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    22LR B Series bullet scratching/accuracy issues


    I've read here and other places about the bullet scratching issues with the B series rifles. My B22 Precision was bought brand new a few months ago and it does scratch the bullets and has pretty bad accuracy which I feel is due to the scratched bullets. The gun shoots very erratically, can shoot a few perfect bullseyes then have the next few shots anywhere from a half inch to over an inch away. The "flyers" can be high, low, left or right away from the point of aim. I have tried many different brands of ammo from cheap bulk pack stuff to several different varieties of expensive Eley match grade and just about everything in between. They all basically shoot the same. I've also tried 3 different scopes including 2 that shot fine on the guns they came off of and 1 brand new just to make sure I am good there. In addition to many brands of ammo and the copes I have tried torquing the chassis bolts in 5 pound increments from the 20 inch/lb that the manual calls for all the way up to 45 inch/lbs. Did not make one bit of difference.

    I called Savage yesterday and they want me to ship the gun to them. Said they will have their gunsmith's repair and test fire it before sending back which is great, but I would rather not be without the gun for a month or more. So I'm just wondering if anyone knows of a fix without sending it away. Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    Thumbs Up Some ideas . . .

    Have you tried loading single-shots by hand, not thru the mag?
    Try 10 or so like that after 5-10 'seasoning' shots with 'good' ammo like SK+ or CCI-SV. That'll give you an idea if that 'scraping' is the cause. To try to 'fix' the scraping, you need to take the bolt and 'break' the leading edge, rounding it and polishing the front and back a bit on the edges too. Here's a couple pics of my B22 FV bolt after polishing. If you polish the rest of the 'flats' it'll help the bolt run smoother, too.
    Also, have you checked the trigger pull ? If it's breaking 'hard' it could throw off your shots in random directions, too.
    And have you checked the chamber for Carbon Ring ? If you've shot a couple hundred rounds it could be building up and damaging the bullets?
    Just a few guesses . . .
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    fv - I forgot one other thing - Have you 'un-wound' the mag spring to lighten tension ? This may reduce how much pressure is holding the bullets 'up' against the bolt. That may help the scraping but definitely makes loading easier. Easy to take apart the mag, just be careful the parts don't fly away.
    Finally found where I put it (took me 15+ min to find, I post too many places) - a doc I posted recently on RFC as an attachment (which I can't do here ). This describes the 'Un-wind' process. Post #33, its a pdf that will open when you clik on it..
    http s://www.rimfirecentral.com/threads/fixed-regarding-has-anyone-had-to-send-their-savage-b22-precision-back-to-the-manufacturer-for-failure-to-load-rounds.1251593/page-2

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    Fasteddie01,
    Thanks for the info. Yes, I had tried single loading and still shot erratically, and yes, I ran enough shots of each ammo to season the barrel. Trigger is not a problem. it is extremely light and smooth and breaks like glass. By far the best trigger I ever used. This is the precision model with the trigger that goes down to 1.5 lbs. I don't have a trigger gauge but would be surprised if it's even that much. I did polish the edge of the bolt but nowhere near as much as yours. Have not touched the mags so that might help.

    The guy I spoke to at Savage said it was very possible I had a bad barrel and he thought there was a good chance it will need to be replaced. I decided to send it back to Savage and hope they get it right. As of this morning it's on the way. It's a shame since I love the trigger, balance, rigidity, tight bolt lock up and looks of the gun. I hope they get it shooting and extracting properly since as much as I like the other things it would be useless without accuracy.

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