I just purchased a Savage model 116 in 7 WSM and would like to shoot the 168 bergers or the Match kings.
Any body have any good shooting hunting loads?
This is my first Savage so I don't know what to expect. I hear they shoot real well for a factory rifle.
I do not have any load info for you but I am curious what OAL the Magazine will allow. I think the savage short action is more like a medium length action and may allow the longer bullets to be seated out quite long. If you do not mind would you measure AOL with a round that is seated out to max mag length and let me know what you find. Thanks in advance.
I have not worked with the 168,but have with the 180 Berger and 175 Matchking.My go to powder for the 180 is h-1000,also had good luck with Retumbo and R-22.With the 175 Matchking i had the best luck with Retumbo.I have used the Matchkings and the Bergers to hunt with for the last 3 years with good luck.
I live in Fort Bragg,but was born and raised in Bodega Bay.
There's a story behind this, but I never shot either of my Savage Model 16, 7 WSM in the factory Weather Warrior configuration, IE pillar bedded plastic stock.
One is now in a pillar bedded wood stock from Savage and has the 7 WSM barrel back on it and the other is in a Stockade custom stock with a 6.5 WSSM barrel. The first has a SS trigger (very nice and affordable also) tuned to a little over a pound and the second still has the factory Accutrigger.
They are both shooting great.
I am not sure which version of model 16 you are getting though, Savage has made some changes to the actions: controlled-round feed bolt head and standing ejector or newer Heavy Magnum bolt head is which not controlled-round feed. And I hear they cahnge the bolt release too.
The 168 Berger and 160 Accubonds shoot great with H1000 around 69 grains ...