thanks guys,
Nick
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:14 AM
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Re: Savage.... worth it? and possible build

well first 300 aint bad for the 116 but you can get a stevens brand new for the same price if you can find one in 7-08 already.

then just put a rifle basix trigger in it and you'll have a light rifle that you wont let your wife shoot because you'll be shooting it all the time ;-}
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:33 AM
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Re: Savage.... worth it? and possible build

I'd buy it for $300.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:18 AM
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Re: Savage.... worth it? and possible build

If it has an accutrigger its a 116 fc or fh sak and they are over 700 new, the stainless action is worth that, i'd definently buy it.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:44 PM
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Re: Savage.... worth it? and possible build

Thanks guys, but would it be worth changing it over to a 7mm-08? Would it be alot of work? Money?
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:54 PM
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Re: Savage.... worth it? and possible build

1st Question.

is 116 worth 300? (especially if modern accutrigger)

ans, yes.

2nd Question

Work & $ changing to 7-08?

Barrel nut wrench, vise, bedding, barrel block (homemade or purchased), bolt head swap, barrel, mag & follower swap, load development (for any caliber or rifle, just a general expense) etc...

Maybe cheaper / easier to start with a savage in 7mm 08 and hope the barrel is halfway decent, but at least if you do the build (with this rifle) you could pick up a match barrel to start with.

If you really want to start with match barrel and intend on switching out the factory one, then it doesn't matter as much what specific caliber you start with, however, you will end up changing the mag and bolt head from this one. All that little stuff adds up money wise. Maybe make your entire shopping list first, figure on adding 20% for unforseen changes you might make etc.. then decide if it is for you or not.

How is the current trigger, does the bolt operate smoothly, is the safety smooth?
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:21 PM
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Re: Savage.... worth it? and possible build

Its not exspensive, 20 bucks for a bare bolt head, use the ejector and extractor from the original, if its a centerfeed you'll need a magizine 20 bucks, barrel wrench 30 buck or rent it with a go gauge at 18 bucks for both. CBI ss match barrel 279 or a factory take off 60 bucks, and its very simple. Don't over think things, worse case is you can sell it for 50 bucks more than you give for it.
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