That's an easy excuse "operator error"... Well anytime I can't make rifle to shoot straight either can't Savage, Howa or TC and its always same thing bad faulty barrel which requires replacement... Because I tried all I can with my handloads and all failed, factory ammo they use doesn't have a chance...
I bought this same rifle about 2 months back, mounted a Nikon 6-18X40mm mildot Buckmaster scope on it and took it to the range. Started at 50 yards and had it zeroed in 5 shots. I was using cheap Winchester Super X 180 grain bullets and the last 3 shots were touching each other. I switched to 200 yards and got a 1" 3 shot group right off the bat, so no complaints there.
Once I got the overall length gauge from Hornady and measured the chamber, I reloaded 50 cartridges with 165 grain Hornady BTSP and 68.5 grains of IMR 4831 with a COAL of 3.36". First trip to the range I shot a 5 shot group at 100 yards that measured .6" If I turn the muzzle brake off, bullets shift 4" to the right at 100 yards. With the muzzle brake on, the .300 Winchester Magnum shoots with less kick than a 30-06. I can't wait to take it to my uncle's property and test it out to 500 yards when the weather gets warmer. It's a good gun, and I really hope Savage makes it right for you.
I'm new to this forum as well as long range shooting so forgive me if I sound like I don't know what I'm talking about, but here it goes. I recently purchased a savage long range hunter in a 7mm rem mag and have been dealing with issues ever since! I purchased this feb 2012 & have had several issues with the rifle that just shouldn't happen. First it took me three different QUALITY scopes and several different sets of bases & rings to find out that whomever was working "drill the receiver day" couldn't line up the holes correctly. I had to go to windage adjustable rings to get the scope to hit the paper without running out of adjustment to the left! The free floated barrel is not free floated as the stock was hitting the barrel by the forend! Definition of accuracy well let's see how can I explain this? umm no freakin way!!! I called savage regarding the holes on the receiver & they told me to send it back they will keep it for 6-8 weeks and they will look into it. When I did some research I pretty much found out that unless windage adjustable rings couldn't solve the issue the gun would be returned. Well to me this is not acceptable, if the holes are off then there off and should be corrected! If you have an accustock with a free floated barrel then the barrel should be free floated! If you state definition of accuaracy then before that gun is placed into a box a shipped it should not have any defects, it should be double checked first! Let's face it, this gun is coming from a mfg. that is trying to re-build it's reputation! or maybe not!? Lucky for me a good friend of mine whom is working up some berger 180's for me is also great at working on guns & solving problems! The gun is finally shooting sub-moa groups at a 100 yards! My point to my little rant & rave is the common joe whom is busting his/her butt to buy a so called quality gun should not have to go through this and savage should be double checking it's product before they ship it out! I guess I should have purchased a weatherby vanguard series 2 that is half the price! & they actually shoot there gun and guarantee sub-moa at a 100 yards with a 3 shot group before it leaves there factory! Would I buy a savage product again? Not a chance! Good luck to all the shooters out there & stay safe!!!
Brad.....sorry to hear about all your problems. From what I've heard, this is not typical of Savage. This of course does not help you at all! If it were me, I would INSIST on a new rifle; not one that was jury rigged to shoot.......Rich
Believe me if it wasn't for the fact that it's finally shooting sub-moa I would. At this point I'm just disgusted with savage. I'm starting to hear from reading this forum as well as others that savage may be slipping a bit in the QC area! I guess I have lost faith with savage! I'm looking at buying a 300 wm but it won't be made by savage! Thanks Rich.
This thread got my attention. It seems Savage QC is not very good, and its Customer Service is even worse.
I was leaning toward buying a 111 Long Range Hunter in 300WM. But now I am thinking I should start on a cheap used Savage to build my own, instead of gambling with $900 to start with.
It seems the magnums in the LRH are the problem. Not sure what is going on at Savage, but I think you have the right idea. I am a Savage fan and have built my own rifle with a Savage action. You can definitely get a hold of an old action and make it your own. The clean up well and shoot even better. A good barrel, and a trigger will give you what you want. I suggest Stockade Stocks for your rifle. They are very sturdy and the guy that builds them specializes in stocks for Savages.
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