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thepenguinknight

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I do not like bolt actions that leave the bolt unlocked when the safety is engaged. It is probably a minor thing, especially given that I don't hunt dangerous game, but I dislike babysitting my bolt handle when I walk through brush, and I greatly dislike throwing my rifle to the should only to find my bolt handle partially open, enough to deaden the firing pin strike.

I really want to make a 277 WLV bolt-bolt-action at some point, but the most natural host (Savage Axis) has one of those non-locking safeties I dislike.

I know that the Savage 110 has a 3-position safety that locks the bolt, and I know the Axis has a similar action to the 110. Is it possible to take a bolt handle and safety from a 110 and install it into an Axis? Is the work a serious undertaking, or a minor fitting task?

No plans in the near future. Ideally I would just find a Stevens or cheap savage at a pawn shop instead, but I'm a curious fellow so I thought I'd ask.

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Talenel

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I think it only needs to be a 'small shank'  action to be able to convert, doesn't have to be a Axis.
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thepenguinknight

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Originally Posted by Talenel
I think it only needs to be a 'small shank'  action to be able to convert, doesn't have to be a Axis.


That is true. But the Axis is routinely available for $200-250, making it an ideal host for these kinds of projects.

Again, just curious if the safety can be modded. Somebody here has to have some experience with Savage rifles.
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bedlamite

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The Axis and 110 are different enough that they are not interchangeable. If you need the 3 position safety, I'd look at the model 12FV Cabelas has for $420
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oriongunworks

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Look at Savage Hog Hunter series. It makes a great platform to build from and won't break the bank.It is a basic model 10 plus it doesn't have that crappy magazine the Axis had.
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Txhillbilly

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Being that almost anyone that builds off a Savage action will install an aftermarket stock and barrel,you could just buy a brand new action from Northland Shooter Supply and go from there.
That way you don't have a bunch of Savage factory parts laying around that you won't get much for if you try to sell them.
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