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Old December 30, 2000, 09:19 PM   #1
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I recently received a Savage 110 in 7mm Remington Magnum as a gift from my friends (yes I have very nice friends). As this is my first bolt action weapon, any advice would be very much appreciated. Advice on maintenance (i.e. how much disassembly is required in everyday cleaning), accessories (i.e. are snap caps necessary), ammunition (i.e.what rounds from which manufacturers in what weights for what kind of hunting) or just your .02 on anything about the weapon (i.e. what to watch for on this particular weapon) is all very much appreciated.
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Old December 31, 2000, 03:20 PM   #2
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The very FIRST thing is replace that damn recoil pad on the thing.

Get a Decelerator pad; you can get one that is a screw on accessory.

Other that the recoil pad there aren't any real weaknesses to it.

You can shoot 150-160 Grain rounds out of it and be prepared for anything in North America except big bears.

140-Grain rounds out of it will shoot about as flat as anything else.

175-Grain partitions would probably work on big bears but really get a .375 or .458 Magnum for those.

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Old December 31, 2000, 03:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice, I've looked into a few differeent rounds and the some of the federal 140 rounds don't look too bad
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Old December 31, 2000, 04:49 PM   #4
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Unless you shoot hundreds of rounds of ammunition on a regular basis, there is no need to do more than remove the bolt and open the floor-plate during cleaning. (I guess it has a floor plate? Or is it magazine-fed?) I just wipe down all surfaces I can reach with a clean, lightly oiled patch. (I'm assuming you're not "recovering" from rainy-weather hunting, of course.)

As for the bore, removing copper is no longer any big deal. Lots of magic-juice patented cleaners at most any gun stores; follow the directions on the bottle.

good shooting!

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Old December 31, 2000, 05:56 PM   #5
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You probably already know this, but since this is your first bolt action, I'll risk repeating it...

Always clean the barrel from the breech end. Use a bore guide to avoid damaging the receiver and use a high quality, freely rotating cleaning rod.

FWIW... The Sierra reloading manual has an excellent section on rifle maintenance. You might enjoy reading it.

Best of luck.
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Old December 31, 2000, 06:19 PM   #6
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Thank you HJN for sending the disassembly instructions, the pictures were clear and very helpful
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Old January 1, 2001, 02:41 PM   #7
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Get a trigger job. I bought a 110 about seven years ago. They come with an ugly trigger, needed a tow chain to my f250 to pull it. I had a trigger job done and now the trigger is light and smooth. The gun is much more accurate now also.
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Old January 6, 2001, 03:10 AM   #8
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Trigger pull......

AAChang;

Assuming this is a new gun, it is very easy to lighten the trigger pull to a very respectable 2 1/2 to 3 lbs, with a nice crisp break. I don't recall the link, but if you do a search here on TFL for Savage & trigger, you will probably come up with the link which will show you very nicely how to make the adjustment. If you're mechanically inclined at all, simply drop the stock off the receiver/barrel and take a look at the trigger mechanism. There is a straight spring wire that can be adjusted with a screwdriver. Don't be afraid to look at it and try adjusting it. Just be sure you don't overdo it because you'll negate the safety if it's too light.

I have the same basic rifle and it shoots great. Take the advise on the recoil pad because this little hummer will rattle your cage - guaranteed.

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Old January 6, 2001, 02:57 PM   #9
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Trigger Pull

is a matter of personal preference. I would not lighten it unless yours is really bad.

Not everyone likes hair triggers.

I prefer about a 5 pound trigger pull, too light is dangerous.

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