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Improving the Savage stock?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by M Jager, Nov 8, 2003.

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  1. M Jager

    M Jager Member

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    Everybody knows the Savage stock is quite flimsy? My question is can it be inproved? Is the culpret just a flimsy forearm, or is the problem a lack of stability around the action itself. I was thinking of running a steel or aluminum rod down the forarm. Would this help or is the flimsyness problem in other areas as well thus rendering stiffing the forarm a wasted effort? A Savage heavy barrel is likely to be in my future, and I would rather not buy an aftermarket stock if I can stiffen up the factory stock to an acceptable level.
    Thanks,
    Matt
     
  2. AZRickD

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    Just to prove it to myself, I dumped a lot of JB Weld in the forearm of my Savage 10FP in .308. I didn't put in a metal rod (some say use a push-rod from an American V8) in the JBWeld nor did I put in a fiberglass arrow shaft, some have.

    The JBWeld made it marginally stiffer. Keep in mind that my rifle started out as a .67MOA to .75MOA rifle (I never bothered to adjust the trigger pull down). The addition of the SharpShooterSupple trigger releasing at 16 ounces turned it into a .5 to sub .5MOA rifle.

    For giggles, I glass bedded the action into a Choate Ultimate Sniper stock that I got really cheap. Same .5MOA before working up a load for my new shipment of Lapua brass. The Choate US stock feels like a tree trunk.

    The SharpShooterSupply boys also make fine stocks for the Savage.

    And Savage now has up-market stocks and triggers, but that bumps the price up quite a bit.

    Rick
     
  3. M Jager

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    Rick,
    Thanks for the reply. Any chance you might be wanting to get rid of that tree trunk?
    Thanks
    Matt
     
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