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    Thoughts on Savage model 11 in 7mm-08?

    Wondering if anyone has experience with the Savage model 11 (short action). I believe this is a pre-accutrigger model (mid 90's?)I came across one in 7mm-08 for $300 and am thinking about giving it a whirl. Never owned a Savage since I was always put off by the budget grade stocks/finsh but their reputation for accuracy speaks for itself. Does the 11 shoot well? Seems I read something about changes in the twist rate from 1 in 9" to 1 in 11" that didn't work well with heavier bullets. Anyone know when this occurred?

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    Re: Thoughts on Savage model 11 in 7mm-08?

    Not sure about the 11 you're referring to... however, my two Savages; 1951 99R in .300Sav and 1983 110C in .243Win are top notch craftsmanship and more accurate than I am. They've both put venison in the freezer :P
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    Re: Thoughts on Savage model 11 in 7mm-08?

    The slow twist 7mm-08 happened maybe 4 or 5 years after the accu-trigger came out, maybe only 1.5 to 2.5 years ago

    I have a 7mm-08 Savage. The factory 9 twist barrel loved Federal Premium 140gr Nosler Ballistic Tip. It hated Remington 140gr Core-Lokt. It now wears a Criterion 22" SS 1:9 hand lapped barrel, and loves many bullets, but still hates the Remington 140gr Core-Lokt ammo. Groups go from sub-half MOA with hand loads to 2+ MOA with Rem factory


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    Re: Thoughts on Savage model 11 in 7mm-08?

    Well, looking for a good "working gun" at low cost - mainly for chasing elk/mulies in the mountains.
    I'm contemplating three currently:

    JC Higgins 51L in .30-06 for $400 (well used but serviceable and I like the "controlled round" feed - also lightweight since built on an HVA action).

    Savage 11 in 7mm-08 with "blind" magazine for $300 (relatively lightweight and comes to the shoulder nice but not as well built as the other two choices - I like this cartridge although I know some consider it light for elk)

    Remington 788 in .308 for $250 (good shooters but not crazy about the detachable magazine and it's a bit hefty)

    I'm thinking the 788 and Savage 11 have it with regard to accuracy but the JC Higgins would be the reliable workhorse.

    Whats the better choice?

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    Re: Thoughts on Savage model 11 in 7mm-08?

    I bought a Savage 11 youth model in .243 win. for my son as well as a model 116 in .300 win magnum. You are correct in that the stocks on the lower end rifles are very basic. The actions/barrels are a different story. While the bolts tend to be "looser" than on a more expensive rifle, they action fine and are very accurate. For a starter rifle with OOB accuracy, Savages fill the bill quite nicely.

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    Re: Thoughts on Savage model 11 in 7mm-08?

    Well, a 788 for $250 is a steal! Buy it, shoot it all summer, then sell it for higher and put the money on/toward what you really want. $400 seems high to me for a used 30.06, Husky or no, but it does depend upon the region. I like Remingtons for bolt guns, and a used 700ADL is easy to find, light, and accurate. However, if you like how the Savage feels in your hands, the 7mm08 is a grand little cartridge. I too like the Husky's, I just never see any out here. Having hunted several countries, on 2 continents, I have never seen the need for a controlled round feed, myself. I feel the CRF rifles are heavier, just a little, than the Remingtons.
    My Kimber 84M was originally a 7mm08, and I shot exactly one exotic sheep with it, then had it rebarreled to the .224 TTH (22/6mm) I could not tell the diff between that 7mm08 with the Hornady LM 139SST and my handloads in a 280 Remington w/Hornady 139sp..in the field. Good luck to you.
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