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Shot my new Savage for the first time yesterday

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by chaim, Jun 3, 2003.

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  1. chaim

    chaim Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Shot my new Savage 110 (30-06) yesterday. I must say I think I like this gun.

    At first I got a little worried. On the second round the bolt was so stuck it took the RO coming over with two wooden boards and hit them against the bolt to loosen it. Then a few rounds later it stuck again, but I was able to eventually get it loose with my hands. It did this one more time a round or two later but after that it was fine. After the bolt issue got worked out it seemed reasonably smooth.

    It is hard to tell accuracy because I simply am not very good with a rifle (I really don't get that much rifle practice). This gun is equiped with iron sights instead of a scope. Compared to my other rifles (an SKS and Winchester 94 in 30-30) it was a bit more accurate, especially at longer ranges. Like I said, I'm not too good yet with rifles, I had one in the bull at 100yds and all hit paper (with rifles it doesn't take much to make me happy)- I didn't even bother measuring groups but I'd guess 3 or 4 inches (again, I don't shoot rifles more than a couple times a year so for me this is good, don't blame the rifle). At 50 yards it made me look good (though I didn't waste this powerful cartridge at that range, I only shot 5 or 6 rounds at this short range).

    Now the recoil was a bit more than I expected. For the first round or two I barely noticed it, but after that it was... noticable :). My 30-30 felt almost like a .22lr in comparison, or at least like the difference between a light .38spl target load in comparison to a heavy .357mag. It was fun! However, if I want to do as much shooting as I'd like I'll probably need to get a recoil pad (as well as invest in reloading dies so I am not paying over $0.50 a round).

    I think I might be hooked on bolt guns now. I definately will need to join a gun club so there will be an available rifle range with more convenient hours than the public ranges. Maybe my next will be a 7.62x39 or .223 CZ for cheaper (and easier) practice so I can actually start to get good. I know I should get the 7.62x39 CZ and the .223 Howa so I have all bases covered.
  2. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 3, 2003
    South PA, and a bit West of center!
    Good news . i am a Savage fan ... my 99C is a great rifle ... and it performs just great (.243 BTW) ....

    I think if you get set up with a reasonable scope set up ... you'll be even more pleased.

    I am a great believer in recoil pads etc .. I use the Pachmeyr (sp?) slip ons on many long arms and ... also have a leather padded thingie I strap on (bit like a sho rig) .... comfort to me is everything ... go for it.

    Reloading is a definite ''must'' ... not only a chance to save $$$'s but .. the chance to get the ideal load ... for THAT rifle.

    Enjoy .......
  3. Dave R

    Dave R Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Chaim, one of the benefits of reloading is that you can also work up "lite" rounds that recoil less, using lighter bullets and smaller powder charges. Any reloading manual should have some good info for you.

    .30-06 in commercial loadings is a pretty good thumper.
  4. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Centennial, CO
    I found my savage had a very tight chamber when I started re-loading. Federal brass seems to expand a little less than Remington, but both require full sizing to fit back into my rifle, rather than neck sizing only.
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