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#1 Echo 5 Golf

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 01:49 PM

Thank you everyone for contributing to this site. After reading hundreds of posts on this site and others regarding the 17 WSM, I decided on a BMag stainless heavy barrel yesterday.

I was thinking on holding out for a Ruger, but the price point, Ruger's smaller mag, and my intended use pushed me to a Savage. After showing the stock of the BMag not truely being "free floating," I convinced the salesmen at my local shop to sell me it as a "floor model" with a discount. Got it for $315 that included tax.

I am planning on a Boyd's stock, possibly a bolt if needed, and a solid scope for primarily varmints.

That brings me to my QUESTIONs:
What power scope would you recommend ($200-$500 range)?
What features would you reccomend the scope have? (Reticle?)
Size and brand of rings?
If I end up needing a bolt, which would you recommend?

I have my ideas but am always interested to see what others are using and why.

Thanks for your advice, cheers,
Phil

Edited by Echo 5 Golf, 27 February 2015 - 02:35 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 02:43 PM

I'll leave scope & ring speculation up to others.

 

Why would you need a new bolt and where would one be available. I must be missing something.


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Posted 27 February 2015 - 05:03 PM

Why would you need a new bolt and where would one be available. I must be missing something.


hey Red,
I'm not sure. I have read in a couple places the original bolt handle may interfere with the scope depending on scope size which is why I said "if needed." Has this been resolved on newer BMags? I personally don't care how it looks as much as if it's functional.
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Posted 28 February 2015 - 06:04 AM

Oh I see, the bolt handle. Ok good to know.

 

Well if you don't care how it looks the options are almost unlimited :lol:  (sez the vice grip king)


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Posted 28 February 2015 - 06:26 AM

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 06:56 AM

Well if you don't care how it looks the options are almost unlimited :lol:  (sez the vice grip king)

And that's why I'm here...for the sound & practical advice  :lol:  :lol:


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Posted 28 February 2015 - 07:00 AM

Oh I see, the bolt handle. Ok good to know.
 
Well if you don't care how it looks the options are almost unlimited :lol:  (sez the vice grip king)


Bet we could fixer up good with a blow torch Red. :)
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Posted 28 February 2015 - 07:07 AM

Hey I'm always anxious to help out any way I can. Beware I also have a mig welder.

 

Seriously I did not know there was an issue with bolt clearance and had assumed that was the reason for the funky bolt handle design to clear the scope bell.


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Posted 28 February 2015 - 07:12 AM

I have only read one or two posts commenting on the spacing. I still haven't been able to confirm it. So unless I get confirmation, I'll wait for my bmag jail brake to confirm. :). I'm still liking the mig welder offer!
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Posted 28 February 2015 - 07:26 AM

hey send it over. I have some 3/8" pipe nipples that would work.

 

I'll have to take a photo of my latest build/fix for your amusement. Necessity is the mother of invention B)

 

As for the scope, depending on your application, check out Swift Optics and Clearidge. I think Clearidge is a better scope of the two but both are good values.


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Posted 28 February 2015 - 08:06 AM

Swift has a couple nice options on opticsplanet. Thanks for the info.
I'm have been looking at this Vortex with the BCD. http://www.opticspla...ifle-scope.html

Thoughts?
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Posted 28 February 2015 - 12:28 PM

I don't have any first hand knowledge of them tho I've read a couple good reviews lately.

 

What are you planning to use the rifle for? I mean if it's a calling rifle I personally would want a much lower magnification. Let us know how it all works out.


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Posted 28 February 2015 - 06:31 PM

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Here is a pic of mine with a Glades Armory bolt handle. Did it need it? Probably not, but I wanted to spice it up a little bit. I also put a small piece of adhesive felt on my scope right where the bolt handle passes just for a little cushion in case it were to rub on its pass through.

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 06:33 PM

The crossfire is their bottom line scope, I would step up to their Diamondback BCD scope line . I have three of them .


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 05:13 AM

Congratulations, E5G!

 

I suggest a crosshairs variable scope that will stretch to at least 20X or more.

 

I am happy with using a 6.5X-20X on my BMAG. I have a 8X-32X I probably will try on the rifle this Spring.

 

I am quite satisfied with my factory bolt.







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