Re: Savage B.Mag 17 Winchester Super Mag Teardown
Last weekend I tried shooting the modified B.MAG. The forearm remained away from the barrel after I'd modified it with a Dremel tool the week before. I shot only the 25gn ammo, as I'd had such poor experience with the 20gn ammo failing to extract.
After the last shoot, I delayed cleaning the rifle. I cleaned it just before last weekend's sortie. I was surprised at the amount of gunk that was removed and by how many solvent-soaked patches and bronze brushes I had to run through it to get the patches to come out mostly clean. I'm thinking that if the chamber got all gummed up, that might a reason for the failures to extract. But then again, the 25gn rounds extracted well. But then after the cleaning, I thought again that if the B.MAG requires a thorough cleaning after every 10-20 rounds, it's not a very useful field gun.
The groups I shot last weekend were about the same, or a little worse than the ones I showed in the photos in my post of a couple of weeks ago. So new photos wouldn't reveal much. I'm kind of kicking myself now, though, because it wasn't a true comparison. In my previous shooting, I'd used a Lead Sled rest. This last shoot, I used a Harris bipod with a bag for the butt support. The geometry was such that I couldn't get a natural grip on the stock and trigger because of the bag. Really kinda' dumb thing to do if I was looking to compare apples-with-apples.
I'm going to give the B.MAG one more try. My friend, who is a 1,000yd black powder competition shooter (45-90 & 45-120), has volunteered to shoot it. I'll let him shoot 5 at 100yds then I'll shoot 5, then we'll repeat the sequence to see if it's me or the rifle. I hope it's me that is limiting the accuracy because practice than help to improve that.
On a ground squirrel hunt in Klamath Falls last year, I was quite happy with my shooting using a Marlin .17HMR. So I'll also shoot my Marlin and let my friend shoot it as well. If the B.MAG can shoot as well as the HMR, then I'll use it for my Klamath Falls hunt next month.
I've spent more time trying to 'tune' this B.MAG than I have for any other rifle I've owned. It's just about time to say, "enough!" If the B.MAG doesn't meet or exceed the HMR's accuracy, it's going to get listed for sale in my local paper. I've got lots of 25gn ammo, so that might induce a buyer.