View Full Version : Savage 12 .223 heavy barrel

09-21-2016, 08:58 PM
Picked up a lightly used Shilen pre-fit .223 1 in 8 twist barrel for my Savage 12FV.
I can't believe how tight the barrel nut was I had to use a hammer on the wrench to break it loose.
It's mounted and ready to go. I can't wait to try it out!


Rory McCanuck
09-21-2016, 08:59 PM
Looks good, hopefully it shoots as well.

09-21-2016, 09:04 PM
Nice, what's the scope you have on it?

09-21-2016, 09:22 PM
Yes...Savage doesn't spare the torque when they lock down their barrel nuts. Looks good !! What did you do to get your head spacing ? Gauges ?

09-22-2016, 05:53 AM
The scope is a Bushnell 3200 series 7 to 21 x 40. They are a good scope for the price.
I set the head space with gauges. I have reamer that came with head space gauges
purchased from Brownells back when the dollar was on par with the US dollar.


09-22-2016, 10:17 AM
All manufacturers of anything with a threaded part are terrified a screw/bolt/nut will come loose. Had to buy an impact driver(Princess Auto is your friend) to get the screws out of my old Samurai windshield. Frame was rusted gone across the bottom with 4 years.
The stock factory? Pretty, even if it is backwards.

09-22-2016, 06:10 PM
The stock is a Boyds nutmeg laminate.
The cheap plastic stock that it came with was pretty flimsy.

09-22-2016, 09:31 PM
good score. i'm a fan of thumbhole stocks. quite a natural grip for my paws.

10-10-2016, 08:36 AM
Made it to the range yesterday. It was cold and windy a cold breeze coming off the mountain
And I was not dressed for it so I did not do as well as I usually do. The other two rifles I had with
me confirmed that. A 0.600" group I'm sure I can do better.
The seller provided me with the loads he used but I started at the bottom and worked my way up.


Rory McCanuck
10-10-2016, 09:03 AM
Not much wrong with that, especially if you don't think you were doing well!