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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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We are making a trip to the gun shop on Friday to get a new rifle for my Grandson.
He is leaning toward a Savage bolt action in 6.5 Creedmoor.
Anybody have any suggestions on which model to look at and also any thoughts on the rifle/scope packages offered by Savage.


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 09:58 PM
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I have a Savage Hog Hunter in .223. I like it very much. I use it for bench rest shooting.
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I have 3-Stevens 200's, 2 Axis, a model 40 in 22K Hornet and a Target right bolt left eject action in 222 Remington. They have all been modified with the exception of the target model. I did not modify them because they did not shoot well or because there was a problem with them. I just like to mess with guns and the Savage product is one of the easiest to work on. If you want to do your own gun smithing, they can not be beat. If you want an accurate gun out of the box, again they are hard to beat. I have never had a problem with any of the Savage guns I own. I can highly recommend any model they offer. The difference in models is finish. You will have to pay more for better stocks or better blueing, but they all shoot well or can easily made to shoot well. So pick what case you want and find a model that is standard in that case. If more than one model is offered then choose what finish you are willing to pay with confidence. If you want an economy rifle, it will have an inexpensive plastic stock plus the trigger may not be adjustable. It will not be the most beautiful rifle in the rack. But it will shoot well. Shooting well is the most important attribute a rifle can have, IMHO.

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Last year I bought a lefty 25-06 Savage 111 Trophy Hunter XP with Nikon ProStaff package. I absolutely love it!!
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Is that a cartridge you already load for? If not, maybe consider a caliber that is more often than not found readily available. All through 'the shortage' I saw 308 and 30-06 around here. Nothing wrong with a 308 as an 'all rounder' in a short action (easier for many to work the bolt).
I am interested in the Sav line also, just waiting for the 'right deal' in '06. I would suggest getting a model with the AccuTrigger. I have one on a 22LR and it equals some of my target rifle triggers (as does the accuracy right out of the box).

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-21-2017, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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I currently load for many different cartridges but wouldn't mind working with the Creedmoor.
He currently has a 308.
Last year he used his Dad's 300 Winchester Mag.
He has also been successful with the 264 Mag.
I have lots of bullets and powder so if I can find dies and brass we should be good to go.
He's 14 however and may change his mind 5 times before we get out of the store with something.
Thanks for the feedback on the Savage line.
Will buy with confidence.

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Cant comment directly on todays Savage bolt actions, as I don't own one, but people seem to really like them, especially their out of the box accuracy.

I will comment on the scopes that usually come with "package deals". They are usually no name blister pack scopes that are not of the best quality (that's being generous). If you shop around, its not hard to find a name brand scope like a Nikon for about $125.00 or so that will be a much better, as in reliable, scope. Lots of guys never have a problem with them, but a lot do, usually when the shot really counts.

Just ask my buddy who didn't get a shot at a beautiful buck this year because he was too lazy to switch out a junk scope that came with a Mossberg rifle he bought last year. Scope was fogged badly inside when he needed it, and he has 3 or 4 good scopes laying around he could have used. I have a video of him smashing the scope later that morning, and would like to post it, but the language would make your skin crawl......


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The Savage Axis with a wood stock in the Creedmore would be hard to beat very accurate even with factory ammo, Cabelas usually has them for $400.00 if you have one near.

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Savage in .243 with Accutrigger and a ProStaff 3x9. Shot this coyote from my deck door. About 140 yards using a 58gr Hornady and H4895. Shoots every weight from 55gr. t0 95gr. right at 3/4" at a 100 yards. Works for me.

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A couple of years ago, I found a Mdl 110 in 30-06 at a pawn shop for $300. Beech stock, factory Savage mount and cheap scope, it apparently had never been shot, not a mark on it. The only bad thing, the trigger pull was over 8 lbs. This was before Accutrigger, but the Savage trigger was still very simple to adjust. There are places on the internet that tell you how to do all the adjustments.

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