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A Great Hunting Rifle #8048954 11/13/20 02:56 AM
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As a hobby mechanic and woodworker I've learned to appreciate the value of a good tool. A couple of hours ago I killed my buck for this year and as I cleaned up my rifle it occurred to me that the old Savage 11FC is just one heckuva fine tool. I bought it used years ago intending to carry it around on my UTV and use it for shooting hogs. I whipped up a big batch of .308 reloads with Sierra Pro Hunter bullets and they worked so well on the piggies that I just started using the old Savage for all my hunting.
The rifle is nothing special--the synthetic stock is banged up a little and is topped with a mid-grade older 3X9 scope. Not fancy, but like any other good tool it just works. I've killed somewhere north of 100 hogs with it, and it's dropped a buck every year for the past couple of decades. Almost every kill is a DRT event, and the excceptions didn't run far. Is it a MOA shooter? Don't know, but I do know it's more accurate than I am. So please pardon the windy post--just wanted to throw a little love toward a darned fine firearm.


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Yes Sir. I own a decent amount of different rifles but my go-to is still an old Savage 110 in 243 that I bought used from an old man 25 years ago. It’s old, ugly, has plenty of dings & scratches, but it’s a great tool that’s killed hundreds of deer/pigs/varmints/& a few exotics. I feel like I’m cheating on that rifle every time I grab a different one lol.

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Originally Posted by skinnerback
I feel like I’m cheating on that rifle every time I grab a different one lol.


That one made me laugh, but I feel the same way ;-)


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I have seen ( and actually owned one for a short time ) some fairly attractive Savage rifles. Most however are butt-ugly.



But i've never seen one that wouldn't shoot great. Even the cheap combo rifles with stocks that looked like they were fashioned by a junior high shop class shot great.



All other things aside, being able to place a bullet in the vitals of a game animals is the tale of the tape......how it gets there is not as important in the grand scheme of things. Lots to be said about a good workhorse rifle


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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
I have seen ( and actually owned one for a short time ) some fairly attractive Savage rifles.


That’s BS, they’ve never made one.

Originally Posted by txtrophy85
But i've never seen one that wouldn't shoot great. Even the cheap combo rifles with stocks that looked like they were fashioned by a junior high shop class shot great


That hurts to say but you’re right. If you can get used to the trigger.

I’ve got a rifle Skinner that I’m starting to feel the same way about.


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Re: A Great Hunting Rifle [Re: Reverendbiker] #8049157 11/13/20 11:37 AM
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Although I have never owned a Savage rifle I remember seeing a 270 on sale for great prices like $299.00 or $349.00 with a 3X9 scope, for the dollar they seem hard to beat!
Knew I guy that bought one he could not hit the broadside of a barn at 20 yards, not the guns fault laugh


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Re: A Great Hunting Rifle [Re: Reverendbiker] #8049208 11/13/20 01:14 PM
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To the OP, no apology necessary. This is a hunting forum, right? I've never owned a Savage, but I've never heard anyone have anything negative to say about their ability to take down a animal.


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Re: A Great Hunting Rifle [Re: Reverendbiker] #8049271 11/13/20 02:19 PM
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I do love my savage. I guess ill be an outlier, it was a pretty gun to me a model 14 American Classic Stainless. To me it looks every bit as good as a Rem 700 BDL etc. Problem was it wouldnt shoot for crud. A little work into the stock and bedding and it shot well, and now i have ditched the pretty wood in favor of synthetic, but its still a good looking gun to me.


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I hate the bladed trigger, and it's not a pretty gun, but I'll be damned if I don't pick up a Hog Hunter in a store anytime I see one. For some reason I really want one.


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Re: A Great Hunting Rifle [Re: Reverendbiker] #8049346 11/13/20 03:21 PM
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Howdy Jack,
I have a couple of those savage "tools" as well that shoot better than some of my other rifles that cost much more.
Just as you said, nothing fancy to look at, but with some reloads I have 100% confidence they will do their job if I do mine right.

Congrat's on the buck!

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I have been shooting a Savage 110 in .30-06 for over 40 years- my stepdad, when he had a little country store in the east Texas woods, would pick up a gun every now and then because someone would leave one as collateral for a case of beer and would never come back for them. He gave me that 110 one year for Christmas I think. You can believe this or not- back when I used to hand load I put three rounds thru the same hole at 100 yards with it in a gun vise. Couldn't really believe it but the one hole was a little bigger than what one round would make, a little ragged around the edges, and to verify shot a fourth round and aimed two inches lower and put a hole in the target two inches below the other. Great little gun.

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Originally Posted by QuitShootinYoungBucks
I hate the bladed trigger, and it's not a pretty gun, but I'll be damned if I don't pick up a Hog Hunter in a store anytime I see one. For some reason I really want one.

I guess its not for everyone, but I really like the accutriger in mine. When I pulled it apart and put the new barrel on and put it in the new stock I got out the supplied little tool, and cranked the weight down as low as it would go and found it to have a very nice triger. Maybe some are better than others.


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I have never owned one of the Savage's, but I came across the Mossberg Patriot a few years back and bought one in a 308. The dang
thing shot light's out, I was surprised by a less than $500 dollar rifle. Since that time I have picked up two more in a 270 and 243. All three are
dead on.

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I love my Savages. I shoot left handed, so for the money, I can't find a rifle that shoots as well in the left handed setup. .223 Bull Barrel and .308. 308 has an Accutrigger. Both shoot lights out.

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Originally Posted by Russ79
I have been shooting a Savage 110 in .30-06 for over 40 years- my stepdad, when he had a little country store in the east Texas woods, would pick up a gun every now and then because someone would leave one as collateral for a case of beer and would never come back for them. He gave me that 110 one year for Christmas I think. You can believe this or not- back when I used to hand load I put three rounds thru the same hole at 100 yards with it in a gun vise. Couldn't really believe it but the one hole was a little bigger than what one round would make, a little ragged around the edges, and to verify shot a fourth round and aimed two inches lower and put a hole in the target two inches below the other. Great little gun.



I inherited a Savage in .30-06 that was made in the 60’s or 70’s

Had great wood on it and at a glance looked a lot like a model 70.


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Originally Posted by skinnerback
Yes Sir. I own a decent amount of different rifles but my go-to is still an old Savage 110 in 243 that I bought used from an old man 25 years ago. It’s old, ugly, has plenty of dings & scratches, but it’s a great tool that’s killed hundreds of deer/pigs/varmints/& a few exotics. I feel like I’m cheating on that rifle every time I grab a different one lol.


agreed

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I have 2 beautiful 243s that sit in the safe, an older Remington wood stock bdl and a ruger 243 but my favorite gun is my composite stock Remy 243 that I bought in the late 90s. After I bought and started using this gun my confidence and accuracy soared, it is the gun that I am not afraid if it gets a little wear and tear on but dang it is a good gun. I would be a bit nervous to switch guns.





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Reminds of my Remington 788

Plains Jane, barebones, absolutely nothing fancy rifle

But it works really well

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If your confident in it shoot it. Plain Jane no frills guns have killed lots of game. up

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I have two bolt 223’s. One is a custom build built by the late Harold Broughton. It has a 22” barrel and is one of my go to calling rifles. The other is a Savage LE1 with 20” barrel I got to carry around in the PU and UTV’s. The Broughton is a tack driver but the ugly Savage will out shoot it. Bugged a yotes eyes 3 days ago with the Savage.



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I have seen stock Savages and stock Remington 788s out shoot custom rifles many times.

At a local range once upon a time I saw a bone stock non-accutrigger heavy barrel Savage .308 consistently out shoot a Robar SR-90. The Robar owner was really really mad lol.

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Life's just too short to hunt with an ugly rifle. smile ani


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Life's just too short to hunt with an ugly rifle. smile ani

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


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Don't you know that you measure a hunting rifle by the number of $ you spent, and not the game you actually shot with it? Cheap, reliable and effective? Who the heck would want that?


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Savages are one of the most maligned rifles out there, but every one I've ever seen would just flat shoot.


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