Last year I won a rifle in a raffle. At first I thought what will I do with this horrible thing,
in 308 which I have already. After asking around, my hunting friends son had a strong
interest in taking up deer stalking and the Savage would do him fine. It took ages
for the licence to get organised as he never had a shotgun or rifle before.
He finally picked up the rifle and brought it to me.
I had never handled any Savage before, but this cheapy stevens has a few good points.
The typical plastic injection moulded stock is like most very flimsy but had steel pillars
in the action screws. The blind mag loaded very well from the top and because the
cartridges are guided to a central position it feeds very well, unlike some other rifles....
I reinforced the forend with epoxy carbon and managed to lay fibers left and right past
the recoil lug to make a strong unit with the epoxy bedding all in one go. This turned out
quite good and the stiffened forend can now easily take a bipod.
Some old Remmy two piece picatinny rails fitted and I could mount an old 6x42 that
I had lying around. A Roedale "Light" mod was also fitted.
We zeroed with cheapy UMC 150gr FMJ's. The new owner who had very little rifle
experience, shot a 2" group at first but slowly got the knack and manged to
get down to 1" groups. Last week he shot his first deer, 1 shot 1 deer.
Once again a little bit of tweaking can make a cheap light weight rifle work really well.
Although I was worried that the recoil of the 308 vs the light weight would knock the
poor chaps fillings out turned out to be no problem with the moderator.
Sorry no pictures.