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this savage is driving me nuts

 
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Old 07-27-2008, 12:37 AM
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this savage is driving me nuts

i've bought a savage model 12 btcss (thumbhole .223). i noticed during the break in that the groups were large (3"+) from the very beginning.
i was dry firing, practicing without ammo and i noticed that when i would press the trigger the crosshairs in the scope would bounce all the way out of the target box. the rifle didn't move but the crosshairs did.
i checked all of the mouting hardware and it was tight.
i checked to make sure that the rings were lined up and they were.
and the bounce was still there, i took the scope off of the savage and put it on my ar rifle and no bouce. i changed out the scope and the new one did it to.
i changed out the mounting hardware from a 2 piece burris base with leoupold rings to a 1 piece winchester base with leoupold rings.
no bouce was detected and i was able to shoot some less than one inch groups.
i am out at the range this afternoon, thinking that the problem is gone.
i am testing ammo and the groups go form sub inch to 3 inches.
i check and sure enough the bounce is back in the crosshairs.
i took it to the gun shop in town and they tested it with a brand new leupold and it does it to.
is ther an inherent problem with the savage model 12?
after trying 2 different sets of mounting hardware and 2 different scopes what is the next step?
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Old 07-27-2008, 05:46 AM
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Savage

Bedding.
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Old 07-27-2008, 06:26 AM
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I had the exact same problem with a 12 bvss. Turned out that the action screws loosened up. I didn't notice till I was packing up, and moved the gun by grabing the barrel.

I have noticed this problem with even some new from the factory savages. Tourque it down properly will remove the problem.

Even better is to bed with pillars. Your tourque on the action screws will then probably be more stable.
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:48 PM
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okay! maybe i am seeing the picture

so maybe what i am watching when i see the scope hairs jumping around on the target is not a movement of the scope but the whole barreled action moving around in the stock?

when i fasten the action screws down, are there any torque specs to go by or is good and snug okay?

is there a way to test this, putting a dail indicator on the barrel or something?
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:28 AM
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If the rifle is not bedded and, has only those pathetic little "ferrules" as pillars, then exact torqueing will be impossible to maintain. Keep it simple and hand tighten the screws. Then shoot the rifle or, dry fire again to see if the crosshairs jump.
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Old 08-04-2008, 03:20 PM
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Bedding

" had the exact same problem with a 12 bvss. Turned out that the action screws loosened up. I didn't notice till I was packing up, and moved the gun by grabing the barrel.

I have noticed this problem with even some new from the factory savages. Tourque it down properly will remove the problem.

Even better is to bed with pillars. Your tourque on the action screws will then probably be more stable."


I would bet this will fix your problem. I had the same issue with a Tctical model that was suppsoed to be pillar bedded from the factory. Does it group like 1 high then 1 low and then 1 back up where the first shot was and so on and so on? You are shooting the first shot with lets say the action slid all the way forward. As you shoot the action slides all the way back.You shoot the next shot with it in the back position.Once the shot goes off it moves back to the forward spot. Hence giving you two or thre seperate groups.

Spend the money get it bedded. Tighting the screws will compress the stock and only get worse over time....trust me I went thru this...I pilar bedded it and my headaches are now gone.
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:52 AM
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the definition of accuracy

if i send the rifle back to savage, should they fix this problem?
i called them to see what bedding the rifle would do to my warranty.
they said if i bedded it, void nada, it's mine.

it's mine now (i mean i payed for it) but if they are going to do the same substandard thing that they did before, then i am just wasting time.

i am just venting and am tring to figure out want to do.

the thumhole stock fits me perfectly, and i really like the gun, i would like it even more if the doggone thing would shoot.

i guess that this is not my definition of accuracy
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