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Savage barrel swap question?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by mastiffhound, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. mastiffhound

    mastiffhound Well-Known Member

    I will be doing a barrel swap on an old Savage 110. It's currently a .30-06 with a thinner barrel than my 1950's Stevens Buckhorn .22LR. It gets 3 round groups around 2 to 3 inches. 5 shots are even worse. I have 3 bad discs so I'm more sensitive to recoil than I was in my younger days. My .30-06, .300 Win Mag and 3 1/2 inch magnum shotshell days are long behind me. I got a heavier stock and I've now got a heavy varmint contour barrel in .308 Win. Dad's heavy barreled .308 varmint/tactical stocked Savage isn't bad to shoot at all so I'm going that route also.

    My question is: Do I need to heat the barrel nut to remove it on my older pre accutrigger Savage? I don't want to weaken the metal. I do have the action and barrel nut wrench. I've also got a good vice for clamping it all down. This Savage was made in the 70's, so that action, barrel, and nut have spent enough time together to build up a good amount of rust and/or crud. Being an ex-mechanic I've learned the joy of heating up things to make them easier to remove, I just want to make sure I won't hurt anything. As usual thank you for all the help!
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2013
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Heating the nut enough to help break it free will not "weaken the metal."
    That means not red hot or enough to change the color.

    Or set it up and whack the nut wrench with a hammer; impact and vibration will knock it loose where steady pressure will not.
  3. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    Heating the barrel nut should not be necessary(and in my view,should not be done). The nut is going to be TIGHT so let it soak with a good penetrating oil! A couple of things I learned about this procedure is to clamp BOTH barrel and receiver down and strike the barrel nut wrench with a solid piece of wood not a hammer. A hammer will damage the nut wrench if the nut doesn't give right away.
  4. BBBBill

    BBBBill Well-Known Member

    Kroil. Let it soak for at least 24 hours.
  5. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

  6. mastiffhound

    mastiffhound Well-Known Member

    Clark said,

    I stated that I have the action and barrel nut wrench, did you also use the action wrench? Did you just clamp the barrel down and use the barrel nut wrench?
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2013
  7. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    In 2006 I made a portable barrel vise that could work as an action wrench.
    I made it for and gave it and the nut wrench away to a hunting buddy so he could switch barrel.

    In 2013 I bought another Sav 110 so I bought another nut wrench and just put the barrel in my barrel vise.

    I have made another round action vise for Rem 700s, and I may not use the barrel nut. I could just cut a shoulder and deal with the Sav 110 like a Rem 700.

    I think the same fat Holland recoil lugs will fit. I can drill the receiver for the recoil lug pin.

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