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What caliber for my Savage 111?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by FIVETWOSEVEN, Jan 19, 2013.


    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    I have a Savage 111 that needs a new barrel. The bolt is for a 30-06 So I'm limited in choices. I'm looking at either getting another 30-06 barrel but I'm considering getting a .308. Is there another caliber that fits the same bolt that I should consider?

    Before anyone asks about the old barrel. I need a new one because it was determined a long time ago because of the chamber having excess headspace. I'm just finally getting around to getting a new barrel.
  2. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    That's the most common bolt head available. You could chamber for most rimless cartridges from 22-250 to any of the boomers, short of the mags (WSM's, belted mags).

    Unless you're out of threads, just adjust headspace by turning the barrel in to fit snug on a go-gauge (no ejector in bolt).
  3. 303tom

    303tom member

    Yes I would say you have a few choices...............
  4. matt 7mm

    matt 7mm Well-Known Member

    22-250,243,260,7mm-08,308,338fed,358win,240wthby,257roberts,25-06,270 ,280,30-06,35whelen. there is a few to pick from i left out some wildcats like the 6.5-06 and 338-06 and i am sure there are a few more
  5. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    Yep. Really easy fix with an action or barrel vise, barrel nut wrench and a set of headspace gages.
  6. Halal Pork

    Halal Pork Well-Known Member

    What about a 280? Or a 25-06?
  7. aubie515

    aubie515 Well-Known Member

    260 Remington would be my suggestion.
  8. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    What do you hunt and how far do you shoot? The good ol 06 is a great all around caliber, but if you shoot long distances or just want something unique I would get a 280 (AI) or a 6.5-06, that is what I initaly bought my Savage 06 for, shame the factory barrel shot so good and I cannot bare to tear it down :). If you hunt very large game or just want a heavy thumper I would make a 35 Whelen or 338-06.
    Seeing as you have a long action I would not chamber it for a short action cartrage such as the 308, 7-08 or 338 Fed, it can be done no doubt but not it is advisable.
  9. gpb

    gpb Well-Known Member

    Since I don't know what you're going to use it for I'll suggest something off the wall. How about a .240 Weatherby? It has the same head size as a .30-06 and the same length. Also, if you like to reload it offers some fun reloading challenges such as forming a belt on a .30-06 case to make your own .240 Weatherby brass.

    And best of all since you're starting with a Savage, it will be easy to replace the barrels that you burn out with the .240 Weatherby.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    This would be used for hunting probably for just Whitetail.

    That wouldn't fix my barrel, already looked into it.
  11. 303tom

    303tom member

    I can`t believe you have a 111 & it needs a new barrel, what is it bent ?
  12. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    They must have run the camber reamer waaaay too far into the barrel then. If that's the case a little work on the lathe can still save that barrel. Just need to shorten the rear section so it can clear the bolt head at the correct headspace. That kind of problem, chamber so grossly over-cut that the bolt hits the rear of the barrel before you thread in deep enough to get correct headspace, is the only thing that can't be fixed by just turning the barrel farther into the receiver. Regardless of the problem, that rifle should have never made it past QC at Savage.
  13. gpb

    gpb Well-Known Member

    What is the clearance range between the barrel and bolt head on a properly chambered and headspaced Savage?

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    This isn't a Savage problem. Like I said before, it was already determined here that it's developed excess headspace. This thread isn't about that, it's about what caliber should I go with. Which is commonly cheaper? .308 or .30-06?
  15. cal30_sniper

    cal30_sniper Well-Known Member

    What they're saying, is that an excessive headspace problem can be solved by just turning back the barrel on a Savage.

    I too, cannot think of a possible situation where this would not solve the issue. Especially if the rifle left the factory with correct headspace. If it has developed that much excessive headspace, you likely have big problems somewhere else.

    The only reason you should have to change the barrel is if it is shot out, or not in a profile/length/quality that you want.
  16. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    You have a lot of choices for that chambering. My favorite, the .25-06 Remington. flat trajectory, good velocity and it will take anything from varmint to Elk.

    Been my favorite cartridge for over 30 years.
  17. limpingbear

    limpingbear Well-Known Member

    Well....if you wanted to change calibers to something outside the 30-06 family....you can get a new boltface for a savage from midway fo something like 25 bucks or so. Not expensive at all and can really open up your options. Ive got a 112 in 25-06 that i was thinking of turning into a shortmag there for a while....

    Check out pac-nor barrels. If you can think it up they can chamber for it. Just look at thier available calibers....that should give you ideas....
  18. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    .17-06. I think you're be more than pleased.
  19. Mobuck

    Mobuck member

    Clearance between boltface and barrel shank has little to do with headspace on a Savage. As long as boltface doesn't contact barrel shank, headspace can be "adjusted" by loosening the barrel nut and turning barrel deeper into action.
  20. tactikel

    tactikel Well-Known Member

    If you handload the .257 Roberts is a sweet deer round, if you don't the .25-06 is a great choice. If you had a short action or were recoil adverse you can't go wrong with a .243.

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