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Okay, I may be over-reacting here, but since this has been a rare occurrence in my firearms experience, I thought I'd ask...

This weekend I had to do some rearranding of my safe. I propped up my Savage 10FP-LE2 and my Arsenal SA M7 Carbine AK against the inside of a trunk with the rifles resting against the inside of the open lid, and the rifle's butts resting on the floor of the trunk. The Savage has not been scoped yet (I was moving it to the front of the safe for easy access in order to have it scoped).

Of course, the gremlins caused the 26-inch heavy barreled Savage to tip over, knocking over the AK and causing both to bang into the outside wall of the safe. The AK's front sight "ear" banged into the safe, chipping the paint on the safe but apparently just scuffing the AK's front sight. The AK's front sight post was well protected and did not hit anything. I couldn't see another scratch anywhere.

The Savage, on the other hand, struck the safe by the front edge of the barrel first, chipping the paint on the safe. The finish on the Savage wasn't even scuffed here, but I did notice a couple of new scratches on the barrel and receiver where it slid against either the trunk lid's brass trim or the AK. The barrel's crown never got anywhere near hitting anything. As I stated, the rifle hasn't been scoped yet, so this is not a consideration.

Neither rifle clattered to the hard concrete floor, but came to rest against the brass trim of the inside of the trunk. Neither rifle's action or receiver were in a position to have struck anything, and in fact, were stopped from hitting anything by the rim of the trunk striking the barrels instead. My only concern is the potential damage done by the barrels striking the heavy steel safe.

I know that weapons like the AK are made to be banged around in combat, and I know that the heavy-barreled Savage is made to be a "sniper" rifle and therefore more rugged than a standard weight barrel.

But, does the fact that I don't see any damage mean I narrowly missed a catastrophe and should stop worrying, or should I be concerned that I may have potentially damaged the accuracy potential of the Savage?

In a nutshell, am I unnecessarily afraid that my rifles are more "delicate" than they really are, or have I maybe really screwed things up?
 

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Sounds like it was a very slight knock. You and they should be fine.
 

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I have a Remington model 700 BDL, and it's beat to snot. I use it in the rain, in the snow, in the mud, and keep kept it behind the seat of my truck for months to a time. it's ugly. it's been thrashed. dropped in gravel roads a few times, bumped on rocks, and otherwise abused. I have never touched the scope, and it is one of the best shooting rifles I've ever owned. That little incident would just give the old 700 another character mark. It should be fine. they're really pretty tough, although I'm not recommending treating any firearm like the 700 has been treated.
I vote NOT to worry.
 
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