Savage 12 vs Remington 700

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by timmymic, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. timmymic

    timmymic Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a new toy and I have narrowed it down to a savage model 12 LRP in 260 rem or a rem 700 cdl sf in 257 weatherby. I am going to be using it for deer out to 600 so I feel like both has plenty of power so pretty much wondering if anyone has had an amazing experience with one of these two or terrible with one?
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I've had a .257 Wby since 2008. Great caliber. Works well on whiteteils with the 110 Accubonds & 115 Bergers.
     

  3. Rogue Hunter

    Rogue Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I've got a Rem. 700 .257 Wby. Have used it for antelope, deer, and black bear with great results. 115 gr Nosler partitions, and Barnes 100 gr ttsx get the nod. Flat shooting, and accurate.
    -My favorite quarter bore:D

    -Mike
     
  4. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Those LRPs rocks, check out this stock 6.5 CM banging targets at 1300 yards ...

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYOTKrYhvZA"]Long Range Shooting 600 - 1300 yards Savage 6.5 Creedmoor & Custom 7mm 300 Win Mag - YouTube[/ame]
     
  5. Dgd6mm

    Dgd6mm Well-Known Member

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    What bullet were they shooting out of the 6.5CM? That was some good shooting.
     
  6. Engineering101

    Engineering101 Well-Known Member

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    timmymic

    I have the Savage Model 12 LRP in 260 Rem. It is a heavy target rifle (14.2 pounds with 6X24 scope) and is very accurate as you would expect. While the 260 Rem itself is great, that rifle in particular would not be my first recommendation for a deer rifle as most people would find it too barrel heavy with the no taper target barrel. (It is however pretty nice with a varmit contour 270 WSM barrel - but that is another story).

    I use my LRP mainly as my long range (500 yards and out) prairie dog gun. It just hammers them with the 95 gr VMAX. It is not that I would not take it deer hunting and I have loads worked up in case I want to do that. I have used those loads shooting from field positions (prone off dirt) just to see if it would work long range for deer and went 4 for 4 on a playing card from 500 yards. However, I've got better balanced choices - for example a custom 7mm WSM based on a Savage model 12 FV which weighs only 12.5 pounds.

    As to Savage versus Remington in general, I'll take the Savage every day. I have 4 of them and they all shoot great and I love that you can swap barrels, bolt heads and/or magazines to create whatever you want in about 15 minutes - not to mention the Accutrigger, 3-position safety, etc. etc. My latest Savage I got a few weeks ago is a model 12 VLP DBM in 223 Rem. Right out of the box with no barrel break in or any mods, it put 3 into 0.344" at 200 yards. The LRP has done similar. All the Savages seem to shoot pretty good right out of the box with whatever ammo you feed them but if you do a little load development the groups get tight.

    Last but not least, my nephew has a rather heavy full custom 260 Rem and shot three deer with it last year. They ranged from 500 to 600 yards and he shot all three of them in the head (yes, on purpose). Needless to say, for him the 260 Rem is working well for deer. Good luck with whatever you pick.
     
  7. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    I have a LRP in 6.5 Creed. I use it for target and long range practice and could easily take deer at 600 yards with it.

    I think it is an excellent choice for someone starting out in long range shooting. You would get a very accurate rifle right off the shelf capable of long range shooting. If you got the 6.5 Creed you would have excellent factory match grade ammo, if not reloading at the moment. If I was already a serious reloader, I would get the 260 as there is better brass available for the 260. Other than that it's a toss-up.