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Old 04-12-2002, 09:21 AM
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Re: starting out what type of rifle to use

Another nice item about the Savage action is;

You can change the bolt face for different size cartridges with the addition of the bolt face ends that are furnished from the factory as a special order item. Each one comes with the extractor in too.

The long action can go from the 223 right on up to the standard mags by changing the end of the bolt. A simple removal of a pin does it. If I remember correctly, the cost per each was $30.00 or $40.00. I have two for my 223 that I can change to a 308 or standard Mag and twist on the barrel that is chambered to that cartridge case diminsion.

Out of the box, I believe the Savage is hard to beat for accuracy and cost.

Click on the web page Savage Bolt heads below.

Darryl Cassel

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Old 04-12-2002, 10:26 AM
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Re: starting out what type of rifle to use

I'd have to go with a good used Sendero. For a scope, seriously consider a Weaver Grand Slam or V-series. My main concern with a scope is how well it tracks. Clarity is a distant second. When I put 29 inches on the scope, I want to know that it it moved exactly the right amount. My Leupolds all do a good job of this but they are costly. My last scope purchase was a Weaver Grand Slam 6-20. I have done extensive testing and believe this scope to be one of the best buys on the market. I zeroed it at 100 yards and then shot a 3 shot group. Then turned the scope up 3 inches and shot again. I did this in 3 inch increments all the way up to 30 inches high at 100 yards. Then I did the same thing in reverse, turning the scope back down to zero. It was actually more repeatable than my Leupold 6-18 and just as good as my 8-25 long range model. Every group was right on the money going up and back down. As for clarity, it is actually a bit more clear than the Leupolds. The cost of this scope is $309 from BearBasin.com. Truly a bargain for this price. You could buy a good used rifle and this scope and be under $1000 easily. Good luck
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Old 04-12-2002, 02:51 PM
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Re: starting out what type of rifle to use

where would you go about getting a used sendero. I am pretty sure that I will start off with a .308 Win and move up. For that reason I was thinking about savage.

Thanks for all the help.

Jordan
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Old 04-12-2002, 03:43 PM
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Re: starting out what type of rifle to use

Most any decent gun shop should have a varmint style rifle capable of good accuracy.
Out here in Pa., the gunshops have plenty of Sendero's and Savages for sale. Just find a rifle and load that will shoot half minute of angle or better at the ranges you intend to shoot at. More importantly I believe, is practice with that rifle and know the EXACT drop at various yardages and have a scope that will track consistantly. Once you get to this point, you'll be amazed at what can happen.
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Re: starting out what type of rifle to use

OK, Wyojeeper and Darryl, you guys make good points, but for a custom barreled .308 or 300 win mag do you actually choose a Savage over a Rem 700?

I know the barrel drops right on the Savage. We are talking about expensive high quality barrels for long range shooting, right? Would you spend say $400 for a finished barrel and not have the action squared, lugs lapped, etc.? I just wouldn't spend this much on a Savage when I think the Remington is higher quality. I look at the Savage as something I buy and then replace once it's shot out. I may replace the barrel with a decent cheapie, but I'm not going to spend a lot of bucks on it.

Jordon,
Check gunbroker.com, auctionarms.com, and gunsamerica.com if you can't find anything local. If you go used try to find something that's been cleaned properly (with a guide) and hasn't been shot much. Good luck.

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Re: starting out what type of rifle to use

Also, try the emporium on snipercountry.com.
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Old 04-12-2002, 09:49 PM
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Re: starting out what type of rifle to use

For the original poster, I was just trying to keep the price down a bit and with a quality rifle.

The Savage is one that many people overlook plus it is one of the most accurate out of the boxthat is presntly made.

I agree there are more Remingtons used in matches but, the Savage has won it's share of matches also. The PA woodchuck match 100, 300 and 500 yards has the highest score ever shot in the 223 class using a Savage out of the box.
I have a 223 Savage varmint and also a custom 7MM mag with a 30" Hart barrel and the single shot Savage action. It has worked flawlessly for many years.
I still feel that the Savage will shoot just as well (maybe better) as a Remington out of the box. This is especially true of the 300 Win Mag.
A fellow just called me that shoots at Camp Perry. He placed 12th last year out of hundreds of shooters and his rifle was a custom 6.5/284 on a Savage action.

I also like the Remington actions and use them on some of my match guns. The difference is, the new Remington actions leave a lot to be desired. Some are VERY loose fitting (Bolts) and most people (myself included) go after the older 700 actions and the 721 and 722 actions. They were a much better product then what is available today.

This is another reason I feel that the Savage is producing a better product for the money right out of the box.
Most people who own the Savage can't believe the accuracy they are getting.

If I had my choice of a NEW Remington or a NEW Savage , I would pick the Savage for an out of the box rifle.
If I had my choice of the Older Remington 700 or 721 Action or a Savage action to build a rifle on, I would choose the Older Remingtons.

I took a new Remington action to one of the Williamsport gunsmiths to have a barrel put on and he wouldn't do it. His comments were, most of these new Remington actions are not worth putting a custom barrel on them, among other things.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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