Originally Posted by KQguy
Thanks for th replies!My smith told me he will take it out next week and test fire it,he will start with a mild load,then throw the onion to it(I guess he meant a hot load).He said he would not send it out if he thought it was bad.What would shooting it show,as far as being soft?He also said during our conversation,that the reciever was really straight,which could be why it seemed soft,because the tooling didn't have to work as hard.I know nothing about gunsmithing,I am just trying to replay our conversation.Any more opinions and input would be appreciated.
I would do as specweldtom said and at least call savage to get as much information
as possible on materal used on this action and proper test procedures to verify that
nothing is wrong.
I am not a metallurgist but there are FREE MACHINING STEELS that have alloys added to
improve machineability. they are not good for welding but that is not an issue with a recever
Some actions are very tough to machine and some are case hardened and only carbide
tools will work on them.
It would not supprise me to find out that savage uses free machining steel on there recevers
because it reduces production cost without sacrificing strength.
And I would join the ranks of "find out first" group before I fired any rifle that was suspect.
You will never know if it is good, but you WILL know if it's bad.
If you call savage and give them the serial number they can look back at there MTRs (material
test reports) and verify the material used in your action.
Peace of mind is worth more than the cost of any action !!!!!!!
Just my 2 cents
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