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This morning I drove out to the outdoor wildlife area's 100 yard rifle range. It opened at 9:00am, so I wanted to be among the first ones there (it can get PACKED, if you know what I mean!).

Anyway, I own a late 90's model Savage 110, but yet chambered in the legendary .308 (aka - 7.62 NATO). From what I understand, back then Savage Arms was really hurting financially, and about to go Chapter 11 or whatever or something like that. They decided to take the long action & short action models, and remanufacture them to fit in one main long action stock -- the model 110. Everything: .30-06, .270, .25-06, .308, .243, etc... For the short action models, what they did (can't really see it inside) is, they installed a metal/wooden "block" to fit inside behind the short action internal magazine. So you have a long action bolt, chamber, slide, etc... but yet combined with a short action magazine. Somehow, they made it work!

See... Isn't she pretty?



Also, as seen below, I scanned two of my targets after I got home. I tested out my Savage .308 at 100 yards with the elevation set to 1" high and locked into a secure bench rest. Wicked groupings from a solid bench rest! Woo-hoo!!!


Here is the last target, after I realized that I didn't need to do anything to my Savage .308 besides continue to use 168gr BTHP rounds! Talk about being a "tack driver"! Wow!! Here I put down the secure bench rest, hiked out there 100 yards, and strung up another target. I just hand held my Savage, propped up on my elbows on the big wooden bench & seat at the outdoor range. I stayed focused, breathed, relaxed, and gently squeezed the trigger, and fired a few shots to see how I'd do WITHOUT a solid, secure, bench rest. I'd say whatever deer I go after will be DOA and I'll have venison on the table!
 

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Thanks... I love the .308 cartridge and how incredibly accurate it is! I used to own an old Marlin .30-30 and sold it, once I shot a buddy's .308 rifle. Then again, I still miss my old .30-30. It was so cool to hike all over the thick woods, carrying the old lever gun, like so many generations did before me. Very simple... Plain open sights... Nothing fancy... The old .30-30 cartridge has arguably put down thousands upon thousands of deer over the decades!
 

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Nice shooting Butch...
I have an inexpensive synthetic stock Ruger American in .308 with a Burris Fullfield 3x9X40 riding on top...I got out of reloading several years ago...I've been running nothing but Federal Premium 168gr Sierra Matchking BTHP Gold Medal Match through it...It's a tack driver...Similar results to what you are getting with your old Savage...This could open a debate of epic proportion, but it's my opinion that .308 win may be the best all-around short action North American hunting round made...
 

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My Russian izmash saiga in 308 using South African surplus 308 ball ammo at 100 yds no scope will print 1.5” groups.

Nice shooting. I couldn’t get the tight groups I wanted with my new 1972 western auto revelation made by mossberg bolt action 30-06. I tried every new ammo at the time. I started reloading and tightened the groups up to nickel sized five shot groups. To this day she still shoots nickel sized five shot groups at 100yds. This rifle was $172 new with scope and mounts. She’s not a expensive rifle or a looker but she can surely shoot. It didn’t shoot tight groups with new ammo.

Now my ‘94 Remington 700 in 338wm is very accurate with new Winchester super X 338 225 gr ammo. At 100 yds she puts two bullets through the same hole.

My point is some rifles are ammo finicky. I have the BDC scopes on my hunting rifles. Bullet drop compilation out to 500 yds with no hold over. Just dial the distance in the scope. But the gun needs to be dead on at 100 yds so any error will multiply as we reach out distance wise.
 

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Nice shooting Butch...
I have an inexpensive synthetic stock Ruger American in .308 with a Burris Fullfield 3x9X40 riding on top...I got out of reloading several years ago...I've been running nothing but Federal Premium 168gr Sierra Matchking BTHP Gold Medal Match through it...It's a tack driver...Similar results to what you are getting with your old Savage...This could open a debate of epic proportion, but it's my opinion that .308 win may be the best all-around short action North American hunting round made...
Thanks... I've heard stories of Marines still using the .308 (in whatever military weapon chambered in 7.62 NATO) and they were shooting at 600 meters! That's got to be roughly 6½ football fields!!! :eek:

I look at the civilian .308 and say "if it is good enough for the military and snipers, then it is good enough for me"!!!:)
 

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The 308w is a good accurate round designed from the 300 savage, I like it too.

I think there using Winchester 70 or Remington 700 sniper rifles in 308 win.
 

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The 308w is a good accurate round designed from the 300 savage, I like it too.

I think there using Winchester 70 or Remington 700 sniper rifles in 308 win.
I know a lot of designated marksmen in Afghanistan broke out old M14’s and tricked them out with new optics. The 5.56 in the M4 wasn’t getting the job done.
 

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It is also about the easiest round to reload for. It shoots many different powders very well. I have won quite a few local groundhog matches with a 14 twist and 150 grain FB bullets.
 

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I just hand held my Savage, propped up on my elbows on the big wooden bench & seat at the outdoor range. I stayed focused, breathed, relaxed, and gently squeezed the trigger, and fired a few shots to see how I'd do WITHOUT a solid, secure, bench rest. I'd say whatever deer I go after will be DOA and I'll have venison on the table!
Nice! You'll definitely get that deer! My go-to bolt gun in 308 is a Bergara B14 HMR. I've shot it out to 200 and 300 yards, and the rifle really likes the 175gr bullet.
 

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Very nice indeed! The Savage 110 is often overlooked, and underrated. Those who own one know how good they really are. As the others said; cannot go wrong with the .308 win. Nice target work.
 

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I have a Ruger American in .308 with a Boyd's wood stock. Beautiful rifle and shoots awesome plus fun to reload for it. In the past I have taken several deer with a .308, great caliber.
 

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Butch, the early Winchester Model 70's were all like that, long actions with a magazine filler, did it forever, the most extreme being the .22 Hornet chambering.
I've never owned a Savage 110, but everyone that I know that did said one thing - they will shoot!
 

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I bought a Savage 10T in .308 a few years ago - I wanted a bolt-gun and Savage were highly recommended as being good bang-for-the-buck.

This is 5 shots at 100 yds with FGMM 168gr:

 
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