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Old 06-12-2014, 11:04 PM
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New Member Needing Guidance On My Next Rifle

Hi everyone,

I am looking to get back into some recreational bench rest/long range shooting. A little about myself, I am an avid sporting clays shooter and compete nationally at the Master Class level and really enjoy the clays game! I did a little bench rest shooting when I was younger with a rem 700 varmint riffle in 7mm-08. With hand loads it was a tack driver if I did my part. I didn't shoot much over 300 yards as that was as far as I could go at my local range. Lately I have wanted to start shooting riffles again to take a break from shooting clays from time to time.

My goal it to have a set up that is good out to 1000 yards and possibly one day make a 1 mile shot, but that is a longer term goal for down the road. I have narrowed my riffle search to two riffles that are affordable to me. I am thinking of a 300 WSM as it is non belted and has a large bullet selection for re-loading. The 7mm WSM is also on the list. The two rifles I am looking at that are in my price range are:

1) Savage 111 Long Range Hunter

2) Sako A7 Long-Range Hunter - exclusive to Cabela's

I was hoping the gang here could give some pros and cons for each or comment on which is clearly the better riffle in terms of accuracy ect. I like the muzzle brake option and trigger on the Savage. I think with the 300 WSM the muzzle brake would be good for higher volume shooting. Also like the adjustable comb on the Savage. I feel like the stock is better on the Sako though and the barrel appears to be heavier but has no muzzle brake. As for an optic, I have been looking at the Vortex Viper PST riffle scope.

Thanks for any feedback as it is greatly appreciated.
Joe

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Old 06-12-2014, 11:23 PM
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Re: New Member Needing Guidance On My Next Rifle

Will this be a hunting rifle or a target rifle. If a hunting rifle, what game will you choose to hunt?
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:35 PM
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Re: New Member Needing Guidance On My Next Rifle

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Will this be a hunting rifle or a target rifle. If a hunting rifle, what game will you choose to hunt?
This will be a target rifle and used to shoot steel at long ranges as well.
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:52 PM
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Re: New Member Needing Guidance On My Next Rifle

I'd go for the Sako, throw away the stock and mount it on a McMillan A5 and have muzzle brake fitted by a good gunsmith.
Marry all that to a Viper PST 6-24x50 with MOA reticle with a Harris HBLMS - Adjustable leg 9" to 13" bipod with Leg Notches and Swivel ... and go shoot.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:08 AM
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Re: New Member Needing Guidance On My Next Rifle

Sounds like you have it figured out. The Savage has more options that you like and will most likely deliver right out of the box.
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:47 AM
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Re: New Member Needing Guidance On My Next Rifle

I too prefer the Savage. I have the 300WSM in the LRH and it shoots much better than my capabilities. It will shoot 3/4 to 1 inch groups at 300 yards all day long. This is from a out of the box gun with nothing done to it.
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:39 PM
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I too prefer the Savage. I have the 300WSM in the LRH and it shoots much better than my capabilities. It will shoot 3/4 to 1 inch groups at 300 yards all day long. This is from a out of the box gun with nothing done to it.
Rick how is the recoil on your rifle with the muzzle brake? What would you compare it to? Thanks!
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