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For you Savage shooters..........

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by viking499, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    I found a Savage 10 Trophy Hunter XP 243 at the LGS the other day. I have been thinking about playing with the Savage barrel swap idea for awhile. Just FYI, I have never owned a Savage before.

    The 10 is a short action with a detachable magazine and wood stock. I was thinking of maybe playing around with .223, .243 and maybe 6BR or some other 6-6.5mm caliber.

    Wondering how these various calibers would work with the detachable magazine. Any of you savage shooters use a detached mag or do you prefer the internal mag?
  2. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    My thought is once you go 6BR, the other barrels would see very little use.

    I don't own a 6mm, but I've been beaten by them before. :)
  3. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that was the caliber on the top of the to try list.

    I just wonder if the BR would feed fine through the factory detach mag or if I would be better to get one with a blind mag?
  4. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    That, I can't comment on. I only own long action Savages, with blind magazines, and have no experience with the caliber other than 'most inherently accurate cartridge ever designed' was written in more than one place, at more than one time, about that one. :)

    6mm ballistics have a lot going for it, when you stick it at the end of that well proportioned case.. man. Those things can shoot.

    Only thing I have that comes close to that consistency is the 22-250.

    (Which is another spectacular round, FWIW).

    If you want great groups and don't mind a heavier rifle, Savage's factory fluted heavy barrels with the nice recessed target crown are generally good shooters. I had a Krieger fitted. If the price tag and 8+ month wait doesn't deter you, I'd highly recommend them...

    Savages thinner profile barrels leave quite a bit to be desired.
  5. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    Eeeeee, not for me it doesn't, but the heavy barrel is better, just not for caring in the field.

    Just my view on it.

    Model 10, 243, wood stock, Accutriger, internal mag.

  6. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    Nice rifle!

    I will rephrase what I said. Light profile savage barrels leave a lot to be desired - for me. We don't get to hunt with rifles in IL so a thinner barrel does me no good; my rifles are all target rifles whose sole duty is punching paper, not being packed through the backcountry. :)
  7. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    To convert the .243 win to .223 rem. you will need to replace the bolt head,forward baffle and magazine as well as the barrel.
  8. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    That's one thing I didn't know about whether or not i would have to change the magazine. Pulled the one out of the model 10 the other day and it just sad short action on it. No caliber specification. Thought maybe the mag worked for all short action calibers.
  9. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    A .223 mag will work in the short action but .223 rounds won't work in a mag for .243,.308 etc. You will have to use a .223 rem specific magazine.
  10. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    Short action calibers with .473" case head

    Short Action Calibers, 308 bolt face
    6mm BR – wildcats are 17, 22, 7mm, 30 cal all on this case
    6mm Dasher – parent case is 6 BR
    6mm BRX – parent case is 6 BR
    250 Savage
    260 Bobcat – 6.5mm in 250 Savage
    300 Savage
    243 Winchester
    260 Rem
    338 Federal
    358 Winchester
    257 Roberts
    7x57, 8x57, 9x67, 9.3x57
    6mm Super LR
    6.5-6mm Super LR
    6.5x47 Swiss Match
    6-6.5x47 Lapua
    6.5x47 Lapua
    284 Winchester (more aptly built in a long action, but officially a short action round)

    My Savage never fed well out of the internal mag, the McRee stock fixed that with the detachable AI mags. Most calibers based off the .308 Win, will use the same magazine.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2013

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