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  • Savage and barrel/caliber switches...

    OK...I have a Savage 111 in '06 (Left Hand). I recently got 2 additional Savage 111's, 1 LH synthetic in 7mm Rem Magnum, and the other a RH in '06.

    My original 111 has the front sight (the others don't), and a long time ago I bought the scout mount, rear adj sight and Leupold 2x long-eye relief scope in order to make a scout rifle, but could never bring myself to remove the scope i have on it now since it's all dialed in.

    So, here's my thought:

    remove orig scope from orig '06, turn into scout rifle.

    Take LH 7mm Mag barrel and swap with the RH '06 Savage (assuming the bolt face, etc., will work between cartridges...this is the big question).

    This will then give me a second LH '06 to which I can mount my original scope to, so I'll have a long-range LH '06, and a LH scout '06 w/2x scope. I'll then sell the "new" RH 7mm Rem Mag, since I have no need for an additional caliber to support/feed.

    If I went that route, I might go with a .300 Winchester Magnum, since, well, I don't know...except it was on John Plaster's book.

    Is the 7mm Rem Mag good for anything, really, in the lower 48? My Father in Law (from whom I got them) used to hunt Moose with 7mm Rem Mag, and just loved the caliber. I like '06 because you can find it anywhere. I suspect that 300 WinMag is nearly as easy to find (or easier than 7mm), but dont know for certain.

    So...my question:

    Are the bolt/bolt-face/rim the same between '-06 and 7mm Rem Mag, meaning I can just swap barrels in the Savage?

    Is this a silly plan?
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    Re: Savage and barrel/caliber switches...

    Not silly at all. As for the caliber changes you intend, if you notice there is a blued pin through the bolt which allows bolt heads to be switched from one rifle to another. You''ll need the barrel nut tool made for Savage rifles, headspace guages, padded vise. If you'll check at Savageshooters forum, you can find all parts, info you need to do just about anything to a Savage rifle, limited only by action length.
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      Re: Savage and barrel/caliber switches...

      Cool...thanks. The bolt face was the part I was most concerned about.

      Some folks were suggesting that perhaps the '06 receiver might not be up to handling 7mm Rem Mag. My thought is that it's the barrel that's containing the stress, though the receiver takes a beating. The '06 is an E series serial number, whereas the 7mm is an F.
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        Re: Savage and barrel/caliber switches...

        I've never gotten into the caliber swapping that Savage rifles are capable of but some Savage shooters change them around almost on a daily basis. I actually think this is why they own and shoot Savage rifles, just to have something to tinker with. Parts and tool availability make this swapping quite easy to do, keeping up with what bolt head goes where, what action length works with what caliber woud seem the most difficult part. I would think that the feeding system I/E magazine could be a small problem but those folks seem to have gotten around this with no serious problems. I've never heard of any difference between a 7mm mag receiver and a 30-06 concerning pressure.
        "some people never let their given word interfere if something they want comes along"
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