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Old 08-20-2008, 01:55 PM
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good .222 ammo for a savage 340


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I went to the range this morning and shot a savage 340 at 100 yards with remington core lock bullets. I couldn't get the gun to group and I think it is because of the ammo. So does anyone know of any good ammo for a .222.

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Old 08-20-2008, 02:08 PM
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It could be lots of reasons beside the ammo. An old gun could have a bad bore, bad throat, bedding problems, loose scope mounts, bad scope and any number of reasons for not shooting well besides one single type of ammo.

I'd probably start with having a gunsmith with a bore scope check the throat and bore and bedding and scope mounting first. Then when those have been ruled out try a couple of different ammo makers. The 340's haven't been produced for a long time.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:11 PM
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There have been some tips posted on bedding the Savage 340 action, but off the top of my head I can't remember who. Maybe Ribbonstone.

Anyway the search function might dig them up, just a thought.
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Old 08-20-2008, 05:51 PM
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Yeah...'twas me. Worked with several 340's in .22Hormaet, 222, 225, and 30-30 (only missing the .223 version to make it a full set).

Here's a story told to me long ago, and prooved to be true with at least one .22 rifle. EARLY on, Savage by design or by accident, made at least one run of 340 .222's using .22 Hornet barrel blanks. So there ae some .222's (Mine was marked Montgomery Ward) that were put together with a 1:16 twist rather than a 1:14 twsit....and none of them will shoot a a bullet heavier than 50gr. worth a hoot.

ALL of them haqve an odd bedding system. There is ONE screw in the action holding the stock (at the front of the trigger guard, that screw threads into the thick recoil plate). the second screw is way out at the end of the stock fore end, running to a barrel band. Playing with the tension of that front barrel band screw really changes the way the rifle shoots...and on a .222, could take the front screw OUT and still not worry about the bedding too much.

I'd try reducing the screw tension on the front barrel band screw and see if grouping gets better or worse....get some 50gr. factory loads...clean the barrel well (a lot of these old rifles have NEVER been cleaned of the jacket fouling)...and learn to come to terms with the trigger as it is.
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It's probably the ammo. I have a Springfield 840 (same rifle) in 222 and was unimpressed with the remington ammo as it was all over the place @ 100yds. I bought the remington mainly for the brass to reload. Try some Hornady factory ammo, or if you reload try that. I've been pleasantly surprised with Speer 52gr HPBT and a charge of H-322, H-335, and Varget. 55-grain Hornady V-max bullets do well in mine also. You may not achieve inch groups @100 but you should get a decent 1" to 1" out of it.

Never tinkered with the bedding or barrel band on mine. Reloading has paid off in full as I achieve an honest 1" from the rifle this way. Don't figure to get much more from her and that suits me just fine.
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This is great info. Im in the middle of trading a 22 mag for a 340 in 222. In fact I have to talk to the guy tomorrow. I'll see if the twist is 1 -14 or 1-16.
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Just started playing around with my 340 30-30. First thing I did was glass bed the recoil lug area, then put 3 coats of stock finish on the barrel channel and made sure it free floated. I then back off on the barrel band bolt and made sure it was blue loc tited. I can then play with pressure on the band later when I shoot it. Am going to use Lever Evolution ammo almost exclusively in it. Good for deer, antelope(I hope). Any more ideas for the 340 appreciated, I like the retro style.
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Smile Savage model 340 in .222

Got a Savage 340 in .222 with a Weaver K-6 scope on it.....I haven't shot a rifle in about 25+ years...took it to the range today and sighted it in at 100 yds using PPU ammo...50 gr SP bullet... Fired 5 rounds and hit dead center of the target on my last shot...I love it...didn't think I would ever be able to shoot again because of having major shoulder surgery.....it feels so good to be back at the range with a rifle I can shoot.....absolutely NO recoil......can't wait to shoot again...

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Got a Savage 340 in .222 with a Weaver K-6 scope on it.....I haven't shot a rifle in about 25+ years...tookbit to the range today and sighted it in at 100 yds... Fired 5 rounds and hit dead center of the target on my last shot...I love it...didn't think I would ever be able to shoot again because of having major shoulder surgery.....it feels so good to he back at the range with a rifle I can shoot.....absolutely NO recoil......can't wait to shoit again.
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I know a guy that loves these things....he rechambers them immediately from .222 to .223. When that is done he has the action and barrel face trued and the barrel re crowned.....twicks the trigger and shims the action in the stock. He enjoys really amazing accuracy. The last time we shot together we were shooting "urban varmints" (soda bottles filled with water) at 250 yards....if ya don't hit the UPC code then the shot doesn't count!
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Sounds like an awful lotta work to do to a 340!

Got a .222 that shoots great with reloads. Wouldn't even consider reaming to .223 although many do.
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I'd stick to the .222 Remington chambering. Who knows, .223 ammo (MIGHT) be banned if Obama gets his way.
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It's probably the ammo. I have a Springfield 840 (same rifle) in 222 and was unimpressed with the remington ammo as it was all over the place @ 100yds. I bought the remington mainly for the brass to reload. Try some Hornady factory ammo, or if you reload try that. I've been pleasantly surprised with Speer 52gr HPBT and a charge of H-322, H-335, and Varget. 55-grain Hornady V-max bullets do well in mine also. You may not achieve inch groups @100 but you should get a decent 1" to 1" out of it.

Never tinkered with the bedding or barrel band on mine. Reloading has paid off in full as I achieve an honest 1" from the rifle this way. Don't figure to get much more from her and that suits me just fine.
Way back when I was a kid I bought a new 340 in 222, put a Weaver scope on it 6x I think. It never shot better than 3-3.5" with factory or handloads parted ways with it. That was probably 1954. Couple years later I picked up a used one with either a Weaver j2.5 or 4x, but I think 2.5. Guy that had it was a coyote hunter and shot a lot of them along with illegal geese on the wheat fields in the spring. It was a 1" shooter with whatever I put in it. It really liked Sisk 41 grain that they were making for the 220 Swift. I never messed with the screws or bedding, didn't know anything about those things then.
Mid to late '60's little brother bought a 340 in 30-30. I loaded shells for him and as I recall it was about a 2" rifle. Good enough for the early Kansas whitetail seasons. I think he still has it, but doesn't shoot it as he has moved on to better stuff.
It was a good cheap first hi-power for a teenager, but I would give $15.00, for one today.Along the way back then I had a Hornet, but about all I remember about it was a loaded round stuck in the chamber, part in, part out, gunsmith took it apart and got it out for no charge
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