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Accurizing a savage weather warrior w/ accustock

08 Aug 2018
@ 04:55 pm (GMT)

Dirk Dudeck

Recently purchased a weather warrior with accustock & accutrigger in 7mm Rem Mag.
I've shot about 70 rds of 150gn fusion ammo through it. I broke in the barrel using the 1, 3, 5, 5 etc (with thorough cleaning between strings with #9 & Benchmark solutions).

So far not been overly impressed with the accuracy. Been getting +/- 2" groups at 100yds.
BTW rifle will be mainly used for target shooting from 200 to 700yds. Once satisfied with accuracy would like to take hunting trip to western US.

I also purchased your entire book series and am working my way through them.
Was wondering if you have specific accurizing instructions for the accustock rifles? Including:
- bolt lapping
- king screw torque setting procedures & recommended settings
- barrel/chamber conditioning
- stock stiffening/bedding instructions
- reloading recommendations (sweet spots) and low node loads for reduced barrel wear & recoil, bullet jump recommendations

Would love feedback from the wealth of knowledgeable people on this forum.
Thanks much!


08 Aug 2018
@ 10:58 pm (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Accurizing a savage weather warrior w/ accustock
Welcome, Dirk. You are on the right track with the book series. As you say, work your way through them. The information you are looking for is in them, I don't have mine in front of me at the moment, but it's in there. I like the Savage, although I've not worked with the Accustock, but the actions are very workable and the triggers are good. Barrels can be hit and miss, you'll have to have a look down yours and see what's what. If you live in the US there are a wealth of barrel companies if you need them. Good shooting and have fun with the new rifle.
09 Aug 2018
@ 08:24 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Accurizing a savage weather warrior w/ accustock
Hi Dirk, on the Savage, you need to dscern whether the bore is producing high copper fouling or very little fouling. If the fouling is high, use the methods in the acurizing book and or the Rem 700 troubleshooting vid to work the bore into shape. If there is very little fouling as can happen with some Savage rifles, it may be dimensionally unsound. You are going to have to get past the hype of Savage shooters (I get the occasional fanatical email from them) and see this for what it is.

The Accustocks can be harmonically flawed. The surface contact area of the stock is very small, the action riding on bars. The locking mechanism can simply pinch the action in place. Use the 1oclock test in book 1, rifles. I have also gone over this in the Rem troubleshooting vid. You may need to consider mock bedding / rigid mounting to dampen vibrations. Please do not bed the rifle at this stage as there are too many unknowns. At this stage, we need to reduce variables.

Please pay close attention to the table of contents in the Accurizing book as this is the order of the steps that you need to take. The Rem video was made in the same manner- just follows the TOC so that we get ourselves into good methods, a set procedure. The same goes for issues such as the locking lugs, just follow the steps given.

You are on the right track, keep at it. Key factors- Remove the stock as a variable (eliminate harmonic issues) so that you can isolate and focus on the bore. As for bullet jump, you need to work this out for yourself based on the individual chamber. The same goes for powder charges. If the bore is loose on this rifle, you may end up way over book maximum but you will need to let the rifle and brass talk to you. If I was to advise you that hey, a common sweet spot is 72gr H1000 behind the 162gr ELD-M with an OAL of 3.425", that could work, or it could just completely blow your gun to bits and put you in hospital. I have no idea of your individual chamber dimensions based on the reamer that was used on the day, the bore dimensions, the calibration of your scales or the brand of brass you are using. Hence why the manuals are so cautious and why nobody here will give load advice as they are each working to the individual specs of their rifles.

As an aside, recently I purchased a new .44 Magnum. I have done all of my .44 research but now that I am putting my data together, its good to go back over a rifle and spend some final time in the field with it. So I purchased a new lever action. All of you are familiar with gun reviews. You all see the writers talk about how the gun arrived, what it looked like, bla bla. A few might pull it apart, take a photo or two and then back together again. But otherwise, its just obtain the rifle, give the bore a clean, throw on a scope and shoot. I just don't know how folk do this. Even on a little .44 Marlin, it took me some days to set it up because I didn't want it ending up like the other .44's I have had to work on locally, arriving back from the field orange with rust beneath the wood. So I pulled the gun down into its basic components, I greased everything. I applied teak oil to the thirsty wood which then swelled and would not reassemble. So following that, I had to refit the wood and while I was at it, I bedded the forend tip at the cap. Now it all fits together without the same risk of cross threading any screws from forcing the forend into place as Marlin staff members had done. It took a great deal of time to get the rifle set up. Next is the bore, checking to see how it fouls and so forth. By the time I am done, the rifle will be shooting as well as I can get it, the steel will last as long as I can make it and if the rifle ever has to be moved on, the next owner will hopefully not receive a lemon. I now also know this particular rifle inside and out. The point is, my prep work is exponentially longer than my range sessions.
09 Aug 2018
@ 08:36 am (GMT)

bryan long

Re: Accurizing a savage weather warrior w/ accustock
Is the rifle in the Remington video new or secondhand?
09 Aug 2018
@ 09:03 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Accurizing a savage weather warrior w/ accustock
Hi Bryan, it was new. Initial groups all over a sheet of A4. Final groups inside a half minute.

A lot of the time it makes no difference whether they are new or second hand.
09 Aug 2018
@ 09:13 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Accurizing a savage weather warrior w/ accustock
Sorry Dirk, just to clarify, I would like you to remove the stock as a variable - but without investing too much time or money into it at this stage. After performing the 1oclock test, use the rigid mount method.

If the gun has failed the 1'oclock test, then you will need to be careful as to how you rigid mount. Remove any obvious high spots in the stock, then lay your epoxy, set the action up but do not tighten the screws until the next day. If you tighten immediately, it will simply flex the action or stock.

I do not want the book fully rehashed here so if you have any trouble following this, please contact me directly.


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