im new to this forum although i have reading it for quite some time.
i purchased a savage 110 fcp hs just a month ago, a 2014 version from the new cabelas.
several things i noticed which i think should be shared.
it says on the side of the mag "fits up to 3.850" but it doesnt... it actually mic's out to 3.7555 and fits 3.74 without problems.
this is a bit of pain in the ass, because i have found berger 300OTMs end up at 3.8675 for this rifle. ie cant use the mag for those bullets.
other 285 gr hornaday BTHP fit in the mag with an OAL of 3.725 and they shoot well too.
only had a chance to try a few different types so far, ive been using IMR7828. its a nice slow burn powder for the bigger bullets, and its been making good groups.
I started at nearly the bottom of the recommended weight from the lyman book (77gr), after the first batch being so easy shooting, i stepped up several grains to my current trials at 79gr. it says max cup is at 80gr.
the 285s ive been pushing harder at 81gr with good results.
all with nosler premium brass and federal match magnum primers.
i will be trying new powders soon. new bullets as well.
3. the rail...
ive read several places that factory rifles had flat rails. they must have changed it because mine came with a 20moa rail. with the optic im running i now have tons of adjustment.
4. the gun itself.
i read a whole bunch of reviews on the savage lapuas and after the 10th read or so i landed on the 110fcphs as the winner over the 110ba. many people who have bought the 110ba change out the stock making me wonder if its worth the extra 800 bucks to have that stock. It does have a better muzzle brake
, but still.. worth 800?. i dunno.
i also read that the stocks from hs precision are hit or miss. Being that the stock is over 500 bucks to go and buy for another savage action, i would expect them to be higher standards before releasing them for sale.
anyway, when i went to cabelas to purchase one, i waiting in line for an 1.5h on the preopen (got an invitition repeat cabelas customer) i was first at the gun bench, i asked about the 110fcp he said they had two in stock. I got him to bring both guns out.
we opened both boxes, and i inspected the stocks closely for errors. the first gun, had a pretty substainial notch out of the stock right where the bolt handle fits in. It was like a casting error, about the diameter of 3/8" decent hole in plain sight. it also had paint drips and marks that was hitting the barrel. (did not pass the dollar bill floating barrel test) it was a ****** stock to say the least, i was at this point worried...
however after picking up the second gun i noticed this one was perfect. no flaws at all to be seen, we even took the action off and looked inside. It was mint.
and i immediately dropped 1600 bucks and bought it.
Im glad i did the research, and i am VERY happy with this rifle.
there is a great article from "Tactical Operator" which compares the 110fcphs to a 7k steyr. They both score 25 points, dead even. And that really said something to me.
2014 savage 110 fcp hs
factory hs precision stock
custom front picatinny rail
vangaurd equalizer pro 2 bipod
front swivel mount picatinny rail
millet 6-25x56mm LRS ATAC
millet 35mm high rings
custom mesh camo paint
in a few days im doing a custom molded ackrylic cheek rest i will post pics and info on how i will do it.