After months of telling people that I couldn’t make a single shot loading tray for the Savage MkII because I didn’t own one and having to fend off loyal clients offering to ship me their rifles so I wouldn’t have an excuse… I finally bought one. I’m happy to present the No Excuses Sled, a single shot loading tray for the Savage MkII series of rifles.
The design of this sled is to offer a smooth single shot feeding solution to both the E and pre-E receivers. The sled locks into the magazine well and offers stable platform onto which you can single load 22 rounds.
There are a couple things you should know. First is that I had to manufacture these sleds in a little different way. Because of this, these sleds will require a little break in to make them glassy smooth. I’m hitting each of them with Scotch Bright to make it as smooth as possible, but expect about 50 rounds to break them in. Second, those with the Pre-E receivers will need to work the bolt back and forth a few times to seat the front of the sled to your bolt. The variation in those rifles required that I build the sled in a way that allows them to be fit to the rifle. Open up the bolt, insert the sled making sure it is fully locked up in the well, and run the bolt back and forth across the sled a dozen or so times. You will likely feel the bolt contact the plastic, dont’ worry… that’s the goal here. Once you’re done, continue with the 50 round break-in above. That’s it!
One other small corner case I found is with Remington Thunderbolt rounds. The sharp edges around the bearing surface of these rounds seems to catch on the opening to the chamber. It doesn’t happen every time, but of all the rounds I’ve tested these rounds tended to be problematic.