My first Savage


August 12, 2007, 08:21 PM
I finally received the final piece to complete my first long distance rifle project. Up until now, the most accurate rifle I have owned is a 10/22 I built up last year. I decided to go the economy route and based on the information provided here, I went with the Savage 10 FP LE1 as my platform. I now have the stock (Bell & Carlson Medalist), The scope (Bushnell elite 3200 10x40 mildot) and the mounting hardware (Burris xtreme low mount rings and base). I know this probably sounds cookie cutter to some, but hey, I got all the information from you guys and all of it met the guidlines I set for the project. My question is, Should I mount the scope myself on this type of rifle or should I would I get the best results by taking it in and having it done by a professional? I have had many previous success stories with mounting my own optics, I am just looking for what others opinions are on the matter.

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August 12, 2007, 08:38 PM
If you do it yourself, you only have you to blame. If you pay a gunsmith to do it... Well that is another story all together.

August 12, 2007, 08:45 PM
First... enjoy your new Savage... I have several, and just love them.

On the scope mounting... Most 'professionals' don't do much more than you would do. If you get a real pro, they might re-cut the scope rings, or mount a 1" machined steel rod in the rings before tighting them down. For that you need some specialist equipment, but most people just get 'em as straight as possible, and make sure they can't move.

If you do mount it yourself, clean the reciever threads and screws with acetone, and use some loctite on the mount screws. You can't tighten them up without removing the scope, so you don't want them shaking loose on you, and re-tighten the rings once in a while, they can loosen up a bit over time.

August 12, 2007, 08:59 PM
Thanks for the info. I will post pics when its all said and done.

August 12, 2007, 10:09 PM
I just got a 10FP in .223 on Saturday as well. And a ton of ammo and reloading supplies. It shoots like a DREAM. The Accutrigger is amazing.

Texas Gunman
August 12, 2007, 10:53 PM
Good luck with your new Savage 10, mounting your own scope is easy.

I have a Savage 10FP in .308, with a choate ultimate stock, nice shooting rifle.


August 13, 2007, 02:36 AM
I do all my scope mounts myself now after several bad experiences with having the store mount them. It seems very few store employees know how to properly mount and bore sight a scope these days.

I bore sight by putting the rifle in a rest, removing the bolt and looking through the bore at something 75-100 yds away (usually my neighbor's chimney top), then moving the crosshairs to align with the same picture. Never failed to get on paper @100 yds.

Enjoy that Savage.

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