Savage 111 build

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by VjjR, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. VjjR

    VjjR Well-Known Member

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    I just purchased a Savage 111 in 7mm rem mag. My intentions are to build a 6.5-284 with a 24-26" finished barrel with fluting and a muzzle brake. I would like to get a barrel finished and chambered delivered to me instead of shipping the action out to a barrel manufacturer or gunsmith where I could install on the action and head space myself. It is my understanding that with the savage barrel nut this is possible to get a built barrel with the proper threads and chambered and i could install it no more machining necessary. Is this true or do I need to ship the rifle out regardless? And any suggestions on Barrel Manufactures/Gunsmiths are welcomed.

    Thanks,
    Vic
     
  2. pdog06

    pdog06 Well-Known Member

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    You are correct. You can do it yourself with the proper tools. You'll need a barrel nut wrench, an action wrench(or barrel vise), and a set of GO and NO-GO headspace gauges for the caliber you wish to use.

    Heres a link to some detailed instruections that can help:

    Western Shooter » Blog Archive » How to Build or Rebarrel a Savage Rifle

    -FYI, the guy says in step #20 the NO-GO isnt needed, but for a first timer it SHOULD be used so you know exactly how it should feel. He also says the shim he uses to replace a NOGO gauge is .001-.002" thick, which is also incorrect. The difference between the GO and NOGO is .004", so that should be the thickness of your shim if you choose this route(bout the thickness of a pc or two of scotch tape).

    -At the bottom of this link there is also links to Midway and a few others.
     

  3. VjjR

    VjjR Well-Known Member

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    which barrel manufacturer could build me a quality barrel complete that is a direct replacement? I'm having a hard time figuring out what is a complete ready to go barrel between chambered short and long.
     
  4. pdog06

    pdog06 Well-Known Member

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    All the manufacturers will sell you a complete barrel, but if wait time is an issue then Shilen, McGowen, Lothar Walther, and maybe others build pre-fit barrels that are already finished and ready to be shipped.

    Go over to Savageshooters.com and look in the vendore classifieds section, under "Northland Shooters Supply". Jim is one of the nicest guys to deal with, and wont hang up the phone till he is confident you are getting exactly what you're looking for. He sells McGowen and Shilen.

    Northland Shooters Supply

    BTW, Be sure to replace the factory recoil lug with a trued precision lug from either Northland or from SSS.
     
  5. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    I agree. I've dealt with Jim a couple times. Great to do business with.
     
  6. str8shoot

    str8shoot Well-Known Member

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    You will also have to change out the bolt face to go from a 7 mag to a 6.5-284. A 264 win mag would save this step, I don't know if you are interested in this cartridge but it does have the same bolt face.
     
  7. VjjR

    VjjR Well-Known Member

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    I'm aware of this but bolt faces are cheap. but i also think i have to change firing pin assembly. I will research the round. thank you
     
  8. ogremccloud

    ogremccloud Well-Known Member

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    take a look at pac-nor for you r pre fit barrel great product nice people you dont have to wait a year to get your barrel. there are a few other people here that run them on there savages.
     
  9. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for asking but do you have a to be a member to purchase? Thanks!

    Ed
     
  10. VjjR

    VjjR Well-Known Member

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    when I read the notes on the top of Pac-nors prefit barrel section it says that they are short threaded, and they need to be set back. If I understand this right its not something i can do myself
     
  11. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    the Pacnor Savage barrels are fully chambered if they are set up for a barrel nut. You can also buy a Brux from Sharpshooter for close to the same money, and it's probably a little better barrel. But I like the chamber selection better with Pacnor and Shilen. Still if it's just a hunting rifle, you really don't need to spend the extra money for a benchrest grade barrel.
    gary
     
  12. pdog06

    pdog06 Well-Known Member

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    No, you do not have to be a Savageshooters member to buy from Jim. If he asks how you found out about him, just tell him. He is really a heck of a guy to talk to.
     
  13. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks! I've seen many kudos on Jim, he seems to have what I need for my future project and will definitely contact him.

    Thanks again.

    V/R

    Ed