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Old 07-08-2011, 07:17 PM
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Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization

First of all, I am new to the forum and I love it. I have been using my 223 Winchester 70 for quite some time. I bought the savage with the idea of doing custom work to it to make it a helper out to 800 yards to edges of my property.

Now, 10 years later...I am ready to mod. The 223 is very accurate out to 300 so I have been awfully complacent.

My questions for you: can my action be made into a 308 or possibly a 338 with minimal cost? I am already anticipating replacing trigger, stock, brake and barrel in the project. I just want to know what cost or work is involved in rechambering. I may not do it, just curious. I would love to get some version of a 338 for Energy sake, if that's not practical the to a 308 for availability of ammo and price.

I am just starting the learning process...I may end up putting I together myself so I could use suggestions on parts such as those mentioned above and a good read(article, thread or book) on the process.

I am in no hurry, I actually am planning on buying piece by piece to maximize my spending and then have it smithed together.

I appreciate you taking the time to read and help me out,

Grub
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:10 PM
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Re: Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization

My Savage 338 Edge started out as a 308.



A barrel will run about $400 or less. A good stock will be $100 and up. Rings/Bases will be $100 and up.

If your trigger is a factory 3 screw, keep it, adjust it, and replace the spring. If it isn't, get one for about $30. I've had very good luck with the factory 3-screws. Otherwise replace it with a SSS or Basix Sav-2 for $100-$170.

Don't have a smith do the work. Spend $75 for the tools to do it yourself. It's very satisfying to do the work yourself. It's also very easy to do with a Savage.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:10 PM
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Re: Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization

Thanks for the info...was yours a pre fit barrel? Where did you get it?

Also, is my action big enough for the 338 edge? I would love to turn it into that if possible.

I am also looking to lower the recoil of this beast...I am going to go with the heavy barrel and even a muzzle break no matter what.

Thanks sooo much,

Got my wheels turning...

Grub
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:23 PM
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Re: Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization

Sav's are the best way to become a parts swapper smith. They really don't require any machine work (but you can have some done). Like said above buy the tools and it is well worth it to do the work your self, very well worth it. a nut wrench, go no gos, and a few other hand tools then the gun parts and your in like flin. the single best thing i have learned from this forum is how to do most of the work myself. - the machine. Lots of good info here. good luck sir.
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:46 AM
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Re: Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization

I am an avid woodworker and I have a friend who carves wooden stocks so I am going to have one made for me. I was lookin at getting a mcgowen barrel for my action that is prefitted and threaded for a brake.

That will do most of what i need right there for around 550.

Can I put a 338 on that action with any work? Anybody know?

Thanks for the great advise,

Grub
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:23 AM
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Re: Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization

Grubby, you can easily make that a 338, an Edge, Rum, Sin, Win ect. It all depends on what you want and how much you want to spend on it.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:59 AM
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Re: Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization

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Thanks for the info...was yours a pre fit barrel? Where did you get it?

Also, is my action big enough for the 338 edge? I would love to turn it into that if possible.

I am also looking to lower the recoil of this beast...I am going to go with the heavy barrel and even a muzzle break no matter what.

Thanks sooo much,

Got my wheels turning...

Grub
Mine is a 32" Fluted McGowen blank that I sent to Sinarms to thread and chamber. He also threaded it for the muzzle brake.

My muzzle brake came from Ross Schuler. He sells a bunch of them on Snipers Hide and also ebay. They are about $45.

Yes, your action is big enough. It's the same size as mine. Mine just has a 308 sized mag opening. You'd have to run an Edge or RUM as a single shot unless you do some extensive modifications.

If you want to keep it a repeater, I'd recommend going 338win or Sinarm's 338 Sin wildcat.
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