Savage f class open
I am new to shooting f class but not new to shooting or lond range shooting. Has anyone shot the new savage f class in 6.5x284 I am thinking of buying one to start out with, any advice would be appreciated. I'm pretty thick skinned so let me have it.
Savage for F-Open
You can buy your action from Jim Briggs at North Lander or a distributor like Jerrys. I have built several for customers from .204 Hornaday through .308 Winchester. Have some fun, build your new Savage Target action with a 30" Broughton 6mm, 1:8, 5C, chambered in 6mmBRX or 6 Dasher (both in .272 no neck turn). Use the good Lapua brass and Berger 105s. This make a superb 1000 yard round. The aforementions is more inheritly accurate, less recoil, less expensive to shoot, IE; component cost, barrel life (3000 rounds). Believe me it is a win win situation. Either of these cartridges will shoot right up there with the 6.5 X .284 with more advantages. This action also is a good platform for a 6.5 X .284 or 308 also. You cann't go wrong with a McMillian or a Stockade stock.. Ken Farrel bases and rings are a given.
Last edited by Rustystud; 03-12-2008 at 12:38 PM.
Savage/ long range
Yes, Savage a good choice, I have several, but be prepared to properly bed the receiver. The factory bedding is non-existant, just a big hole in the stock, in which the receiver happens to fit. On my model 12BVSS the flat-topped pillars do not even contact the round-bottomed receiver. After the required "tune-ups" they do perform.
Thanks for the responses, has anyone heard anything goog bad or ugly about spencer rifle barrels shop? also richards custom rifles and tooley custom rifles are pretty close trying to find a goood smith and I know all mentioned have superior reputations, any input.
My son picked up his savage 12-F/TR last night, overall the gun is great for starting out. It has a few flaws but for $1,000 you don't get a custom made rifle.
The rifle is surprisingly heavy, that's great for recoil and helps with tracking.
The cheek pieces are a joke. They screw into the top of the stock using one 3" long wood screw. It just doesn't look right on top of the rifle.
Other than that, the action was really smooth, the forearm has a built in rail.
We have yet to shoot it but I can report back to you on Friday.
Thank you guys,
rustystud, fd shuster and rich allen for the input I am a recently discharged USMC school trained sniper but who cares, just want to0 get back into a little competition, f class seems to be what i am looking for.
Have been shooting competition or for fun since i was eight years old. I have been out of it except for military for awhile but have always loved it and love to learn from people who know what is going on. Great sport, anyone out there from Force Recon USMC or other let's talk. Love you guys, goood site!!!
This is my approach to a better mousetrap.
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I spent about the same money as a factory F/TR but performance is much better. Now if you had to buy your stock, that would bring your cost slightly above the factory rifle.
Get a stock that is similar in profile to the F(O) version. The F/TR is horrid in my opinion.
Stockade and Richards can offer you the right profile for around $200. Not bad at all.
The barrel is everything and I don't think the Savage barrels can yield much below 1/2 MOA. Plus you have the choice of any cartridge you want. The 6.5X284 is not barrel friendly and there are several other 'better' ways to get the same performance.
Recon: 1 week estimate on Savage bedding job took 2 weeks. Bedding material used was Brownells "Steel Bed". Factory pillars were left in place with "Steel Bed" built-up on top, so flat topped pillars now have round tops to mate with round receiver. Checked for possible tang springing up and down when loosening/tightening rear guard screw, using a dial indicator: no movement now, in any direction.