New Glass, Shoddy Threads

The day finally arrived and not a moment too soon.  Boomershoot 2009 is right around the corner and I have a lot of ground to cover to ensure I’m ready to make and blast away some targets.

I finally picked up a Nightforce 3.5x15x50mm with MIL/MIL reticle!

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Mike, from CS Gunworks, was going to mount my scope on the Savage 10FP I’ve had laying around since July.  Unfortunately, Mike ran into some problems.  Apparently Savage has some quality control issues at the factory.  The threads on the rifle receiver were binding the screws provided with the Badger Ordnance mount.  The threads are 6×48 – there  was little doubt about it.   Looking at the holes they appeared oblong and the threads, dirty.  Not clean at all.   Instead of forcing the screws into the receiver, I decided to take it home and see if I can clean them up.

I wanted to confirm the thread size.  I looked online and found a weak consensus that the threads are, indeed, 6×48.  I looked through my tool box and discovered that I already had the 6×48 dies from my last mishap.  It was simply a matter of cleaning them up.  I was further disappointed in Savage Arms quality control.

The amount of gunk the die shaved off was amazing.  I would have taken a picture of the shavings I collected if weren’t so concentrated on keeping the die straight.  All four receiver threads needed to be cleaned out.  The outcome – clean threads.

I suppose Savage Arms isn’t alone with quality control issues.  Mike was having a tough time with another rifle – a Remington R5.  Mike reported that the windage was off by 30 MOA!

Anyway, it was certainly nice to have that die set handy.  Brownells pulls through again.  I’ll have it mounted within the week and have my results posted (how many times have I said that?).

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One Comment on “New Glass, Shoddy Threads”

  1. March 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    nice glass!

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