Been looking around for a target rifle that would be capable of 1 MOA out to 1,500 yards. First, the 338 Lapua Magnum has similar energy as the 375 H&H (African caliber rifle) and the 338 LM has better ballistics performance shoots flatter as well as velocity retention.
I’ve done some research on about 30+ reviews using various sources (YouTube, other gun websites) which indicated 85%+ satisfaction on Savage rifle. So the choice was between Rem Model 700 XCR, Savage 110 FCP HS (model 19481) and this Savage 111 LRH (model 19482) but have settled on the Savage 111 LRH 338 Lapua Magnum for the following (7) stars reasons: * Savage superior (floating) Bolt Action design assures headspace consistency (not available on Rem 700 action) * Accutrigger safety (prevents accidental discharge) and adjustable (mine measured a perfect 3 lbs pull right out of the box) * AccuStock (imbedded Aluminum support, no need for further stock bedding – not available the 110 FCP HS) * Superior lighter weight than Model 700 XCR *Adjustable cheek piece (not available on 110 FCP HS or the Model 700 XCR) * The 111 LRH comes with Picatinny rail (neither the 110 FCP HS nor the Model 700 XCR come with rail) * Pricing for the 111 LRH is better than both Rem 700 XCR (+$800) and the 110 FCP (+$300)
Strikes: - The Savage 110 FCP HS has heavy fluted Target Barrel while the 111 LRH has standard sport barrel.
So I decided to take a chance on the Savage 111 LRH (Model 19482) 338 LM mounted with Alpen Apex XP 6-24x 50mm (Amazon) on UTG Medium Profile (Amazon) and the result today was just phenomenal with 9 shots for sightings and 3 shots for initial grouping at 100 yards yielded 0.875 MOA (two shots touching) with Lapua (Finland) cartridge 250 gr OTM Scenar. The verdict is that the Savage 111 LRH 338 LM shoots very well out of the box. Much work has to be done for better (and statistical significance) grouping using hand load cartridges but it is a good start for a 1,500 yards endeavor.
Many thanks to BudsGunShop for delivering products expeditiously, great pricing and customer service. Last but not least, thanks to Hickok45 and several others for producing very educational and entertaining shot shows.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!