Looked at a Savage Stevens M200 Today


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chains1240
February 24, 2010, 11:58 AM
Actually I looked at all of the Stevens M200s that were on the shelf. The stocks on all 4 of them were warped and the stock was pressed against the barrel. In terms of practical hunting accuracy how much would this affect rifle performance? Could it be corrected by removing the barrel and action and sanding away the spots that touch the barrel or look at a Howa or Weatherby Vanguard instead?

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R.W.Dale
February 24, 2010, 12:05 PM
In terms of practical hunting accuracy how much would this affect rifle

with the factory bbl, not much. Ive bought several stevens 200's for builds and all would do MOA or better box stock.

Contrary to our gun media conditioning a rifle isn't defective just because the bbl and stock touch.

chains1240
February 24, 2010, 12:37 PM
Thanks for the reply Krochus. One thing I did like was that if I get one in .243 and later think I need "more gun" I can buy a different barrel for it. The m200 sure is inexpensive.

R.W.Dale
February 24, 2010, 01:24 PM
Thanks for the reply Krochus. One thing I did like was that if I get one in .243 and later think I need "more gun" I can buy a different barrel for it. The m200 sure is inexpensive.
You can also do thr same thhing with the marlin X 7 line as they take the same bbl's

LeontheProfessional
February 24, 2010, 01:27 PM
I have a stevens model 200 and like you said the stock does touch the barrel. No it does not affect the accuracy. I can do MOA or better with the rifle.

chains1240
February 24, 2010, 02:10 PM
On the pictures I see of the M200 the bottom of the rifle under the blind magazine is flat, except for the mold flashing. But the ones I see in the store had a raised section under the blind magazine. Would still be really easy to carry, just wondering if they changed something.

R.W.Dale
February 24, 2010, 02:16 PM
I haven't looked at any recent models but over the past year or so Savage redesigned the internal magazine so that it's attached to the stock, this may be tied in to the change you observed

chains1240
February 24, 2010, 04:20 PM
I haven't looked at any recent models but over the past year or so Savage redesigned the internal magazine so that it's attached to the stock, this may be tied in to the change you observed

Sounds like a reasonable explanation.

TexasPatriot.308
February 24, 2010, 04:22 PM
get you one of those Boyds stocks for the Savage10/110,,same thing, and you will have a beautiful low budget tack driver.;)

essayons21
February 24, 2010, 04:36 PM
The stocks on all 4 of them were warped and the stock was pressed against the barrel.

The stock-barrel contact is no biggie, but how were they warped? A truly warped stock should have never left the factory.

chains1240
February 24, 2010, 04:46 PM
I guess I should not have said warped. The stock was touching the barrel on the end of the stock on one side. If I put a little pressure on the other side of the tip of the stock it straightened out with a uniform gap on both sides.

Schleprok62
February 24, 2010, 06:11 PM
I have a M200 in 7mm-08 and I love it... been a good MOA rifle from the day I unpacked it...

chains1240
February 24, 2010, 08:46 PM
I have a M200 in 7mm-08 and I love it... been a good MOA rifle from the day I unpacked it...

Old twist rate or new? If the new design of the M200 incorporates the blind magazine in the stock instead of part of the action how would you replace the stock with an aftermarket like B&C or Boyd's? Would the mag for those stocks also be in the stock specific to the M200?

Birdhunter1
February 24, 2010, 09:36 PM
I took a Stevens 200 chambered in .223 and put it in a Boyd's Laminate thumbhole stock, pillar and steel bedded the action, pinned the scope mounts to the receiver (overkill for a .223 but I'd rather learn on a $300 action than a $700 action), and worked on the trigger and it is a true 1/4 -1/2 minute gun. The sweetload for this gun is 24.5 Gr H322 and a 52gr. Hornady SPSX

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee53/Rickpierson1/Ricks%20pix/Stevens%20223/P1040333.jpg

So yes they are good rifles to build on.

TexasPatriot.308
February 24, 2010, 09:43 PM
the Stevens 200 is a beautiful babe in an ugly body, get rid of the ugly body and it will be a dream. low priced rifle that will outshoot rifles 3 times its price.

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