Brand new Savage


February 27, 2010, 08:42 PM
My Model 12 F/TR in .308 came in earlier than expected. :D

Fit and finish is OK. It's no show piece, but it does look like a serious shooter.
Overall it seems like its very well built. However, the proof is in the pudding, or on the target in this case.

Today I measured max. OAL for several different bullets I intend to use right off the get-go.

My scope and mounting hardware won't be here until next week. I'll be sure to post some range results after it all comes together.

And thank you to TargetTerror for the comprehensive PM.

This endeavor is, I'm sure, going to lead to many questions from me.


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February 27, 2010, 08:44 PM
new rifle and no pics for us? you should be very ashamed!

February 27, 2010, 08:56 PM
You get a new rifle...we get pitchers...understood? :neener:

February 27, 2010, 09:01 PM
What they said!

My guess is that it will be a VERY serious shooter indeed.

February 27, 2010, 09:02 PM
I guess I'll bail out the OP..........


That's not a show piece????

February 27, 2010, 09:16 PM
That's not a show piece????Not really, but darn good lookin' for a Savage IMO. No doubt the Savage was made to shoot good not look good.

The only fault I see in the 12 F/TR is the magazine is so dang hard to load... :neener:

February 27, 2010, 10:42 PM
sorry, that cheekpiece is lame, with the stock being laminate, they could've done something better.

February 27, 2010, 11:43 PM
What did you buy for glass?

February 27, 2010, 11:54 PM
Dang, easily over a thou. right??

February 28, 2010, 02:05 AM
Pardon the cell phone camera pictures.

I'm kind of backing into this deal. I started to buy .308 reloading components this last fall, enough Varget and large rifle primers to last me for a while... I think. At that time I wasn't sure even what rifle I was going to get.
Is that sick or what.

I've had the dies for almost a couple of weeks now. I'm going to try to make the Dillon Powder die work. It seems to drop Benchmark, 748 and all of my other powders very well.
The Lapua stuff was accompanied by a new Sierra edition V book. I had a Hornady 7th, but thought I really needed the Sierra. Books are good.

Leopold was my first thought for glass, something in a Mk IV. Man, there are a lot of scopes out there. I thought long and hard about first focal vs. second focal. In the end I couldn't justify the extra buck for a first focal scope. Things might change after I win the lottery.

I finally went a Nightforce in 5.5x22 50mm. I got the one with all the whistles and bells, Mil-dot, zero stop, 1/10th mil elevation. It still make my eyes well up just thinking about (paying for) it.

EGW is what I went with for a 20 moa one piece mount and rings. They have been pretty good folks to work with. I've got some of there 1911 parts.

I'm still going to need a few things, one being a bipod. Sinclair makes a nice one, but its not very portable. We'll see.

I'll try to take some better pics once its all together. It looks so naked now.

February 28, 2010, 02:12 AM
I'll tell ya, these Redding dies are something. I'm going to try to load some in the morning. I've been playing with them a little bit. Maybe I could sleep with them under my pillow - just tonight. ;)
Can you tell I'm anxious to get going!!

February 28, 2010, 12:51 PM
I'll tell ya, these Redding dies are something.From my experience there is very little difference between die manufacturers WRT quality, the Redding sets look better, but that is about it. Lee work just as good IME, but their lock rings are atrocious (Hornady's are the best), and their cases only slightly better. I will usually pick up Redding dies simply for the nicer case and lock rings if they aren't much more. Forster make great micrometer adj. (competition) dies and are a good bit cheaper to boot.


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