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    Savage LA CDI dbm


    Does anyone know if CDI made LA DBM that would only work with a SA AI mag? I am looking at purchasing a stock from a gentleman and it currently has a flat back Long action bedded in it. The gentlemen is saying it only feeds SA AI mags. I believe the gentlemen but I donít know what benefit you would have to running a short action caliber on a long action, but with short action mags. Itís seems that the benefits of doing that(Able to load longer COAL) would be negated.

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    What caliber is it? If it’s a Short Action Caliber, than Yes, it’s only going to accept Short Action Mags in this config.
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    It’s not caliber specific. It’s a Savage long action stock.

    the CDI bottom metal fits long action, action screw spacing, but will only accept short action AI mags

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    I apologize. I glanced past “stock”, thinking it was a rifle you were looking at.
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    Perhaps the "benefit" was the man's long flat back was originally built as a short action cartridge from the factory and he did not want to mill out the rear portion of the long action to accept LA AI Mags. See pic below.
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    Upper action is a long flat back that came from the factory as a 243 Win with the rear of the LA not milled out and a short SF blind magazine attached. Lower action is LA round top with the action milled from the factory to accept factory LA CF mags. Notice the un-milled rear portion of the upper action mag well area as compared to the lower action. While I do not have first hand knowledge to answer your question, I had a conversation with CDI before they went out of business once about having DBM bottom metal created for the upper action and they told me they could do it without a problem. However, I went in a different direction with the build and did not pursue having the work done. For what it's worth, based on my converstion with CDI I would say it is possible and there may be some examples out there. Perhaps you have come across one.

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    You know what, that makes perfect sense. I may be wrong but I think that all calibers of savage were once just configured in long actions. The gentlemen said that CDI did the original inletting but then he switched to a manners and manners did the second inletting with the CDI bottom metal. I think you solved the mystery. Thanks

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    Glad to be of assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan gravitt View Post
    You know what, that makes perfect sense. I may be wrong but I think that all calibers of savage were once just configured in long actions. The gentlemen said that CDI did the original inletting but then he switched to a manners and manners did the second inletting with the CDI bottom metal. I think you solved the mystery. Thanks

    You are correct. From 1988-1998, all Short Action Calibers were made on Ling Action Receivers. ‘88 was the end of the 1st Gen SA & ‘98 was the launch of the 2nd Gen SA.

    Great post & info Wildcat!
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