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    Savage extractor detent ball

    Being a Savage noob I managed to loose the detent ball tonight when I knocked the extractor off while cleaning my bolt. Will the proper sized SS ball bearing work in it's place? Does anyone know of it's dimensions? I'd like to try and pick one up to get this thing back together for a coyote hunt this weekend.

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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    The factory size is .125". Many have replaced with a .140" for better extraction.
    "As long as there's lead in the air....there's still hope.."

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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    Or a 3.5mm metric
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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    Chances are,if you had good extraction with the factory detent ball,it will still work.I had extractor pdoblems with three different extractors and a new bolt head.Another new extractor fixed the problem,but I did put a .140 detent ball in from SSS,just to be sure.

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    Much thanks guys. Off to the hardware store to try and scare one up.

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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    Does anyone have a source for info covering working on Savage rifles such as the repairs on this thread.

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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    That second one was just what I was looking for. I need peechers.
    Thanks

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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    Well,

    That was unsuccesful. Looks like I'll be ordering one. Thanks for the advice.

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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    Quote Originally Posted by montana_native
    Well,

    That was unsuccesful. Looks like I'll be ordering one. Thanks for the advice.
    I've got extra. I'll send you a couple.
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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    Hi all,
    I have a number of Savage bolt rifles 112, 12...all BVSS, various calibers. I've been using them a long time and shoot often. I finally broke one! The extractor chipped on the model 12 .223. When I took it apart I lost the ball (of course). I had .125 chromed balls in my toolbox. I got the new extractor form Midway. The new extractor is not identical to the old one. The old one was longer, engages the groove more. This is the same on all of my rifles. The new one works fine though. I read this post a while ago and also ordered 9/64" balls from McMaster Carr. I put the bigger ball in and it just made everything feel better (like new). I think I'm going to do springs, balls and extractors for the whole lot before spring happens here.

    Thanks to all who contribute.

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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    Ace Hardware has 'em......

    ten cents each..........
    S/shot Savage & heavy Pac Nor's rock !!

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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    To my surprise,ACE hardware does have individual steel ballbearings,however not the proper size.I tried the 5/32 ,which was too big to enter the spring hole.It would take a 9/64" which is .140.I ordered a half dozen from SSS.Most of the problem is not having a well machined extractor.The last two Savage sent me were noticeably better machined than the three previous ones I used.

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    In a pinch I used a #4 steel shot. Never had need to redo it.

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    Re: Savage extractor detent ball

    Try a bicycle shop, if not there Enco has them in 3.5mm, 100 for about $5.

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