Originally Posted by straightshooter
Do you have that savage bedded in the Joel stock? It sure sounds like a versatile rig. Almost have me talked into it, but I really want to start my custom build. I don't think the wife will let me pay for both at the same time!
I bedded the action and recoil lug only. The barrel nut and barrel are free floated (so I can swap barrels without worry about the fit). I opened the channel up for the 338-300RUM barrel as it is a bit heavier than the savage barrel. I'll post pics in a week or 2 (when Shawn gets the brake fitted and shipped back).
It's a very versatile rig. As I stated in an earlier post, I'd like to get a 223 barrel and boltface for this rifle. I'd get a nice heavy 20-22" barrel and really have a handy little rifle for practice and prairie dogs etc.
ps: regarding your question on stiffening up a savage/stevens stock. I looked into it and it's a lot of work for very little improvement. A lot of the flex is around the action/magazine area (where you can't really add material). There is a good savage forum that has a lot of info on this subject.