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Old 03-22-2013, 5:00 PM
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Default Remington 700 sps tactica vs Savage 11 Trophy hunter xp

I'm looking to buy my first bolt action rifle. It pretty much needs to be an all arounder since I can't afford to buy a rifle for each caliber or need. Plus honestly I have never been hunting but would like too. Range time might be limited since the price of ammo. I'm still debating 308 vs 223.

But these two rifles and their features really caught my eye. Savage slightly cheaper $500 bucks with a nikon scope. I like the heavy barrel on the remington, price is a lil bit higher though.

I prefer shorter barrels since I'm a shorter guy, 5'5". Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 03-23-2013, 2:50 AM
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I too just purchased the rem 700 sps tactical in 308 last week. It's a great rifle but the cost is higher then the savage. I have other 700s and have always loved the action so for me the choice was easy.
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Old 03-23-2013, 6:50 AM
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food for thought... rebarreling a savage is a DIY endeavor with headspace gagues and handtools...

Having a "target" barrel would allow you all the precision you want and you could rebarrel for hunts. (dont forget to rezero )

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Old 03-23-2013, 6:53 AM
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I'd go with the Remmy.

Stock SPS 30-06, added HS stock of my own. 3-shot 200y with Hornady 165g GMX Superperformance.

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Old 03-23-2013, 9:29 AM
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I love my Rem 700 SPS AAC-SD in .308. It's a tack driver and there is a great selection of upgrades you can do over time to fit your budget and use for the rifle.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:27 AM
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No experience with savage, I went with the proven rem 700.
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Old 03-25-2013, 5:59 AM
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What about Savage Arms Model 10 Precision Carbine 308WIN?
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Old 03-25-2013, 8:08 AM
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I had a savage precision carbine but sold it shortly after ordering it. It was much heavier than advertised. i wanted a multi-use rifle but it would make a decent precision rifle.

Both brands are good and I think it boils down to which bolt feels better to you. You want to be able to work the bolt without lifting your head from the stock. Try this with oth but it you need to loft the bolt after the trigger has been pulled because lifting the bolt is what cocks the firing pin.

If you haven't hunted and are not alreadycommited to hunting I recommend 223. Once this ammo prices settle it will be cheaper to practise than with 308 even if you reload. If you do decide to try hunting you can get good quality hunting ammo in 223 that is adequate for deer and pigs that we have here in California.

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What are you interested in hunting?
Would you ever take up reloading?

In addition to rebarreling, he'd also have to switch the bolt face if he's switching from .223 to .308. But I don't believe that's terribly difficult.
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Old 03-25-2013, 8:38 AM
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Tactical - as a possible 3rd purchase down the road. Long road for someone like me to take up reloading. I would definitely buy a .308.
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