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Old 05-13-2013, 01:49 AM   #11
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I have been considering the Dimension, I just have to justify buying another bolt gun then get used to that fugly stock
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I have been considering the Dimension, I just have to justify buying another bolt gun then get used to that fugly stock
You seem to be a fan of Savage....that is one fugly rifle. What's one more?
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I have been considering the Dimension, I just have to justify buying another bolt gun then get used to that fugly stock
That fugly stock is actually really comfortable.. Just squeeze your face in and it's perfect for my med hight rings. This one feels softer then my old venture. Think it's all in the recoil pad, so soft. Ohh and I don't have a actual weight for you but the dimension is significantly lighter than the venture.. This is comparing a 3 year old venture tho so the new ones might be just as light to. Personally I think the gun just looks mean, cool and out of the ordinary. Here's a link I found with a real good breakdown of everything to know about the gun including a true tested range report with 308 and 223.

http://www.gunsumerreports.com/review_thompson_center_dimension_p1.php
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Oh and since you want the 243 win, that is in the be family so u can shoot .22-250 Rem*, 7mm-08 Rem, .308 Win also by using the same bolt and mag housing. Just need a new barrel.. I've seen them go for 150-200 bucks and they come with the mag for that caliber you need.
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Here's a .243 from the Savage custom shop that was made for "ranges from 100-300 for yotes, varmints and maybe for deer."

24 inch "magnum weight" barrel, and one of Savage's thumb-hole stocks. The accutrigger is adjusted for 1.5 pounds.

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Five shots at 100 yards.



Load I found works best:

70 grn Nosler ballistic tip
47 grains H4350
3450 fps from the 24" barrel
Federal Brass, Winchester WLR primers

Fugly? - I don't think so.

- But that's just me.

It weighs ten pounds with the Nikon Monarch 4-16x42 side-focus BDC scope, so it would be a poor choice as a mountain rifle, or for shooting without a bipod or rest.

Shooting it while up on your hind legs is a real challenge, to say the least!

If you are laying down, in a stand, or on the bench though, it is a real pleasure to shoot.
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The worst of my Savages shoots 1/2" with RL19 and 150gr Accutips, the best shoots one ragged hole at 100 with 4350 and 130gr SGKs, none of them are fancy models just your run of the mill Tupperware stocked 110 and model 11. They are tough to beat, only my Tikka is more accurate day in day out with a wide variety of loads. Savages are accurate but bullet picky, the darn Tikka shoots everything remarkably well; soft points, poly tips, hollow points, Sierras, Hornadys, Speers......whatever you want to feed her and with just about any powder you care to use. Finding what Savages like is a process of trial and error, though all of mine thus far have liked SGKs.
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The Savage looks like a normal rifle to me, that TC is strange looking, not to say it isn't comfortable or whatever, and I would give it a shot if I were in the market for one, but I also would have to see some proof it will out shoot the Savage or other options I may find available, the interchangeable rifle isn't a huge selling point to me, I already have an Encore and the only barrel I have is the 50 cal muzzleloader it came with.
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Browning X Bolt gets my vote.
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Browning is a tricky one, I have a new A-Bolt II that has been absolutely the most finicky rifle I have ever shot, makes the Savages look super easy, but here is the kicker it is not so much bullet picky as it is powder picky, second weirdest darn thing I have ever seen reloading, absolutely horrible results with all the common 7mm-08 powders but after several months of trying I stumbled into H380 (A 22-250 powder) and all the sudden everything shot well, 120gr-160gr they all loved it, I know that is not a trait of the 7mm-08 which is highly prized for working well with all medium burn rate powders, you can only chalk that up to the rifle. Love the cloverleafs it gives me now but for a while there I was ready to chunk it out the window because all factory ammo shot like $#!^ with 6-8" groups, making it the second worst rifle I have ever shot with factory fodder.
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