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Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization

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Unread 07-16-2011, 07:34 PM
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Re: Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization

I specifically mentioned Vais in my post for a reason. They make a good brake, but they do kick up a good bit of debris. I do not claim to have kept up with all recent innovations on brake tech. It seems you have pretty well nailed down the terms and usage patterns.

I have used Braked rifles, and non braked. Each have their place. If it is a 300wm that i will try to practice at long range with, BRAKE PLEASE!!! If that makes me a pussy, well ok!! Putting 50 to 100 rounds down range in a days time with a 300 win mag in practice at 800 to 1200 yards is NOT my idea of a Fun Day!! It sucks, even with a good brake! Not a whole lot of people really CAN put that many rounds down range, braked or not, with heavy 300 win mag rounds. I am kinda sorta one of those, but prefer not to be Hence the 6.5x55 BJAI!! Since then, I "THINK* I have graduated up enough to be capable of a 7mmRM. I hope. I think.... The new setup will *HOPEFULLY* weigh in at WELL over 17 lbs.... I am still considering the BRAKE on the new 7mm RM.... not really decided. But i will NOT be fluting, as i Want Weight!! More Weight = Less recoil! haha, yes, I am a pussy!! I will gladly lug the extra "few" pounds of weight to the shooting spot!

Good luck, and Consider carefully sir,
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Unread 07-17-2011, 10:16 AM
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Re: Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization


There's no doubt that Vais MBs are good brakes. There are members here that have them too. On previous posts, some of them just use shooting mats or similar to control or eliminate debris blasts when shooting prone.

IMHO, the use of MBs are no longer just a matter of recoil reduction. Reducing the muzzle jump to see the target hit and ease in target re-acquisition is the trend. Trend or not, I like it. Heck you even see them on .22s and air rifles!

BTW, the 6.5x55 BJAI is sweet. I have an old Carl Gustav 1894M carbine in 6.5x55 Swede that I use for when the terrain is too thick to navigate and get a shot.

Good luck on the new rig and keep us posted. Cheers!


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Unread 07-17-2011, 12:04 PM
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Re: Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization


Yeah, one of the biggest reasons I am considering a Brake, even with a LOT of rifle weight, is to ensure I can spot vapour Trail / spot bullet strikes. It sure makes life a bit easier when trying to sort conditions and such out.

I hear you on the shooting mat. I do use one most days, but once in a while something happens and it gets left at home or some such... Hell, I even once forgot my dang ammo! Now that was embarrassing!

Have a good one,
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Unread 07-23-2011, 09:00 AM
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Re: Savage 111 7mm rem mag customization

your post is very interesting. as many posters here on this site, it is hard to get a read on your abilities and intent. your original post sounded like you wanted to save money and that you have limited experience. as i read further, you actually have considerable resources available to you and sounds like you have considerable experience also, howbeit, you might not "own" the equipment. you have done some loading and minor gunsmithing. unless you want to customize and get rid of a bad shooter, i cant for the life of me see what you would accomplish with a good rifle customizing it that severely. if i was going to customize everything, i would go with a totally customized rifle. if i was on a budget, i would get a new savage in whatever caliber i wanted as they make some pretty nice shooters right out of the box and it would be far cheaper. everyone has made great recommendations. i would steer away from the cheap barrels, as it was previously said: some are shooters some arent. pac nor, lilja, kreiger, hart, shilen are ALL shooters (very rare to find one that isnt). muzzle brake it if you dont want all the recoil. any KDF type will do (radial or modified radial) from a reputed brand and good gunsmith. one of my 300 WM Model 70 shot 3/8 in groups at a 100 and it shot exactly the same after 2 in off the barrel and a KDF installed with the same load (dont expect that as it probably cant be done again in a 1000 barrels). ANY brake will kick up dirt on a bare ground, i have tried most. use a pad or as i do-an old pair of chaps or leather (the gas goes out as a cone even from side ports). if you are prone and close enough to the ground on bare soil, you will get dirt into the optics including your god given ones. good shooting and happy trails.
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