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Old 10-02-2013, 02:29 AM   #11
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I called Effie Sullivan at Savage,and had the Savage Custom shop build the one I have a few years ago.
For about the same money you could just buy a Savage long action rifle,and swap barrels with an aftermarket heavy barrel. The only reason I went with the factory barrel is one of the shooting matches I shoot in only allows factory rifles in the class I shoot in.
Whether you buy a Savage or the Remington SPS,you'll probably want/need to get an aftermarket stock for the rifle. The factory stocks SUCK!
Ruger does offer the M77 in a heavy barreled 25-06,and there are some as well as the Remington 700 for sale on gunbroker.

This is mine in a Choate tactical stock-



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how do you like that Choate stock?
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For the price,the Choate stock is well worth it.
They aren't the prettiest girl at the dance,but they do a fine job supporting the action.
I love Manners stocks,but you can buy 3 Choates for the price of 1 Manners.

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I agree with Tx.. the factory synthetic Savage stocks are not rigid enough for good Bi-pod supported shooting. ( too much flex for my liking)

Another after market stock to consider for the Savage 110FB 111's 112's is the Bell and Carlson Dura Max. (my go to) They are excellent heavy stocks and for a Benjamin +/- they are a good buy. key search is LONG ACTION the are made for heavy barrels.

I should add these stocks are discontinued, but can still be found ebay, and other type auctions etc.

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For the price,the Choate stock is well worth it.
They aren't the prettiest girl at the dance,but they do a fine job supporting the action.
I love Manners stocks,but you can buy 3 Choates for the price of 1 Manners.
I'll let Sam know you like it.
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I have owned plenty of rifles so I have a pretty good sample size, speaking purely in terms of accuracy/utility/value here is how I rank them.
1st Tikka T3 sub 1/4 MOA accuracy with handloads, only 6lbs in weight, perfectly reliable, hella fine trigger and the smoothest action in the universe. Found my SS model for only $408 NIB best buy I have ever come across. Only gripe I can dream up is the lackluster recoil pad, though that is not an issue at all on my 6.5x55.
2nd Savage 110. Owned half a dozen Savages all have been fantastic. If I wanted to nit pick I could complain about Savages being bullet picky but at the end of the day they all shoot easily sub-MOA with a variety of good hunting bullets. My $300 Savage 30-06 has one of the best triggers of any rifle and the recoil pad is the best of any rifle I have ever used in any price range.
3rd Winchester 70 Featherweight. If style and feel top your criteria list bump this one to 1st place it just oozes class. Action is fantastic, trigger is great, and the walnut stock is to die for, it simply does not get any better, looks and feels like a much more expensive rifle.
4th Marlin XS7 REALLY good for a cheap gun, almost makes you forget you got it for under $300 when you start shooting holes in holes at the range. Alot like the Savage except the finish is a little cheaper/gritter.
5th Browning A-Bolt. Shoots as tight as anything.....but it took ALOT more work getting it to shoot tight. I love the fit of my A-Bolt and the flip down magazine is my favorite feature. While the action/trigger are good they are nowhere near Tikka good, the Finnish rifle is just in a completely different class in terms of fine tuning.
6th Remington 700 Yep I gatta give Remington last place, I have owned several 700s and the last two were a huge letdown, piss poor does not cover it, one would not shoot at all, and the other was rusting like it just came out of a salt bath despite regular oiling and cleaning. I won't waste my money on another.

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I personally called savage and they don't make a heavy barrel 25-06. What's ur opinion on a 243 caliber they do have heavy barrel options for that?

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I ordered a "magnum weight" 24" barreled .243 from Savage in stainless with a thumb-hole stock.

It worked out to be the most accurate rifle I've ever owned, and will put five rounds into 1/2" with my favorite load.

That's 47 grns of H4350 pushing a Nosler 70 grain ballistic-tip bullet at 3450 fps.

All I ever do with it is punch paper - but it would do the job as a long-range varmint rifle.

In a pinch, I could use 100 grain factory loads and shoot a deer, etc..

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Weighs ten pounds with the Nikon Monarch 4-16x42 side-focus BDC scope.

No kick to speak of. - I'm thinking of getting a drop-in single-shot adapter, as that is how I use it.

Note that custom-ordered guns are a bit pricey.

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I personally called savage and they don't make a heavy barrel 25-06. What's ur opinion on a 243 caliber they do have heavy barrel options for that?
but you can rebarrel a Savage at home with a few tools, and some basic skills.
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Savage does make the 111 Long Range Hunter in 25-06, 26" medium/heavy barrel. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that thing will drive tacks.

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I personally called savage and they don't make a heavy barrel 25-06. What's ur opinion on a 243 caliber they do have heavy barrel options for that?
Did you ask to speak with Effie Sullivan?
If not,call her and ask if they still have any 24" 25/06 heavy barrels left in stock,if they still have any of those barrels you can get them to build you a 110 FP,or any other style depending on the stocks they have that will work with the barrel.
The 111 Long Range Hunter is a great rifle,and even has a decent stock on it.
It would be a great choice in 25/06 also.
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