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111 Long Range Hunter in 300 Win Mag

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Old 04-26-2012, 07:16 AM
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Re: 111 Long Range Hunter in 300 Win Mag

338 win mag,
I feel your pain with your son's gun. How did he finally make out? A few thing's I did to solve my problem was free float the barrel CORRECTLY since savage didn't! Sorry I had to throw out there AGAIN, but the other thing which I feel was the breaking point was really tune in a handload. Like I said in my previous post a very good friend of mine is awesome at the handloads and finding that sweet spot for any gun. I think we went through 4-5 seating depth's before finding that my 7mm rem mag really loves 0.007 off the lands, I'm shooting 180 grain bergers with 66 grains of RL25, nosler brass, federal 215 primers. I also closed the muzzlebrake, I'm not sure if that had anything to do with solving my issue but I really dont think a brake is needed for a 7 rm & I figured to try it as I was using process of elimination at that point! I will post again once I shoot the gun with brake open to see if groups stay the same. My 7mm is now shooting 1 ragged hole at 100 yards with a 3 shot group but only thanks to my good friend who without a doubt put alot more hard work into the gun than savage did making it! I hope everything worked out ok for your son.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:55 PM
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Re: 111 Long Range Hunter in 300 Win Mag

I just shot my savage 300 win mag @ 1000-yards this weekend 6 shots @ 6 inch group for the first time @ 1000 wow. it took me 7 mounths to work up my load the barrel did not like any berger but loved 178-g a-max hornaday and reloader 22. I put a ziess z-plex 1000 on it zeroed @ 500 yards and the 1000-yard retical was right on the money @3009 fps truly a long range hunter. I guess I got luky with the scope being right on but worked my ass-off on finding the right load.I'm so glad I took the time on load devolpment. 100 yards to 400 yards is within a 1\4 to 1\2 inch of the retical markings need to practic a smother shot and then have fun. Dana B
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:22 PM
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Re: 111 Long Range Hunter in 300 Win Mag

Good job Dana! Looks like you hit on a combo.......Rich
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:27 PM
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Re: 111 Long Range Hunter in 300 Win Mag

thanks I read these threads of guys going out and buying quiality rifles and scopes and then complaining that they got riped-off because thier rifle shoots bad with factory ammo. I'm new at this 1000-yard shooting but these guys got to realize that they have to develop a load that the rifle likes in order to shot tight groups at any range.And if they dont like hand loading then pay someone that can work up a load for them and acutize the rifle. my savage 111 300 win mag LRH also shot like a red-ryder the first day at the range, in fact 6 months later later it still shot bad untill I quit trying to make it shoot berger vlds switched to hornay a-max then a bullet seating test before I had 3 bullet holes touching each other then the shooting fun begins
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:32 AM
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Re: 111 Long Range Hunter in 300 Win Mag

I bought a Long Range hunter in 300 wsm in Nov. 2012... I did have some of the minor issues that had been mentioned previous to this post (foreend of stock touching barel, and frontscope mounting hole too shallow). I'm relitively handy and again for me, these were minor issues to fix. I did contact Savage about theses issues and they told me to send it back to them but didn't want to wait to get it back. Regardless I'm very happy with the performance of this rifle as it shoots 3 round groups of .563" or 9/16" at 100 yards with cheap federal power shock(blue box) 180-Gr... I plan on testing more with it this spring, but am overall happy with the rifle and customer service that Savage has provided me.

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Old 01-28-2013, 04:00 PM
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Re: 111 Long Range Hunter in 300 Win Mag

I have really enjoyed mine,I harvested a nice elk this year@623-yards.I'm still practicing at 900 & 1000 yards getting used to reading the wind correctly. good luck
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:59 PM
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Re: 111 Long Range Hunter in 300 Win Mag

Mine in 7 mag is at the gunsmiths right now as we speak. Also I am almost out of adjustment on my windage to the left with a scope mounted on a pic. 20 moa rail. Not sure the rifle lives up to the name. I was getting bad groups at 100 and I wasn't the only shooter. Tried many different loads at different depths and torqued all the screws and nothing happened still. Finally sent it off to get bedded and will see what happens next.
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