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New rifle and I am torn on model: Savage 300 winmag

 
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:35 AM
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New rifle and I am torn on model: Savage 300 winmag

So, my son is "inheriting" my trusty Winchester Model 70 30-06 that I have had for almost 20 years. Excellent rifle, really excellent.

Now is the time for me to upgrade, and I am torn. I am stepping up to a 300 win mag and really love Savage rifles. I have several, and all are tack drivers.

I want to shoot medium and large game (deer and elk), but have the capacity to shoot at distances of 600-800 yards and have the energy to punch through the vitals of my game. So, 300 win mag is the caliber of choice. I know there are many other options, but research has led me here. Now the tough part.

Model: 111 Long Range Hunter in 300 win mag

Model: 116 Bear Hunter

Am I giving up a lot on the caliber by shooting out of a shorter barrel? I am shaving a pound off the weight, but is that worth the loss in velocity? Or is it better, in this cartridge, to have that extra pound for recoil? It comes with muzzle break, so felt recoil should be (marginally) lower. Perhaps in realm of 30-06.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would go into scope and rail options and all that jazz, but lets be real, I am throwing a BSA Sweet 223 on it!
Likely will be a Sightron in the realm of 8-32x56 on Warne Base and Rings (manufactured here in Oregon, I like Oregon).

Again, I guess I am asking if 3" is worth the loss of a pound of weight. Lets face it, it is not a light rifle to begin with.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:37 AM
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Re: New rifle and I am torn on model: Savage 300 winmag

The new 11 lrh if you can find one has a 26" barrel instead of the typical 24" that most companies use including savage on most of their models.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:46 AM
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Re: New rifle and I am torn on model: Savage 300 winmag

I would want at least a 24" tube, so I would go with the LRH. I have a 26" Sendero & I like the performance.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:25 AM
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Re: New rifle and I am torn on model: Savage 300 winmag

I'm pretty sure the LRH has a 24" barrel with a 2" long brake. The brake might be nice to have. I don't know what would make the rest of the weight except maybe the adjustable comb and no barrel flutes.

For hunting I think the 116 would be nicer. In reality you would be losing an inch of barrel and the adjustable comb and gaining stainless steel, a fluted barrel, and camo stock.

I used to have a 300 win mag load that would push a 180g bullet at close to 3150fps in a 26" Laredo. My buddy was with me and his 180g 300RUM load was 3200fps on the same day with the same chrony and 25g more powder.

I ordered a 6/5x284 LRH and I should get it this week!
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:42 AM
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Re: New rifle and I am torn on model: Savage 300 winmag

As per Savage Arms 111 LRH 2011 releases model has been changed accutrigger, accustock, 26" fluted .745" contour barrel with 2" adjustable brake, and karsten adjustable cheek piece. The first models had 24" barrels. I expect to see them for around 839 or so.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:42 PM
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Re: New rifle and I am torn on model: Savage 300 winmag

According to Savage, the Bear Hunter is a 21" barrel plus 2" comp, making it 23" barrel. Not exactly what I want, so I scrapped that idea and got the Long Range Hunter in 300wm.

Next: Scope, bases, rings, and load development. Might try some factory bullets and see how they shoot. Need the scope and gear first though!
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:11 PM
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Re: New rifle and I am torn on model: Savage 300 winmag

for a hunting rifle 8 is a little high on the low end. and 56 is too big of an objective fro me. 6.5X20 X40 for a 1" tube; if the tube is 30mm then i would go to 50 mm on the objective.
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