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Old 11-24-2021, 9:13 AM
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Default Just bought a Shilen 26 inch stainless match barrel.

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I just purchased a .308 Winchester match Varmint barrel from Northland Shooters Supply. 1:10 twist, 26 inch, 11 degree target crown. Cant wait! Cancelled the Proof Research. I will have a lightly used ER Shaw for sale still on. A2
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How do you use the rifle?

What contour is the new barrel?
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Nice, it should shoot like a freakin' laser beam.
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Hermosa target/silhouette, not serious bench. A2
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Old 11-24-2021, 10:25 AM
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Should I get a PTG bolt head? A2
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Old 11-24-2021, 10:49 AM
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Should I get a PTG bolt head? A2
Id ask Randall.
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Should I get a PTG bolt head? A2
If you shoot a savage a LOT, like enough to actually wear out a barrel, the bolt head will get dished as the bolt heads are cast and don't seem to survive heavy use.
This is not a problem for most people as most people won't fire 500 rounds from their bolt action rifle in their lifetime.
I have also heard of brand new ones being dished and it's probably because of the shape of the part and how it cools during the casting process.

PTG bolt heads are machined and don't exhibit the problem of the factory savage bolt heads.
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I shoot a lot of Savages a lot and have yet to see dishing of the bolt face become a problem. Even if the problem is real, and I don't think it is or that the PTG bolt head would fix it, if it takes that long to happen populated Savage bolt heads are only $40. Replacing it with another Savage part when you replace a high round count barrel is the cheaper option.

Running a file across one of the edges of the PTG bolt indicates it's softer than the Savage part, which is what you'd expect from a fully machined rather than cast part. The dimensions of the bolt face need to be the same to interchange, so how exactly is a softer part going to improve strength?

The PTG bolt heads also need to be detailed. All the corners are sharp and need to be deburred.

If you're looking for accuracy, they're certainly not the next step for the topic of this thread.
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I've run over 800 rounds through my Savage M10 in .223 Rem and have not noticed any dishing of the bolt face. The barrel is still in good shape, as well. The rifle was purchased new in 2019.
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There is a Savage website/forum where the dished boltface has thousands of pages dedicated to the issue non issue.

From what I have read Savage knows of the dishing and is using a new process so it should only be seen on rifles a few years old or older.
I only own one Savage and it has a new bolt and bolt head.
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