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Old 05-28-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Traded off my Savage Edge in .223 with a Bushnell 3x9-40 for this Savage 12 Varminter FV in .223 with a Hawke 6x24-44 on it. Did some research on Hawke scopes and found that they are a decent mid-level scope. This one is a low $200 scope.

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Here is the first set of targets with the new gun. These were reloads for the Edge. Both barrels are 1:9 twist. 53gr Hornady HP Match with Tac in 1gr increments. The upper right looks like my best group and is 24 gr. I'll be working around that amount.

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Excellent trade!
If you put the action in a good stock,that gun will shoot 1/2 moa or better all day long with the right load.
My 12 FLVSS loves 60 gr VMax bullets pushed by 22 gr of H335.

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Nice groups. I have never loaded with H335 but do load mostly Hornady bullets. The 53gr are ones I've been able to buy under $15 and I have about 700. Also have some 55gr SP to load up. Those will be coyote loads. I need to find some FMJ but like everything else I can't be too picky on components. I have several hundred 62gr Speer FMJ but those are reserved for the AR.

What do you consider a good stock? I have never swapped stocks on a rifle. This rifle is a huge upgrade over the Edge. Just the trigger upgrade is worth it. A lot heavier rifle so carrying it around won't be as pleasant.

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I've never had any problems with hunting with a heavy barreled rifle. I only have 2 rifles that have sporter barrels,and I can't remember the last time I've shot either one. Just get a good sling,and you won't have any problems lugging it around.

I put a Thumbhole laminate stock on mine,and really like it. Since mine is LH,I had few choices at the time,but today,there are a bunch of choices out there for Savage rifles. Boyd's has a large selection of Laminate stocks in different styles,also Stocky's Stocks.
Mine was for a sporter barrel,so I had to modify the barrel area of the stock to fit.I also sanded the hand-grip area to fit my hand,and fitted the stock to my action.
They have RH stocks for the heavy barrels,so you wouldn't need to do all that.



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There are many different Composite stocks available for them in many styles. Hogue,Choate,Bell & Carlson,HS Precision,Stockade Guns,McMillan,and Manners all make stocks for a Savage. It depends on what you want to spend.

Most are drop in stocks,with very little needed to be done. Some might need to be bedded,but I'd shoot the rifle in whatever you decide on before,and then if it isn't consistent-go ahead and glass bed the action. It's easy to do if you want/need to do it.

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