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trappst
03-15-2010, 01:35 PM
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First, a short review of my new 220F 20ga slug gun. It's short for reasons I'll get into in a bit. I opted for the camo model only b/c I would have painted the black stock anyway....saved me the time and money (duracoat ain't cheap) it would have taken to paint.

I added a Warne once piece rail, Burris Sig. Zee rings and a Nikon Slughunter 3-9x40 w/bdc. Overall, the package is light, shoulders great and feels just like a rifle. That's a huge change from the slug guns I'm used to.

Fit and finish are good. The camo stock has a nice finish that does seem to hide the mold lines. Can't really say the mold lines are better on this stock but they aren't as noticeable due to the camo. Accu-trigger is absolutely fabulous on a slug gun!! I mean FABULOUS! The oversize bolt handle is nice too.

The magazine is okay. I would have preferred a metal one but it works and it's light. Feeding was perfect from the mag but you do have to put the rear in and rock the mag forward and up to seat it. Not an issue once you get used to it.

Extraction was well....less than stellar. As long as you work the bolt like you mean it, it's fine. I also had a slight issue with fired shells hitting my front scope ring. I think a quick reposition of the front ring should solve that.

Now for accuracy and a cry for help:

Accuracy was okay. Nothing to write home about but I only got a chance to shoot Rem 2 3/4" Copper solids and the new Accu-tip. I had failure to fires with Winchester Dual bonds and Hornady SST's. At first, I thought the trigger might have been set too low. A quick change produced the same results....no boom.

At this point I'm thinking the Winchester ammo might be the culprit....tried another shell. Still no boom. Tired the Hornady SST's and still no boom. I'm getting frustrated so I go back to the Remington Copper Solid...BOOM! Hmmm......Throw in a Remington Accu-tip......BOOM, three times in a row.

The accu-tips shot very well too! Obviously, I've got an issue. I came back in a measured the firing pin protrusion. I got .031"

Overall, I'm happy with the gun. I think it'll shoot well and once I get this issue resolved, it'll get bedded and I'll try some 3" ammo along with the remaining 2 3/4" stuff I already have.

****Does anyone know what the firing pin spec should be on the 220F?

trappst
03-15-2010, 04:00 PM
Oh crap! Finally got the rear bolt out to disassemble the whole bolt. To my surprise, the internals are far different from the Savage bolt action rifle.

Sharpshooter, I think I'm gonna need your help here!!!!!

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*Or should I be using nothing but 3" shells?

EFBell
03-15-2010, 04:21 PM
Had no failures to fire with mine or ejection issues as long as I worked the bolt like I meant it. Did take the bolt apart and managed to put it back together with no problems. I polished the black off of my bolt body. Seemed kinda soft and was dragging on the reciever and scratching it all to He!!, polished it to a mirror finish and now it's slicker than snot. Hornady SST's did not group well for me at all. Need to get some rem's and federals and give it another try.

trappst
03-15-2010, 11:29 PM
EFBell,

Were you shooting 2 3/4" or 3" ammo? Oh, trigger guard is definitely metal...magnet sticks to it! ;D

May have to call Savage on the FTF issue......something is not right.

EFBell
03-15-2010, 11:46 PM
2-3/4" SST's and 3" winchester el cheapo rifled slugs to get on paper.

I took mine apart to clean and lube and put back together without a thorough exam but I dont remember seeing much you could do.

trappst
03-15-2010, 11:55 PM
I took mine apart to clean and lube and put back together without a thorough exam but I dont remember seeing much you could do.

I know, I was hoping for something like the centerfire setup.....the shells that didn't go off only had a very slight dimple on 'em. I mean very slight.

I don't think there's any adjustment that can be made to the firing pin protrusion. It's all one piece with a spring at the back end.......weak spring maybe?

Oh well, I've got several actions in the safe and have never had an issue. Guess good 'ole Murphy caught up to me. I'm just glad I found the problem now and not real close to deer season!

Sharpshooter, I could really use your input here!!!

J.Baker
03-16-2010, 10:30 AM
Shoot Fred a PM with a link to this thread as I don't think he looks in here very often.

Blue Avenger
03-16-2010, 10:46 AM
looks like if you need more protrusion, you would have to take some length off the tail of the bolt head

EFBell
03-16-2010, 04:50 PM
My pin sticks out .050.

From the shoulder above the cocking pin it measures 5.755" to the tip. Should be a good reference number. My caliper is only a 6" so I could not measure total overall length accurately.

trappst
03-16-2010, 05:49 PM
Wow! .050" vs. .031" is a very big difference.

Blue,

How would taking material of the tail of the bolt head increase protrusion? The bolt head is held in place by the pin......or does the tail stop the forward travel of the firing pin?

Blue Avenger
03-16-2010, 06:04 PM
I am just guessing from your pictures, but it looks like the pin stops against the bolt head. If the tail of the bolt head were trimmed .o14 to let it travel more you would have .0450 protrusion. With out the parts in front of me to play with that is just a WAG :)

next thing to look at before doing anything, it there enough room for the cocking pin to travel that much in the decocked position?

EFBell
03-16-2010, 08:12 PM
I would contact Savage about it. Does the pin measure the same as mine? Either the pin is short, the bolt head is thicker, the slot is shallow for the cocking pin or other; such as bolt body too long, baffle too thick. on and on...

sharpshooter
03-17-2010, 01:36 AM
.031" is a bit short for a shotgun. Rim thickness will vary from brand to brand and I've seen the most problems with Winchester being the thinnest. If you look at the rim clearance cut in the barrel you will notice it is beveled. If a rim is slightly thinner and/or smaller in diameter it will change the heaspace more than just the difference in the thickness of the rim because it lets the rim drop deeper into the chamber. I would imagine the headspace is correct, even if it is on the big side of the tolerance.
The problem with the new fire control systym is there is no adjustment to the firing pins themselves. You will either have to turn some off the shoulder of the pin, or like Greg said, trim some from the back end of the bolt head, if you want to go that far. I'd call Savage first and ask about the protrusion, if it isn't right they most probably send you a new firing pin.
The firing pin spring is weaker than a centerfire version, that's why it cocks easier. Well, maybe not weaker, it's just shorter and has a different spring rate. Shot guns generate less pressure and need less support at the primer and that's why they can get away with that set-up.
I had an opportunity to visit with Chris Bezzina at the Shot show and he asked my opinion on this, as they were considering using the same system in the rifles.
He favored it because it make the guns cock easier, and cut pruduction costs. I made him aware of the fact that it may not work in a rifle from the standpoint of less primer support due to the fact of the difference in the spring. I also pointed out that it took away the adjustability factor which could compensate for problems just as you are having. Basically I was doing my best to talk him out of the idea.
No doubt that you have short firing pin protrusion, I'd bet on that for sure. You may have a weak spring, but I'll bet when the protrusion is correct the Winchester will light.

pdog06
03-17-2010, 08:58 AM
Great info Fred. Definately an interesting read.

trappst
03-17-2010, 09:07 AM
Thanks Sharpshooter! Not ready to machine any parts at this time.

I'll get in touch with Savage asap to see if they can just send me some parts.

Will update once I get some info.

Thanks again!

pdog06
03-17-2010, 10:08 AM
Yeah, be sure to keep us updated on what they say, and the result of the fix too. I'm really considering cashing in on one of these(if I can sell my Remmy 870), just gotta have all you testers work out the bugs first...LOL

trappst
03-17-2010, 12:57 PM
quick update: guess I'll call it part I

Called Savage this morning and explained the problem and advised I wanted to get a new firing pin and spring. No issue with getting the parts under warranty but Savage will only ship internal bolt parts to an FFL holder.

The lady I talked to was very polite and helpful. Soooo, I stopped off at the shop where I bought the gun and told the owner of my issue. He called Savage while I was there and faxed a copy of his FFL to Savage with a list of part numbers. Hopefully, I'll have the new stuff early next week.

While I was there, I took a peek at one of the new 220F's he had in stock. The firing pin obviously had more protrusion than mine and the tip was rounded....mine is flat at the end. Unlike NLPeaden, I don't carry a caliper in my pocket so I wasn't able to measure the protrusion but it was clearly longer looking at it with the naked eye. ;)

Part II update will have to wait until I get the new parts. So far, big kudos to Savage customer service.

EFBell
03-17-2010, 01:17 PM
quick update: guess I'll call it part I

Called Savage this morning and explained the problem and advised I wanted to get a new firing pin and spring. No issue with getting the parts under warranty but Savage will only ship internal bolt parts to an FFL holder.

The lady I talked to was very polite and helpful. Soooo, I stopped off at the shop where I bought the gun and told the owner of my issue. He called Savage while I was there and faxed a copy of his FFL to Savage with a list of part numbers. Hopefully, I'll have the new stuff early next week.

While I was there, I took a peek at one of the new 220F's he had in stock. The firing pin obviously had more protrusion than mine and the tip was rounded....mine is flat at the end. Unlike NLPeaden, I don't carry a caliper in my pocket so I wasn't able to measure the protrusion but it was clearly longer looking at it with the naked eye. ;)

Part II update will have to wait until I get the new parts. So far, big kudos to Savage customer service.


Sounds like your pin was damaged somehow. Mine is rounded also.

only1asterisk
03-17-2010, 06:21 PM
Could somebody tell me the barrel thread and muzzle diameter on the 220F?

EFBell
03-17-2010, 07:25 PM
Couldn't tell you what the thread is but the muzzle "OD" is .808 by my caliper.