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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ole farmerbuck, Jun 1, 2009.

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  1. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Member

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    Well here's the new member. A Savage .223. I've never owned a bolt 223 but i do now. I read good things about this rifle so i decided to give it a try. I shot a box of Remington 55g fmj's. Yes, i cleaned the barrel often. They didnt group too bad but thought i'd reload a few of the cases and give it a try. I used H335 with 55g sp's and backed off from max about 1.5g and i was really suprised. I only loaded 3 because of time but they grouped really nice. The 1st two shots shared the same hole and the other was really close to the others. I think i will be happy with my new son. I got some Reloader 10x, anyone use any of this?
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  2. ole farmerbuck

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    Boo hoo, nobody likes my new gun? lol
     
  3. Uncle Mike

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    Awwww they all like your new rifle, they are probably, just red with envy and will have to cool off before they can post.....hehehehe:D

    Nice rifle....try a series of shot strings, say, 20 or so 5 shot groups then decide on where your new rifle and load is in the pecking order of things.

    BTW... what is a 'bole 223'?:confused:
     
  4. maskedman504

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    I think the 't' and the 'e' are regional neighbors and he was going for bolt. ;)
     
  5. Schutzen

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    They may not like it, but you will. Try 24.4 grs H335 pushing a 55gr Serria Blitz King. Sweet! My Savage loves them. Unfortunatly so do my two sons and my son-in-laws Savages. Ya got to load fast to keep up with 4 Savages.
     
  6. Uncle Mike

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    Silly me... 'bolt'.... :rolleyes:

    I know what you mean about the ammo hungry Savages.... seems as though a accurate gun is indeed an interesting gun. :D
     
  7. ole farmerbuck

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    Yep bolT I'll look in my book and see just how much 335 i used. I was hoping someone had tried the reloader 10x. Its easier to find around here than the 335 but thats ok, i still have plenty of the 335. Getting busy with the farming/spraying now so i might have to wait on the perfect load for a while.
     
  8. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Looks good to me! :)
     
  9. ole farmerbuck

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    Thanks Doc! :) Well it looks like i used 22.8 grains of h335. I was using Hornadys manual. There is a lot of differance between Hodgdon and Hornady. Hornady says start at 20.8 and stop at 23.2. Hodgdon web site shows start at 23.0 and stop at 25.3. I'm sure i looked at them right but i'd better look again. Anyway, i got 100+ cases resized and primed tumbling to get the lube off. Slowly, i'll get some loaded to find out what it wants to shoot. For the price, i think its a pretty good gun. I already had the 4x12 Bushnell scope. I couldnt open the bolt on my Marlin 22mag to open all the way with the scope on it so i had to get something that would work with it. Good excuse anyway.:D
     
  10. SaxonPig

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    The Savage is supposed to be a good shooter.
     
  11. Ohio Gun Guy

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    I've been looking at those.......

    nice rifle!
     
  12. ole farmerbuck

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    I wonder how important it is to clean the barrel like they say to do it. If so, i'll be spending a lot more time cleaning than i will shooting.
    FAQs: Barrel Break-In Procedure
    Q. What is the barrel break-in procedure?

    A. Although there may be different schools of thought on barrel break-in, this is what Precision Shooting Magazine recommends:

    STEP 1 (repeated 10 times)

    Fire one round
    Push wet patches soaked with a powder solvent through the bore
    Push a brush through the bore (5 times in each direction)
    Push dry patches through the bore (2 times)
    Push wet patches soaked with a copper solvent through the bore
    Push a brush through the bore (5 times in each direction)
    Push dry patches through the bore (2 times)
    Push a patch with 2 drops of oil through the bore
    STEP 2 (repeated 5 times)

    Fire a 3 shot group
    Repeat the cleaning procedure from STEP 1 after each group
    STEP 3 (repeat 5 times)

    Fire a 5 shot group
    Repeat the cleaning procedure from STEP 1
    They recommend the use of a patch with 2 drops of oil after the cleaning so that you are not shooting with a dry bore. It is also advisable to use a powder solvent and copper solvent from the same manufacturer to be sure they are chemically compatible.
     
  13. TEC

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    Hey V -

    Looks like a fine shooter to me! Congratulations. I am really interested in how you "break in" the rifle -- shooting / cleaning / shooting etc. How did you clean the new rifle before the 1st shot and in between shots? And, can you post some technical particulars about your experience re-loading .223 target rounds? I am thinking about getting into reloading, and .223 will be the first round I am interested in reloading. Thanks.
     
  14. ole farmerbuck

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    I cleaned the barrel before i shot it. It was pretty dirty for a new gun. I think i cleaned it 4 times in the few times i shot it. (about 30 shots) I havent had time to work on loads yet but i have H335, reloader 10x, H380 and a few others if needed. But, h335 should be the ticket i think.
     
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    I'm looking at the picture and am guessing that the rifle shown is a Stevens 200 (because of the stock color). Am I correct? Also, what optics did you decide to mount on the gun?

    By the way, I am envious of your purchase, your reloading skills, and your shooting skills. Not to mention my envy of your time to shoot. Thanks for sharing, it is nice to live vicariously while I am all wrapped up in school and work.
     
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    Sweet, range report stat! (pics that is;))
     
  17. ole farmerbuck

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    I'm looking at the picture and am guessing that the rifle shown is a Stevens 200 (because of the stock color). Am I correct? Also, what optics did you decide to mount on the gun?

    By the way, I am envious of your purchase, your reloading skills, and your shooting skills. Not to mention my envy of your time to shoot. Thanks for sharing, it is nice to live vicariously while I am all wrapped up in school and work

    You're right. Its a 200. The scope is a Bushnell 4x12 that i just bought to put on my Marlin 22mag. The bolt hit so i put the 3x9 back on it and got this for the scope. No need of having a scope sitting around doing nothing!
    Yes, its nice living in the country and farming and being able to carry around what ever gun i want and shoot whenever i want. Some day you will be old like me (51) and wish you were young again. Enjoy your young age while you can.
     
  18. ole farmerbuck

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    Range report ASAP.
     
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    GREAT LOOKING RIFLE, I LIKE IT A LOT ;)

    i'm looking at the same rifle in .308 but i haven't decide yet.

    ^^^ LMFAO
     
  20. rangerruck

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    is that a savage, or a stevens? also, you may wanna channel out the stock
    a bit, just to make sure.... also, I like a nice bbl break in procedure, but that is a bit more than I like. I like one time, back and forth with a brass brush.... 5 times, keeps dragging rough crud back into your bbl. also , I do the one shot, one clean, for 5 times, then I do the 5x5, and that is it.
     
  21. New User

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    Thanks for promptly posting your responses to my questions. I keep waffling on my next gun purchase, but your report has me leaning closer to the Stevens 200. I think I may purchase a SA, but I have deer and black bear to hunt, so I am leaning towards a .308 over the .223 or .243.

    Which bases did you use to mount your scope?
     
  22. ole farmerbuck

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    is that a savage, or a stevens?

    Well, the box says Stevens but the gun has Stevens on the barrel and the bolt. Maybe its a Stevens made by Savage? I think the higher end with accutrigger is called Savage. Someone correct me if i'm wrong.



    Which bases did you use to mount your scope?

    I dont know. The dealer furnished the mounts and rings and i had the scope.
     
  23. mugsie

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    I have a Savage model 12 in .223 and it's a complete tack driver. Try, if you cana get it, BL-C(2) or Varget also. The Varget likes a heavier bullet, 62 grains or more, since the lighter bullets really fill up the case. The 62 grain also likes the 1:9 twist too. I've shot 69 grains as well and it'll digest just about everything I give it. If you have the accutrigger, you'll find a comfortable setting for youself and it makes all the difference in the world. With 55g FMJBT's and BL-C(2) 25.5g's, benched, it's sub MOA at 100yards for 5 shot groups. You're going to be really pleased.
     
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    All stevens rifles (maybe not the really old ones, i don't remember) are made by savage, i was told that they use the older tooling from the lest gen savage rifles, hence no accutrigger and stuff. But they are still super accurate, and CHEAP! :D
     
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    You can go through that drill if you want to. Some people feel that it makes no difference whatsoever. Others think that it is essential. I have never seen definitive proof either way.
     
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