Shooting with Jim Hammond Savage 10FP .308 Product Review
 
Not Your Grandfathers Savage
 
Savage 10 FP .308 Bolt Action with Brunton 6-24X50 Scope
 
A couple of years ago, I was looking for a 308 or 30-06 that I could hunt and target shoot. I searched different forums and websites for months and wound up seeing a lot of positive information on the Savage 10FP in .308. I was pretty sure I wanted a rifle that was heavy enough to absorb the recoil from the heavy loads I was going to run through it. When you sit behind a rifle and send 100 to 150 rounds down range in a day, you want a gun that will absorb some of the recoil so your shoulder is not mush the next day. I was also pretty sure I wanted a rifle with a bull barrel. I was not really sure why I wanted the bull barrel other than they just looked neat. I did not need any type of iron sights as I had no intention of shooting this rifle at the 25 or 50 yard targets other than to sight in the scope, I was going to mount to it. See, I wanted a gun that would "DOT THE I" at 100 yards and at 200 and 300 yards have less than MOA groups. For those that do not know what MOA is in relation to shooting. It is placing the bullet inside of 1 inch group at 100 yards, 2 inches at 200 yards, 3 inches at 300 yards and so one.
Most descent rifles will do that but I wanted better. I wanted less than 1/2 inch at 200 yards and from there I figured I could work up loads for the 100 yard, 300 yard and farther shots.
 
So after some careful consideration and a little research, I decided on the Savage 10 FP in .308. So now the search for great price and after several more days looking for the best price, I had my new Savage 10FP in .308.
 
Now I have my new rifle and need a scope. Scope selection is sort of like the different colors of the rainbow. there are so many different makes and models, it can be mind boggling as to the right one for you. But, I had also had some experience with scoped rifles and was pretty certain I want a scope with the Mil-Dot reticle. The reason for this is I was not always going to be shooting at the exact same distance or always in no wind calm conditions and with the Mil-Dot reticle you can make adjustments to distance and wind using the dots as apposed to having to guess or move the reticles each time you shoot a different distance or wind condition. See with mil-dot scopes you have dots running vertically and horizontally on the cross hairs that allow you to use these dots to adjust for distance and wind. Say you had your rifle sighted in at 100 yards in calm (no or light wind conditions) and you went shooting and your target was 200 yards away and it was blowing 15 mph. If you had a scope that did not have some sort of mil-dot reticle you would have to guess as to where to put the cross hairs to hit the target. Now if you had a Mil-Dot scope and you had put in the range time you would know what dot on the vertical line and what dot on the horizontal line to put on your target. This is why I like Mil-Dot scopes on rifles that will be shot at different ranges and in different wind conditions.
Mil-Dot reticle (cross hairs)
 
Now when it comes to scopes I like to call myself cheap or frugal or thrifty or what ever but I have a had time paying a lot of money for a scope, when I can get a real good one for not a lot of money. But the first thing I knew is that I wanted a Mil-Dot like this picture and from there I would look at brands and price. After much research, I came up with a Brunton 6-24X50. The numbers on this mean: (6-24) is the starting (6) and maximum (24) power magnification. (50) denotes the objective size. Objective size is important for two reasons, the bigger the lens (the number), the stronger the magnification and a larger objective will allow more light to enter the scope giving you a brighter, clearer picture. If you plan on shooting in low light conditions be sure to get a scope with the largest objective. 
 
Well, my rifle, scope and mounts are here and I am ready to mount the scope. With a few simple tools this is not to tough. Once the scope is on, remove the bolt look through the barrel at a point on the wall and then adjust the scope cross hairs to get real close to the spot on the wall. Your rifle is now bore sighted and your scope should be close to being on target. Some fine tuning will still be needed but you are close.
 
Okay, I am ready to shoot. I have my new gun, have mounted my scope, swung by the local bullet place and picked up some factory loads and most important for the past week had researched my reloading manuals and I have several of them, for the best loads in this rifle. The only problem with that is they do not give you the best loads in this rifle. So, to the drawing board I went. I reloaded several loads using several brands of bullets, cases and powder for my new toy so I would be ready for the big day at the range. I started out with the least expensive loads to get the scope and rifle working as one (sight in the scope). Now I was ready for testing the different loads to find the perfect one at 200 yards. As this is the distance I wanted to start with this rifle and adjust up or down from there.
 
After a day of shooting I found two loads that were acceptable that would place the bullet under 1/2 inch at 200 yards with a 10 to 12 mph cross wind. I also found several real good hunting and target loads for this gun at 100 to 200 yards. I had picked the right rifle for what I wanted to do.
 
To date, I have put about 400 rounds through this rifle and I am extremely happy with the way it shoots and shoulders. I have yet to hunt with this but will in the very near future. I did add one thing to the rifle that made my shoulder feel better. I added a Limb Saver slip on recoil pad over the hard rubber pad the rifle came with and what a difference this has made to the felt recoil.
 
I really like the Savage AccuTrigger as it is adjustable. This is a great feature and if you ever shoot with a rifle that has this, you will want it on all of them. The stock is black synthetic with positive checkering and the barrel is a bull barrel with a matte finish. The rifle is dual pillar bedded which contributes to it's great accuracy. It also comes with 4 round internal box magazine, swivel stud for bipod and a very easy to use oversized bolt handle. The bolt is solid and locks up tight when a new round is chambered. Overall, I would have to rate this rifle as follows:
Accuracy:         Very Good
Looks:               Very Good
Dependability:   Very Good
Easy to Clean:    Very Good
Price:                Very Good
 
The .308 cartridge is pretty much an all around cartridge for North America and I think has the ability with the right round to harvest deer like animals in Africa. The military makes accurate shots to 1200 yards with this cartridge so we should be able to take deer at 200 to 400 yards with no problem as long as you put in your range time to be sure your bullet hits where the cross hairs are pointing.
Check out www.shootingwithjim.com for the reload info in this and other guns as I shoot them.
 
 
 

Distance in Yards

100

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

44.0 grains

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

Hornady Interlock 3031 150 Grain

Temperature

85

Wind

Light

Group Size Inches

5/16 inch

 

 

Distance in Yards

100

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

43.0 grains

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

Sierra Game King 2125 150 grain

Temperature

88

Wind

5-10 mph

Group Size Inches

3/8 inch

 

 

Great 200 yard Target Load

Distance in Yards

200

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

41.0 grains

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

SMK 175 grain HPBT

Temperature

65

Wind

15 to 20 from right

Group Size Inches

0.41"

 

 

Great 200 Yard Hunting Load

Distance in Yards

200

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

40.1 grains

Primer

CCI Large Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

Horn 165 grain SST 30451

Temperature

65

Wind

15 to 20 from right

Group Size Inches

0.48"

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