Barrel and bolt swap from 22- 250 to 7mm-08

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by sheep dog, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. sheep dog

    sheep dog Member

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    Okay I finally found what I am looking for , I think :D, and was offered a deal that I could not refuse on a savage 10/110 Predator Hunter Max 1 with a scope, however it's in 22-250 and not the 7mm-08 that I want. My question is this, can i replace the bolt head and the barrel to accommodate the 7mm-08? For what I paid for the gun I wont be losing any money by doing this compared to buying a 7mm-08 new.
     
  2. sheep dog

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    After further research I found in two places that the bolt head for the 22-250 is the same for the 7mm-08, can anyone verify this? Any suggestions as to this build? Man I am getting excited now lol !
     

  3. orwapitihunter

    orwapitihunter Well-Known Member

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    Your bolt face is correct as is. You will need to swap the barrel, set the headspace, and possibly tweak the feeding.
     
  4. orwapitihunter

    orwapitihunter Well-Known Member

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    A side note on your swap. If you want to shoot any of the heavier bullets, chose your barrel carefully. Savage put an 11 or 11.25 twist in their 7-08 barrels a couple of years ago. Some reports on shooting bullets heavier than 140 gr, were less than good.
     
  5. sheep dog

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    Thanks for that tip. I will be doing more research into the barrel but if need be I will step up to a shilling or criterion to get what I am looking for. I had thought this build to be further down the line for me but after the deal on the gun it looks like its happening now!

    The rifle will be mostly for deer but some buddies and I are hoping to get drawn for an elk hunt in a couple years once we have the points. I will want to shoot some heavier loads than what I plan to use for the local southern whitetails :D
     
  6. Centxshooter

    Centxshooter Well-Known Member

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    Absolutly, the after mark barrels for the savage you can get in the 9.5 twist all over the net. The factory stevens barrels are 11.5 twist and will shot up to 140's good.

    FYI I built a 7-08 and it gets alot of time in the woods