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Old 03-12-2009, 07:13 PM
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I know the new savages are tack drivers, I own a few. But what about one that is around ten or twelve years old? Are they still good? This is a .243 that is around ten years old, it is in nice condition and the barrel and everything looks good. Would it be worth $230 or not? thanks guys!
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:30 PM
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I think it'd be worth that much just for the action alone. Buy it, get a barrel nut wrench and a make up an action vise. Then order a pre-chambered barrel from Shilen or Douglas in the short action cartridge of your choice that's threaded for the Savage action w/nut. You can rebarrel it yourself with just the above tools and a "GO" headspace gauge. Throw in a new trigger and voila, you've got a custom hunting rifle that will shoot darn near as well as a blueprinted Remington. If you want to go the extra step you can send it to Sharp Shooter Supply and have Fred time and true the action for $105 + shipping. There are also plenty of aftermarket stocks available for that era Savage Model 10 rifles, too for the full-custom treatment.

Or you could just take the good deal (and it is unless the rifle is beat to h*ll), and have a good shooting little .243 that you aren't afraid to put a few dings and scratches (read: character ) on.

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Old 03-13-2009, 02:10 PM
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I have a 3006 savage thats a 1998 model and a 243 thats a 2003 model. The 3006 has the heavy barrel and they both shoot great!
I did have a gunsmith adjust the triggers on both of them to around 3.5 pounds.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:24 PM
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I traded for a Savage .270 in '97. It's ugly, but it's a tack driver.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:50 AM
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$230.00? Sure.
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Old 03-14-2009, 08:08 AM
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I would go for it.
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:19 AM
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For my young son to shoot prairie dogs with me I went to the local pawn shop, bought him a 22-250 Savage 110c, cheapest varmint rifle to be found. Paid $140 for the gun. Found out it was manufactured in 1973 or there abouts. I spent a little time on it bedding, cleaning it up and mounting a decent scope on it. We used that rifle for 5 years bascially abusing it and since I not big on shooting paper I can't tell you what kind of groups it would shoot consistently but I know for a fact it butchered prairie dogs well past 400 yds. regularly. Fast forward several years I stripped the same gun down and rebuilt it from the action, spent several hundred dollars on it with some really nice upgrades. It shoots excellent but I can't tell you it shoots that much better than it did way back when. It started out a "tack driver"...whatever that is.
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:27 AM
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thanks for the info guys, Im gonna go ahead and buy it. If nothing else I'll make a project out of it and do something sweet! Thanks
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