short review of a Savage 10fcp-sr 5R, good choice for starters.
The rifle is a brand new model 10fcp-sr 5R, savage doesn't even show it on there website yet. It is like the 10fcp, it has a 24" 11.25 twist fluted barrel with a 5/8-24 threaded muzzle, comes in a pretty stout semi beavertail accustock. Trigger broke right at 2# out of the box.
I set this rifle up for a buddy of mine, break in, load developement, optics mounting, etc. I added a 20moa Weaver rail, Weaver 6 hole tactical rings, and a 6-18x40 Nikon with Butler Creek flip ups.
Total cost for everything was 1225.00
First group after 10 rounds of random firing to settle the barrel was 168 SMKs over 45grns of Imr4064 in LC match brass with CCI BR2 primers. 3 shots went .564"
I also fired a group with 168SMKs over 43grns of AR-Comp in Remingtom brass with federal 210Ms that went .220" for 3 shots.
I later shot 10 rounds 5 with 175 Nosler CCs over 44grns of Imr4064, and 5 with 44.5grns, all in LC brass with Fed210Ms, I fired all of them at the same point of aim, the group of all 10 was .884" with 7 shots in a ragged hole measuring .316"
I later shot 7 rounds of 168 SMKs over 45grns of 4064 with Fed210Ms in LC brass and they went into a ragged hole at .436"
I tried several loads with Imr4064, AR Comp, and Varget, with 155 SMKs, 168NBTs, 168SMKs,
168amaxs, 175 Nosler CCs, and everything grouped between .2 and .88
The 175smk/4064 was the load I settled on with a mv avg of 2714fps with an 11fps ES and will do less than .25" for 3 shots.
So what I am getting at is this is a fairly cost efficient setup that is a nail driver, great for some of you guys just starting out. I would put some pictures of the rifle and the targets up but I cannot do it from my phone, if someone would like to post them for me I will gladly email them to you.
I hope this is a help to some of you guys/gals, if you have any questions just post or PM. Happy shooting.