Just got a new savage 93F 22 WMR and need help


January 24, 2008, 04:24 PM
Hello all, I would appreciate some feedback on this situation. If anyone owns one of these and has done what I would like to do, I would appreciate your how to answer.

I have two problems

A. The rear sight should probably be removed because I am going to use a scope. Secondly, it is rather cheesy anyway, it came new in the box aiming way off to one side. I wonder if it is a dovetail base and is just knocked into the dovetail a little crooked. It is so low, I cannot see a dovetail. To me it even looks like it is clamped in but I am sure I need to knock it out with something and don't know which direction to punch it off from.
I will save it with the literature and box, but even if I were not using a scope, I would rather have a real rear sight put on. What a chunk of junk the sight is.

B. I see there are two grooves atop the receiver that run along about 4 inches maybe, so that I could either maybe mount a rail base then mount regular weaver rings on top of it or buy a pair of 3/8 dovetail rings and mount them directly in the grooves.
My theory is a base would be a much better mount and more stable and secure than a ring here and a ring there.
One good whack and I would think that the ring would break or pop off or the ledges on the receiver itself would chip or get boogered off.
So what size are the grooves? Is it a 3/8 or 11 mm dovetail base already? Looks rather thin to me.

The rest of the rifle seems to be a winner. I have a .17 HMR with the same action and that has a thumbhole stock and a heavy barrel, but I wanted the .22 mag to carry in the woods.

Thank you for your time and thoughts.

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January 24, 2008, 05:46 PM
Problem 1,
If just just picked it up from a dealer,i'd bring it back to him to
fix or replace.

Problem 2
Get this mount from Brownells:



January 24, 2008, 06:09 PM
Am surprised that the gun is not drilled and tapped for scope mounts. Looked at a Savage Model 93G at China Imports (Wal-Mart) the other day. It was drilled and tapped for scope mounts. The photo of the 93FV on the Savage website shows that gun with scope mounts.

January 24, 2008, 06:45 PM
I just tapped my dovetail site off with a small hammer and a partial wood clothespin for a punch, ordered a marbles blank, and I ordered 2 11 mm or 3/8" dovetail scope rings with two allen screws on each base to hold fast to the dovetail.
That should do the trick.

Evidently the 93F scope mounts are the dovetail grooves on the receiver. I have the same action on a Savage Model 93R17-JTV .17 HMR but it came with mounted 7/8" weaver bases installed like the 93FS but this must be the economy model.

It will be very light to go for a walk with though. I'll post a picture when I get it set up.

Here is my .17


February 1, 2008, 08:24 PM
I used a somewhat heavy duty set of 3/8 dovetail rings made by NcStar and a simple 4x32 scope I had laying around, which is just fine for this rifle.

I did not add a rail mount since there are no holes tapped. This set of rings is long and thick with two screws for each to hold it fast to the dovetail and it is on there good with some locktite liquid on the threads.

The marbles blank went in easy enough so this one looks pretty nice. Here are my finished product pictures.
I think I did good on this rifle. It seems very happy and so am I.




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