I spent yesterday afternoon shooting with a friend of mine at the local range. After having shot my Savage Long Range Hunter in 308 he bought one of his own, along with some decent optics, and we spent the early half of the day preparing some Lake City military brass and loading what I believe is the duplicate load for Federal Gold Match ammo. (42 IMR 4895, Sierra Match King 168 grain)
We zeroed with 20 rounds of PPU 145 grain military ball (all the 'running in' it got) and then switched to handloads. The rifle definitely out classed the shooter! At 100M we got tired of the "big" bulls on the paper targets and began shooting little bits of broken clay bird, empty 40 S&W pistol cartridge casings left by the local police.... anything small. All prone off of bipod. We had a blast. I got out my rifle after a while and joined in on the fun. My load was identical to his except that I used a 168 grain A-Max.
We agreed that this shooting session was one of the more entertaining we'd had in a while, if not the most expensive! It was gratifying to learn that the new LRH shot as well as my own. You always wonder about that. I can't say enough about these Savage rifles; half minute out of the box is hard to beat!~Muir