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Old 04-10-2020, 07:34 AM
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Sporter or heavy barrel,been on the fence awhile,lots of horror stories,I don't want to buy this rifle and then spend hundreds more to make it shoot.Does one configuration shoot better than another. THX
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Old 04-10-2020, 07:36 AM
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Definitely go with heavy barrel.
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Old 04-10-2020, 09:48 AM
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If I were to buy one today I'd get a plane jane SS heavy barrel and order a Boyds Tactical w/ stipples & adjustable cheek or an ATOne. Also the larger bolt handle. Bed the riffle like CaveDweller on TouTube and it'll shoot absolutly great. Or if you prefer just get the Savage model with heavy barrel and lam stock and just shoot it. I'm very biased though. I hate plastic fantastic stocks and always replace with laminate or chassis. I'm a snob and I know it.
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Old 04-10-2020, 09:55 AM
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My hb with a plastic stock shoots well as is and is lighter than the lammies. I did add a Glades bolt handle. YMMV
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Old 04-10-2020, 10:04 AM
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Is the black heavy barrel and stainless the same except for the finish?
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Old 04-10-2020, 10:06 AM
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Sir,what can it do at 100 yards benched,mine will be a short range varmint out to 125 yards.If I can get 1 moa i'd be satisfied,I can just about do that with the Tikka T1X,on a good day.
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Old 04-10-2020, 10:37 AM
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I have a sporter barrel rifle and a heavy barrel. Definitely get the heavy barrel. The sporter barrel shoots a 2.5 inch group at 100 yd. The heavy barrel shots 1 inch at 100 yd.
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Old 04-10-2020, 02:26 PM
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Sir,did you keep the factory stock on yours,THX,I want mine to shoot coyotes over bait piles.Fluted barrel,or standard heavy barrel,laminate or plastic,straight stock only,I think this is the one I want model 96951,none can I find though.

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Old 04-10-2020, 03:33 PM
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Savage replaced my early hb B.Mag because it wouldn't shoot 1.5 MOA with any ammo.
No idea if the ss is a "coating" but I think not.
I don't shoot @ 100yds but it shoots MOA @ 50 with a good batch of ammo. Ammo testing is paramount to adequate accuracy with the 17WSM.
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Old 04-10-2020, 08:03 PM
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What stock works well with the heavy barrel,synthetic,or laminate?
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Old 04-10-2020, 08:46 PM
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What stock works well with the heavy barrel,synthetic,or laminate?
Laminate is a more stabile platform. I like my Boyds AT-ONE on my CZ 457 22lr.
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Old 04-11-2020, 11:11 AM
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I have read many suggestions and they all seem to point to the heavy barrel. I chose the sporter with the Boyds laminate stock from the factory. The reasons were price which was $289 from CDNN sports shipped. Second was the weight. Where I hunt on gamelands there is a lot of walking. As far as accuracy goes it is very acceptable for hunting. It will usually shoot 1" groups at 100 yards but those groups are 3 shot groups because these guys get hot fast and the fourth and fifth shots can start to wonder. Also it is first shot accurate. Before I got mine I asked a friend what accuracy to expect as he had a heavy barrel that shot poorly and he contacted the factory to inquire about expected accuracy. He was told the Heavy barrel should shoot 1" at 100 yds. and the sporter should shoot 1.5" at 100 yards. Now if you are looking for the rifle that shoots the smallest 5 shot groups I would recommend the heavy barrel as well but if your shooting will be under hunting conditions and you will be walking extended distances I suggest you consider the sporter. Now if you are setting up for pararie dogs where you shoot multiple shots in a few minutes then again the heavy barrel is the way to go.
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Old 04-11-2020, 11:41 AM
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Wow,nice looking rifle ,I think I'll go with that one,I've got a nice weaver 4x16 Grand slam to put on it.Sir is the barrel free floating?

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