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Tall Pine 12-18-2006 10:27 AM

Savage 110 Question
Was hoping that someone here shoots a Savage 110 and could answer a couple of questions for me. Ok here goes:

1. I have just reloaded some Sierra Spitzer boat tail bullets and have noticed that when I cycle the cartridge into the chamber the soft lead bullet nose is getting nicked/scared in the process. Is this normal?? Do you think it will affect the bullets accuracy?

2. Also ever since I purchased the rifle (a couple of year agao) I notice that when closing the bolt on the rifle that there is quite a bit of resistance. In other words Its hard to close the damn thing. Is this normal for a new rifle/Savage??

Any help would be apprecited,
Tall Pine

nksmfamjp 12-18-2006 10:53 AM

RE: Savage 110 Question
1. I would look into why this is happening more. I can't say for sure.
2. The Savage magazine lips cause my gun to feed hard, but bolt closing is as smooth as any other gun I have used. Is the bolt dragging on a scope base screw? Just a thought.

Tall Pine 12-18-2006 11:41 AM

RE: Savage 110 Question
Thanks nksmfamjp, thats a thought. I just checked my rifle and I dont see the scope base screw coming through to catch on anthing. I am wondering if I have the from action screw too tight? What type of rounds are you shooting? Do you have any problems with the soft nose bullets getting scratched/scared/nicked??


will79 12-18-2006 11:44 AM

RE: Savage 110 Question
1. Check the feed ramp as the shell comes out of the magazine. If you don't see any nicks or burs, chamber a shell slowly and watch as it comes out of the magazine. If it hits the feed ramp low, it could be caused by the "lips" on top of the magazine that hold the shells down. Some of these are lightweight metal and may bend slightly and cause feeding problems.You didn't say if the tight chambering shells were handloads or factory. If handloads I would say you need to adjust you die to get a full length re-size.

ShatoDavis 12-18-2006 12:29 PM

RE: Savage 110 Question
What length are your bullets seated too? Is it over Sami specs? Is it hard to close the bolt on factory ammo? If your bullet are too long you could be in the rifling which can cause pressure issues. If your bullets aren't the issue, I would say that you didn't push the shoulder back enough when you sized your brass.

Your bulletis hitting something while loading. check into it. The deformed spitzers probably won't shoot any different than non deformed ones, but I would want to know whats doing it if it was me.

will79 12-18-2006 12:36 PM

RE: Savage 110 Question
Just appologizing for my earlier reply. I must have misread, he DOES specify reloading.

Tall Pine 12-18-2006 12:56 PM

RE: Savage 110 Question
Thanks guys for all the replys.

will79, the nicking is definetly coming from the feed ramp. I have inspected it close and seelittle lead streaks on the ramp itself where the bullets are hitting. They are hitting pretty low. Do you think I could bend the lips out on the magazine?? Would this help??



will79 12-18-2006 01:40 PM

RE: Savage 110 Question
Tall Pine, first check C.O.L. like ShatoDavis suggested, then look at howw they "sit" in the magazine. They will sometimes,but not always, sit a little high or low in front if the "lips" are bent. You might try and "tweak" the lips slightly and see if it helps. It may take several tries. It's basically trial and error. My wifes savage model 11 had this problem. I'm looking into replacing the bottom metal,magazine, with a stronger aftermarket type. Brownell's will probably have it. You can check them out at

nksmfamjp 12-20-2006 06:43 AM

RE: Savage 110 Question


. . .What type of rounds are you shooting? Do you have any problems with the soft nose bullets getting scratched/scared/nicked??

I don't shoot any pointed soft point type bullets through this gun.

Point damage caused by impacting the front of the magazine is a common problem with all rifles I have used. The only way my dad and I know to avoid this is to not use PSP bullets. I have heard that it has minimal impact on flight though. It is just a variable we choose to avoid.

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