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Old 10-20-2002, 09:57 PM
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I am about to order a savage since I am evidently the only left handed hunter in the world, so I have a couple of questions for you all that have more experience than I do. My first is I have the option of getting the combo that comes with a scope, or getting it without the scope, and paying more in the long run. Is this a good deal or should I spend the extra money and get a scope seperate. My second question is what caliber. I hunt in a wide range of land conditions. From short wooded shots to large open fields. I am looking at the 7mm and I am wondering if there is any reason that I should reconsider? Thanks in advance for every ones advice.
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Old 10-20-2002, 10:06 PM
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It does not cost more in the long run. Usually the scope combos are cheap scopes and do not last. Secondly the rings and bases are cheap and don't do well. If you can see it you can hit it. Get the best scope, etc. you can afford! If not you will regret it.

As to the caliber, you haven't given much info to help. Terrain, distance? Your size, weight, age? Most us guys want a bruiser magnum cartridge. Then we flinch with it. 7mm Rem Mag is a fine round that has a fine reputation at distances. the 30-06 Springfield is one of the older cartridges and too has a fine reputation. many others in that class. a 243 will get the job done with a light recoil and ease of shootability. There are a lot of good calibers. More info on what you want to do with the new Savage would help.

Also go to the firearms section of this site. There are some great knowledgeable people there.
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Old 10-20-2002, 10:20 PM
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Thanks for your advice so far, and as far as my size I am 21 6'3 275, and I will have shots at anywhere from 20yds to 300yds, although I will probably not be taking any 300yd shots. I hunt on a couple of different properties. One has almost every terrain you can think of for GA. It has hills, creeks, pine stands, hardwood stands, food plots, open fields, and dense brush. I hunt from a stand almost exclusively although if nothing is happening I might try to stalk one. I hope I gave some useful info, and I appreciate your answers.
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Old 10-21-2002, 09:34 AM
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Savage makes quality guns. As for the scope,if it's a Bushnell or other low end quality scope,I would get a Leupold or a Nikon! Remember,&quot;you get what you pay for&quot; when it comes to optics. And the 7mm is a execelent caliber if your not recoil shy...<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Old 10-21-2002, 11:21 AM
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If you can afford it just buy the gun and then buy the mounts and scope seperatly. Tho I must say my soninlaw bought the package and likes it he got the 270. As stated above I personally dont like the package and the scope's listed are good ones but I would look at the new Bushnell 3200 Elite in a 3x9 x40 or 50 it is a real good scope and at a good price.
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Old 10-21-2002, 07:03 PM
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I'm a lefty so your not alone. Take the above advice. Buy the gun and get the best scope and mounts you can afford. You won't ever look back and say why didn't I............

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Old 10-23-2002, 11:47 PM
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I personally bougth the 30-06 package last year it came with a &quot;simones&quot; scope which i think it is good for at least 150yd.
if i remmember,when compared the prices it was about $10-$15 bucks difference from the one without scope,so i desided to just get the package. chick it out if it is the same, i'd say for $15 bucks it's worth it even if the scope going to be good for cuble of years.

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