If you have problems with your auto, look at the Savage threads on www.rimfirecentral.com
Over there they have rebuilt, cussed at, sworn by, and generally worked over the Savage/Stevens/Springfield/Western Auto/You Name It brands of "Savage" 5&6 series autos. You wouldn't believe how many kinds of "sheet metal lifters" there are out there....they made that series for a LONG time!
When they work, these are great guns, tho! "Clunk, clunk, clunk"!!!! Say, where'd all those holes come from?