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Old September 29, 2012, 10:18 AM   #7
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turns out the screw furthest back on the stock is stripped (awesome),
Farthest screw back on the stock is a "Wood" screw for the trigger guard and doesn't even screw into the action on a Savage. The screw in the front of the trigger guard and the one in the front receiver ring are your only two actions screws. The rear most screw will not affect accuracy at all. If that is the screw that stripped and I'm guessing it is since you continued to shoot, fill it with a wooden dowel and wood glue for a wood stock or two part epoxy for synthetic. Once the glue has dried or epoxy cured drill a pilot hole and reinsert your wood screw.

The tang on a Savage needs to free float as well so if you torqued it down too much you may have problems there. Look at the action and how it fits in the stock, if it doesn't line up down the center you could have a problem. It could be a simple bedding job will help with this as well. Plus it could be the trigger, just because you adjusted it to feel better doesn't mean you made it better for accuracy.

Next we pulled the scope, rings, and base off then remounted everything and made sure everything was even and torqued properly, that helped some. after that i was able to at least keep everything in a line to left but elevation was still all over the place.
If your horizontal grouping is fine but you have vertical stringing your barrel is hot. More than likely your scope mounts were loose and that was causing you to throw wild groups. That got you frustrated because you were grouping so well the last time to the range, so you kept shooting trying to get that 1/4" group making your barrel hot. Good news is you probably didn't hurt anything on the rifle and have the new GS check it out if it makes you feel better.

Things to remember or ask yourself. Did you change brands or type of ammunition from your previous shooting session? If you reload did you use a new can of powder from a different lot, different bullet, or primer? Did you do anything before you got to the range that will affect your ability to shoot like drink a pot of coffee, sodas or energy drinks?

If you are getting frustrated stop shooting put the rifle away or go clean it, when you have calmed down resume shooting or come back another day. Learn to recognize when you are having a bad day and stop shooting, to continue to do so will only make you more frustrated. Once you cool off think about it, was it you or the rifle with the problem that day?
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