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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-31-2012, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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First new gun purchase - yeah!

I just made my first gun purchase after 25 years of hunting. a Savage 11/111 BTH in 30 06 with accu trigger with the thumbhole stock. The exclusive reason i bought this gun was becasue the stock actually fit my meat hook hands and long fingers. That being said i will need to start looking at good scopes. i really dont know which way to go...3x9x40 4x12x50. i do know in theory that the larger objective gets you more light but i also know the manufacturer counts for alot too. most of my shots are in the woods. any ideas? also my buddy was mentioning a 'break in' process for a new barrell...shoot 2x clean shoot 2x clean for about 15 shots...is that true? necessary? and finally....is there any advantage to using high end bullets in a new gun..ie not remington core lokts but maybe the polymer tipped shells? I havent had a prob with core lokts in my borrowed 06 but since this is a new gun im unsure if i should start it on a diet of good food or not. hehe...if you cant tell im excited
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-31-2012, 06:29 PM
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Re: First new gun purchase - yeah!

Nothing wrong with garden variety Rem, Fed, or Win cartridges in a new barrel. If you do an internet search you'll find a number of different barrel break in techniques. They may or may not help but they can't hurt. I don't think a gun intended to be used in the woods needs anymore than a 3X9X40. Good choice on the .30-06 as nothing is more useful.
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This is right from the savage web sight

Barrel Break-In Procedure
Schools of thought
There may be different schools of thought on barrel break-in, however, this is what Precision Shooting Magazine recommends:

STEP 1 (repeated 10 times)

•Fire one round
•Push wet patches soaked with a powder solvent through the bore
•Push a brush through the bore (5 times in each direction)
•Push dry patches through the bore (2 times)
•Push wet patches soaked with a copper solvent through the bore
•Push a brush through the bore (5 times in each direction)
•Push dry patches through the bore (2 times)
•Push a patch with 2 drops of oil through the bore

STEP 2 (repeated 5 times)

•Fire a 3 shot group
•Repeat the cleaning procedure from STEP 1 after each group

STEP 3 (repeat 5 times)

•Fire a 5 shot group
•Repeat the cleaning procedure from STEP 1

They recommend the use of a patch with 2 drops of oil after the cleaning so that you are not shooting with a dry bore. It is also advisable to use a powder solvent and copper solvent from the same manufacturer to be sure they are chemically compatible.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-31-2012, 08:12 PM
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Good deal!Saveage has come a long way.
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The larger objective certainly will transmit more light for you, but glass quality is, in my opinion the most important element for clarity and light tranmission. If you are only buying one gun every 25 years, then you don't want to sell yourself short on optics. Give me a call or shoot me a PM and I will gladly talk optics with you and try to steer you in the right direction.

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Re: First new gun purchase - yeah!

Congrats. on your new rifle!! I have several from Savage and the all shoot very well. I'm a "lefty" and they can cover pretty much what ever I need in a left handed rifle. A 3x9x40 should be plenty for hunting in the woods. Try to buy the best quality that you can afford, put some holes in some paper and some meat on the ground!! Good Luck Man

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congrats on your new gun! Try not to wait so long for the next one.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-02-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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coming up with the extra money was always tough...and now i have a sling..recoil pad, scope..ammo..all the good things to buy....it was also more about the fit...thumbhole stocks are not common ..
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Great feeling
Congrat's and good luck with your new rifle.

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Congrats. That Savage may not cost a lot (comparatively) but they are some SHOOTERS!! Inch groups are common with my beat up old 110 30-06 with standard hunting loads. I'm not bragging...I'm just saying. Out of the box, you can not beat the Savage for accuracy. As for scopes...get the best you can afford. Leupold has an $80.00 rebate on some VX3 scope for a few weeks. They are really worth a look. Good shooting.
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