Originally Posted by ShotShaper
Well written, informative article. It addresses all the questions challenging me. One issue is rifle weight. I take it from the inference to the F/TR that this is the model you selected for your build. It appers so from the photos. My only concern there is heft for any real "field" use. Great for accuracy when it counts, but a negative trade off for carrying any distance. I have considered re-barreling / re-stocking a new F/TR but that defeats the purchase "package" with it's inherent accuracy and cost benefit. Any suggestions on relative lightness + accuracy in a Savage for LR?
It is actually a Mod 12 Low Profile. The dry weight is about 10 lbs. With scope puts it around 12lbs. It is kind of heavy and a dedicated field rifle. It will carry well with a comfortable sling. I have carried for a couple hours a few times and it isn't too bad. It will wear you down. I would have liked to have purchase the F/TR rifle, but just did not fit the budget. This rifle was never intended to be a carry rifle.
They have come out with the new 11/111 Long Range Hunter. It comes with the Accu-Trigger, Accu-Stock, fluted barrel, muzzle break and a weight of 8.65 pounds. It has a 26" barrel to help boost muzzle velocity and maintain the ability to shoot long range. These two models also give you twist rates that help with stabilizing the longer heavy bullets necessary for long range accuracy.
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The Mod 16/116 Series and the 11/111 Series would be sufficient. I don't know what caliber you are looking for, but they offer a nice variety in a 22" barrel which will provide enough velocity and stabilization to get you to 800+ yards depending on the caliber. If you hand load that just improves everything. This series of rifle will put you in the 6.5# to 7# rifle.
There is noting wrong with rebarreling. You could go with a #4 or #5 contour in a 24 to 25 inch barrel. At this point you should for go the expense of a whole rifle and go straight to one of their available actions. This would allow for customizations and an aftermarket stock. They do make some pretty light weight stocks that will help negate the weight of the action and barrel.
I hope this answers your question.
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