Savage gunsmithing, anybody have any experience with them?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Kaveman, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. Kaveman

    Kaveman Member

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    I have a Savage model 12fvss in .308 win, new H S Precision varmint stock and Shillen barrell. I am looking for a tried and true excellent smith to perform the machine work to maximize accuracy. Want to have all of the action trued and the stock glass bedded. I also want someone who knows the particulars of the Savage rifle and action. In searching for a gunsmith, Savage gunsmithing out of Idaho is one that came up. Trying to get information from those who have actually had machine work done on their Savage...who to and who not to send it to.
     
  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    How does it shoot now? My 12fvss with all factory with the exception of a machined recoil lug shoots well under 1/2MOA in 300WSM. (.3" at 100yds is typical 3 shot group).

    AJ
     

  3. winmagman

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    If you insist on a Savage specialist here's another option Sharp Shooter Supply - The Savage Specialists. Fred is reputed to be THE Savage guy among alot of people.

    Have never had him build one for me but I have used plenty of his components and all have been top quality.

    There are also plenty of gunsmiths on this board that know their way around a Savage, Chris Matthews, Fiftydriver, 308 Nate, Black Diamond 408, the list goes on and on. If I had more money they"d all get some of it.

    Chris
     
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  4. James Jones

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    Fred at Sharp shooters supply does a good juob but it takes a while now days , Kevein Rayhill that wons/runs Stockade Gunstocks also does fantastic work on them but guys focus alot on the timing of the bolt and such .

    Nate Dagley (308Nate) has built some customes on Savages and I can speek for his impecible work , Kirby Allen also has built some customs on Savages thats hes talked about here. Their is not big differance in building on a Savage as opposed to building on a Remington
     
  5. Kaveman

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    The gun shoots great now, 5 shot groups at 100 yds. you can cover with a quarter, straight out of the box after about 120 rounds fired. Just want to maximize the accuracy of this rifle. It was a gift to me from my father for my 37th b-day. I have little more in it than a harris bipod and a sling. Just purchased a set of rcbs competition dies and will begin working on a load this spring.
     
  6. Ernie

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    Scott (savagegunsmithing) will be doing some work for me in the near future.
     
  7. Triggernosis

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    I can recommend Nat Lambeth (you can find him on benchrest.com).
     
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  8. Kaveman

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    Have either of you had any work done by these men. If so, what; how long was the turn around; how are they to work with?
     
  9. tjonh2001

    tjonh2001 Well-Known Member

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    you should really consider 308nate he is building my 2nd rifle and a great guy to work with. and he knows his stuff..
     
  10. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    I'll second Nate's craftmanship. Not to sure how many Howa actions he's done but the basice principle is the same no matter what.
     
  11. Rustystud

    Rustystud Well-Known Member

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    Savage Work

    Kaveman:

    I just joined this web site on Christmas Day. My name is Nathaniel G. Lambeth, Sr. I go by "Nat" not "Nate" and use the handle Rustystud on BRC and 6mmBR. I don't know "308Nate" he may be the best gunsmith in town. I do work on Savages, Remingtons, Winchesters, and Custom Actions mostly for F-Class, HP, Palma, Tactical, Varmint hunting and Big Game hunting rifles.

    I am not trying to adverise my services on this thread, just wanted to make sure I was correctly identified. I will be glad to talk with any of you about your Savage Bolt actions. I true and time Savages, I also specialize in rebarreling them with custom chambered high end barrels such as Broughton, Krieger, RockCreek, Lilja. References upon request

    I can be reached at the following:

    Nathaniel G. Lambeth, SR
    15 Sunflower Drive
    Youngsville, NC 27596
    (919) 556-0554 home/shop
    (919) 662-6848 cell
    NLambeth@embarqmail.com
     
  12. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    Welcome aboard Nat , I'm sure we are all glad to have you and look forward to any knowledge your willing to share. Their are several great smiths that get alot of work from this site Nathen Dagley "308nate" or just Nate to the guys that he's done work for is one of them as well ans Kirby Allen and Shawn Carlock along with several others I'm sure are up and comming.

    Again welcome and I know I personaly look forward to chatting with you , I'm the type of person that feels that everybody can learn somthing from everybody else.
     
  13. Triggernosis

    Triggernosis Well-Known Member

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    Kaveman,
    Yes, I've had Nat Lambeth do some work for me before on my Savage .243 12FV. Turnaround time was less than 1 week if I recall correctly, though he and I only work a couple of miles from one another for the same company (state govt.) and he met me after work. Excellent to work with.

    I also work with a gal who knows him well and speaks very highly of him.

    Nat, sorry to have messed up your name. Welcome - they's good folks here.

    Trigger
    (Tom Anderson)
     
  14. Ktomlins

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    I realize that this reply post is WAY too late to be of any help to the original poster, but I feel the need to at least warn others looking at the originally posted message concerning experience with SavageGunsmithing.

    To date, I can't yet comment on the quality of the actual gunsmithing work done by SavageGunsmithing, but I can report however, that timeliness and customer service do not appear to be this company's strong suits. After waiting for two+ months, I still haven't received my rifle back from them.

    I have waited weeks at a time for replies to emails - at least for those that I got replies - that is... Some email messages were just ignored and never answered. I have had to call long distance multiple times just to get answers to questions.

    Early on in this process, I was verbally assured by phone that the gunsmithing work could be completed by May 2012 (this whole process started in late February/early March of 2012). In late April, I again informed them of the need to get the completed rifle returned NLT the end of the first week in May. It's now rapidly approaching mid-May 2012, and still no tracking number or rifle... I have now had to purchase an alternate rifle to insure that I have a working rifle in the same caliber for an upcoming hunting trip. $600+ of ammo isn't much use without a rifle to shoot it...

    Working with this company has been a VERY long, trying experience so far. Hopefully, when the rifle finally arrives, the costly work on it will have been worth the wait and frustration. It's too bad that I'll probably have to wait until the next hunt in late spring 2013 to find out if the rifle meets my initial expectations.

    </sigh>
     
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