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Savage 16FHSS - 7mm-08

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Old 11-28-2009, 05:18 AM
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Default Savage 16FHSS - 7mm-08

I am eyeballing this rifle for my next purchase for whitetail hunting. How are the accustocks? Are they much improved like Savage claims? Looking for feedback from anyone that currently owns this model.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:12 AM
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Rozman - I've been shooting Savage rifles for over 40 years and I currently have 5 in my gun safe. Three of these have the Accutrigger. And I have yet to have a Savage that would not shoot anywhere from good to excellent. I haven't had the opportunity to shoot one with the new Accustock but if their claims are true that they make the rifle shoot better should make your purchase one outstanding rifle. And your selection of chambering is ideal for whitetail. Good luck.
PS: I'm trying to convince myself that I need another rifle too so I can go out and get one of these.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:06 AM
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Default I have one in .223

and love it! I put a mil dot scope on it and have it tuned in way out there for fun shooting but on ground squirrels it's the bomb!
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:11 PM
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I bought one, left handed, last year in 30-06. It was the first my first new rifle. It shoots great, especially with the Trijicon scope I put on it.

The recoil pad is soft, and may not handle a lot of rough abuse. Also, you may have to adjust the tension of the latch spring for the mag floor plate. When I first got mine, it would spring open when fired if it was full. A little adjustment with an allen wrench and no problem.

I've never shot the 7-08. but I've read that many consider it a great deer cartridge.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:14 PM
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I love Savage rifles!

My son has a Savage 16 Weather Warrior in 7mm-08 that seems to shoot everything well!

You won't go wrong with the Savage, or the 7mm-08.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:33 AM
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I dont know but I dont think savage puts the right rate of twists in the 7-08.
Its 1 in 11.5. In my opinion thats not correct, everyone else makes 1 in 9.5 for the 7-08
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:58 PM
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That accu-stock has to be better than the original P.O.S.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:51 PM
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The twist rate of 1:11.5 steered me away from purchasing this rifle. That twist may be ok for the use of heavier bullets in .284 but I wanted to shoot the lighter grain bullets up to 140gr. I must confess that I bought a TC Prohunter on Gunbroker in 7mm-08 with a 1:9.5 twist. The gun has 30 rounds through it and I grabbed it for $625. It's in transit to my FFL this week. 2 of my hunting buds have Prohunters and cut holes at 100 yards. They have been after me the last 2 years to get one. I will modify the trigger and 1X hinge pin to accurize if necessary.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by rozman62 View Post
The twist rate of 1:11.5 steered me away from purchasing this rifle. That twist may be ok for the use of heavier bullets in .284 but I wanted to shoot the lighter grain bullets up to 140gr. I must confess that I bought a TC Prohunter on Gunbroker in 7mm-08 with a 1:9.5 twist. The gun has 30 rounds through it and I grabbed it for $625. It's in transit to my FFL this week. 2 of my hunting buds have Prohunters and cut holes at 100 yards. They have been after me the last 2 years to get one. I will modify the trigger and 1X hinge pin to accurize if necessary.

If you wanted to shoot lighter bullets you should have jumped on that twist rate. The 1:11.5 is designed for lighter bullets and the 1:9.5 will do much better with the heavier bullets (145-175gr). It is interesting though as I dont know any 7-08 shooters using over a 154 gr bullet with the vast majority shooting the 140's.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:28 PM
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So which twist should shoot the 140's best?
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