wolfspotter - I don't doubt what you heard, but do you know anyone that actually witnessed the incident? There's a lot of rumors (I heard, that Bill, said that he heard Joe tell him that... sort of thing), floating around. My question would be, why would Savage have a foreign manufactuer produce barrels for them, when they make their own barrels?
"You are entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts." - Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
When you allow a lie to go unchallenged, it becomes the truth.
A statement of fact: H&R Huntsman & Sidekick blued barrels are made of 4140 steel.