What do you think of this combo: Savage 10FP w/Sightron SII?


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Drjones
September 16, 2004, 10:57 PM
Hi all.

As is evident from my recent threads in this forum, I'm looking for a rifle. :)

I found a good deal on the above system, and from what research I've done on a couple forums, it seems like a good combo.

Not the absolute, bleeding-edge best, but it seems to be a system that will probably last my lifetime (especially with how meticulous I am with my stuff) and will shoot far better than I can.

I'm planning on using it for some deer and target practice; simply to become proficient with a rifle.

I'm not looking to win world matches or split gnat's hairs at 1000 yards; I just want a good, solid, accurate rifle that isn't going to break me right now.

I have plenty of life left to get the absolute top-of-the-line stuff. :)


What do you guys think?


Thanks!

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Quintin Likely
September 16, 2004, 11:10 PM
Doc Jones sez...

I'm not looking to win world matches or split gnat's hairs at 1000 yards; I just want a good, solid, accurate rifle that isn't going to break me right now.
Sounds like you just described Savage to a T. You won't be disappointed.

threefeathers
September 16, 2004, 11:45 PM
I have a 19 FP with a Sightron 4X16. I saved up and had a McMillian A-5 on it. I have a picture of it somewhere on this site. Oh, once I put the A-5 on it I have 1 inch 100 meter groups. I smacked the steel 20 out of 20 at 600 meters last week. This is a shooter!!!!!

steelhead
September 17, 2004, 01:31 AM
Why spend more when the Savage will give you the same or better results than other rifles costing hundreds more. Make sure you get the Accutrigger.

I have a 10FLP with a 6-24 SII on it and has been excellent. Holds zero and the optics are bright and clear. Below is a pic of the SII on my 10/22. The Zeiss which is pictured on the Savage will be going on a new hunting rifle.

http://www.hunt101.com/img/100711.JPG
http://www.hunt101.com/img/100709.JPG

wintermute76
September 17, 2004, 02:08 AM
I recently picked up a Savage 10FP-LE1 and put a Sightron SII 3-10x42mm mil-dot on it. Haven't had a chance to see what it'll do tho.

Drjones
September 17, 2004, 06:22 PM
:)

WhiteKnight
September 18, 2004, 02:38 PM
Drjones, tell us how it goes! What caliber are you getting?

Drjones
September 18, 2004, 08:06 PM
.308.


I'm torn though: I just fondled a friends' Rem 700 in .308 and absolutely fell in love.


Is the fit and finish as good on the Savages as it is on the Remingtons?

If not, I may have to save up for a Remington......it was NIIIIIIIIIIICE......

admar2
September 18, 2004, 08:19 PM
I just ordered a 10FP LE2B today. haven't decided on a scope yet, I was looking at a couple of Nikons, but I haven't made a decision yet.


funny thing is, I ordered it after getting back from the range, where I had the chance to fondle OEF_VET's 700p. (she's a beaut btw frank)


It's not that I don't like the 700P, but for what a 700p would cost me with a trigger job, I can get the LE2B with the accutrigger and a mcmillan stock. so I went with the Savage.

45R
September 18, 2004, 09:11 PM
Dr. Jones
I've got an idea. Lets get both the 700 and Savage out for a range day. Then decide. :) It'll give you a chance to blast away with the Springfield also :)

steelhead
September 19, 2004, 12:44 AM
Depending on the model, the Remington is closer to art where the Savage is a tool.

I have a Remington 700 (7MM RM) and a Browning A-Bolt (30.06). Both of there finishes are nicer/sexier than the Savage.

But accuracy is even more sexy - especially when you don't have to spend a bunch on the trigger, action, and stock to make it so. If you want a show piece then spend a couple hundered more for a Remington or Browning and then spend a couple hundered more accurizing it. Or get the Savage and spend more on a scope and/or ammo.

That's not to say the Remchesters and Brownings can't shoot well out of the box but it depends on if you are going for minute of angle or minute of deer. If minute of deer is what you are looking for then the 10FP is not the right choice, because of the heavy barrel, and you should look into the 11F.

308win
September 19, 2004, 10:21 AM
Before you decide you should check with the dealers in your area to see if they can get you a 700BDL witht he 5R barrel. I believe I paid $795 plus tax for mine. I put a 4X16X42 Sightron mildot reticule with Leupold two piece bases/rings and it shoots much better than I can. I am working on technique now with the confidence that if the shot is off it was me and not the rifle.

I plan to replace the bases and rings this winter. The Sightron is as good as you can get for the money.

Drjones
September 19, 2004, 11:09 PM
Currently, I'm really only looking for minute of deer accuracy. (I like that phrase! :D )

But I don't understand:

The Savage has the accuracy I want and then some, but you're telling me to spend MORE on a generally LESS accurate out-of-the-box rifle??:confused:

steelhead
September 20, 2004, 01:04 AM
I was still suggesting you get a Savage but in a different model #.

If you plan to mainly hunt and then do the occaisional benchrest then the Savage 11F is the rifle you want. You get basically the same setup as the 10FL but minus the heavy barrel. Unless you plan on laying prone all day and overlooking a meadow/clear cut. The 10FP is going to get real heavy. It is almost 2 lbs heavier than the 11F. Plus all the weight is well forward in the rifle and I find it difficult to track well and throw up to my shoulder. Prone, and from a bipod, it doesn't matter. If you plan to mainly shoot at targets, not walk far when hunting, and take all your hunting shots from a narrow window of opportunity - then the 10FP would make some sense in a dual role.

Either way a Savage, with the Accutrigger, will serve you as well or better than any of the other makes. The 11F will give you an accurate shot(s) at deer. The 10FP (Heavy barrel) will give you multiple accurate and quickly fired shots at paper.

If you want more sex appeal (looks) get a Remington, Winchester, or Browning. However, I bet more often than not, you will need to invest some time and $$$'s to get it to shoot. Or you could move up to a Sako or Blaser and get the looks and the out of the box accuracy but for a $1K-$4K price tag.

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