savage 340

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by aggie99, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. aggie99

    aggie99 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Savage Model 340 in .225 that I am considering changing over to a 6.5 caliber. My question is which would be the easiest and least expensive option while still having a good rifle in the end? Or is the 340 action worth the time and money? Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. BHP9

    BHP9 Well-Known Member

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    As much as I like the 340, I think your money would be wiser spent in another rifle/action and then performing the conversion.:cool:

    The open bridge is, IMHO, the problem.

    FWIW I had one in .222 and regret selling it. She was a little tack driver.gun)
     

  3. aggie99

    aggie99 Well-Known Member

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    The gun was free so if it could be converted to a 260rem or some other short action round I could get a better rifle for pretty cheap if the action would handle it.
     
  4. BHP9

    BHP9 Well-Known Member

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    Regardless of the cost of the gun, it's the pressures that the action will be able to sustain repeatedly that will dictate wether the conversion can/will be done.

    From Hodgdon.

    255 Win 50000psi
    223 Rem 52000psi
    6.5Swede 46000psi
    260Rem 60000psi.

    Magazines will need to be modified too.
     
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  5. aggie99

    aggie99 Well-Known Member

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    I don't know a whole lot about the 340 action and haven't been able to find a lot of info on the web. Was the 340 action designed specifically for the 30-30, 225 type pressures? As you said I would probably be better off getting a set of dies and some brass for the 225 and building a 6.5 on a stiffer action.
     
  6. aggie99

    aggie99 Well-Known Member

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    I must have missed the pressures you had listed when I first read your post. Thanks for the data.
     
  7. 300ECHO

    300ECHO Active Member

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    I would of given my 2cents earlier had I been on lately. Anyway the 340 was designed to handle 35-40k psi in 30/30 and 50k ish in 222(smaller case head has less rearward thrust on bolt given equal pressuses). The 340 has ONE bolt lug(yes one sided bolthead) meaning it could shear and get you hurt using a 308based cartridge!