Just want to see what you think. Savage is known for their accuracy. Alot of hunters use Browning though. Curious of your thoughts/experiences/opinions on the comparison.
Savage 11 FCNS .308
Both are fine shooters. I don't own an x-bolt but I have helped a friend mount scopes and sight in 2 of them.
It has a factory bedding job and a pretty decent trigger out of the box. Both of them shot around 2" groups at 100yds with Leupold VX-1 scopes and factory ammo. With some ammo testing or load development if you reload, I have no doubt that they can be a MOA gun. Problem is, if you wanted to do any tinkering with it, it woud be a gunsmith job. I think the Savages hold more accuracy potential for the do-it-yourselfer because of the ability to work on them yourself. In the end, this question always comes down to personal preference. If it were me buying a hunting gun, I'd get a Savage Weather Warrior and call it a day with an extra $200 in my pocket to put toward a scope. But then again... back to personal preference.
The Savage is definitely going to be more accurate, but the X bolt is a lot nicer imo smoother bolt and much better looking. Savage definitely has an advantage with aftermarket support, though.
I don't think the 2" barrel advantage is as great as you think it is.
Savage 16LH 300WSM, Weaver 3-15x50 EMDR, Stockade PD/T, Stockade BM
Savage 110LH 243/284, Leupold 6-18x44 scope, Sav-1 trigger, Stockade Elk Stalker
And if you want a different length it's much easier to change a barrel on the Savage than on the Browning.
The 2" in barrel length does not provide enough of an advantage to overcome the accuracy difference between the two rifles. For arguments sake let's say the Savage out of the box shoots 1 MOA, so we're talking about a 1" group at 100 yards. Theoretically (yes theoretically is just that, theory) the same rifle will shoot approximately an 8" group at 800 yards. Now lets say the Browning shoots 1.5 MOA, so at 100 yards roughly a 1.5" group. At 800 yards that same gun will again theoretically remain a 1.5 MOA gun and shoot a group around 12 inches. This may or may not make a difference for your intended use, as long as you bear in mind the further out you shoot the bigger the difference becomes and the harder it will be to remain consistent.
I have shot both rifles, although not nearly as much rounds through the X-Bolt. The Feather Trigger is nice in that it has a very short travel and it is crisp. I do think however the accu-trigger is nicer overall. There's not much warning with the X-Bolt at least with the accu-trigger you know when the first blade is in all the way and it's about ready to break. The X-Bolt is smooth but I don't think it's smooth enough to let that be a deciding factor over the Savage. If you want a smooth factory bolt gun, look at a TC or a Tikka.
Savage 11 FCNS .308
Check out the Kimber Mountain Ascent. The rifle itself weighs just 5lbs and 5 ounces. It has a 24" barrel and you can get it in the wonderful long range caliber, 280 AI. The 280 in the improved version (AI - Ackley Improved) gives performance near the 7mm Rem. Mag. I have never seen let alone touched a Kimber but if light weight is your thing it's worth a look.
Not trying to rain on your parade either but bear in mind long range hunting requires some extra weight other than the rifle. I know I would definitely want to have a method of steadying the rifle, whether it be a bipod, shooting sticks, the choice is yours but that's something else most would need to tote around. Also you'll want a scope suitable for long range hunting and normally that involves a scope that is physically bigger than a typical hunting scope and with that comes more weight as well. I guess the short version of what I'm trying to say is you need to look at the whole system not just the rifle as a stand alone unit.
Last edited by Roger SS; 01-08-2013 at 08:03 PM.
Savage 11 FCNS .308