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Thread: Savage 220 slug gun

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    Yep, I was referring to the old tascos. I had a 4x from the 80's still going strong I gave to my cousin and a 1x75x6 pistol optic I paid $165 that was stollen I really liked.

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    My Savage ain't up and running, but I did take a doe yesterday with the Mossberg. Meat in the freezer.
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    I also recommend accutips.
    When you say slugs are they sabots, foster or brenneke?
    Congrats on the doe!

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    Forgot to add.
    I have a 220 that I run a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9 x 40 on and several 100 rounds down range with no issues.

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    Full bore Accurate mold.
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    Randy Fritz from Tarhunt got a hold me last year to help him promote this custom barrels for the 220. He said that he received a lot of complaints about the slop in 220 barrels, especially the older models. He ran a dial bore gage in random 220 barrels and found high and low spots among the lands and grooves.

    His solution was to build a custom barrel made to exact SAAMI specs with extremely tight tolerances. He offered to outfit my 220 so I jumped at the opportunity to send it in.

    I havenít had a chance to really put the new barrel through the ringer, but I like what I see so far.

    Perhaps you have one with a bad barrel?


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    Tarhunt's barrels are made by Shaw and they will be excellent.

    I don't understand why Taylor doesn't just send his gun back to Savage? If it has a bad barrel or some other problem It would get fixed for free as opposed to paying someone to do it.

    After looking at his targets it appears that the one full bore accurate slug works really well. As such, I'm inclined to think the problem is ammunition related. Most of the others are all over the place, and this isn't the first time we've seen this type of performance. Slugs seem to either work or not..

    I have not gotten any good results shooting anything but Full Bore Slugs or Sabots (STI) from my Rifled Barrels. I doubt many others have either. It has been my experience that anything that is not picking up the rifling in a proper manner (IE; slug contacting Rifling directly) is going to spray shots willy nilly. Trying to shoot the Lyman slug and Lee 1oz Slug thru my rifled barrels was a waste of time, however they performed pretty well from the Smoothbore Buck Special barrel and the Vang Comped M500 barrel..

    This is why I suggested using some Lightfield Slugs in his gun. It would provide a baseline load that would eliminate ammunition from the mix so that other issues could be resolved. As you know Lightfield is closely associated with Tarhunt and their products have been proven performers in Savage Slug Guns. Once you got a load that works then you can compare that to others and work up other loads since you'll know what to expect as far as the gun is concerned.

    My .02 on this subject.

    Randy
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