Originally Posted by CentreHit
How about the Desert Tactical Arms (DTA) switch barrel set-up???
Exactly. Blaser... DTA... Other???
Those are shooting systems that are designed to retain a fairly steady zero across barrel changes and they do only take a few minutes to switch out.
I'm guessing Blaser is better at retaining zero than DTA in that the scope is attached to the barrel. But, that means more scopes and more $$$.
My brother has a couple of Blasers and has good results. But, I still wouldn't swap the barrel and shoot at a deer without checking it on paper. I went the exact opposite direction and bought a lathe so that I can rebarrel any of my rifles. I can and do swap barrels. But, when I get one setup just right, I leave it alone until there's a real good reason to change.
I'm not suggesting you can't or shouldn't do it with a Savage or 700.
You may be well satisfied with the results and the effort required. Just don't kid yourself thinking that you get instant precision like you should expect from systems costing 5 or ten times as much.
In the end, every guy that owns a Savage can claim that he owns a switch barrel rifle even though he hasn't decided which barrel to purchase next. Then again, so can Rem, Win, Sako, owners, etc. It's merely a function of the amount of time and effort to switch the barrel and restore your zero and your precision.