best gun smith for savage

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by new shooter, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. new shooter

    new shooter Well-Known Member

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    Tell me ho you thinks the best gun smith to true the action and put a barrel on a savage ? Thanks for info joe.
     
  2. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    I haven't used either of the 2 listed below. But, they do a lot of work for people in these forums and I see lots of good references. If they did a poor job, you'd know it.

    Kevin Cram
    Montour County Rifles

    Jim See
    Center Shot Rifles (Pittsville, WI)

    There are many others if you search the forum.
     

  3. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    Kevin Rayhill at Stockade Rifle Stocks. Makes the best Savage stocks for the money. He also specializes in working on Savage actions.
     
  4. Tikka Lover

    Tikka Lover <strong>Official LRH SPONSOR</strong>

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    I had Kevin Rayhill build me one and it is smooth as glass and shoots like a dream, not bad on price either. He talks a lot though, so have some time set aside before you call him :)
     
  5. geargrinder

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    Yep, took me about 90 minutes to tell him I needed a standard LOP on my stock.:D
     
  6. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    Clay Spencer would be near the top of my list. Try Dwight Scott in Michigan
    gary
     
  7. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    Tricky is right, Clay Spencer is one of the best in the country but you may want to sell a vehicle or something to pay the bill!
     
  8. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I took it with the idea that the poster had deep pockets! Of course a lot of us don't, and probably never will. I was lucky thru the years in that I could more often than not trade for my gunsmith work. And don't think I didn't take advantage of this!

    I've seen work done by Scott in the past, and it's right in there with anybody out there. Larry Racine is another good one for a Savage. The folks over at Sharp Shooter are very good, but they also have a huge backlog.
    gary
     
  9. new shooter

    new shooter Well-Known Member

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    I never new anybody that had deep pockets by a savage. Thats why i am looking around for a good smith thats resonable but good with savage.
     
  10. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    You don't have to be poor to own a savage factory or upgraded they shoot better than 99% of other rifle makers and are a simple design that outdates the remington 700, they have barrel, trigger and action advantages over lots of makers. They have 2 downfalls, parts availability and a trigger block safety instead of a sear block. I sent you a message btw.
     
  11. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I take it that you've never seen a custom built "99." Be thinking $4K and up. Racine has a reputation for building F class winners, and Clay Spencer needs no introduction. Still you will pay for what you get. Fred over at Sharp Shooter carries a tremendous backlog for a reason. Still there are more than one gunsmith on this board that can serve you well.
    gary
     
  12. new shooter

    new shooter Well-Known Member

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    No i have not. But i have had a custon 338 AX I mean everything IT SHOT 1/2 MOA 1,400 YD. Kirby allen will not ship a rifle out of his shop if it will not shot 1/2 moa so if want a true custon Y would anybody pay $4K UP WHEN YOU CAN GET A CUSTOM ACTION AND EVERYTHING FOR SAME PRICE ? PLUS A BETTER RESALE ? There are alot of gun smith out there that are know more then parts changer. There are good gun smith that do great work but are more cost frindley. Thanks for your input. Joe
     
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  13. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    bolt guns are kinda generic, and the way most of us want them is also generic. But a 99 is a lever gun, and a different animal. The wood alone will often set you back $400 or more (and that's just a slab of walnut). I've seen custom Marlins run close to $4K. It's just not hard to spend four thousand on a work of art. A good 22 rimfire bench gun will set you back that much without sights. (a Calfee XP will run around $5K). I've seen custon doubles run $100K
    glt
     
  14. ReachnOut

    ReachnOut Well-Known Member

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    I don't use Savages myself, but have a couple of friends who do. Both of them have changed out their own barrels and say it takes only a few minutes with the barrel wrench available from Midway. As far as truing the action, why not swap the barrel yourself, shoot it and see if the action needs work? If it does need additional work that would be a good time to replace the safety.