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Savage 116 FHSS/111 LRH/116 BH

 
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:02 AM
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Savage 116 FHSS/111 LRH/116 BH

I'm planning to progressively build a custom LRH rifle based on the Savage long action (.300WM), with barrel-swap potential. As a first step the intention is to buy a stock rifle and pretty much immediately replace the barrel with a match grade 26" #5-#7 contour barrel.

After wading through the alphabet soup that is Savages model designations, and features, I've narrowed it down to 116 FHSS/111 LRH/116 Bear Hunter.

Given that the barrel is going to be replaced (and therefore ignoring barrel length and muzzle brake combinations), from what I can tell they are essentially the same - long action, AccuStock, AccuTrigger - except the LRH is blued (my preference is for stainless) and has the Karsten adjustable comb, and the BH has a camo stock.

I can't find anything that indicates Savage have done extra work to the receiver, bolt, trigger or bedding on the LRH.

I guess the question is: Is there anything special about the LRH apart from the longer barrel (and muzzle brake)?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:55 PM
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Re: Savage 116 FHSS/111 LRH/116 BH

The long range hunter may say blued on the savage web page but it is really a bead blasted matte. I think you pretty much nailed it the finish, brake, and karsten are really all that set it apart from the other models.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:58 PM
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Re: Savage 116 FHSS/111 LRH/116 BH

Save yourself the time and $$ and buy the custom savage 300 wm I have for sale in the classifieds. All the work is done and it is already a shooter. @ $675 shipped you will be saving about half of a build.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:55 PM
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Re: Savage 116 FHSS/111 LRH/116 BH

s7m - Thanks. You are correct, the LRH is matte, my mistake.

Hankster - Unfortunately I'm in Australia and importing firearms is a nightmare.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:44 AM
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Re: Savage 116 FHSS/111 LRH/116 BH

If you plan on switching out the stock, I would suggest getting something in the non-Accustock combination. If you plan to keep the stock, then by all means go with the Accustock. Your barrel contours sound good. Putting the barrel on and off is relatively easy. I have put a couple Savages together with good results. Make sure you buy the proper tools. I use the wheeler engineering action wrench and barrel nut wrench. You don't need a barrel vise if you have the action wrench. Another option is calling Savage and ordering a rifle.

They use to make a 112 BVSS. It was a long action on a laminated stock with pillar bedding. They have an internal mag and everybody that has owned one on this website has been rather pleased. From my understanding you can call and get one put together to your specifications for about $100 more. I personally like the laminate stock better than their synthetics. Again if you are changing out the stock, then its a non-issue. Bolts, firing pin, and headspace is easy to do. One of the best aftermarket stocks I have seen for Savage is made by Stockade stocks. He builds stocks specifically for Savage rifles.

As far as the LRH is concerned, they use a lighter contour barrel. It comes with the muzzle break and the longer barrel. With that said, from my understanding the barrel is actually around 24 to 24.5 inches due to the break accounting for the OAL of the barrel. The Karsten cheek rest is fairly in expensive and can be bought online. If you have questions about the cheek rest or want information, I have an email from Karsten I sent requesting price info. It also has a detachable box magazine.

I can tell you from experience the DBM is difficult to find an aftermarket stock for. Like I said though, Stockade offers stocks that can be inleted for the bottom metal for the Savage factory DBM or drop plate. B&C offer stocks that work well with internal mags. I think McMillian and Manners will make you a stock as well.

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Old 05-12-2011, 08:49 PM
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Re: Savage 116 FHSS/111 LRH/116 BH

Thanks for the advice Tank.

The intention is to keep the AccuStock for the time being. I haven't used the AccuTrigger on the new Savages so I'll see how that performs before making a decision on that. I also intend to get the new and old style barrel nut wrench, and the action wrench, even though I think I'll replace the barrel nut with the older slotted style.

The barrel will probably be a 26" stainless match barrel with a threaded 3-slot "tactical"-type muzzle brake. The biggest decision I have at the moment is what calibre. Although I'd probably be happy with the .300WM, I already have a sporter-weight hunting rifle that shoots ~7/8". I'm tempted to try a .300 WBY MAG as I wouldn't have to make any bolt-head changes and the ballistics are not far behind the .300RUM.

If I don't get the LRH then I'll order the Karsten cheek piece separately.

Once again, because I'm in Australia it's not so easy to order a custom configuration from Savage. The lead time is huge. Never forget how lucky you are to have the options available in the US.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:13 AM
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Re: Savage 116 FHSS/111 LRH/116 BH

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Thanks for the advice Tank.

The intention is to keep the AccuStock for the time being. I haven't used the AccuTrigger on the new Savages so I'll see how that performs before making a decision on that. I also intend to get the new and old style barrel nut wrench, and the action wrench, even though I think I'll replace the barrel nut with the older slotted style.

The barrel will probably be a 26" stainless match barrel with a threaded 3-slot "tactical"-type muzzle brake. The biggest decision I have at the moment is what calibre. Although I'd probably be happy with the .300WM, I already have a sporter-weight hunting rifle that shoots ~7/8". I'm tempted to try a .300 WBY MAG as I wouldn't have to make any bolt-head changes and the ballistics are not far behind the .300RUM.

If I don't get the LRH then I'll order the Karsten cheek piece separately.

Once again, because I'm in Australia it's not so easy to order a custom configuration from Savage. The lead time is huge. Never forget how lucky you are to have the options available in the US.
I would definitely change over to the slotted barrel nut. I have only worked with the slotted one and it works well. You would be surprised at how hard you can push the Weatherby case. I saw a guy using the 300 Weatherby for competition shooting 240grn SMK's. I know another guy that pushes 210VLD's for prairie dog hunting. He is trying to get to the 2000yrd mark. I have a feeling the Weatherby would do some damage to a dingo or a roo if you hunt them.

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