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ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

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ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby EastTNHunter » Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:14 pm

I know that it’s a long shot, but if anyone on here owns or has a line on a decent small shank takeoff barrel I’d appreciate it. I’ll go aftermarket with a .45 from Arrowhead if I can’t find a decent takeoff for a reasonable price, but I’ll give it a few months before making that decision.
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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby Jcalder » Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:43 pm

Just get the prefit. You’ll be much happier with a 45 than a 50


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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby Antler Daddy » Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:21 pm

How much are you looking to spend? :)

I would prefer a better barrel that is easier to load.
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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby EastTNHunter » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:43 am

I will go aftermarket if I have to, but was hoping to find a takeoff right now due to budget and nostalgia. I used to have a 10MLII that I killed lots of deer with, and some of my best bucks, so I guess I just have a soft spot for it. I also have RL7, sabots, .458 300gr hps, 325 ftxs, etc, so it would be far more economical to go with a takeoff.

All of that being said, I’m not 100% opposed to a prefit, but I’ll likely have to wait a little longer to be able to buy, install, and shoot it. I may end up going that direction in a couple of years even if I do find a takeoff.
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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby EastTNHunter » Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:51 pm

Well... she’s waiting on a recoil pad and DNZ scope mounts, then the VX3i will go on top.

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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby mike243 » Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:47 am

Did you find a take off barrel?
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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby EastTNHunter » Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:30 pm

It is a takeoff. I may end up with an aftermarket 45 in the future, but this will get me going for now
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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby EastTNHunter » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:48 pm

Well... I shot the Savage MLII with the takeoff barrel. I took it to the range, knocked over my gun, and killed my Leupold VX3i. It goes back to the factory tomorrow. But the first two shots (39gr N110, 250 FTX, short black MMP) at 100yd before then were within 1”. After the bump, no bueno - couldn’t keep them on paper at 100 or 50, and I was letting the barrel cool at least 15 minutes between shots. Hopefully I’ll have it back before ML season starts.

So, I mounted a VX-1 on it that I had just picked up from a member and had mounted/zeroed on my 760, then I shot it to 75yd in the backyard (longest that I can get in my backyard). Below are the results.

Three shot groups out of the ML, except the bottom left, and the marked sighter on the bottom right. Guess which one was the absolute shoulder stomper that I was hoping wouldn’t be the most accurate? I’m going to retry the 250gr FTXs and 39 & 40gr of N110, and also the two RL7 loads.
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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby Andy S. » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:09 pm

62gr of RL7 looks like money. I love cutting the same hole. Most recoil and most accurate this day, correct? How did sabots look with each charge?
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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby mike243 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:04 am

I shoot 43g of n110 with 250-300g , deer stompers lol , if you want to make a drop chart the Nikon spoton app works well , I decided that I really didn't need it up to 250y . most of my shots are 100y or less, the farthest was 267 steps across a river bottom, deer fell within a couple feet of where it was shot
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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby mike243 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:37 am

Next time I run into RL7 I am going to pick up a jug, have almost a pound of N110 left so may be awhile and may put a 45 barrel on it before I run out
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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby EastTNHunter » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:55 pm

I’ve tried N110 a few times with 250s now, but whenever I get over 41gr I blow sabots. 40gr seems to be pretty accurate so far. The first time that I tried it I had a poor rest and wasn’t getting the best groups.

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I’m gonna try the 325gr loads (59gr and 62gr RL7) as well as the 250gr with 40gr N110 again tomorrow, then decide from there. I’ll be honest, if the 325/62gr load is the best shooter, it will have to be the best by a long shot for me to use it; recoil is pretty brutal. 325/59gr is not bad, and I’m sure that it will have a little bit more oomph than the 250/40 load, but I’ve not shot either over a chrono yet.

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Re: ISO Savage MLII Small Shank Takeoff Barrel

Postby EastTNHunter » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:58 pm

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I had a dud primer pop on me before the good primer set the flyer off. I’m willing to call that flyer a true fluke due to that. Not sure if the first primer would have gone off correctly if it would have put that shot in with the other three.
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