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I've been saying for months I'd post up how to swap out the barrel on the Savage rifle set up. I got this as a 22-250AI a couple of years ago and swapped it into a 260 Remington for initial work. It shot VERY well so I was happy. I want to use it in F-Class 1000 yard and shorter matches and after doing some keyboard ballistics found I could shoot a 95 grain Sierra SMK out of a 243 LBC and stay with the big standard 140 260 bullet in elevation, less TOF and would only have to deal with about 4 inches more drift. Lighter bullet, less powder heavy gun and my shoulders smiles.

Changing a barrel is easy on the Savage. A few basic tools that don't cost a fortune and will last a life time were needed. Here is what I need to swap a barrel.

What you see here is a barrel wrench from Wheeler, a Davidson barrel vise, a 3/4" wrench, a tube of anti-sieze and a 6.5 Grendel Go Gauge.

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Here is the rifle that I am working on. It is a Savage Model 12

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The barrel I will use and the action removed from the stock. Both barrels you are looking at are made by Black Hole. The 260 is 24" on the receiver and the 243 LBC is 26". These are a special profile done to allow for pressure testing. They are not cataloged but if you like the looks they are done in, "Ritch's Profile" When I order them that's what I ask for and the Shop Foreman, Jason, knows what magic to work.

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The barreled action slipped into the vise on my reloading bench. Notice the wrench is hanging down on the nut. You have to remember to put that on before sliding the barrel in and tightening the nuts down ....I didn't the first time.

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Here I have backed the barrel nut off, unscrewed the action and am now screwing the action on the new barrel. I have lubed up the threads with anti-seize.

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At this point I am getting close and insert the bolt. I keep turning until I come up against the barrel. i back it off a tad and now insert my Grendel Go Gauge


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Closing the bolt on the gauge and finally letting the gauge stop the rotation. You just snug it up, you don't pretend you are a Gorilla. I run the bolt up and down to make sure I don't have excessive rearward thrust on the lugs. Too tight and you will feel it on bolt lift.

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Once I am satisfied I run the nut back up against the action and tighten it down. A sharp whack with a hammer handle makes it nice and tight.

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Now I just reassemble the rifle and wipe up any excessive anti-seize, return the rifle to its stock and redo the scope, put away my tools and I have had a pleasant twenty minutes. Now to size up some Grendel brass into 243 LBC and get to the range soon. I have a match scheduled for OLD GUYS in March at 500 yards so that will be my shake down on this one.

I did swap the bolt head from 308 to a PPC size and that was interesting. Perhaps I can put that up if there is interest.

Greg

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I'm interested in the bolt head swap.

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I'm interested in the bolt head swap.

 

I just got in a complete 223 bolt the other day. I'll swap a 308 bolt head on to it later in the week for you guys.

 

Greg

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Sweet! Thanks for sharing!

 

Looks like even I might be able to pull that off! :thumb:

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Sweet! Thanks for sharing!

 

Looks like even I might be able to pull that off! :thumb:

 

The Savage Forum has lots of stuff. I have't had to adjust a firing pin yet but it looks pretty simple. . BHW is a sponsor over there too and I need to make my prescence known in the wildcat area.

 

The Go Gauge is a piece of cake. I couldn't believe how easy it was. I have five or six Savage barrels waiting to be tested. You guys will hate it when I bust ou the 20's

 

Greg

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That .204 Ruger looks interesting .

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IMO, savage has surpassed Remington.

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That .204 Ruger looks interesting .

 

It will be a 20 Practical, a 20LBC and a 20X6.8 RocketMan. I already have three 204 bolt guns...LOL

 

Greg

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My Savage 110 is so fun to shoot, I've almost shot out the barrel. So yeah, there's a barrel swap coming soon. Thanks for the run-down.

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Would be most interested as to the degree of accuracy you can wring out of the Caudle 3 land polygonal rifling at 1000 yards. Also your observations and thoughts on the BHW barrels. I have had several conversations with Jason and was extremely impressed with his dedication. I need convincing that the Polygonal rifling is competitive with conventional rifling from the accuracy standpoint.

Thanks :)

 

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Other than looking at posted groups I don't know what you need. No one has shot 1000 yard groups. I've shot a short ton of 500 yard matches and they perform well with me behind it. I'm no world beater. Ritch has posted up a huge number of great groups on various boards in the ones and twos. Check BHW Pro Board. He has some 243LBC stuff that's phenomenal here.

 

My observations? They'll stay with anything short of a full blown PPC. Performance from barrel to barrel has been extremely good. If you can shoot they'll do it. I just did some load work ups yesterday. 0.5 MOA was easy in the wind and mirage shooting off a shaky bench. I am no bench shooter but this one with a good driver will be down in the threes.

 

Greg

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Would be most interested as to the degree of accuracy you can wring out of the Caudle 3 land polygonal rifling at 1000 yards. Also your observations and thoughts on the BHW barrels. I have had several conversations with Jason and was extremely impressed with his dedication. I need convincing that the Polygonal rifling is competitive with conventional rifling from the accuracy standpoint.

Thanks :)

 

I can only speak from experience of their AR 15 barrels. And boy, do they shoot!

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