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#6186418 - 02/17/12 Savage 220F magazine modification
djb Offline
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Stuck in shotgun only state we are limited in options for gun season. It is even tougher being a semi-rifle looney. Really the extra range isn’t needed, but it is a pleasure to carry a nicely balanced rifle. When the Savage 220F came out it is was close to a bolt rifle as we legally can use, but I always hated the way it carried. The magazine is right at the balance point. Yes, it is an interesting scope/mount combo for a slug gun...long story crazy I have made several ‘mods’ to this thing and and am still planning on doing some things to the bolt, but it was raining so I decided to see if I could adapt the magazine to be flush. We’ll it is possible with a little bit of work, fitting, and two part epoxy. I am now ‘limited’ to two shots, but the gun sure feels better in the hands.

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#6186466 - 02/17/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: djb]
WTM45 Offline
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Looks good!

Did you modify the spring at all?

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#6186766 - 02/17/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: WTM45]
djb Offline
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Yes, I had to snip off a 1 1/2 coils and do a little bending. Pretty simple though.

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#6187379 - 02/17/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: djb]
scotts94_z28 Offline
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Looks awesome! I also love my Savage 220F slug gun but hate the way the magazine hangs. I wish savage would have made the gun ADL style to hold one extra round. I have a McMillan HTG (M40) stock which should arrive for my 220F today that would look even better with your flush magazine modification.

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#6187449 - 02/17/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: scotts94_z28]
djb Offline
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Originally Posted By: scotts94_z28
Looks awesome! I wish savage would have made the gun ADL style to hold one extra round.


Ditto!

Originally Posted By: scotts94_z28
I have a McMillan HTG (M40) stock which should arrive for my 220F today that would look even better with your flush magazine modification.


I honestly didn't know there was an aftermarket stock option. I put featherweight bondo in the front to stiffen the fore end up and Great Stuff in the buttstock to kill the hollow sound. Please post pics or IM me when you get it put together. I'd love to see it.

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#6187489 - 02/17/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: djb]
scotts94_z28 Offline
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I talked to the guys at McMillan about two months ago and the only hunting stock option for the 220f as of now is the HTG (M40). I will post a picture up when it gets here which is hopefully today.

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#6189886 - 02/18/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: scotts94_z28]
KineticPerformance Offline
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Putting a McMillan Slug Hunter on my 210F was one of the best choices I've ever made. Like you, I only get one shell down in the mag but it looks and feels so much better.

The biggest advantage to me though is a proper cheek weld and better recoil management.

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#6189887 - 02/18/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: KineticPerformance]
KineticPerformance Offline
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BTW, I like your mod.

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#6203041 - 02/21/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: KineticPerformance]
scotts94_z28 Offline
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Pictures with the McMillan HTG on my 220F promised:





Stock is 50% Blue & 50% Black

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#6205318 - 02/22/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: scotts94_z28]
KineticPerformance Offline
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Good looking gun! Welcome to the DSG club.



Post some pics of how it shoots in its new stick.


Edited by 7mmfreak (02/22/12)

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#6205364 - 02/22/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: KineticPerformance]
scotts94_z28 Offline
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Working on collecting slugs now to try. Waiting on the new federal tipped copper slugs to hit the shelf to test also. I'll post up some groups after that. Would also like to mod my magazine like the OP and have the metal coated as the rough finish sucks.

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#6207280 - 02/22/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: scotts94_z28]
KineticPerformance Offline
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In both 12 and 20 gauge I've had best luck with Remington Accu-Tips and Lighfield Hybrid EXP in factory loads. That's from a 210F and 220.

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#6207684 - 02/22/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: KineticPerformance]
scotts94_z28 Offline
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So far my gun has hated all 3" slugs. Best results have been with the 2 3/4" Accutips but they are also the only 2-3/4" slugs I have tried. So far have ordered the following 2-3/4" slugs to try:

-Lightfield Hybred EXP
-Remington Premium Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded
-Hornady SST
-Winchester Supreme Partition Gold
-Winchester Supreme Elite Dual-Bonded

Once the new 2-3/4" federal tipped copper slugs are available I will order a box and begin testing


Edited by scotts94_z28 (02/22/12)

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#6208395 - 02/23/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: scotts94_z28]
KineticPerformance Offline
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Mine also shoots 2 3/4" shells best.

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#6215520 - 02/24/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: scotts94_z28]
djb Offline
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That is about the nicest slug thrower I have seen; you’ll get a lot of double takes if you run into other hunters with that one! I bet it handles nice too.

As for ammo, the 3 inch Accutips shot best for me. They are about impossible to find around here, so I always snag a box when I see them. I just cannot understand why the sabot loads are so darn expensive! I am trying to locate a source for 20 gauge sabots that will let me load 44 or 45 cal pistol bullets for practice and low recoil loads for my son.

BTW, I learned that my gun definitely shoots best tightening both front and rear action screws fairly tight. I went through lots of cash trying to find an accurate load before I discovered this. I bedded mine and treated it the same as my rifles; tighten the front screw firm and just snug the rear. This did NOT work on my 220.

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#6218738 - 02/25/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: djb]
KineticPerformance Offline
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With bedded guns I tighten equally and to 45-55 in-lbs depending on what the gun likes.

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#6272036 - 03/09/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: KineticPerformance]
bowfisher Offline
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Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: 7mmfreak
Good looking gun! Welcome to the DSG club.



Post some pics of how it shoots in its new stick.


Thats some good shooting there!

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#7223061 - 12/24/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: bowfisher]
headhunter130 Offline
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here is a 100 yard group with Remington accutips, 2-3/4"

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#7224564 - 12/25/12 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: headhunter130]
nyskt100 Offline
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Originally Posted By: headhunter130
here is a 100 yard group with Remington accutips, 2-3/4"



Nice! Can't get much better with a slug gun...

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#7345490 - 01/22/13 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: nyskt100]
meddybemps Offline
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OK, that does it. The H&R sewer pipe 12 Gauge Ultra Hunter is going down the road. Savage now makes this in a lefty version, so it looks like I have run out of excuses.
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#7374547 - 01/28/13 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: meddybemps]
matt_allen Offline
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Registered: 01/10/12
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if you buy one you wont be upset... i topped my 212 with the Leupold ultimate slam it groups about 2" at 250 yards what more could you ask for out of slug gun... o wait its also completely stock
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#7375037 - 01/29/13 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: matt_allen]
BandGHunter Offline
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Registered: 06/25/11
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To the OP nice gun. I've got 2 buds that have the 220 scoped and they both shoot very well also.If I were to buy one I'ed go for the camo stock I think.The clip job makes your shot gun look like a rifle for sure nice job....

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#7510165 - 03/04/13 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: djb]
PABirch Offline
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Loc: northwestern PA
Very interested in the details and level of effort necessary to convert the factory 220F magazine to a one-round, flush unit. Can you share any hints or suggestions? Thanks. Dave

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#7535568 - 03/11/13 Re: Savage 220F magazine modification [Re: PABirch]
djb Offline
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Just saw this…

It’s been a year but I’ll try to remember. I stripped the magazine down (removed bottom, spring and follower) then inserted it into the gun to scribe a line for the cut. I just used a band saw and then carefully sanded it until there were no gaps when held against a straight edge. Next you need to make the cuts to the magazine cap and again make sure the surfaces are flat again. It is important to maintain the relationship or gap between the ‘shelf’ on the back of the magazine cap and the tab that holds the magazine in the gun ie... keep the distance between the two the same so the magazine will stay locked and also not wobble when inserted. Next clip about 1 ½ coils off the spring and bend the clipped end into the previous shape. Last reassemble and apply good two-part epoxy to the magazine cap, line everything up, and clamp.

It really wasn’t too tough. Go slow and at least you have some pics to go by. I honestly wasn’t sure it was going to work until I had the end result in hand! It functions perfectly BTW.

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