Improving the Savage stock?


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M Jager
November 8, 2003, 03:53 AM
Everybody knows the Savage stock is quite flimsy? My question is can it be inproved? Is the culpret just a flimsy forearm, or is the problem a lack of stability around the action itself. I was thinking of running a steel or aluminum rod down the forarm. Would this help or is the flimsyness problem in other areas as well thus rendering stiffing the forarm a wasted effort? A Savage heavy barrel is likely to be in my future, and I would rather not buy an aftermarket stock if I can stiffen up the factory stock to an acceptable level.
Thanks,
Matt

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AZRickD
November 8, 2003, 10:49 AM
Just to prove it to myself, I dumped a lot of JB Weld in the forearm of my Savage 10FP in .308. I didn't put in a metal rod (some say use a push-rod from an American V8) in the JBWeld nor did I put in a fiberglass arrow shaft, some have.

The JBWeld made it marginally stiffer. Keep in mind that my rifle started out as a .67MOA to .75MOA rifle (I never bothered to adjust the trigger pull down). The addition of the SharpShooterSupple trigger releasing at 16 ounces turned it into a .5 to sub .5MOA rifle.

For giggles, I glass bedded the action into a Choate Ultimate Sniper stock that I got really cheap. Same .5MOA before working up a load for my new shipment of Lapua brass. The Choate US stock feels like a tree trunk.

The SharpShooterSupply boys also make fine stocks for the Savage.

And Savage now has up-market stocks and triggers, but that bumps the price up quite a bit.

Rick

M Jager
November 8, 2003, 11:28 AM
Rick,
Thanks for the reply. Any chance you might be wanting to get rid of that tree trunk?
Thanks
Matt

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