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Does anyone know about those Savage centerfire bolt-action rifles? I'm looking for an extremely accurate hunting rifle preferably bolt-action, but in .308. I want an hunting rifle and a "military style", "tactical style", "tacticool", "assault rifle style", or whatever you want to call it, in the same caliber.

Soooo.... how's the accuracy for those Savage hunting rifles?
 

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I've got a Model 10 .308 that, using handloaded 168gr SMK's, made a nice 1-3/8" group at 300 yards.

My buddy put 3 into 1.25", but he's a better shot than I am.

An early pic of it, before I upgraded the glass.

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Does anyone know about those Savage centerfire bolt-action rifles? I'm looking for an extremely accurate hunting rifle preferably bolt-action, but in .308. I want an hunting rifle and a "military style", "tactical style", "tacticool", "assault rifle style", or whatever you want to call it, in the same caliber.

Soooo.... how's the accuracy for those Savage hunting rifles?
Well my friend, your premise is a bit off. You either want a hunting rifle or you want a tactical rifle. The difference is about 5 to 7 pounds worth of steel. One you can carry around all day and the other is a boat anchor.

A standard Savage rifle in .308 will do all you ask it to do and cost less, weigh less and still deliver a long distance shot in a SHTF scenario. Unless you are going to do dedicated shooting sessions from the bench involving lots of rounds then a standard weight barrel will be just fine. I'm at work right now but in an hour or so I'll be home and link you to some good deals.

ETA: The extra money you save by buying a standard weight rifle you can use to get a better scope or extra ammo.
 

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Davage 10 series is every bit as good as Rem 700 and less cost. We own both. I prefer the Savage for many reasons but that is all in the eyes of the user. You can not beat the accu trigger that comes with the Savage. There are a few that do not like it but they are not the majority.
 

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OK, price check:
Top is a standard model 11 trophy hunter package. It comes with a nikon pro staff 3X9 with the BDC reticle and is good for any game animal in the US (although not optimum for grizzly bears up close).

Savage 11 TH XP 308 NIKON $482.00 SHIPS FREE

Next we have a Model 10 with a 20 inch bull barrel...notice the price, and you don't get a scope/bases/rings.

Savage PRE CAR 308 5R 20 THRED $793.00 SHIPS FREE

Lastly is the standard tactical rifle for you to look at. This one is in .223 because they didn't have .308 in stock. It is still a good comparison though because it is essentially the same gun. Look at the cost and the weight. Remember that weight is BEFORE you put another pound or two of scope and ammo on/in the gun.

Savage 4 + 1 223 Rem. Law Enforcement/24" Heavy Fluted Barre $784.00 SHIPS FREE
 

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Well my friend, your premise is a bit off. You either want a hunting rifle or you want a tactical rifle. The difference is about 5 to 7 pounds worth of steel. One you can carry around all day and the other is a boat anchor.

A standard Savage rifle in .308 will do all you ask it to do and cost less, weigh less and still deliver a long distance shot in a SHTF scenario. Unless you are going to do dedicated shooting sessions from the bench involving lots of rounds then a standard weight barrel will be just fine. I'm at work right now but in an hour or so I'll be home and link you to some good deals.

ETA: The extra money you save by buying a standard weight rifle you can use to get a better scope or extra ammo.


^I think what he was getting at^^^^^^^^^^^?

Is that he already has, or will have AR type rifle in .308, and will be buying a bolt action in that caliber as well.

OP;
My son has a Savage .300 win mag W/O the accu-trigger and it shoots fine.

They MAY be a bit less refined than Remingtons/Winchesters, but it won't really matter.
 

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Well my friend, your premise is a bit off. You either want a hunting rifle or you want a tactical rifle. The difference is about 5 to 7 pounds worth of steel. One you can carry around all day and the other is a boat anchor.

A standard Savage rifle in .308 will do all you ask it to do and cost less, weigh less and still deliver a long distance shot in a SHTF scenario. Unless you are going to do dedicated shooting sessions from the bench involving lots of rounds then a standard weight barrel will be just fine. I'm at work right now but in an hour or so I'll be home and link you to some good deals.

ETA: The extra money you save by buying a standard weight rifle you can use to get a better scope or extra ammo.
^I think what he was getting at^^^^^^^^^^^?

Is that he already has, or will have AR type rifle in .308, and will be buying a bolt action in that caliber as well.
That is correct. Looking for a bolt-action rifle for hunting (or head shots :)smile:). Not worried about a .308 auto.
 

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Here is a 5 shot 100 yd group I shot with my Savage model 11 package/w Nikon scope right out of the box (I did clean it before I went to the range). This is not with a special habd load or anything. This is with factory match ammo from my first shooting session with it. The 5 shot group measures .724 inches.

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Dave both the 110 and 111 series are incredible values. I would not place a bet against it in favor of Rem or Winchester.

My preference is one with open sights topped with a Leopold 4x fixed power scope for versatility and rugged dependability.
 

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Savages are IMO one of the most accurate out of the box rifles you can buy. The accu trigger is phenomenal, the feel is fantastic
 

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I have been using a Savage 110 Long Action .308 for two decades as a sniper rifle and never had an issue with it.

I did install a Sharpshooter Trigger group, this is a pre accu trigger gun. As stated I would not bet against them in the accuracy department. Find a load the gun likes and go from there.
 

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I have been using a Savage 110 Long Action .308 for two decades as a sniper rifle and never had an issue with it.
That's actually EXACTLY what I wanted to know; if its good enough to be a sniper rifle for the military.

I did install a Sharpshooter Trigger group....
What's a "Sharpshooter Trigger"? Is that someone specific to Savage or something you made?
 

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Whoa, wait. What's the difference between the two, please?
Go to Savage's web page and look at their product line. They have a gazillion different models. Some have a fancy wood stock and have a different model number from the same gun with a synthetic stock. Just shop around a little on their site. I do know for sure that anything with a two digit number is a short action chambering and anything with a three digit number is a long action chambering. Example: A .308 could be in a model 10, 11 or 16 while a 30-06 or 300 win mag could be in a model 110, 111 or 116.

That's actually EXACTLY what I wanted to know; if its good enough to be a sniper rifle for the military.



What's a "Sharpshooter Trigger"? Is that someone specific to Savage or something you made?
The trigger he is referring to was an aftermarket upgrade. Since the advent of Savage's superb factory Accutrigger there is no real need to upgrade.
 

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Love my savage 10 -- I can shred a dime sizes hole all day at 100 yards and make head shots on my 10 inch AR550 steel gong at 600 yards. I shoot Federal Gold Match 168gr BTHP and love my Nightforce 8-32 zero stop - amazing glass. Shooting sport Target archery Recreation Circle Shooting
 

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I got the 10 LE .308 and I can't complain about anything other then the price. I spent about $1,300 on her (including the cheap scope that is worth about $140) but it was more then worth it. amazing rifle, not sure if I would hunt with it because it is on the heavy side. At the moment I have it set to 600 yards and the only reason I haven't gone past that is because I haven't found a better clearing. I have no doubt that is can shoot over 1000 yards, I mean it's the LE version so of course it can.

On another note, I can't say I've ever heard anyone complain about a savage rifle.
 

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While I love my Remingtons, Savage has always made accurate, quality firearms at a reasonable price. I've always regreted not picking up a new Model 99 in .243 when I had the chance.
 

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I got the 10 LE .308 and I can't complain about anything other then the price. I spent about $1,300 on her (including the cheap scope that is worth about $140) but it was more then worth it. amazing rifle, not sure if I would hunt with it because it is on the heavy side. At the moment I have it set to 600 yards and the only reason I haven't gone past that is because I haven't found a better clearing. I have no doubt that is can shoot over 1000 yards, I mean it's the LE version so of course it can.

On another note, I can't say I've ever heard anyone complain about a savage rifle.
I honestly thought the heavier weight would help with accuracy.
 

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While I love my Remingtons, Savage has always made accurate, quality firearms at a reasonable price. I've always regreted not picking up a new Model 99 in .243 when I had the chance.
Not to sound disrespectful or not to offend anyone, but what would one do with a .243? That was my first rifle for Whitetail, and after I shot my first one, I vowed never to use a .243 again.
 
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