Re: Savage Long Range Hunter
I found your post on here and registered so I could reply. I have one in 6.5-284 and while I don't know how to tell you exactly what number contour, I can say that it is .720 from about 12 inches from the rear all the way out. I would call it a medium heavy sporter taper. Nowhere near a varmint type taper but heavier than a standard sporter. I have had it for 2 weeks and have found more than 15 loads with three bullets (Berger VLD in both 130 and 140 gr. and 129 SST) that it shoots half inch or less consistently at 100 yards in 90+ heat without cool down between shots. My best group to date was with a 130 VLD at 2900 FPS and a .405 inch center to center group at 175 yards. Not sure if any of this helps, but any way you scrape it, the contour they chose seems to work.
Iowaboy's concerns about the brake are not to be worried about. I am averaging 3130 FPS with a 140 grain bullet in a completely safe load with no pressure signs. Check some data for a 6.5-284 and you will see that this is amazing even for a 26 inch barrel. I have another 6.5-284 rifle with a 24 inch barrel and I am doing well to get over 2900 with the same load. I ordered this gun in January and when I saw it I had the same concerns. But after testing several loads and checking them against my other rifle, I now see that this gun gets better velocities than most 28" barrels and will match or come close to most loads worked up with 30" tubes. Not sure how they did it but 2 chronographs don't lie. The brake is 1.75-1.8 inches past the end of the rifling and switching it off negates its effect on velocity. With most powders having the brake open will take away about 20-30 FPS but if you use RL17 or Hybrid 100V, in 6.5-284 anyway, the brake being open inexplicably adds 40-100 FPS. I do not know why, so please don't ask me to explain how I think this happens. I just read the chronographs. It was for this reason that I went and pulled out that second one. the fir
Last edited by cfvickers; 06-18-2010 at 12:13 PM.
Reason: Address the muzzle brake length concern.