I just inherited a savage model 6a from my grandfather. It's a very accurate rifle, but after disassembling, cleaning, oiling and firing it, I've discovered the safety will not prevent the rifle from firing a round already in the chamber. It seems the safety only prevents the rifle from chambering another round if you're shooting it semi-auto. Is that really how the safety is designed to work, or is there a problem with this rifle? If it's a problem, any ideas on how to fix it? Any one have any feed back on this? Thanks.
Thanks Mooseman. I was figuring I'd probably have to take it to a gunsmith (it's obviously more than dangerous to have a rifle with a non-functioning safety.) I was fishing around to see if anyone else ran into this problem and had suggestions for a repair. I've been able to fix a few other problems on this rifle (loading/jamming issues etc.) and thought there might be something simple I could do at home. Do you own any savages or have you heard of a problem like this on other rifles?
I have worked on Many Savages over the years and own a couple...But ANY Safety problem needs to be professionally checked...There are 3-4 parts that work together for the safety on that rifle. It should not fire when in safe notch...
I know a lot of people like to work on their own guns....BUT, there have been many accidents and lawsuits due to "Negligence" and improper fixes...so I always advise to err on the side of Caution..."For SAFETY SAKE" !
Thanks. Good points. I'm lucky to have discovered the problem without incident. It would be the intelligent thing to do to get it handled professionally. I'll be taking it to the gun shop next week.