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Fix for savage rimfire magazines?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Kookla, Oct 5, 2015.

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  1. Kookla

    Kookla Member

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    I recently got a savage 93r17 and it shoots amazing (for me). However, the magazines (2- one included and another I bought separately new) don't seem to operate well. They are loose and chambering a round isn't always a sure thing.

    I've read that there's a way to bend the lips that the slide over the L bar(? think that's the official part name), but haven't seen instructions to do so. Can anyone here point the way perhaps?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ericuda

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    I am curious on the answer to this. The first one that came with my 17 would unload all at once when inserted. Second one i purchased works okay
     
  3. Kookla

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    ericuda- mine exhibited the same behavior. I'd return it, but it shoots so well for me, I'd rather just fix it.
     
  4. nipprdog

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    Savage rimfire mag issues are common. 2 of the 3 rifles I bought had bad mags. Simply call them, and they will send you a replacement no questions asked. Don't even have to send the original back. ;)
     
  5. PJSprog

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    There is a thread somewhere in this forum about how to make those magazines a bit heartier than they come from the factory. I just did a search, though, and for the life of me I can't find it. Someone will surely come along who remembers where it is.
     
  6. fiddleharp

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    A search on the Savage/Stevens sub-forum at Rimfire Central will produce numerous highly informative threads on this subject. Those guys have pretty much figured out how to repair these flimsy Savage magazines.
     
  7. RainDodger

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    I don't think it's the magazines as much as it's the really crappy way they insert into the rifles. Too much slop and opportunity for bending things. I have the same rifle. The rifle shoots great but you have to pay close attention to make sure you're always loading a cartridge into the chamber when you cycle the bolt. I have not found a sure-fire solution other than just finding the best-working magazine you can.
     
  8. PJSprog

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    I don't have a .17. My 93 is .22WMR. It feeds just fine, but the magazine construction is definitely its week point. Same with my MkII .22LR.

    There is an art, though, to getting that front side of the magazine lined up just right.
     
  9. Kookla

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    I contacted Savage today and they are sending out two new magazines to try. I'll see if I can remember to keep this thread updated as to what happens.

    Regardless, dealing with Savage was very easy- polite and professional.
     
  10. il_10

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    I was having feeding trouble due to vertical play with the mag when it was inserted, and found a fix on http://17hmr.net:

    This eliminated vertical play when the mag is inserted and fixed my feeding issues.
     
  11. USAF_Vet

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    I've got a Savage 64, and the mags aren't what I'd call junk, but they aren't fabulous either. I always seem to have problems with the feed lips getting worn out. It's got to be the way the bolt rides over that causes the wear.

    Those mags are pretty ingenious. Never seen mags that utilize that key hole shape and a coil spring. I need to give them a call and have them replace a couple that are so worn out they don't retain rounds.
     
  12. Kookla

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    Just an update- the new magazines came in two days ago. Hopefully will get to try them soon, but just wanted to tip my hat to Savage for getting them to me quickly.
     
  13. morcey2

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    My Dad has a 93R17 that has this issue. I sort of fixed it by bending the magazine feed lips in slightly. It still auto-empties, but not nearly as often as it used to. He still mostly just single-loads it. It's an amazingly accurate gun. I may have to get one.

    Matt
     
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