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Unread 11-13-2011, 11:04 AM
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Savage Prefit problems

I've been tinkering with my Savages for the last few years now. Basic stuff really, rebarrel, triggers, bedding, just wringing out as much as I can from them. I've had some barrels installed by gunsmiths, others I've just ordered prefits depending on my needs.

Well this morning I went to spin on a new prefit for one of the boys rifles and it just wouldn't fit. It's the right shank size but the threads are just a little to large. The barrel nut and action both will go about a turn and a half before locking up.

Since this is the second time this has happened in the last 5 prefits Ive used ( 2 different manufacturers) I just got to wondering if this has happened to anyone else and is it that common or am I just the unluckiest SOB on the planet.

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    Re: Savage Prefit problems

    It happens all the time. Your threads are correct, the peaks just need to be knocked down a touch.

    Take a flat file and run it across the tops of the threads. It won't take but the lightest touch to get them to fit your nut and action perfect.
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    It happens all the time. Your threads are correct, the peaks just need to be knocked down a touch.

    Take a flat file and run it across the tops of the threads. It won't take but the lightest touch to get them to fit your nut and action perfect.
    +1,

    I smooth them up with some 400grit. I wrap the threads with the paper and spin it in my hand. Then clean and test fit. When I say 'clean' I mean CLEAN IT UP 100%, then clean the threads again. If it doesn't spin right on, take a little more off and 'clean' clean, try repeat ...

    You don't want the top of the threads to bottom out in the action, it will mess up your accuracy.

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    Re: Savage Prefit problems

    Good pointer AJ, I'll be needing that one of these first days. . .

    BTW, where you been hidin'?
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    Good pointer AJ, I'll be needing that one of these first days. . .

    BTW, where you been hidin'?
    Just busy with life, started missing you guys and dropped on back.

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    Thanks guys,

    I'll give that a try and let you know what happens. The first time it happened the barrel had to go back. The OD of the tops of the threads acually gained .011 as I measured from the chambered end toward the muzzle. This one is consistent just a touch oversized.

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    Thanks guys,

    I'll give that a try and let you know what happens. The first time it happened the barrel had to go back. The OD of the tops of the threads acually gained .011 as I measured from the chambered end toward the muzzle. This one is consistent just a touch oversized.

    Chris
    One other thing, put a touch of lithium grease when you are test fitting, you won't get things stuck as easily. The grease adds to the cleaning chore, but it helps with the fitting.

    Good luck,
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