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Transforming my Savage 110 into "Sniper"

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by LJ-MosinFreak-Buck, Mar 29, 2009.

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  1. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

    LJ-MosinFreak-Buck Member

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    Okay, so my project is making a handy little "sniper"/long-range rifle out of my Savage 110. I wanna be different in long range, and keeping my rifle chambered in .243 Winchester is a must. I need a cheap (but not a crummy grade) heavy Barrel, 20" or less, and a good looking stock that will fit, preferably a synthetic one.

    Can anyone help me out here?

    Here's some pictures of it now, and this is before. I've got a Leapers UTG 5th Gen 6-24x50 on the way for optics.
     

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  2. SaxonPig

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    According to Brady and the Democrats any rifle with a scope is a "sniper weapon."
     
  3. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Sniper weapon it is then, lol. Any ideas for a barrel and stock?
     
  4. gvnwst

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    I don't know where to get a synthetic stock, but i like these...:
    http://www.sharpshootersupply.com/LVT_Stock.html

    As for a barrel, i have heard that Adams & Bennett barrels are pretty good, and they are like $80 for a blank from midwayusa.com.
     
  5. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Thank you GVNWST that looks like a pretty decent stock. We'll see what others come up and go from there.

    I can't seem to find a darker colored barrel at Midway. I'd like a parkerized or blued finish.
     
  6. skinewmexico

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    I like the B&C Medalist varmint stocks. And if you watch on Savageshooters.com, you can probably find a 243 barrel.
     
  7. yesit'sloaded

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    Why does it have to stay .243? Since .243 is a necked down .308 the bolt doesn't need to be changed and there are so many more options in the aftermarket for a .308 110.
     
  8. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Because I wanna be different, and .308 is one of the most overused calibers in my oppinion so I wanna stay in the .243 chambering to be different.
     
  9. dagger dog

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    If you don't mind the weight, a Choate Ultimate Sniper full aluminum beded free floatd barrel stock comes with 3 cheek riser spacers and 3 LOP spacers, then go for a Shilen Varmint 1 in 8 twist replacement barrel, have it chopped and recrowned

    Stock 179.00$
    Barrell varmint profile 275.00$
    barrel cut recrown about 75.00 $
    Headspace gauge barrel swap 30$ All available through Midway USA

    sell your old barrel 75$

    do the barrel swap yourself (easy)
    $559
    -$75
    $484 for a Shilen barreled 6mm homebrew sniper.

    Later lay out another 150 bucks for a match grade replacement trigger from Rifle Basics.
     
  10. Zak Smith

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    It is more useful to think carefully about what you want to accomplish and build a rifle that will succeed at those tasks than to apply a nebulous label or build a copy of something else.

    If you simply want to shoot a longer distances, all you need is a scope which has the capability to do so, provided the gun fits you and is reasonable accurate now.
     
  11. skinewmexico

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    Same number of options. And a 243 will smoke a 308 at long distance (http://www.6mmbr.com/243Win.html). An A&B barrel is roughly equivalent to a factory barrel, so I'd set my sights a little higher.
     
  12. Zak Smith

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    It smokes .308 only if you have a fast twist barrel and shoot a high-BC bullet. Otherwise 308 will beat a typical 70gr .243 load.
     
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    Look into Shilen barrels. They sell prechambered Savage barrels that you can install yourself with a barrel nut wrench and a headspace gauge.
     
  14. Guero4179

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    You could go .260 Rem or 7mm08 and get better barrel life.
     
  15. rangerruck

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    the b/c, mcMillan, and choate stocks are all good, I favor the b/c though, just a bit, a really good stock for the 110's. also I like the idea of a shilen 1/8 twist, that is a beaut of a bbl, length though; I am at a loss here. Normally , I would say go with a 26 inch bbl, to really get the most out of your 243 ammo, but with a heavy bbl, it will be... well.... heavy. But because 243 ammo is fast, you can fully lose 25 to 50 fps per inch of bbl, with a fast ammo. So you could lose 100 to 200 fps of muzzle velocity, in just those 4 inches of bbl. For small bullets, muzzle speed , in my opinion is the essence of everything that they do well, downrange, especially at helping you to buck the wind. So it is your choice.
     
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    oh yeah, so I am deff AGAINST your ' 20 inch or less' bbl length...
     
  17. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    well to each his own, lol Rangerruck

    I want 20 inches or less because I like the look of the shorter barrel on my rifle. the current one is 18 inches so...
     
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    Interesting article on 6mmbr.com regarding the .243 loaded w/ 115 gr bullets. Anybody shoot the 105 gr Hornady A-Max. I run 162 gr. A-max bullets in my 7mm rem mag and they are fantastic. 0.625 BC bucks wind very well.
     
  19. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    I think I have decided on my stock, but I'm still taking suggestions.

    It's a Technicarbon Dynamics Tek 2000.
     
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    And why would a person do anything but a fast twist barrel and high BC bullet?
     
  21. Justin

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    LJ, what distances are you intending to shoot at?

    What size of target do you envision using this rifle on?
     
  22. Zak Smith

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    The OP implied that the current barrel was .243:
    and one logical possibility of "keeping the rifle chambered in .243" is keeping the current barrel, which ostensibly factory, probably does not have a fast twist.

    In retrospect, the photos make the bore size look larger than .243, but I was going on what he wrote.
     
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    My opinion is that if you're going to upgrade for long range purposes, you may as well get about a 24" barrel. Kinda defeats the purpose to have an 18"-20" barrel on a long range rifle. It's about performance, not looks. ;-)
     
  24. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Okay so upon thinking, I am highly tempted on going to .308, but I still need to make that decision. Targets are human silhouettes and others out to 1000 yards just to say I can, and I need a heavier barrel to accomplish that (the bore is almost a sewer pipe in my rifle, and it's got something to do with barrel harmonics being as short and thin as it is that isn't allowing it to be very accurate, regardless of the worn threads.)

    If that makes any sense.

    But it IS a .243 Winchester, and yes, the picture does make it look like it's got a bigger bore, but it's a crappy cell phone camera so... anyways.

    I did decide on a stock for sure now, it's a ???Choate ultimate Sniper stock???
    I added the URL to the stock.
    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=623067#enlarge

    I think it's going to be .308 with a matchgrade heavy barrel and this stock mentioned above.
     
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    Oh, and if I decide to get it in .308, would I be able to use 7.62x51 NATO in it or do I have to get it chambered for 7.62x51 NATO to do both rounds?
     
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