New Savage Mark II


red rick
August 29, 2009, 06:53 PM
I just picked up my new plinker Wednesday and I have some concerns. While I was cleaning it, when I wiped down the the muzzle end of the barrel and back to the stock, my patched turned real brown the first time I cleaned it, that was Wednesday after getting home with it. I pulled it out of the safe today to go shooting and when I was putting the bolt in I noticed that there were a few tarnished places on the stainless steel part of the bolt, I got that off with some fine sand paper pretty easily. After that I wiped the barrel down again with a lightly oiled patch and it turned brown again, but not as bad as the first time. Do you think that it is rust and should I call Savage? There are know signs of pitting and the bluing is bright.

I don't think that the safe is doing this because I wiped down the rest of my guns today and the patches didn't turn brown and like I said it was like this before I even put it in my safe, I didn't notice the bolt discoloration then though.

My safe is 30 cu. ft. and I have a 18'' golden rod (200 cu. ft.), eva dry 300 dehumidifier (300 cu. ft.) and a safe dry II, 60 cu. ft. silica beads in it and I do recharge them regularly.

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August 29, 2009, 07:38 PM
. Do you think that it is rustNope, more than likely just a little powder fouling from the factory test firing.

August 29, 2009, 08:22 PM
I think that he is referring to the exterior of the bbl...not the bore. I would not worry about it until I gave it a thorough cleaning to get off any residual protective oil. Also keep in mind that most stainless steel is not corrosion is corrosion resistant. Nearly all the SS used as ordinance steel will rust if not properly maintained and kept oiled. :)

August 29, 2009, 09:30 PM
I have a Mark II and noticed the same thing when I wiped it down for the first time with a cloth and some Rem Oil. I figured it was just oil residue left over from the manufacturing process or something and didn't think much of it.

August 29, 2009, 09:56 PM
The gun appears to be blued. If that's the case, it's residue from the blueing process. Blueing is a controlled rusting or oxidation process. Unless the metal finish is very well polished, it's common for some very fine scale from the blueing to adhere to the surface to be rubbed off over time. I normally buy the less expensive blued guns and, following a rubdown, see that brown stain on the cloth for the first year or so of ownership. It's no problem.

red rick
August 29, 2009, 10:19 PM
Thanks for your replies, I feel better about it now. I didn't get to shoot it today, I went to a public range and they were not open. They are close from April to September ( I didn't know). It's a State Wildlife Area, that has public hunting & fishing and it has a range for sighting in your long guns.

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