Originally Posted by rjackh
well now im looking at a savage 10fp in mcm a5 direct from savage, i can get it cheaper than i can the same metal in a T2. savage website says its 10lbs and i cant decide if thats too heavy to be practical for hunting or not... i was gonna have the barrel cut down to 20" which might save a pound or two but then add that weight back in optics and bipod. im thinking it will end up around 11 lbs maybe? any input?
Your about right with that assumption. Why do you want to cut the barrel down? just curious. I have an 18" in a 1" contour that shoots very well. I was given the barrel for free, so that is why it is that short. Just make sure your smith does a good clean cut and crowns it well not leaving any burrs.
I just recently tried RL17 with a 175grn Nosler Custom Comp. With an 18" barrel and 48grns of powder I was able to get it up to almost 2600fps. I think I am going to try some 168 SMK's and see what I get. I bet I will be able to get up to about 2650 with an 18". Should be interesting. With the load compressed I should get some close ES's also.
Anyway, my rifle weighs in right around 10#'s and it is not that bad to carry. That says a lot for a guy who is overweight. Having the McMillian is just a bonus in my book. You won't have to look at buying an aftermarket stock again unless building another rifle. Wish I went that route when I initially purchased my Savage at least for the stock. Love my Savages though.
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