I have built a couple on a Savage, didn't do a whole lot of trueing to the action to speak of. Made sure the lugs were touching and the face was square and barreled them up with a good barrel. both shoot under half-one 243 and one was a 308.
Guess my issue/gripe is the 1.5-3 months estimated wait time for a barrel, followed by 2-4 months depending on the gunsmith to get the dang thing chambered 'conventionally'. Six months, roughly. Ow. And if you change gunsmiths from the original one, you can toss out any chance, correct me if I'm wrong here, of being able to have him make you headspaced barrels ready for install w/o having to send the gun back in for x number of months...
In case you can't tell, I hate sending my gun off to anybody, for any length of time, particularly the not knowing when it'll come back, if I'll have to send it back again because of a miscommunication or lack of understanding on what was supposed to be done...
Monte, not trying to sell you anything but I don't have to have a gun 6 mo. With a deposit I order bbl of your choice. When bbl is in then you send gun. Have fixed price for chamber, threading , lug and pinning trigger etc...depends on stock as to whether I pillar or use v blocl...bbls over 27" 20 per inch...I specialize in LR stuff so recommend # 7 taper as minimum, unless 308, then HV taper, 24"...All other items optional...Like I said, this is not a sales pitch, just the way I handle it. I've put 30" #7 taper 25 cal bbls on customers sporter stocks w/ my pillar bedding and made them happy. Tho I would rather see a wider forearm...I always have my suggestions, but the customer makes final decision. Gun in shop after bbl, generally 30 days or less...All things subject to change but thats general rule. FWIW [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
I agree with you, Monte.
There is absolutely no reason to have ANY downtime with Savage barrel replacements. Just keep searching for a better gunsmith to chamber/finish it.
Preferably one who understands the difference between a Savage and a Remington.
What you say might be true in general for the bbl. nut theory Monte. Fine if you are set up with go,no-go guages . However with the shoulder properly set you can change bbls without having to worry about the guages, handy when in the field...Just something I do for my customers. Have seen too many people try to HS in the field with a cartridge [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] Just my views...to each his own.... [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]