Savage Benchrest Rifle
Am wondering if anyone has experience with Savage's new dual port benchrest rifle?
I don't but am very interested in using the action for a 6br build. Would be interested in some feedback from folks that got them as well.
savage dual port action
I ended up with one. It looked pretty good as far as bolt timing, squareness of the face and locking lugs. However the mounting holes on top were not drilled straight. I did not mount anything on it and as such am not sure how far off it would have been or even if you could have gotten a mount on it.
I traded it to a friend who has pressed into a sleeve.
I wish you luck
Mounting hole misalignment seems to be a generic problem with recent production Savage Actions. I have two Savage and one Stevens action in the shop now. The rear most scope mounting hole is off in all of them. I haven't measured how much, but it's easy to spot with an unaided eyeball.
Originally Posted by captbill
The two new actions (recent production) have the receiver fron plane, and bolt lugs all in parallel planes as closely as I can measure them. It took less than a mil for the receiver front face to clean up.
Seeing as how the target action series (12 F/TR, F-Class, Palma, Benchrest, LRPV, etc.) are done in big high-dollar CNC machining centers in two passes (one setup to do half the machining, another setup to do the rest)... I find it pretty hard to swallow the old complaint about the scope base holes being drilled crooked. Anything is possible, but there'd be a whole lot more than just the scope base holes messed up if the piece had been incorrectly positioned in the fixture for the CNC center! It's possible that the holes get done at some later stage - but that would make very little sense.
I have a 6br heavy gun that was built by Fred Moreo at Sharp Shooter Supply using the "new" Savage target action. Once I rebarreled it with a Shilen select match, it shoots tiny lil' groups out at 600 yards. I had no odd experiences with scope mounting. My action is a left bolt right port. I'm working on another one in 30br at the moment, myself. I doubt that it will quite match the one Fred built though, as he installed and adjusted his new BR trigger in that one. The stock Savage accuthingy does not begin to compare. I'll be using a trigger assist until I save up enough to have Fred install his trigger.
I thought I'd better add for the information of those folks not all that familiar with Savage receivers, that there are different shapes and mounting hole spacings on the older and newer rifles. As an example, a mount taken off an older (pre-accuthing-pre-centerfeed) model 12 will not fit on a brand new one. Also, being the internet, we might also want to be sure to mention that long actions and short actions are not going to take the same mounts. Here are a couple sources for quality scope mounts and rings that are made for various Savage actions.
Last edited by amamnn; 02-01-2010 at 05:46 PM.
i dont know why some refuse to believe it, but savage has been cranking out alot of these target actions with screw hole location problems. this has been going on for almost 3 yrs, and whats surprising is that they havent fixed the problem yet.
Can anyone post a good picture of a savage action showing
the mount screw hole problem ?
There are ones where the barrel doesn't always point the same place as the scope mount holes; I won't argue that. I've had a few myself.
That doesn't necessarily mean the problem is in the scope mount holes. Think about it.
i have thought about it, and the screw hole problem does exist, as well as the problem you mention. in the end, its a savage and you get what you pay for. lest you think im bashing savage, i own a few of them and would buy one any day before buying another remington!
My action was manufactured in March of 2009 and seems to be fine. I put a flat Picatinny rail on it and when I center the cross hair the vertical is almost perfect at 100 yards.
Last edited by gt40; 02-03-2010 at 01:11 AM.
Originally Posted by amamnn
How did you end up with a Left Bolt Right Port. Did Fred convert it for you or did you order it from Savage that way
im on my second savage action
I havn't had one of the factory built bench rest rifles but i have used two of the actions to built custom rifles. The first being a 223AI used for A local factory class IBS score rifle. It had an Adams & Bennet BBl, and a Chohote varmit master stock. It shot very well, considering the little time and money invested in assembly. It shot consitently in the .20's, if i did mt job with the wind flags. I managed to take the vermont state IBS factory class champion ship, and shoot a 249 with 9 at the last mach of the season with it. The second rifle just arrived from Hart rifles friday. Its chambered in 30br, fitted with a heart hbr barrel, and a McMillan edge hbr stock. I havn't shot it yet Still waiting on a scope mount. The fit and finish are very nice and i expect it to shoot well.
As far as the mounting hole problem this is my 19th savage, and i have only seen the problem one on an older 220 swift. The rear holes where out of alignment with the bore, but the problem was easily rectified with the use of a refield style mount with rear windage adjustment.