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First outing with the Savage 110FCP 338Lapua

 
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:09 AM
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Re: First outing with the Savage 110FCP 338Lapua

Hello, Big Dad here new to this forum, and have been looking around the net for good reviews on the Savage 110 FCP HS 338 Lapua, as my wife just bought this beast for me for Christmas. What a total mind blower. I was and am still in shock. I pick it up in a few days and have been looking for optic's and reloading goodies that are up to par for my new present. Glad to here you are enjoying the 338. Keep up the good work.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:03 AM
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Re: First outing with the Savage 110FCP 338Lapua

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Hello, Big Dad here new to this forum, and have been looking around the net for good reviews on the Savage 110 FCP HS 338 Lapua, as my wife just bought this beast for me for Christmas. What a total mind blower. I was and am still in shock. I pick it up in a few days and have been looking for optic's and reloading goodies that are up to par for my new present. Glad to here you are enjoying the 338. Keep up the good work.
Just got mine worked out snd shooting .25-.5 MOA at 2700 FPS using 300 Bergers, .025" off the lands, and 89.2 gr of Retumbo. I can get 2750 with 90.5 but accuracy is slightly less and can feel the difference on sizing the brass. Pressure appears OK but at the limit. I get 6 reloads out of zlapua brass before case head thinning with a noticeable ring at the base. My buddy has one as well and neither one of us could get consistent groups using 90 gr of H1000 with high pressure signs above 2700 FPS.I have a NF G7 50mm mounted. Had to lock tight the scope rail which loosened at 50 rounds and play with the bedding screws. Front 40#, rear 25#.also skim coated the bedding blocks. I have about 200 rounds through it and love it!
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:55 AM
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Re: First outing with the Savage 110FCP 338Lapua

I lost track of how many rounds I've put through mine. More then 600, maybe 800? I have measured considerable throat erosion and have to adjust the seating depth each time I load new rounds. Base to Ogive is now 2.850" for .015" off the lands.

Ive also found it is easy to over pressure the Lapua brass. The webbing or solid portion around the flash hole will get hammered and expand slightly with each firing. This is the cause of the brass to stick after reloading it 3 or 4 times. Each time its over-pressured the solid webbing expands and that part of the brass is NOT re-sized in a FL die.

My favorite load is 89gr Retumbo, GM215M Primer, bump the shoulder back .0015" from fired length, trim to 2.715", size the neck for .002" neck tension, 300gr Scenars seated .015" off the lands. 2680fps and very accurate out to 1700 yards. Recorded many hits out to 1900 yards. Leaves a nice group at 1000 yards.

Anything more than 90gr of Retumbo or 92gr of N570 will beat the brass up and cause them to stick after 3 or 4 reloads. I just picked up some Reloaded 33 to try.

Took it out a few days ago with a buddy from Phoenix who has never taken his Remington 700 (308Win) out past 200 yards before. So to start him off we found a good setup at 945 yards. Using shooter my first shot was a miss, elevation looked good but splashed about foot to the right of the steel. Adjusted the scope .2 mils left and the second shot was a near center hit on my steel. I put about 20 more down range and only missed one (flyer? pulled it?).

The large lead splashes are from my 338Lapua, the small spots are from my friends 308.

Before,


Looking down range to the target 945 yards out,


After,


Calculated just shy of 2000ft lbs of energy at the plate for the 338LM. Each hit would case the 3'x3' 1/2" 180lb steel to swing about a foot. the 338LM hit with some serious authority down range. You can just see the edge of the shrapnel trench near the bottom right of the photo. Again, the large lead splashes are from my 338LM the small hits are from a 308Win.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:30 AM
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Re: First outing with the Savage 110FCP 338Lapua

Mmmmmm...mmmmm!
Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:13 PM
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Re: First outing with the Savage 110FCP 338Lapua

First and formost....great rig!!!!!!!

But, since no one brought it up, I guess I will take the heat for asking.

The "after the first shot, no copper was indicated on the patches" comment. If there was no copper on the patches, you used the wrong juice. I have NEVER broke in any tube, both custom and factory, that didn't have copper after the FIRST shot. ZERO. The last three Kriegers showed ALMOST zero after the second shot, and zero after the third, but a factory Savage???? I don't buy it. I would switch to Sweets, Warthog, or Barns copper cleaners and let sit for 15 min. after your regular cleaning. I LOVE BUTCHES BORE SHINE...but not to test for copper.

Just my .02.

It obviously didn't matter...looks like your hammer is a real shooter....copper or not!!!! I swore to myself that I would never again buy a "factory" gun again. You got me talking to myself....again!!
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:17 PM
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Re: First outing with the Savage 110FCP 338Lapua

^ I cant recall that far back now, but I have well over 500 rounds though it and maybe as many as 800. After a typical day out in the desert Ill put though 30 to 40 down range. I sure does leave some copper behind and I swap between KG12 and Butches to clean it. Ive used Sweets in the past but prefer KG12 now.
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Atlas BT10 + Seekins sling rail
Karstan Cheek Rest
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:12 AM
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Re: First outing with the Savage 110FCP 338Lapua

I just ordered this rifle yesterday to replace my aging Savage 116 BSS 300 Rem Ultra Mag! I'll still use the 116 but for my competition stuff, the 338 will be my new go to rifle...complete with the NightForce NSX 8-32x56 I already have Here's the old beaut:



Im looking forward to getting the new one setup and to the range!

So how hard was it to install that cheek rest? I assume you had to drill the stock?
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