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    Savage 110, 3 position safety question, new member

    Hi all, New member here from West Virginia. Mostly a revolver nut, but have been wanting a nice deer rifle, and have decided on a .270, and just found a good deal on a Savage 110. I read lots of good reviews about the accuracy and dependability of this model. Mine does not have the detachable magazine, or the accu trigger setup.

    I haven't determined the actual year of manuf. yet, but hoping to do it here. (do we still PM Mr. Mad Dog to get it?) The seller thought the gun is approx 6 to 12 yrs old, and has been used very little. I did not get the owners manual with it, but did read a little about the 3 postion safety - forward is off, back is full on, and middle blocks the trigger but allows the bolt to be opened.

    So my problem is that I've just gotten the gun home, and checking it out quickly (unloaded only, as I live in town), and it appears that the safety is possibly not functioning properly. In the full rear position, the bolt is locked, but once I unlock it and cock the bolt back and forward, and reset the safety to the middle or back position, I'm still able to dry fire the rifle in any of the 3 positions.

    Could someone tell me if there's something I'm not doing correctly? Does the rifle have to be loaded for the safety to work properly? I wouldn't think so. If it is a malfunction, does anyone know if it's a common problem, and if it's expensive to repair? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    JP




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    Re: Savage 110, 3 position safety question, new member

    That is a very dangerous situation. I am sure someone will offer some instructions on tinkering with the safety, use that advice at your own risk. I would suggest one of two things: either call Savage (very good customer service) or take it to a QUALIFIED gunsmith for repair. Any cost is worth a safe firearm!

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    Gunsmith without a doubt. If you have to ask if your not doing something right with something basic, you probably don't want to "tinker" with it. Trust a professional and be SURE. It is the most important function on a hunting rifle. I don't mean to sound arrogant as I'm not a gunsmith, this is what I would advise myself in this situation. Hope it is a simple problem, and you have good success.

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    I'm assuming you have a 3 screw trigger, I believe you can adjust the safety with the action out of the stock. I installed a SSS trigger and had to do it, it only took a couple minutes. Hopefully somebody with more experience can chime in soon. Also search, there are some detailed instructions for 3 screw triggers on this forum.

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    There is never enough time for reloading... *Edit* Available components finally matches my available reloading time...

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    I have wondered about the Savage safety too. As near as I can see it only blocks the trigger, not the firing pin like the old M70 or Mauser. Is that correct? I have been telling the lady who is shooting one of my Savages to carry the gun with shells in the mag but the bolt closed on a empty chamber and when she gets to the stand to chamber a round, but not close the bolt all the way. I do the same thing. Actually I do not even use the safety! One must remember that the safety is only used in conjunction with safe gun handling. This is the only flaw I see in the 110 style action.

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    Thanks guys. That link to the article looks great. I'm going to try to make those adjustments myself and see how it goes. Will update.

    JP

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    Re: Savage 110, 3 position safety question, new member

    Thanks for the link Jake, it solved my problem. Unfortunately, my gun does not have the sear adjusting screw on the trigger, like the one in the article, so that must be something that was eliminated on my model, but I was quickly able to see that the screw for the safety was backed out too far. I adjusted the trigger pull and the safety adjusting screw, and all 3 positions of the safety work properly now... also loctited the screws. I think the safety issue could be the reason that the seller sold me a like new gun for dirt cheap. Thanks a million.

    JP

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    Guitar, glad you got everything lined out. What part of the state are you in? I'm down about the Raleigh/Summers county line on the New River.

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    Hi Lab, I've been camping down that way before, but I live way up in the northern panhandle, Wheeling. Turning into frack hell around here, what about down there?

    JP

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    Glad to hear it worked out for you. I've heard of 2 screw triggers before, you can make most of the adjustments but not the sear engagement. Keep us posted about your rifle, welcome to the madness that is the barrel nut.

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    Good deal. Hope it's a shooter!

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    Thx guys. Heheh, barrel nut madness huh.... well it's my first Savage, and the reviews I looked up seemed to say alot of good things about the barrel nut, accuracy, etc... so anything you wanna educate me on, or info that you feel like directing me to, I'm all ears, and appreciate the info.

    The guy I got it from was an older fellow, a deer hunter, and said he had the scope dialed in, & I think he said he was doing 1 1/4" groups at 100 yards. I mentioned getting a better scope eventually, and he seemed to think it's dead on as is for deer. It's a Simmons 3 x 9, adjustable, made in China, probably came with the package deal when the gun was new.

    I'm liking the gun alot already. Itchin' to shoot it.

    JP

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    Hey, just don't forget these threads are worthless without pictures!

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    Here are a few pics I had gotten from the seller. I may mask off the checkering and polish out the wood to a higher gloss. Still determining the age of it, going to call Savage on Mon. It's approx 6 to 10 yrs old, but barely used. There is one scratch on the other side of the forearm, not too deep. JP






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