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The Savage 10 FCP uses a center feed magazine system.
The factory magazine is detachable and holds 4 rounds. I decided to pick
up a couple of extended magazines before the precision rifle course. While
Savage has no such thing available, a small Ohio based gun shop, called
Supply, makes a 9 round detachable box magazine for the model 10
FCP. I caught them with none in stock and it took several months (it got
down to just a couple of days before I left for my rifle course) for them to
build and ship them....but they made it.
The extended magazine is made from a factory magazine plus a
couple of extra parts. Two factory springs are joined together to provide
the appropriate spring tension. The floor plate from the factory magazine
is discarded and replaced with what amounts to an extended floor plate
manufactured by Sharp Shooter Supply. The factory magazine body interlocks
with the extended base to keep everything together. The factory magazine
follower is also reused.
The 9 round extended magazine has an excellent fit in the
Savage 10 FCP. Since the factory body is reused, the feed lips are perfect
and require no tweaking.
The last addition to the Savage 10 FCP was a Harris Series S bipod. The Series S style allows the shooter to swivel the rifle to either side for quick leveling on uneven ground. Note that this is a kind of fine tuning that the adjustable legs simply can not provide. This is accomplished through a hinged base with a tension adjustment. The adjustable legs on the Harris bipod have notched positions that make for a very solid and repeatable configuration.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, this rifle will outshoot me
in its current configuration with my hand loads. I'm currently
shooting a 175 grain Sierra Matching over a charge of Varget powder using
Winchester brass and CCI primers. My best group at the
precision rifle course
was 1.75" @ 400 yds, slightly better than a 1/2 MOA group. I had others at
distance that were MOA or better. That being the first time I'd shot past
200 yards, I was very happy with what I shot. I hope I can continue to
improve on that.
My best 100 yard 5 shot group to date was this one which I shot while working up hand loads. I've had several 5 shot groups that measured less than .5" but this was the best so far. The dime will cover all five holes and leave no ragged edges showing.
So, that is about it. That is the current configuration for my Savage
10 FCP HS-Precision. While there are many others out there that exceed my
setup by a lot, I'm very satisfied with what I've got. I think it will
take a while until I'm ready to move on (if ever). That won't happen until
I can reliably shoot MOA out to 600 yds and beyond.