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Savage Long Range Hunter Rifle Review

By ADMIN · Apr 30, 2015 ·
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  1. Brad Norman

    Brad Norman Member

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    If it helps you at all, my Son and I hunt with a Savage LRH in 6.5X284. It's a wonderfully accurate rifle/cartridge combination. Not a good choice if you only burn factory ammo, but if your'e a handloader I don't know of a better cartridge for hunting in North America. We've harvested Pronghorn, big Mule Deer and a nice bull Elk in Nevada, all with nice clean one-shot kills. I find the recoil to be quite mild. Rifle weight is a big factor but, comparing apples to apples, I suspect the 6.5X284 kicks about the same as a .308 Winchester.

    There's really need to push things by loading the cartridge to its maximum velocity potential. We stay under 2,900 fps when using the 140-grain A-Max (discontinued, but I understand now it's the ELD-M) and it's one of the most accurate hunting-weight rifles I've seen. I don't claim to be capable of pulling it off on any given day, but I once managed a dandy 5-shot group into .75" at 200 yards shooting off my backpack.

    I've become a big fan of Savage rifles generally, and I'm especially happy with my LWH. The 6.5X284 cartridge is very easy to handload for; and the accuracy results, for me, have been astonishing.

    Happy hunting Sir!
     
  2. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    Just got my 11-111 out for an upcoming elk hunt next October. I'm going to build some loads with the new Berger 250 grain Elite Hunters in Nosler brass with most likely H1000 or RL 22 (interestingly Berger lists RL 22 on their dope chart). The only downside with my 338 is magazine length. I cannot jump the Bergers like I want to because they won't feed. I'm also going to load some Sierra Game King's SBT's in the 250 grain weight. Those, because of the shorter ogive, I can jump.

    When you compare the Berger Elite Hunters in 250 grain to the Sierra Match Kings in 250 grain they appear to be identical. Interesting.

    We will see how it plays out. Still a tank.
     
  3. rodney7370

    rodney7370 Active Member

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    Probably a long shot to read this years later but could you share your load recipe with me? You seem to have an excellent load with extreme accuracy. Thanks Rodney
     
  4. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    Here are two loads using Retumbo and H4831sc. I seat the Berger 140 HVLD, 075” off the lands, but your rifle may require a different seating depth. I’d work up a from a grain for two lower, and work up.
    -57gr Retumbo, Fed210M, 3000FPS
    -53gr H4831sc, Fed210M,
    2950FPS
     
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  5. rodney7370

    rodney7370 Active Member

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    Thanks for the helpful information. I have a custom build in this caliber also and 2900fps is working well.
     
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  6. IdahoHunter208

    IdahoHunter208 Active Member

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    I love my Savage LRH!
     
  7. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    I love my wife, my kids and my dog, I don't love any firearm. All just tools to me.