Question About A Savage


August 3, 2012, 02:27 AM
Hey guys, I've got a question about my Savage Model 110 in .243 Winchester. It's a long-action rifle, and this is, in part, my question.

I'm wanting to rebarrel the rifle in .308, and I was wondering if the internal magazine would work for the .308 cartridge, and if it won't, what can I do?

I could probably get a heavier barrel on .243, but I'm wanting to see of it's possible to step up to the .308, first. I may consider other caliber options. Here's a picture of the magazine with a tape measure:


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August 3, 2012, 05:00 AM
Sure it will work. The .243 uses the .308 as its "parent" case....the .243 is nothing but the .308 necked down to 6mm caliber.

August 3, 2012, 08:44 AM
All you'd need is a new barrel and you're good to go!

An issue would arise if you wanted to run a 'traditional' long action chambering (30-06, 7RM, etc) in that rifle. Even though its a long action, it was made with a short action mag box but more importantly, mag cutout in the action. To utilize a LA round you'd either have to run as a single shot or have the mag opening milled out.

But running 308-based cases? Rock on!

August 3, 2012, 01:09 PM
Okay awesome. I was concerned that the .308 cartridge might be too long. Anyone have a barrel maker in mind? And ideas for a stock?

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August 3, 2012, 01:27 PM
Jim Briggs at Northland Shooter. I purchased a Shilen Select Match from him for less than Shilen wanted for their standard ss match and shilen quoted me ~6 months till delivery. Jim had it in stock and shipped the following week. Only down side to getting it from Jim is you won't have options like length, finish, muzzle threading, ....

If you decide to upgrade the stock, measure the bolt spacing and call your stock maker before getting too far into it. There are some odd balls out there that require custom stocks / mags.

Edit: If you have a bastard bolt spacing, Kevin Rayhill can make whatever you want.

Good luck.

August 3, 2012, 01:30 PM
All depends on your budget and what you want to do with the rifle...

I've got one Criterion barrel and another on order...I can highly recommend them. Also, a lot of folks have been happy with ER Shaw barrels; you can get them from Midway or GunShack and can be a good value. Shilen, McGowen, etc. are also good options.

For a stock, again, depends on what you want to do. For your long action you are more limited for readily available off-the-shelf options, but bolt spacing is always the same @ 5.062"...Bell & Carlson Duramaxx or sporter Medalist, Choate, or custom from Manners, McMillan or Stockade.

August 3, 2012, 01:36 PM
Check here for everthing you need for an at home barrel replacement.

August 3, 2012, 01:37 PM
I was looking at a Choate stock at midway a while back, never pulled the trigger on it. Is it recommended? Wanting to branch out to some longer ranges with this rifle (a better scope is in the works, too).

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August 3, 2012, 01:49 PM
Load book max case length for the 243 is 2.045 --- 308 is 2.015 Good to go

August 3, 2012, 03:40 PM
Sounds good to me.

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August 3, 2012, 09:02 PM
I have a different slant. With the cost of a new barrel and stock plus the tools (if you do it yourself) or the service of a gun smith if you have it done, verses the cost of a new or used rifle in the wanted caliber. It looks like it would be cheaper to just buy another savage in 308 then you would have a 243 & a 308 to play with.

August 3, 2012, 09:55 PM
I've thought about it, but I'm just wanting to save some cabinet space. The barrel is getting pretty worn, anyway.

August 6, 2012, 08:21 AM
There’s a certain satisfaction to nailing targets with a rifle you built. Yesterday, I was ringing steel at distance with a rifle that I built. The only parts that someone else put together are the barrel extension, dust cover and forward assist. Everything else was all me. A buddy shot it some and asked where I got it; it felt great to tell him I built it.

August 6, 2012, 08:34 AM
Nothing other than the barrel is needed for this caliber change. I converted a Stevens Model 200 in .223 remington to .243 win. That required replacing the bolt head,front baffle,magazine box,follower and spring. I later converted it to .308 win and only had to change the barrel. The stock worked with every caliber.

August 6, 2012, 03:06 PM
I'm putting on a heavier profile barrel, then probably putting it into a Choate stock.

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