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SAVAGE MODEL 111 LONG RANGE HUNTER

MANUFACTURER: SAVAGE ARMS (DEPT. AR), 100 SPRINGDALE ROAD, WESTFIELD, MA 01085; (413) 568-7001; SAVAGEARMS.COM
47.5"
1.5"

1" TO -0.75"
26"

13.75"

CHAMBERING: 6.5 MM-284 NORMA
ACTION TYPE: BOLT-ACTION, REPEATING
CENTER-FIRE RIFLE
RECEIVER: 4140 CHROME-MOLY STEEL

TRIGGER: ADJUSTABLE, SINGLE-STAGE;
2-LB., 4-OZ. PULL
STOCK: COMPOSITE WITH ACCUSTOCK

FINISH: MATTE BLACK
BARREL: 4140 CHROME-MOLY STEEL
RIFLING: BUTTON-RIFLED, 1:8" RH TWIST
MAGAZINE: THREE-ROUND INTERNAL BOX
(WITH HINGED FLOORPLATE)
SIGHTS: NONE; DRILLED AND TAPPED

ALUMINUM CHASSIS

WEIGHT: 8 LBS., 5 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL, LOCK
MSRP: $1,171

FOR OPTIC MOUNTS

SHOOTING RESULTS (100 YDS.)

The barrel on the Long Range Hunter
features 24" of rifled bore capped by a
2"-long adjustable muzzle brake. In testing, turning the brake on and off did not
affect the rifle's point of impact.

ports, so that gases can escape in a
360-degree pattern around the barrel, thereby countering the rearward
forces of recoil and mitigating them.
In testing, turning the brake on and
off did not affect point of impact.
The medium-contour, chrome-moly
steel barrel is 1.02" in diameter before
tapering to 0.734" at the muzzle. The
6.5 mm-284's barrel is rifled with a
1:8" twist and, although listed as 26"
long, actually has 24" of rifled bore to
which the 2" brake is attached.
Savage's oft-copied barrel nut can
be precisely adjusted for headspace
by the barrel installer, and the Long
Range Hunter takes full advantage of
the system, which no doubt contributes to the rifle's accuracy. Another
factor is its bedding system; one recoil
lug is sandwiched between the barrel
nut and the receiver to provide a recoil
block into which the action is mated
with the stock.
Savage's proprietary AccuStock features a monolithic, milled-aluminum
bedding block that traverses the entire
length of the action, from the rear
action screw to the fore-end's sling
swivel stud. The aluminum chassis is
epoxied into the stock so it will not

6.5 MM-284 NORMA
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ 3'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

NOSLER
140-GR. ACCUBOND

2890 AVG.
18 SD

2,596

0.90

1.27

1.05

HANDLOAD*
140-GR. ACCUBOND

2855 AVG.
12 SD

2,534

0.89

1.19

1.01

HANDLOAD**
120-GR. A-MAX

3002 AVG.
22 SD

2,401

0.97

1.26

1.08

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST

1.05

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS OVER AN OEHLER 35P CHRONOGRAPH
AT 3 FT. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS AT 100 YDS. FROM A
CALDWELL LEADSLED. TEMPERATURE: 90° F. HUMIDITY 85%. ABBREVIATIONS: SD (STANDARD
DEVIATION). *50 GRS. RL19, FEDERAL 210M. **52 GRS. RL19, FEDERAL 210M.

budge. The barreled action is then
screwed down onto the block, so that
the action screw attachment points are
unwavering metal on metal. The barrel
remains free-floated. A slender 9¼"
tongue runs most of the length of the
fore-end to give it rigidity so that it's
impervious to fore-end pressure. This
entire system does away with meticulous hand bedding because the barreled
action and the aluminum chassis
to which it is mated are precisionmachined, so bedding is consistent and
repeatable via the action screws.
The bolt is distinctly Savage: A
dual-lug head is backed by a gasescape baffle, and a plunger-style
ejector lies in its recessed face. A
sliding-plate extractor is incorporated within the bolt's right lug.
The knurled, round knob of the bolt
handle is equally suitable for target
shooting and hunting scenarios.
Attached to the action is Savage's
renowned AccuTrigger. User adjustable, it allows crisp, sub-2-lb. trigger
pulls to also remain safe and incapable of misfiring due to drops or jars.
In testing, the Long Range Hunter's
trigger proved to be highly consistent;
the test unit's trigger had a standard
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deviation of +/- 0.3 ozs. A simple,
forward-to-fire, rear-to-safe, tangmounted safety features three positions for locking the bolt closed or
allowing it to be cycled while keeping
the rifle on safe. An internal magazine with a hinged floorplate holds
three rounds.
The only complaint generated
throughout testing was the significant
force required to work the bolt after firing several types of 6.5 mm-284 ammunition. While this is more than likely a
product of hot ammunition and not the
rifle, it's worthy of mention. Regardless,
the Long Range Hunter was capable of
five-shot, 1" groups at 100 yds. with
various types of ammunition. It seemed
to recoil less than expected thanks to
its brake, a generous recoil pad, 8-pluslb. heft and tailored cheek fit.
The Savage Model 111 Long Range
Hunter's adjustable comb, on-off
muzzle brake and 1 m.o.a. accuracy
potential make it a real value at the
rifle's suggested retail price of $1,171.
Riflemen attempting to select a do-all
rifle for both target practice and for
hunting North American game will
likely find it to be a worthy out-ofthe-box option.

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