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    Default The Challenges with SML

    Itís been both frustrating and rewarding over the years to get my SML to accurately shoot. There was a lot I needed to learn and understand to accomplish certain goals. I will be the first to admit I still have some more to learn.
    Here are a few procedures I follow:


    CLEANLINESS
    Before I start a shooting session my 10ML-II is given a complete cleaning. Both bore and Breech Plug.
    Bore cleaning is self-explanatory but often overlooked is the BP. Without getting into a long explanation the flame channel in the Savage BP needs to be really kept open.


    INDEXING SABOTS
    Some will question the need to index sabots to the bore as a necessity. I wonít argue this point but letís see what it does. Indexing sabots is locating the sabot as it enters the bore to try and align 2-lands on each sabot petal. The lands provide pressure points for the sabot/bullet grip. To me this provides the best sabot/bullet grip.



    LOAD RESISTANCE
    This again is related to bullet/sabot grip. Also, it does aid in the powder ignition for a good burn start.


    BORE HEAT
    This should be a given as understood. I allowing cooling time between shots for the bore temp to return as close as possible to previous shot. Also, I donít reload until Iím ready to shoot again.


    LOOSE POWDER COMPRESSION
    This is actually a Savage recommendation. By compressing your powder, 30-40lbs, it reduces space between the granules. I assume this aids the burn process. I wouldnít say it improved accuracy but feel it could reduce possible misfires.


    What Iíve tried to cover here is suggestions that doesnít require modifications that need additional equipment to perform the modifications. The Savage manual has load and maintenance recommendations but the shooter has to figure out what works best. Thatís a challenge in itself that requires patience and perseverance. But when it comes together itís a new ball game.

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    Good info!

    I find my 10ML ii not too challenging at all!

    I take a few 100 yard confirmation shots in October. Then hunt with it the first week of November and it has never let me down in the reliability and accuracy. This year I was lucky enough to shoot a buck and doe during our ML group hunt. Both deer dropped on the spot. The .300gr XTP is simply devastating when you put it where it needs to be...

    She's all cleaned up and back in the safe until next year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellerivercrossbowhunter View Post
    Good info!

    I find my 10ML ii not too challenging at all!

    I take a few 100 yard confirmation shots in October. Then hunt with it the first week of November and it has never let me down in the reliability and accuracy. This year I was lucky enough to shoot a buck and doe during our ML group hunt. Both deer dropped on the spot. The .300gr XTP is simply devastating when you put it where it needs to be...

    She's all cleaned up and back in the safe until next year...
    XTP or XTP mags?

    How do you find blood trails, if they don't drop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brent View Post
    XTP or XTP mags?

    How do you find blood trails, if they don't drop?
    XTP.

    Blood trails are excellent if your shot placement is good I'm an archery hunting and put the bullett where an arrow would go..

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