is the savage model 11 long range hunter a good starter?

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Pepperboy, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. Pepperboy

    Pepperboy Member

    Messages:
    18
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2010
    Hey guys i was wondering if anybody has any experience with the new savage 111 long range hunter. I was originally looking at the remy 700 xcr tactical long range but ive reconcidered that rifle as i think its a bit pricey for what you get as the flexy fore-end in the stock isnt what i call quality. So i was wondering if the savage is better value for money and i was wondering if it had a free floating barrel?
    Ohh yeah btw this is basically a starter fifle for introducing myself to ranges of about 600 to 800 yards.

    Im looking at the 300. win mag version and i was looking to put a harris bipod and a decent scope on it for around 1000$

    the total should come to around 2000$

    Thankyou for any help in advance

    Jaygun)
     
  2. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,018
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2008
    For saving money savage is the way to go in my opinion. I don't know much about the model 11's but I have worked with the 12's. 11's should be free floated and the stocks usually have a basic set of pillars.

    I am building a carry rifle in a 6.5X284norma with a model 112BVSS currently.

    Sharp shooter supply has alot of cool stuff for the savages

    Brent
     

  3. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,158
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008
    The 111LRH is the cream of the crop in my opinion. I have just recently been able to handle the Accu-Stock. Needless to say it is a very comfortable and stable platform. The fore end is stable and the aluminum bedding that most guys look for in a quality rifle is already included. The barrel is generously free floated and usually a guy can run a credit card between the barrel and stock. The nicer part of the rifle is the addition of the adjustable cheek piece. This rifle will do wonders for you and your adventure into long range hunting. Another caliber to consider is the Mod 11LRH in 300WSM. I own a Mod 12 Low Profile in 300 WSM cutting .690 MOA (Minute Of Angle) in prone position with a variable wind at 300 yards. I could have done better with a still day. The 300WM will work just as well, but you use about 10grns less with the WSM.

    Good luck in your decision,
    Tank
     
  4. mopar440

    mopar440 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    75
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    looks like a good one got muzzle brake to dont know how good it works it being adjustable probly threaded so would be hard to swap maybe somebody will chime in
     
  5. Pepperboy

    Pepperboy Member

    Messages:
    18
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2010
    Re: is the savage model 111 long range hunter a good starter?

    Greatt stuff guys, the more i hear about this rifle the more i like it!

    the only thing that is a downside of the rifle is the hinged floorplate ive never been a fan of them but its a small price to pay for a quality rifle.

    Overall i think this would be an excellent starter rifle for money and there is a good chance i will order this model soon

    If there is any more comments or doubts on this rifle or any suggetions of a better rifle with a free floating barrel etc. for a about 1000$ help me out thanks

    Jaygun)
     
  6. mopar440

    mopar440 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    75
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    pretty sure you can swap to a clip i think sharp shooters supply sell the stuff probably order it from brownells too
     
  7. Pepperboy

    Pepperboy Member

    Messages:
    18
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2010
    sweeet i was hoping there was a solution for that thanks for the input :D checking it out now
     
  8. barthmonster

    barthmonster Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    65
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2010
    Any updates on the Long-Range Hunter model ?? How about accuracy ??

    Curious about .308 but I've heard the .300 win is pretty accurate also...
     
  9. Lexthepilot

    Lexthepilot Member

    Messages:
    22
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2010
    I have shot the model 11 LRH in .308 win and was extremely impressed. fit my arms very well and had sub .5MOA groups when conditions stayed just right. and there was a decent reduction in recoil from the brake being turned on. not huge but anything helps. may be more noticeable on the .300 win mag too being that its a more gassy round. all i can recommend is to use it with brake on all the time or off all the time because i noticed a 1.5"shift in POI when the brake was turned off.
     
  10. barthmonster

    barthmonster Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    65
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2010

    Haha ! Gassy round... Me too...

    Good info about the POI change with brake on vs. off...

    I'm done researching which savages are accurate, settled on a used Model 12 F/TR in .308 with very little use... Hope it shoots well. Now I have a lot of handloading stuff to shop for.

    Anyone like Lee Collet dies ? Or do you use the bushing-type (Redding, forstner) ?
     
  11. Lexthepilot

    Lexthepilot Member

    Messages:
    22
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2010
    Good choice with the FTR. my instructor shoots the FTR .308 and with reloads i watched him make 5 rounds touch at 500 yards...and thats the only rifle he owns that hasnt been customized at all lol

    No experience with any of those dies. always used RCBS myself and had very good consistency and brass life. never had any reason to try anything else
     
  12. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,158
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008

    I have the Lee Collet dies. They work very well and I have stuffed a few thousand casings through it. What hasn't lasted is my bench top!:rolleyes: The body die has some brass build up in it for some reason. I will eventually have to send that one back to Lee and get it polished.

    The Redding dies are nice too. I would suggest those because you can get more consistent neck tension. Just a thought.

    Tank