I have decided to try a savage after hearing all the good things about them the last few years. I need a mid cal. rifle for long range practice and coyotes when the wind is blowing - and it always blows on the prairie here in Montana. I know I should just buy the rifle and screw a 1-8 twist barrel on it and be done with it but I want to see for myself what a stock savage will do. I would appreciate any experience anyone has had on how heavy a bullet I should be able to stabilize with a factory 9-1/4 twist .243 barrel and any personal experiences or thoughts. There is another motive here in that I only own little rifles and big rifles and have a grandson that will need his first deer rifle. Thanks for your thoughts. HERE'S HOPING ALL THE MOTHERS OF LRH HAD A GREAT DAY TODAY.