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Old 09-26-2011, 09:50 PM
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My first build

Okay, so I have lurked here for over a year trying to figure out what to build. Figure I will jump in and see if I can build a LR gun I can be pleased with. Still have not decided if I am going the .308 or 300 WM. Would like to shoot game out to 500 and target out to 1k

Action – figure I would go the Savage route. However all the long actions that I have been looking at seem to have about a ¼ - ½ inch plan when the bolt is all the way back
The guy’s behind the counter look at me when I comment on how much play there is in the action. Am I being too picky?? Found two Savages under $450 as my base gun.
11FYPX3 - $300 currently barreled for a 243
111FCXP - $450 currently barreled for a 30-06


Was thinking on the Savage 111FCNS or ordering a Stevens 200.

I also have access to a Remington 770 that my dad bought and just hates. It has a yard of play in the action. Not sure if there is any mods that can be done to tighten it up.

Any help in spending my money would be appreciated. OH.. if my wife asks… this gun is for her…
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:26 PM
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Re: My first build

What kinda game at 500? 308 on deer ok, on elk I prefer the 300 mag.
I have no expeirience with Savage. I know they are better now but still wom't go there. Thats just me no disrespect to them or your choices. I may be hard headed.
I reload for my shootin partners 770 also a 300 mag. It shoots well. We did have to stop a couple grains shy of max load in the book. Thr bolt was getting sticky. Had to let it cool a bit to eject easily.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:31 PM
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Re: My first build

Oh and the 30-06 is not a mag bolt faceI believe. so that would have to be corrected to go 300 win mag. I hear the savages are easy to work on and get parts for so this may be a non issue.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:07 AM
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Re: My first build

Good point on the bolt face. any thoughts on the amount of Play in the bolt?
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:21 AM
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Re: My first build

I am in almost the exact situation, looking for something to hunt with a 5-600 yards and to shoot to a 1,000. I started off, have been, looking at the 700 REM, but after a week of reading here have been looking at the Savage.

On their website they have a beauty, the Item # 19468 in a .338 Lapua, SS, accu trigger, accustock, 26" barrel, for $1250 MSLP. There is a .338 Win Mag, 24" barrel, accu trigger, accu stock at $801 MSLP.

Several others for less. I am also considering a local Savage .308 w/scope, synthetic stock and 22" barrel at $395, so I can see realistically having a deer rifle, and a good LR target/elk gun for under $1500. I dont see how to do it with a Rem 700.

And my local gun smith who I highly respect says the Savage is a far better line to have and shoot, and to adjust when and if you want to then the Rem.

So, I think the best solution for me is the 2 Savages, one for a deer rifle and the LR for elk and target shooting. At highest price its $1600. For a .338 Lapua and a .308
or a .300 Win.

This is what I have come to reading all that I can here and talking with local folks that I respect.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:52 AM
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Re: My first build

When the bolt is in the open position and fully rearward a small amount of play is a non issue and difficult to avoid if you want the bolt to slide freely. As long as the bolt faces is square and true when the bolt cams shut it should be ok.

Disclaimer: I am not a gun smith. I have been around some accurate rifles and was a machinist for several years so I have a basic understanding of this stuff.
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:56 PM
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Re: My first build

I am not a gunsmith either but have had several 06s and this has been the case with them, my next magnum will be my first. So take this for what it is worth, I hope some others chime in on this.
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