I just got this in today for a back up swap bbl. for one of my Savages...in case I shoot out another bbl.
The kit looks nice overall. I thought the go/nogo gauges were plastic as they look like it, but upon opening it all they are solid steel.
The 24" 1/14" twist ER Shaw SS varmint bbl is .860", .30 over my stock 24" Savage varmint bbl at .830". It will still fit in my plastic stock though.
I cleaned it up good which just took 3 swabs.
Now to get inside & check it out with my Hawkeye borescope.........I am NOT impressed!
I see a few very small chips right at the shoulder where it forms to the neck, Im thinking a rookie was learning on these bbls.
The grooves start very nice, BUT a few chips at the freebore end. Freebore looks to be about 1/8" or less.
Bore/rifling/groove marks unlike a standard Savage stock bbl which is full of marks, but it still has machine marks. I'd say about 2/3 less than my stock Savage bbl though.
Looking fair until I get about 2/3s way up the bbl and see 2 grooves start to thin out, I rotated the scope and the others are well, seems like its a tad off bore, then it picks up with good grooves to the end.
There are several nicks throughout the bbl.
Overall it looks to me like they run these by the barrel full with no real thought to quality inside as the outside looks very nice.
It will be tested on the range in a few weeks or so & I will update when I do.
I do hope it shoots tons better that it looks inside when I do get it on my action.
Midwayusa had these on clearance, thats why I got the kit & with the wrench & gauges it was under $150 so I have to see how it shoots against my other custom bbl. I had made.
I ran the go gauge in my 2 .223s and it would not close on one of them. The no go would not let me close my bolt like it should.
I tested them in my 6x45, go closed, nogo did not, thats good.
Im wondering why the go wont let me close on my factory FP10, but will on the factory 12FV and my own build the 6x45.
Foot is optional at the bottom...hahaha