Savage bolt dissassembly?


October 2, 2009, 11:07 PM
O.K. How do I take apart a Savage bolt? I have visions of stuff flying all over the place if I do it wrong.

I have 4 Savage rifles and it's time they were "detailed" internally.

Thanks for any help offered.

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October 3, 2009, 03:21 AM
Go to Google and type in "savage bolt disassembly". You'll get pages of links. :)

October 3, 2009, 10:24 PM
I'll try that. Thanx.

Jim K
October 3, 2009, 11:19 PM
I strongly suggest you forget it. There is nothing about that bolt that requires disassembly for cleaning and it is about the most complex bolt ever put in a rifle.

In addition, there is a strong possibility that improper assembly will result in misfires.


October 3, 2009, 11:22 PM
Jim Keegan is right. If you really feel the need to clean it, spray with scrubber, repeat, wait a bit, spray with remoil. There's nothing in there. You're just fidgeting.

October 4, 2009, 08:59 AM
If you just want to clean it...

Spray liberally with WD 40 and hang to drip dry.
Soak in degreaser, and Hang to dry.
Oil ....

Avoid disassembling the bolt. Even when I swapped barrels, all I did was remove the extractor.

October 5, 2009, 07:56 PM
Ok, O.k. I give up. UNCLE!!!!

I'll take everyone's advice & spray it and forget it. All my Savages have gone boom every time so far and put the bullet exactly where I wanted it. :>)

Maybe I'll just buy another one.

October 5, 2009, 08:40 PM
If you are mechanical at all it is easy. Check here.
It has more parts than most but it is straight forward and you should have no problem. :)
Go ahead and buy the new Savage anyway they need the work.:D

October 5, 2009, 08:44 PM
It's actually pretty simple, much simpler than that Rube Goldberg Mosin nagant bolt. I had to disassemble mine in order to send my bolt face off to be PPC'ed and then to change my bolt handle. The only hangup is that allen key in the rear is quite tight

October 6, 2009, 12:44 PM
Wow, quit scaring the guy! I bit the bullet 'cause I want to go to 6PPC, and I disassembled both a Sav110 and a Sav12FV bolt. Both easy.

Follow the instructions on the internet. I was able to use a piece of wood to "uncock" the bolt before I took it apart, which makes it a ton easier. Otherwise I think there is a tiny risk of damage to the last couple threads of the bolt that holds everything in there.

The Internet said that getting that bolt loose (on one it was an allen, on the other a flat head screwdriver) would be horrendous -- but in both my cases it was easy.

Imagine my surprise when I found RUST on the firing pin assembly, was I ever glad that I disassembled THAT bolt!

The boltHEAD comes off very easily. None of the pins require force to get them to come out. The extractor I would leave alone unless you have at least one extra ball, or else do it inside a baggie.....mine went PIINNNGGG and luckily I found it.

I have a new bolthead on order and learned a lot from my practice disssembly. Go on over to for more info.


October 6, 2009, 12:46 PM
After you put it back together, you can take a strong stick and "recock" that spring prior to reinstalling. Stare at it for a while and youll understand what I mean. It is much easier to disassemle and reassemble when you have the tension off that spring!


Tn Tom
March 2, 2010, 02:26 PM

Great link here that has pic's and excellent tips. One thing not mentioned is the decocking step shared with us by "Docsleepy". I haven't taken the plunge yet as I was trying to determine if I should decock it. Thanks Docsleepy.

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