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New Savage Project

Postby First Shirt » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:14 am

Couple of years ago, I took delivery of a custom shop Savage Scout rifle, left-handed, 7mm-08. Affixed a Rhodesian sling and a Burris 2 3/4X LER scope, and tried really hard to wear it out in the first six months I had it. Now, several hundred rounds, a dozen or so hogs, and several deer later, it's probably my all-time favorite rifle. Doesn't do any one thing particularly well, but does just about everything pretty darned good. If I could only have one rifle, it would be this one.

Unfortunately, my #1 Senior Minion is also a left-handed shooter, and I made the mistake of letting her try it, and she's been trying to steal it ever since. (The fact that she can shoot it about as well as I can is just salt in the wound!) She's running an elderly M-11 Savage that I put together for her several years ago, and she loves it, but the scout is, according to her, DA BOMB! (I think that's good, isn't it? I'm not fluent in teenager.)

So, I got a wild hare, and decided to scouterize her rifle. Contacted a delightful customer service rep, who promptly found the parts I needed, and they are now en route. It will have the forward mounted scope, backup irons (NECG front, and William ghost ring rear) and either a Leupold 2 1/2X or a Burris 2 3/4X LER scope.

(Of course, I'll keep the original parts, in case it doesn't work out like she thinks, and it will be easy to switch back, if needed.)

As if I didn't have enough projects in the works. Remind me again, why do I have Minions, anyway?
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby SoupOrMan » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:06 am

Minions = backup
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Denis » Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:29 pm

Yay, Minions! Sounds like a fun project. I picked up a LH Savage 111 in .30-06 recently for a friend, who shot his first roebuck with it a few weeks ago. Good stuff!

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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Precision » Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:45 pm

you have minions to keep you occupied in your wisening age.

You have minions, because otherwise you would be a free man.
free man = nothing left to lose

You have minions to justify your gun, ammo, fun budget.
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby First Shirt » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:09 pm

I think I have Minions because winning the lottery would spoil me! And, while I grump a lot, I really don't know what I'd do without them, they keep me busy, involved, and entertained (for given values of "entertained").

So, I guess I have Minions because I'm the luckiest SOB you will ever meet!
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby PawPaw » Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:49 pm

+1 on minions. Good on ya', First Shirt.

My main minion shares our passion for fast draw and travels with us frequently. Milady and I are traveling to Kentucky next week, for an out-of-town trip, and between schooling and football, he simply can't make the trip with us this time. It will be the first trip in two years that he hasn't made with us, and folks who know him and shoot with him are already disappointed that his name isn't on the shooters lists. He's a lot more "famous" in the CFDA community than I am.
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby First Shirt » Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:47 am

Just scored a Burris 2 3/4X LER scope on fleabay. If I can get the rail delivered and installed before the scope gets here, I should be able to get it all put together and bore-sighted before her birthday the end of this month.

I love it when a plan comes together!

(Wonder what's gonna go wrong.)
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby First Shirt » Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:33 pm

I think it turned out pretty well. It's not really a "scout rifle" since it doesn't make weight, but it makes for a nice utility rifle, with the backup irons.

(Finally got it borrowed back just long enough to take a couple pictures. Was in such a hurry to get it back to her that I forgot!)

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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Denis » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:33 pm

That looks really nice. Lucky Minion and well wear!

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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Netpackrat » Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:39 pm

Not sure what is wrong with your camera, but you can flip that back around in Photoshop.
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby randy » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:23 pm

Netpackrat wrote:Not sure what is wrong with your camera, but you can flip that back around in Photoshop.


:D

Nice one!

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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Darrell » Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:16 am

randy wrote:
Netpackrat wrote:Not sure what is wrong with your camera, but you can flip that back around in Photoshop.


:D

Nice one!

(referring to rifle and zinger)

Only left handed people are in their right minds, etc., etc. :P

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Re: New Savage Project

Postby rightisright » Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:15 am

Very nice! You can't go wrong w. Savage.

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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Windy Wilson » Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:13 am

That looks super!
I got a Savage Catalog from my local MOD and didn't see that, or the shop mentioned. Have they discontinued the gun or that service, or have I (again) missed something in my reading?
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby First Shirt » Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:05 am

Savage has a sort of custom shop, in that, if what you want can be built with available components, they will make whatever you want. Prices are pretty reasonable, and delivery is usually 4 to 6 months.
If you're interested, contact Ms. Effie Sullivan at
1-800-370-0708 ext# 6 or
1-413-642-4145 Monday -Friday 8 Am to 4 PM., EST.
(this was current as of 2 years ago )

She knows the parts interchangeability better than anyone should, and can usually tell you if it can be done, and quote you a price right then.

This one is a homebuilt project, and is not for sale. The Minion loves it, and wouldn't trade it for a solid gold monkey!
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Windy Wilson » Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:21 am

Thanks!
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby First Shirt » Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:45 pm

When I ordered mine, I was told that the wait would be 6 to 8 months. After 9 months, I called the dealer I"d ordered it through, and discovered that either the order wasn't entered by Savage, or he hadn't actually placed the order. Both sides claimed responsibility, and Ms. Sullivan moved my order to the head of the line, and took $100 off the quoted price. My dealer, not to be outdone, took $100 off on his end, and gave me two boxes of Federal premium ammunition for the rifle. Took another month, but I finally had it, exactly as I'd ordered it, and for less than $100 over the MSRP of the factory version, only mine was in the caliber I wanted (7mm-08), and left-handed. Been trying to wear it out ever since!
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Denis » Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:31 pm

First Shirt wrote:... mine was in the caliber I wanted (7mm-08), and left-handed.


Do you find it difficult and/or expensive to get 7mm-08 ammunition? Perhaps you just roll your own...

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Re: New Savage Project

Postby First Shirt » Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:15 pm

Factory choices in 7mm-08 are pretty limited, unless you go to a serious gun shop, and then you'll pay 1-2 bucks more per box than for a similar load in .308. The demand just isn't there.

But the cost of components is the same for both, and reloading really brings the 7mm-08 into the limelight. Besides, at the rate The Minions go through ammunition, I'd be bankrupt if I didn't reload.

(And when the youngest Minion started shooting with us, I could load her "custom" loads of a 120 gr. bullet at 2500 fps, which was plenty accurate, and had enough mustard on it to work like a charm of deer and medium-to-smallish pigs, while not beating her to death with recoil. And for a lot less money than the factory "managed recoil" loads). She has since graduated to the same load the rest of us use, a 140 gr. bullet at 2750 fps. And we've been playing around with the 160 gr. spitzers at around 2600 fps, and they are showing great potential, in case I hit the lottery, and we can afford a trip to Wyoming for elk.
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby HTRN » Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:56 pm

First Shirt wrote:, while not beating her to death with recoil.

Thats more a question of form than mass - small women and girls have a nasty habit of leaning back with rifles, because they lack the upper body strength to hold a typical :shock: 10 lb rifle properly. They're is no great mystery to it.
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby First Shirt » Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:08 am

She's strong enough, but at 12, she's right at the bottom of the growth charts for a 10 year old, so it's more a matter of size and mass. Give her a good set of shooting sticks, and she's deadly inside 150 yards.

Of course, that could also be because the older Minions have been coaching her since she started shooting. Or the superior quality of the handloads she's using. :D
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Denis » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:40 am

Splendid. Hurray for Minions!

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Re: New Savage Project

Postby First Shirt » Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:57 pm

Denis wrote:Splendid. Hurray for Minions!

The Minions asked me to say "Thanks, Uncle Denis!"
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Denis » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:54 am

First Shirt wrote:
Denis wrote:Splendid. Hurray for Minions!

The Minions asked me to say "Thanks, Uncle Denis!"


Hi, Minions! I'm touched - at least that's what Mrs Denis says about me... :-)

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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Weetabix » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:24 am

I feel a poem coming on....

I keep my minions by my side
to teach them all I know
'bout life and game and guns and pride
and how to live just so.

I learn as much as they from me,
though I may not admit
that some tangential inquiry
can make me mull a bit.

Their eyes beat mine by quite a patch;
they shoot where I can't see.
But they've a ways to go to match
my craft and mastery.

I love the little Savages (heh!)
in case you had not guessed.
They save me from the ravages
of time and too much rest!

(I was feeling a bit inspired by your Minions because my first is on the way. Tell 'em Weet says howdy!)
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby First Shirt » Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:59 pm

The Minions said "Thanks, Uncle Weet, that was TOO cool!"

Congrats on the incoming minion! Start stocking up now on stuff that Mom and Dad won't approve of, that way you can say "That? Nah, I've had that for years!" And remember, the purpose of a grandfather is to help the grandkids get into stuff that they wouldn't think of on their own, and give them an alibi for getting out of trouble when it goes south. "No, they were fine! They were with me the whole time!"

Enjoy!
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Re: New Savage Project

Postby Denis » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:55 pm

First Shirt wrote:The Minions said "Thanks, Uncle Weet, that was TOO cool!"


Yes. Yes it was!

First Shirt wrote:Congrats on the incoming minion!


Fantastic news. Best wishes to all involved!


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