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Unread 01-28-2008, 01:13 PM
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IT is my shop policy to fit every Rem 700 receiver I accurize with a Sako extractor before it leaves the shop. When fitted correctly they are vastly superior to the factory extractor in every way.

As far as an extractor coming out of the rifle, sure, its possible, but I have yet to see it happen personally and I have installed more then 300 of them over the last 5 years.

With the right fixtures and a quality mill, its a 20 minute job and very worth the benefits.

The way the Rem 700 is designed, there is no way an extractor that comes out of the rifle couldhit the shooter other then possibly in the trigger arm elbow, other then that no way it could get to the shooters face or eye from what I see unless there is serious receiver failure. In that case, even the factory extractor would probably hit you in the face.

If that is a concern of yours or you are left handed shooting a right hand Rem 700 with this type of extractor then I recommend a pinned in extractor such as the Badger Ord extractor which simply can not be blown out of the bolt.

There have been alot of wives tales spun about Sako extractor horror stories, for the most part they are started by smiths or so called smiths that do not know how to properly fit one or will not invest in the tooling to do this properly.

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Unread 01-28-2008, 02:13 PM
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Thanks for all the replies, it sets my mind at rest and will go ahead with the rebarreling.

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Unread 01-29-2008, 01:18 AM
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There was a very sad post a few years ago on one of the gun boards. I think it was the "extremeaccuracy.com" board. A lefty lost his eye when a Sako extractor blew out of a Rem 700 that had been converted.
I've removed the barrel on several 700s that have been fired with extreme overloads, usually caused by a very fast powder being accidentally used in a large case. The case head is deformed to the point that the primer pocket looks like it would accept a shotgun primer. The brass fills the inside of the bolt snout. I've seen magnum chambers expanded about .005 above normal in the case section, this makes the barrel difficult to unscrew, all of the way.
When you see this, you understand what the "three rings of steel" that Remington mentions is all about.
I will now do Savage bolt head conversions but no longer do the Sako conversions. I'm a Tool and Diemaker and am not challanged by the machining steps required to install Sako extractor or do Savage bolt head conversions. Flame away if you feel the need.
You decide what you like. Opininions vary.
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Unread 02-02-2008, 03:00 AM
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I had one of those overloads that ruined the rifle. A Rem 700. Only things left that were any good were the bottom metal, mag and trigger. Receiver was bent, bolt was set back and bent and chamber was ovaled. Bolt had a Sako extractor in it and it never moved. Had to be taken out by unscrewing the barrel. Gunsmith said it took two barrel vices to do that. Really upset me.
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