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Old 05-23-2020, 07:42 AM
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My cheek riser is coming along nicely. But, in fitting I couldn't move the scope forward any further. So I ordered a picatinny scope mount from DIProductsInc and it arrived. But, I don't have the proper hex key to remove the stock mounts. So, I'm stuck waiting for a new hex key bit set to arrive.

First World problems, I know. God, forgive me, sometimes I'm such a spoiled brat.
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Old 05-23-2020, 05:54 PM
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My cheek riser is coming along nicely. But, in fitting I couldn't move the scope forward any further. So I ordered a picatinny scope mount from DIProductsInc and it arrived. But, I don't have the proper hex key to remove the stock mounts. So, I'm stuck waiting for a new hex key bit set to arrive.

First World problems, I know. God, forgive me, sometimes I'm such a spoiled brat.
I've had my bmag 6 weeks and still haven't got it together,rings didn't fit,sent for new ones then the scope ran out of adjustment,ordered new rings third set now.If these don't work the first $200 gets the rifle.
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Old 05-23-2020, 08:01 PM
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I've had my bmag 6 weeks and still haven't got it together,rings didn't fit,sent for new ones then the scope ran out of adjustment,ordered new rings third set now.If these don't work the first $200 gets the rifle.
Hmm. That's strange. What rings did you buy and what scope are you trying to mount?
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Old 05-24-2020, 12:35 PM
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Yeah, the hex key set arrived and it even has the 3/32 key!

Boo!!! Savage used cheap hex bolts that all stared instantly when attempting to remove. Only one was able to break free. Three will have to be extracted.

Hey, Savage bean counters. This is seriously annoying and so unnecessary.
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Old 05-24-2020, 04:38 PM
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Bye, bye cheap soft steel hex screws

The steal was so soft with these hex screws that when I was drilling them out for the extractor I thought that they were aluminium until the magnet grabbed up all the ribbons of steel. There was a clue that they were junk in that they were already slightly starred from being torqued on.

One down, three to go ...


Degreased and ready for the new rail ...

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Purple Lock Tite and finger felt to about 8 to 12 inch pounds. (Should I really drop $50+ on a made in China inch pound screw driver ) Now wait 24 hours for the Lock-Tite to dry.

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Old 05-26-2020, 06:54 PM
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I wanted to have a little extra magnification for the groundhogs I'd be scoping out to 200+ yards over the 9X Nikon Buckmaster I was borrowing from my son. A search of the scope thread revealed other RFC members having been very happy with the Vortex Crossfire II series. What do ya know, a search on ebay and voila! There's a very nice, "barely used," Vortex Crossfire II 4x12-40 that also included a huge 4" sun shade about to end it's auction - snag. The deal was better than I could have done on Optics Planet and effectively bought several boxes of ammo with the $$s saved I don't know about the sunshade though. Not sure I want it on the rifle in the field since I've never really needed one before. I may sell it.

The DIProducts mount was definitely needed to get these scopes forward enough for the proper eye relief. As you can see in this photo the scope had to be mounted as far forward as possible, for me anyway. It's tough to see in the shadow of this photo, but the rear ring is in the most forward position on the mount. Fortunately, it sets up nicely in this position with a mocked up cheek riser. I should be able to mount my custom built cheek riser soon. It's turning out very nicely, IMO - you can see it in the background of the photo.

I'm really itching to get this rifle to the range and sight it in. Fingers that it's a shooter.

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Old 05-28-2020, 10:37 AM
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My custom cheek riser is finished (though I may refinish the exposesd Cherry and stain it black), mounted and now the rifle is ready for the range and some sighting in.

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Old 05-28-2020, 08:33 PM
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This Rifle Can Shoot

I was able to get to the range this afternoon to sight in this scope & BMAG. Wow! After sighting in my son took four shots and I shot that fifth round and yanked it slightly to the 9.

No it's not a box of fifty, but there has been no turning to this rifle other than the cheek riser and it easily put 4 rounds under an inch at 100 yards with a person who has never shot the rifle before. I'm very pleased. Dang, and a rimfire. Here's the target:

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Old 05-31-2020, 04:00 PM
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I've heard a lot of great things about these Savage "Accu-Triggers" and easy adjustability. Well the trigger pull on this AccuTrigger was adjustable, but is was also notchy as all get out. I owe a hat tip to DS-10-SPEED for showing me where all the notchiness was coming from. Savage didn't take the time to debur or smooth the edges of their AccuTrigger trigger components. Plus the sloppy fitting safety blade could easily twist on the pins axis causing it to rub up against the trigger. Since the trigger's edge was very shape the the blades edge was burred they would bind and scrape making for an awful feel. It was so bad when the burr would catch I thought I may have forgotten to take the safety off. If I was careful to pull the safety blade back perfectly straight and get it flush with the trigger it could catch and cause me to yank a shot. Here's a picture of one of the blades burred edge. It was just as bad on the other side:
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It's a simple trigger assembly and if your adept at working with small parts and assemblies deburring these parts shouldn't be a problem. I didn't bother to polish any sear engagement surfaces, nor did I modify the blade spring, since the triggers break was very good already. I did however make two shims for the trigger safety blade out of an aluminium Coke can. Now there is no notchy catching of surfaces and the trigger feels so much better. I've set it to break at 3lbs on my trigger scale, which suits me perfectly for the field.

Here's a picture of it all cleaned up:
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Old 05-31-2020, 06:26 PM
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Good to hear your trigger is better, it sure made a difference on mine.

I noticed you have dinged your thumb hole stock with the poor bolt design.

Here's what I did to fix that problem:

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum....php?t=1091962
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Old 06-01-2020, 07:23 AM
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Good to hear your trigger is better, it sure made a difference on mine.

I noticed you have dinged your thumb hole stock with the poor bolt design.

Here's what I did to fix that problem:

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum....php?t=1091962
I checked out your solution. That is very cool and elegant solution. It is one that is beyond the simple tools I have available on my bench.

The good, or maybe bad, thing is that other than sighting in, I will not have that many opportunities to operate this bolt. The eastern farm groundhogs it is intended for are extremely wary. Perhaps, I may have a few shot opportunities in an outing. But, a shot opportunity doesn't necessarily mean I will even be able to take a shot. Most of the time for how I use this rifle, it will be slung over my shoulder. That small bolt does make cocking a bit more difficult, but once in position it doesn't budge. Nor does it stick out much to dig in or catch on pack straps or clothing. That it can flop around is a little annoying, but only a little.

If there is one other thing I would like to do to this rifle, it would be to flute the thing and shave some weight off of it. At least enough to offset the weight of a suppressor.

One of the things I like about hunting with my old school 24" barrelled .22WMR Mossberg, is that I can get away with shooting it without hearing protection. The report is not excessive. It's quiter than the report from my Single Six firing CCI SVs. Which is why, I prefer to load the Single Six with CCI Quiets. This is definitely NOT the case for the .17 WSM. Hearing protection is necessary, if you don't want to seriously and quickly suffer hearing loss.

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Old 06-01-2020, 07:55 AM
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If there is one other thing I would like to do to this rifle, it would be to flute the thing and shave some weight off of it. At least enough to offset the weight of a suppressor.
Might be a step backwards for you but consider tuning a plastic stock for your weight loss. My syn stocked HB is quite accurate with a good ammo lot # and a strip of inner tube in the forward end of the barrel channel. YMMV of course.
Liteweight shooting sticks will add to long range accuracy.
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Old 06-01-2020, 10:27 AM
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Might be a step backwards for you but consider tuning a plastic stock for your weight loss. My syn stocked HB is quite accurate with a good ammo lot # and a strip of inner tube in the forward end of the barrel channel. YMMV of course.
Liteweight shooting sticks will add to long range accuracy.
I probable won't cough up the $$$ it would take to have a smith flute the barrel. Especially, since it may mess up the way it shoots. I haven't weighed the set up yet, but it feels nearly the same as my Mossberg 640K. Which has four more inches of barrel and is not as thin as some Remington .22 barrels of the same era.

As for shooting sticks, I never go out without mine

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Old 06-23-2020, 07:35 PM
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I have had the opportunity to hunt with this rifle about 4 to 5 times a week this month. This rifle can shoot very well and very flat compared to my .22WSM. I like it and I'm looking forward to reaching out beyond 200 yards with it.
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Old 06-24-2020, 02:55 AM
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Might be a step backwards for you but consider tuning a plastic stock for your weight loss. My syn stocked HB is quite accurate with a good ammo lot # and a strip of inner tube in the forward end of the barrel channel. YMMV of course.
Liteweight shooting sticks will add to long range accuracy.
Yeah on that, Al! I am most happy with my light carry syn stock pencil barreled rifle and it shoots fine. Maybe it is one out of a thousand, as we used to say as for a very good shooting rifle.
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