This left the barrel, and after 13 years of steady shooting it had no rifling for an inch ahead of the lede, and was alligatored halfway up the bore. So John Blauvelt, my gunsmith, put in a call to McGowen Barrels in Kalispell, MT, for a Savage Pre-Fit. McGowen's Pre-Fits have all the work done in advance--button rifling, target crowning, hand-lapping, finish, threading, chambering--and all your gunsmith has to do is unscrew the Savage locking collar, remove the old barrel, set the headspacing, and screw the locking collar back on. It's about 15 minutes' work, and McGowen can turn out a Pre-Fit very quickly. A chrome-moly Pre-Fit is $260; 416R stainless is $289, and McGowen also makes Pre-Fits for the Remington 700, Marlin XR-7, Ruger 10/22, and various AR-15s.