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    Savage replacement bolt head?

    Looking for a savage short action (10) rifle with a 308 bolt face for a project. Found a good deal on a .223. I remember hearing that replacement bolt heads were available? Can anyone provide info on where to get a replacement bolt head? Any issues with doing this?

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    Re: Savage replacement bolt head?

    Brownell's, gun part corp., and of course savage. Easy to do, the hardest part most of the time is getting the big ass screw loose.
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    Re: Savage replacement bolt head?

    Midway sells them. You'll also need a magazine box and follower if you are setting up a blind mag.

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    Re: Savage replacement bolt head?

    Savage won't sell bolt heads to individuals...just gunsmiths. Midway & Brownells are probably the easist places to get bolt heads.

    First, you'll need a .473 short action RH bolt head

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/451988

    You'll then need to either strip your existing .378 (223) bolt head and put the items on your new .478 bolt head, or buy the items separately and install them, allowing you two complete bolt heads.

    Ejector retaining pin http://www.midwayusa.com/product/782010/
    Ejector spring http://www.midwayusa.com/product/194256
    Ejector http://www.midwayusa.com/product/117919
    Extractor http://www.midwayusa.com/product/107108
    Extractor detent ball http://www.midwayusa.com/product/149221
    Extractor spring http://www.midwayusa.com/product/444465

    You'll also need a new front bolt baffle, as the extended baffle that comes on 223 rifles won't pick up 308 cases (or, as I found out, 223 rounds from an AICS magazine).

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/128320
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/725029

    I think Sharp Shooters Supply sells complete, trued bolt heads for $55...that is if you can get them on the phone to place an order.

    Shouldn't take you very long to assemble a bare bolt head, disassemble your existing bolt, swap bolt heads and then put the whole thing back together - maybe 20 minutes if you move slowly.

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    Re: Savage replacement bolt head?

    Originally Posted By: ARShuter
    Brownell's, gun part corp., and of course savage. Easy to do, the hardest part most of the time is getting the big ass screw loose.


    1/4" Allen Wrench, put in bolt, Place on floor.. Apply weight, takes a couple Seconds on the worst of them.

    Very Very good reply BoilerUp, Saved me a Pile of time !

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    Re: Savage replacement bolt head?

    Good information - Thanks!