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Old 04-24-2011, 03:12 PM
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Opinions on Savage 111 Long Range Hunter

Hi Gang,

Been scouring the internet, but have found very little information or reviews on the Savage 111 Long Range Hunter. I have a few questions:

1. Does anyone here own this rifle and what is your view of it?

2. Have you modified it and if so, what did you do?

3. In your opinion, as this is a 26" barrel, is this too long to be practical for a field gun to hunt elk/deer while hiking around in the mountains, or would a person be better off to save the 2 inches and go for a Weather Warrior or something similar?

T.I.A. for any opinions.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:35 AM
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Re: Opinions on Savage 111 Long Range Hunter

I have one and several others here do. From what I have seen, they shoot very well. I have heard of one that a guy was having problems with. I have not done any mods to mine. It shoots 1/2 inch or better groups at 200 yards. that is acceptable to me for any hunting rifle. Especially with me and my rest setup behind the trigger.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:56 AM
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I have one and several others here do. From what I have seen, they shoot very well. I have heard of one that a guy was having problems with. I have not done any mods to mine. It shoots 1/2 inch or better groups at 200 yards. that is acceptable to me for any hunting rifle. Especially with me and my rest setup behind the trigger.
I think I read the same report about the guy finding loads that gave good results. The thread stopped with people recommending that he try heavier bullets. Come to think of it, I can't remember the caliber that it was in... I'm interested in the 300 win mag.

How is it in terms of carrying? Some of the spots that I would want to use something like this require me to hunt my way up to them. So I need something that is reasonable to carry, though I don't mind carrying a rifle on the heavy side.

One other question, do you like the muzzle break?
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:03 PM
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I think I read the same report about the guy finding loads that gave good results. The thread stopped with people recommending that he try heavier bullets. Come to think of it, I can't remember the caliber that it was in... I'm interested in the 300 win mag.

How is it in terms of carrying? Some of the spots that I would want to use something like this require me to hunt my way up to them. So I need something that is reasonable to carry, though I don't mind carrying a rifle on the heavy side.

One other question, do you like the muzzle break?

The one in question was a .308. He emailed me after I posted a setup instruction for the accustock. Muzzle Brake? Hmm.. No. It does what it shoul, when open, it works. If you use a copper remover to clean your bore, you absolutely must use the instructions in the manual to keep it clean and working, and don't wait till the next day. Mine is frozen closed which is how I have kept it anyway. If you spray it with brake cleaner every time you clean your bore you will not have the problem I do., I did not, and now I am paying for it. Just follow the instruction in the manual and it will be fine though. don't clean your bore without a can of brake parts cleaner in your kit. It isn't bad at all to carry. mine weighs just over 10 lbs with a Sightron SII 4-16x42. put a good sling on it and you can carry it just fine. I walk quite a bit and have never had an issue with carrying it. It is heavier than my Steyr SBS pro hunter mountain with a 20 in. barrel but it is supposed to be.

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Old 04-25-2011, 12:56 PM
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I walk quite a bit and have never had an issue with carrying it. It is heavier than my Steyr SBS pro hunter mountain with a 20 in. barrel but it is supposed to be.
Very helpful advice on the muzzle break and I really appreciate the time that you took to answer my questions.

My big issue with this rig is that I am more inclined towards stainless. As far as an 'out of the box run' I'm sort of torn between the 111 Long Range Hunter and the 116 FCSS. My thinking is that I could eventually put a match grade 26" barrel on the FCSS... yet the LHR as a quick and easy rig to get started with, ticks a lot of boxes. I guess I need to go find one and see how it feels for balance.

BTW, what caliber are you shooting?

Thanks again for your help.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:04 PM
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Re: Opinions on Savage 111 Long Range Hunter

I used mine in the rain all season, and I just wiped it off when I was done each day with a remoil rag. The finish looks brand new still. Except where I have scratched around the break trying to free it. By the way, you can just unscrew it and remove it. Not an advertised virtue, but one that I "learned". I keep it in place and closed to keep the barrel at 26 inches instead of 24.5. and it does effectively increase the barrel length when turned off with results you can see on your chrony. No problem by the way. I have dissected everything about this rifle and it is still as good as it was new on targets. I take care of all of my guns but I do not buy rifles to baby them, I baby a couple of very nice shotguns, but my rifles get used and in some cases abused in the field, it has held up well so far with more abuse and use than many rifles will see in a life time. The brake parts cleaner will cause the rubber coating on the stock to peal if you get it on there.

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Old 04-25-2011, 01:09 PM
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Re: Opinions on Savage 111 Long Range Hunter

Mine is a 6.5-284.
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