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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-06-2014, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Headspacing Question

Can this be fixed? I have a savage 99 308 that im told is unsafe because the headspacing is bad. Ant help appreciated
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-06-2014, 11:42 PM
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Re: Headspacing Question

Who told you this? Also yes a reliable gun Smith can fix a head space issue. I have 308 go no go gauge if you are close to cabelas and want to know for sure
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-07-2014, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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I had a gunsmith look at it at a local shop. He said it was so bad that it would explode if i shot it
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The gunsmith looked at it? Did he use gage?
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Re: Headspacing Question

Did someone due chamber work to it previous? Otherwise headspace problems don't just arise.
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Re: Headspacing Question

My experience with 99s is limited at best, but I doubt it has a headspace problem as such but a lever problem.

When you raise the lever you'll feel a little resistance at the last little bit of its movement. That resistance at the end is basically the "Camming over" and locking the breach bolt in place. Over time with use the tip of the lever and breach bolt mortice wear and allows the breach bolt to move rearward when firing a cartridge. The typical indication are primers protruding from the casehead after firing.

Some simply bend the lever , but personally I and others feel rebuilding it is the correct repair as in this example > Savage 99 lever droop

If you take the rifle to a 'smith ask him/she /it how they would do the repair. If its bending the lever....find a another 'smith!!!!

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2014, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Headspacing Question

All I got from smith was the gun has a headspacing issue and that he would never shoot t unless i had to defend my life. It was my dads,so t has some meaning to me. I would love to carry it someday just for that reason.
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I would get a second opinion on this head space issue. Also, how well do you know this gunsmith? Finally - if he offers to buy the rifle, I would look really hard at his headspace problem.

Good night Chesty, wherever you are......
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-09-2014, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Headspacing Question

He works at a reputable gun shop here in the lehigh Valley. I had him do some work on some other stuff and was happy. I appreciate everyones help here. Wildbill may have something becuase the lever is tight and wgen you go to work it it really is hard to open
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-09-2014, 07:16 AM
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If you are going to get a second opionion call Lester Knipe 610-395-8146. You will get a accurate and honest evaluation of your guns problem.

Good luck, Tony
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