Re: Savage 110? -- Good starter?
Certainly nothing wrong with either the .308 or a Savage. Would probably make an excellent "first" rifle, some however feel the recoil is too much for a beginner. Recoil from a .308 has never been an issue with me. I owned a Savage 110 "J" series in .308 once and it shot extremely well. Sub half inch @ 100yds with tailored handloads. A friend needed/wanted it worse than I did though. My next .30 cal rifle was a .300WMag Sendero, WOW! what a difference. Performance wise it's like comparing a Mustang to a Fiesta. Both have their places I guess.
As for Savage rifles, most shoot extremely well right outta the box. The factory trigger used to be the rifle's only pitfall. That has changed with the AccuTrigger. Personally I have always opted for the aftermarket trigger on the Savages that I have owned. I currently own a FP110 in .223 (long action receiver for short action cartridge). It has upheld the Savage accuracy tradition. It has the 1-9" twist but shoots the 55gr Nosler Ballistic Tip very well. Myself and two other friends have shot 3-shot groups in the .13-.16" range with this rifle using my handloads. It shoots the 69gr SMK into quarter inch groups @ 100yds. I haven't tried anything heavier. Lately it's been sitting in the gun cabinet awaiting new glass. Good starter? - you bet, just be ready to hit the ground running! JohnnyK.
P.S. Jerry Teo - can you email me on how you bedded those Savage "tupperware" stocks and what you used? I would really appreciate it. My email is: "firstname.lastname@example.org"
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