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Old 12-29-2013, 12:08 AM
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Savage 111 Questions

I am putting this out to everyone to get some feed back. I have never owned or shot a Savage firearm, but have seen on here, a lot of Savage lovers.

So, I would like to know if the Savage 111 is a good model. I am not looking to do anything with it but hand it off for a present as a hunting rifle.

Please send me all your thoughts, information, likes/dislikes and any other information you may have.

Thank you,,,
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:18 AM
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Re: Savage 111 Questions

I bought one in 6.5x284,mainly for target shooting.

It is accurate but if I put three cartridges in the magazine and stroke it firmly a cartridge will pop up out of the magazine resulting in two cartridges trying to go into one chamber. I asked Savage about it and they said they would look at it if I sent it in. I just load two in the magazine when hunting with it. Savage did replace the stock which was peeling.

I usually use a controlled round feed rifle for hunting like my Kimber or Winchester.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:31 PM
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Re: Savage 111 Questions

Thank you, that doesn't sound like a good thing for a hunting rifle. I am curious if others have had the same issue.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:14 PM
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Re: Savage 111 Questions

I've had 27 different Savage actions, so this is my experience (the 110, 111, 112, 114, and 116 are all the same long action and the 10, 11, 12, and 16 are all short actions).

Older Savages used what they called a staggered feed magazine. Those worked pretty well with standard cases (223, 308, 30-06 and belted mag). The newer guns use a center feed design which works better for almost all calibers (I still think the 223 case works better from a staggered feed). The problem with the 6.5x284 is the rebated rim. I had a 338/284 on a Savage center feed which was a little finicky some times. If you work the action too briskly, the bolt will slide right over the small rebated rim. I've never had feeding problems using other cases out of a Savage action (from 223 up to the RUM cases)Savage made a sort of controlled round feed for a while, but I don't think they do any more. It was very close to Winchester's controlled round push feed.

I think that Savage make a great hunting rifle. They are simple, reliable, light weight, accurate, and reasonably priced. They have some pretty good specialty models as well with special stock, barrel, and caliber combinations. I have to say, the most accurate factory gun I've ever shot and the most accurate gun I've ever owned was my LRPV in 22-250. It was an honest sub .25 MOA gun which would do better than that on most days, and regularly creep in to the high .1's. I've only shot a few customs (locally) which would do better. Not bad for an $850 factory gun!

The only action I like better for a hunting gun is the Ruger 77 Hawkeye.

Andrew
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:29 PM
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Re: Savage 111 Questions

Andrew,

Thank you so much for the great information. This is exactly why I put this out there on a thread, for individuals like you who have had years of experience with the Savage firearms. This will definitely help me in my decision on the hunting rifle that I choose.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:18 PM
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Re: Savage 111 Questions

I have 3 Savages and my favorite has to be the 11 Lightweight Hunter in 308. It's a great deer rifle, works on Mulies too.

It's not the most accurate rifle I own but for out of the box accuracy and a simple design and great trigger (Accutrigger) it's hard to beat. 3 in 2 holes at 100 yards is all I need anyway. The kilkl zone on a whitetail (or mulie) is a lot larger than the 9 ring on a paper target.

I want a lightweight, medium length barreled woods gun that I can carry all day and the 11 Lightweight fits that bill perfectly. Besides, it's inexpensive enough that if I had to use it as a walking stick, I wouldn't feel too bad.

I'm a tad over 8.5 pounds with a Vortex PST 4.5-16 and 4 in the magazine.

I realize it's not a big brusier but I'm over 60 and I don't want to lug around a tank anyway. If I want to 'tank' it, I have a Savage and a Sako in 338. Both are tanks.

I think the only distraction to the rifle is the walnut stock.; It's really nice furniture but I really need a MacMillan snot stock... and I'll have one this summer.

Wood stocks are pretty but not practical on a knock around woods rifle.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:21 PM
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Re: Savage 111 Questions

I think I'll add that all 3 of my Savages all suffer from the same issue and that is you can short stroke the bolt. It has to come all the way back and then lock. Short stroking won't feed a round, just a little quirk and something I'm used to.
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