Left photo: 209 primer without correct headspace. Note the primer is actually pushed out of the battery cup. This jams the 209 inside the bolt between the leading face of the extractor and the bolt face itself. If your primers look like this, your Savage has the same problems mine had.
Right photo: 209 primer with correct headspace. The primer is still flush within the battery cup. Improved safety, finger removal of the 209 and a perfect seal are several of the benefits of a properly headspaced breech plug.
Before and after photos. Both photos were taken with the same
Savage 10 ML II with the same breech plug.
Headspaced Savage Breech plug
Posted September 19th, 2013

209 Before 209 After

 

 

September 19th, 2013: Effective this date we now offer a #416 Stainless Steel headspaced breech plug for the Savage Muzzleloader. Our breech plug accepts the same vent liners as the one that came with your gun. It has an actual machined bottom where the 209 primer is correctly headspaced to eliminate primer movement in the battery cup of the 209.
Available in our shopping cart the Savage Headspaced breech plugis only $59.95


This is the 2006 article we posted on "headspaceing the Savage breech plug"; for interest sake.

Things that don't work properly drive me crazy. Savage 10MLII breech plugs are not headspaced from the factory. Every time I fire the Savage, I end up with a 209 that looks like the one on the left. The back pressure through the vent liner blows the primer back out of the battery cup. This jams the lip of the battery cup in the front of the extractor groove and the primer in the face of the bolt. To remove the 209, I either need a screwdriver to pick it out or a pair of pliers to pull it out. Or I can re cock the bolt, dry fire the gun and hope the blow from the firing pin pushes the primer back into the battery cup so I can remove the 209 with my fingers.

The last day I could not get the primer out of my bolt at the range was also the last day I ever had this problem. Leaving the range totally disgusted, I vowed to solve the problem or scrap the gun completely. Several days of mulling and tweaking yielded the solution.

HEADSPACING THE BREECH PLUG CURES THE PROBLEM FOREVER.
REMOVE THE 209 WITH YOUR FINGERS.

TOTALLY SEALS THE SAVAGE TO MAKE IT EVEN CLEANER.
ADDED SAFETY BY ELIMINATING ALL BLOWBACK.


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