Please some advice


October 27, 2008, 08:51 AM
:confused:I have recently taken possesion of a new savage 11g (LH) in .243.

So I need a little info and here is some backround on me:

Next season would be my first Deer hunting and the area of the hunt would be North easter PA. So I have a few Questions also:

The .243 debate I know is a raging one but can anyone recommend a solid Deer round (please I know people can spout ballistics but please KIS(I'm)S)

Also an over all review on the rifle

Can you please recommend a budget conscious Scope

Please respond to all our just one of these topics....

Thanks to everyone, I am new here and all my posts have been answered So I value your opinions :confused:

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October 27, 2008, 09:33 AM
Choose the 100gr factory loads. They are sufficient for deer. Just remember you can't shoot through trees with it and expect to hit what you are aiming at. Choose solid front shoulder or neck shots only. No shots at running deer unless it is wounded by you. Good luck hunting. If you are hunting state game lands, there will likely be a lot of hunters. Be careful and try to put the deer down on the first shot. You don't want it running hundreds of yards as it will likely be shot by another hunter.

For a budget conscious choice on a scope, I'd probably choose a Bushnell scope from Walmart; probably 3-9x variable. You can always buy another scope as you have the financial resources later. Keep the scope set on 4x while in the woods. Turn it up to a higher power only to take a shot or to look over an animal.

Savage rifles have a reputation for being good shooters.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
October 27, 2008, 09:41 AM
What, EXACTLY, is "budget-conscious"? $150, $200, $250, $300, $400, $500? Some people spend $1,000 on their scope, so would consider $500 to be "budget-conscious".

The rifle is excellent. Any 95 gr to 105 gr load will work excellently on any deer, and should shoot 2-2.5 MOA in that Savage, which is plenty good. You need good scope, good rings, and practice.

October 27, 2008, 09:54 AM
between $150 - $200


October 27, 2008, 10:01 AM
I prefer Nikon, Leupold and Weaver scopes. All are good with the Leupold probably being the best in the middle price range.

Something like this:

Vern Humphrey
October 27, 2008, 10:20 AM
For deer, I'd recommend a load with a 100 to 105 grain bullet in the .243.

Nikon makes good scopes, at a good price for the budget-conscious shooter. Go to, and look at the Nikon 4X prostaff at $109.95 with rings. This is a fine scope, and a 4X fixed power scope is really better for hunting than the oversized variables you see in the field nowadays.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
October 27, 2008, 10:27 AM
For those hunting conditions on that budget, I'd get these scopes, in order of preference:

1. Bushnell Elite 3200, 1.5-4.5x32mm
2. Nikon Prostaff, 2-7x32mm
3. Burris Fullfield II, 1.75-5x20mm
4. Bushnell Elite 3200, 3-10x40mm
5. Nikon Prostaff, 3-9x40mm
6. Burris Fullfield II, 3-9x40mm

All are under $200 new.

October 27, 2008, 11:28 AM
You do not need "premium" ammo.

Any of the Remington, Winchester, Federal, or Hornady factory 100gr. loads will be fine. Another good one is the Hornady 95-gr. load.

Premium Sauce has suggested two scopes that I personally think are the very best value...

Nikon ProStaff 2x7x32 at about $130 would be my first choice

Nikon Prostaff 3x9x40 at about $150 would be my second choice.


I have no experience with that particular rifle model but from all I've heard and read about the Savages I would expect it to be very good.

Good Luck !

October 27, 2008, 10:19 PM
22-rimfire posted "Turn it up to a higher power only to take a shot or to look over an animal".,Higher power for the shot is good advice but get your self a set of binoculars "to look over an animal".
Savage model 11G LH in 243. Ive got one on order from the factory in .308.
I am a Hunter Safety Instructor in Md. Instructors can get a very nice discount from Savage.

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