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Sorting a Savage Part 1 By Laurie Holland


Sorting a Savage Part 1 – by Laurie Holland


My provisional name for this feature was Tuning the Three-Screw Savage Action - reflecting my initial focus on rectifying the poor elevations that dogged my 223 Savage’s performance in the F Class European Championship meeting. However, deeper examination revealed other factors were at work, so it gradually grew into a wider troubleshooting exercise, also letting me post an update on ultra heavy bullet 223 Remington cartridge in long-range competition.


If you read my F/TR report in last month’s bumper coverage of the F Class European Championship meeting at Bisley in November, you’ll have noticed I suffered more than a few elevation problems with my 223 custom Savage. Yeah! Yeah! You’re thinking, this is straight out of that oft-quoted but fictional publication, ‘The Great Diggle Book of F Class Excuses’.


OK, most of us have after-match ‘if only I’d done / not done ......’ thoughts but, there is an intrinsic part of the ‘F Class Experience’ that is about the technical side of the discipline - the vehicle not the driver. It’s frequently and correctly said that a marginal, even fairly significant, reduction in group size or bullet wind-drift won’t compensate for an individual’s lack of wind reading skills, or poor mental preparation and organisation before and during a competition.


Laurie and the .223R Savage with 28” True-Flite barrel and Sightron 8-32X56 SIII LRTD scope in ‘The Europeans’.


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