• Custom Centerfire Builds

    by Published on 07-21-2016 09:22 AM  Number of Views: 845 
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    I masterminded this build after lots of conversation on the ride home from Wyoming in June of 2015. In July 2015 I ordered the action in a box for 2016. Finished weight had to stay below 12Lbs as I planned to use this pistol to shoot in the Hunter Class at the 2016 MOA event.

    After I received the new action I thoroughly cleaned it with Break-Free and lubed it well with TW25. I then opened & closed the bolt maybe 2-300 times. Wow this thing turned out exceptionally smooth, I was surprised.
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    by Published on 07-09-2016 06:40 PM  Number of Views: 1230 
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    Why aren't there any magnum Axises? I had seen this question a few times on the forum, but it was never paired with a sufficiently satisfying answer. Mainly there was speculation about the Axis' flimsy stock and its integral recoil lug or differences in heat treating. A closer look at the rifle led me to uncover the two design philosophies underlying the Edge and Axis design: build a rifle cheaper than the 110 so the 110 will look more like a prestige model, and use a manufacturing method that out-110s the 110. ...
    by Published on 07-07-2016 04:13 AM  Number of Views: 1012 
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    I built a couple new rifles in the last week that I had been collecting parts for over the last year. I pursue long range precision practical/tactical shooting in a fairly 'budget minded' manner because of all my other hobbies. :) I tend to use Savage actions for my bolt action rifles because I can do my own gunsmithing.

    This saves money but mostly TIME.

    I wanted to try a 7mm cartridge, but also I wanted to use a short action so the .284 Winchester seemed like the best choice. With the Savage short-action and aftermarket magazines I am limited to 2.99" COAL for magazine feeding. ...
    by Published on 07-07-2016 03:43 AM  Number of Views: 1165 
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    I built a couple new rifles in the last week that I had been collecting parts for over the last year. I pursue long range precision practical/tactical shooting in a fairly 'budget minded' manner because of all my other hobbies. I tend to use Savage actions for my bolt action rifles because I can do my own gunsmithing. ...
    Published on 09-09-2013 07:35 AM
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    In the first three installments of this build we have covered most all of the main components and gunsmithing work that has been done, so all that’s left now are a few small details – most of which pertain to the appearance of the finished product. As such this last installment will be pretty short and sweet. ...
    Published on 06-28-2013 11:58 PM
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    In this third installment of our Savage Axis Build series we will be focusing on the barrel and the stock. As often happens, due to availability and other factors my build was forced to deviate some from my original plan. This change resulted in a significant cost increase for this part of the project, but we should still be able to stay under our estimated total cost for the build.

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    Published on 04-29-2013 02:00 AM
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    The heart and soul of any rifle is the action, and the Savage Axis action is an ideal candidate to base a custom rifle upon. The $300 entry price for an Axis rifle gives you an action that is suggestively more rigid than a standard Savage 110-series action, and it’s more than a hundred dollars less than the cheapest new 110-based donor rifle.
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    Published on 04-16-2013 08:10 AM
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    When it comes to custom rifles it seems everyone has their own idea of exactly what a custom is. Some think changing something as simple as the bolt handle or trigger on an otherwise stock gun makes it a custom. Others feel that at minimum a “custom” has to have at least an aftermarket barrel or stock to warrant the title. Still others feel that to truly be a custom everything except the action itself has to be aftermarket. And last but not least are those who feel that the true definition of a custom means building a rifle completely from scratch using a “custom” ...
    by Published on 09-03-2012 12:18 PM
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    On my eleventh birthday, I received a Savage 110 in 270 Winchester as my first centerfire rifle. I received this rifle from a man unrelated to me, but was like a father to my dad and a grandfather to me. I got my first buck that year with it, on my father's birthday - only took me 4 shots to get one hit with all that buck fever. ...
    by Published on 07-21-2012 02:37 AM
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    The rifle started its life out as a bland 30-06. For a hunting rifle, accuracy was everything expected out of a savage producing about .5 MOA at 100 meters. However, I wanted a rifle that was much more precise for longer range target shooting. I chose the classic 7mm Remington Magnum for the cartridge. I also wanted a rifle that had less felt recoil than a 30-06. ...
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