REASSEMBLING THE STOCK
1. For TOP LOAD models, notice the position in the stock of the magazine, plastic follower assembly, and magazine retaining clip in FIGURE 15. Should they become loose and fall out of the stock, place the retaining clip into the side slot of the magazine (see FIGURE 16), insert the plastic magazine follower assembly into the magazine, and push the entire magazine assembly back in to the stock as shown in FIGURE 15.
2. For DETACHABLE BOX MAGAZINE models, remove the magazine prior to reassembling the stock.
3. For HINGED FLOOR PLATE models, open the floor plate and push the retaining latch to gain clear access to the action screw hole (see FIGURE 10).
4. Place the action onto the stock, being careful to align the trigger with the trigger slot in the stock.
5. Install the action screws (longer screw is to the rear and the shorter screw is to the front) into the stock and turn the wrench clockwise until the threads of the screws just engage into the receiver. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN - the stock must be loose at this step!
6. Carefully lift the firearm up so that the recoil pad is sitting on a solid surface and the barrel is pointing upward.
7. Putting downward pressure on the barrel to seat the recoil lug firmly in the stock, tighten the front action screw first and then the rear action screw securely.
8. Reach down into the receiver with your forefinger and press down on the plastic magazine follower to be sure that it moves freely. If it binds, remove the stock, check the position of the magazine assembly in the stock (see FIGURE 15), and repeat the steps for INSTALLING THE STOCK.
KNOW YOUR GUN! IF ANYTHING 'FEELS' OR SOUNDS DIFFERENT - STOP - AND HA VE A QUALIFIED GUNSMITH TAKE A LOOK! NEVER TAKE A CHANCE WITH SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE UNSURE OF ... ALWAYS ASK A PROFESSIONAL.
9. Cycle the bolt several times to be sure that it functions properly. If you are unable to close the bolt handle completely, the action screws are reversed.
AFTER REASSEMBLING THE STOCK, VERIFY THAT THE SAFETY OPERATES CORRECTLY IN ALL 3 POSITIONS AS DEFINED IN THE 'BASIC FUNCTIONS' SECTION OF THIS MANUAL. SAFE OWNERSHIP IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!
THIS SECTION ONLY APPLIES TO FIREARMS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAVAGE ARMS ADJUSTABLE MUZZLE BRAKE.
NEVER ADJUST THE MUZZLE BRAKE IF THE FIREARM IS LOADED. ALWAYS WEAR EAR AND EYE PROTECTION.
WHEN SHOOTING WITH THE MUZZLE BRAKE OPEN, BE SURE THE MUZZLE IS IN A CLEAR AREA; FREE OF DEBRIS AND OTHER SHOOTERS.
IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE RECOIL, MUZZLE BRAKES ARE DESIGNED TO ALLOW PRESSURE TO ESCAPE IN A 360 DEGREE PATTERN PRIOR TO LEAVING THE BARREL. RELEASED THROUGH THE HOLES IN THE MUZZLE BRAKE, THIS PRESSURE IS EXTREMELY POWERFUL AND HOT. BEFORE FIRING, BE SURE YOUR HAND IS ON THE FOREND ONLY! PLACING YOUR HAND ON THE BARREL OR MUZZLE BRAKE WHEN SHOOTING WILL CAUSE SEVERE BODILY INJURY. THINK BEFORE YOU SHOOT - IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW WHERE YOUR HANDS ARE AND THE PROXIMITY OF OTHERS TO THE OPEN MUZZLE BRAKE!
TO OPEN (reduce recoil)
BE SURE THE BOLT IS OPEN AND THERE IS NO LIVE AMMUNITION IN EITHER THE CHAMBER OR MAGAZINE.
1. Hold the firearm in your strong (dominant) hand with the muzzle pointed forward.
2. Grasp the MUZZLE BRAKE with your other hand and twist it % turn counterclockwise (you will hear a distinct "click").
3. To be sure the MUZZLE BRAKE is open, the holes should be perfectly lined up; allowing you to see through them.
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