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Has anyone used one of the Savage Arms Model 10 Precision Carbine rifles? I am looking to buy a hunting rifle primarily for woods/brush from a treestand with a touch of stillhunting. I have been looking at the Accu-Trigger and am starting to like what I read. I noticed this rifle on their website (http://savagearms.com/10pc.htm) and it seemed to match all the characteristics I am looking for in a rifle. I am starting to like the .308 cartridge as well. Seems like the rifle chambered in .308 would be a pretty serious woods/brush gun. I hunt whitetail deer and when the need arises, wild hogs. Question with the .308 caliber? What loads would be strong enough for a deer without losing accuracy? Same question, but for hogs? Is there a .308 load that will put a wild hog to sleep?

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from texasjohn wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Sorry, can't help you with the rifle. I have used a .308 for 30+ years and can't help but think you will be pleased with it. I use 150 gr. for long distance (225 yds. or more) shots, 165 gr. for everything else except coyotes. Those I have 55 gr. sabot handloads for(think Accelerator loads)which roughly equal .22/250 ballistics. I have never felt the need for anything bigger. Good luck.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I have an elderly Remington 788, that has had a bit of work done to it, in .308 Winchester that is my go-to gun for whitetails. I feed it one load only, a handload of IMR 4064 behind a Hornaday 150 grain interlock at around 27-2800 fps. It shoots this load like a varmint rifle and has never let me down as long as I do my part. Look at my profile and you can see a picture of it with a buck from a couple of years back. You have chosen wisely.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

The .308 with 150 or 165 grain bullets will be more than equal to any whitetail and that ocassional hog you run across. I have shot literally tons of feral hogs with Remington's 165 grain Corelokt bullets in hand loads out of a 30/06 at 2800, about the same as the .308 factory stuff. I load the same slug for my Dad's .308 Ruger M77 at 2700. Deer and hogs wilt when they run afoul of his rifle. You can buy the same loads over the counter in the Remington green box ammo. These are all you need for woods hunting or even for taking a poke out to 300 yards provided you are practiced to that distance. This ammo won't cost you a fortune either!

I recently aquired a Savage 16 FLHSS (stainless)in 7mm-08. It is basically the same rifle as the one you are looking to buy except for a longer, lighter contour barrel and the stainless of course. The rifle handles well, shoots well and is a pleasure to carry. It wears a Burris 2X7 with the optional German 3P#4 reticle. It is certainly gaining favor as my woods gun of the moment. I'm looking forward to a little still hunting in the palmettos and oak flats for a nice porker or 12 with this gun!

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I use Hornady TAP 168gr BTHP and i love it, it has worked every time for me.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I've got a Model 10 in a .308, and I'm very happy with it. I think you'll like it. I'm using Winchester 150 grain ballistic silvertips. I haven't taken a hog with this rifle yet, but it should be enough.

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from shane wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

If you really want to spend 700 bucks on a Savage, I would get the 14 Classic, American Classic, or Euro Classic, depending on your taste. It will be very accurate (maybe not quite as accurate as the PC but more than accurate enough), and the 22 inch barrel will get a you slightly better ballistics but will still be plenty compact for any sort of woods hunting. Instead of paying for a heavy barrel and tacticool digicamo stock, you are paying for a great finish bedded in a nice wood stock. It will be just as much of a joy to hunt and shoot with, and far more easy on the eyes than the PC. The weight of these two rifles is about the same. If you like thumbhole stocks they have one in .308 with the same specs.

Otherwise, you can get most other Savage .308s for about 500 bucks and less. These ones will generally be lighter, something you might like for carrying around all day. Also don't forget they have plenty of stainless models.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Besides, if you lay your PC digicool camo rifle down, you might not find it! For hunting, I would stick with a 22 or 24 inch barrel for maximum velocity and stabilization. Cool is knneling down for your picture of a nice buck, not the rifle! he he

No deer on the planet stands up to a .308 Win!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

308 should do for hawgs.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I know some guys that use a .357 Mag Pistol, but since I read Robert Ruark a lot I use 44 Mag Super Redhawk

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

the 308 win. will do any thing the 30-06 will do with up to 200 gr. pills and in some cases it will do it better than the 06 . you can not go wrong with it for most game in the united states .

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from gone fishing wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

My advice would be to pick up a wide range of ammo of different weights and manufacturers and go to the range.Guns seem to have different preferances to what they shoot well so find what works the best and stick to it.Anything in the 150-180 grain range will do the job, its a well placed shot that will "put it to sleep".

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from savageman_10PC wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I have a Savage model 10PC in .308 I use it for long distance shooting(sniper training) Im a LE officer in CT and happen to LOVE this rifle. Its accurate to 1000 yards. I shoot at a range up to 250 and can hit a golf ball no probem at that range. I brought a friend who has never shot a .308 rifle and he hit face targets at the same distance up too 200yard first try. Great rifle and great round. Im also a deer hunter and cant wait to shoot this this weapon!

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from Lee Merritt wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I have 3 of these rifles all in .308, all with muzzle brakes and Harris bipods, all with accutrigger and accustock, Triggers set at 3.5 lbs. these rifles are 3 years old and have killed a total of 23 white tails 18 of which taken by two kids under 14 and my wife (the brakes make recoil almost nonexistent so no "scope eye" or flinch issues with little people). They are an excellent value and highly accurate with 1/2" groups at 100yds. Recommend without reservation and agree this is a heavy rifle. We use in a stand or prone. The .308 is a hammer inside of 400yds on deer. If you want to go longer would go with .300RUM or 7mm Mag. The Savages have no of the issues of the Remington 700 rifles with failure to feed. That being said, the Remington MilSpec 5R is a $1000 rifle that will drive tacks but you'll need to add $300 for a jewel/timiney trigger to get the accutrigger equivalent .

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from texasjohn wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Sorry, can't help you with the rifle. I have used a .308 for 30+ years and can't help but think you will be pleased with it. I use 150 gr. for long distance (225 yds. or more) shots, 165 gr. for everything else except coyotes. Those I have 55 gr. sabot handloads for(think Accelerator loads)which roughly equal .22/250 ballistics. I have never felt the need for anything bigger. Good luck.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I have an elderly Remington 788, that has had a bit of work done to it, in .308 Winchester that is my go-to gun for whitetails. I feed it one load only, a handload of IMR 4064 behind a Hornaday 150 grain interlock at around 27-2800 fps. It shoots this load like a varmint rifle and has never let me down as long as I do my part. Look at my profile and you can see a picture of it with a buck from a couple of years back. You have chosen wisely.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

The .308 with 150 or 165 grain bullets will be more than equal to any whitetail and that ocassional hog you run across. I have shot literally tons of feral hogs with Remington's 165 grain Corelokt bullets in hand loads out of a 30/06 at 2800, about the same as the .308 factory stuff. I load the same slug for my Dad's .308 Ruger M77 at 2700. Deer and hogs wilt when they run afoul of his rifle. You can buy the same loads over the counter in the Remington green box ammo. These are all you need for woods hunting or even for taking a poke out to 300 yards provided you are practiced to that distance. This ammo won't cost you a fortune either!

I recently aquired a Savage 16 FLHSS (stainless)in 7mm-08. It is basically the same rifle as the one you are looking to buy except for a longer, lighter contour barrel and the stainless of course. The rifle handles well, shoots well and is a pleasure to carry. It wears a Burris 2X7 with the optional German 3P#4 reticle. It is certainly gaining favor as my woods gun of the moment. I'm looking forward to a little still hunting in the palmettos and oak flats for a nice porker or 12 with this gun!

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I use Hornady TAP 168gr BTHP and i love it, it has worked every time for me.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I've got a Model 10 in a .308, and I'm very happy with it. I think you'll like it. I'm using Winchester 150 grain ballistic silvertips. I haven't taken a hog with this rifle yet, but it should be enough.

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from shane wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

If you really want to spend 700 bucks on a Savage, I would get the 14 Classic, American Classic, or Euro Classic, depending on your taste. It will be very accurate (maybe not quite as accurate as the PC but more than accurate enough), and the 22 inch barrel will get a you slightly better ballistics but will still be plenty compact for any sort of woods hunting. Instead of paying for a heavy barrel and tacticool digicamo stock, you are paying for a great finish bedded in a nice wood stock. It will be just as much of a joy to hunt and shoot with, and far more easy on the eyes than the PC. The weight of these two rifles is about the same. If you like thumbhole stocks they have one in .308 with the same specs.

Otherwise, you can get most other Savage .308s for about 500 bucks and less. These ones will generally be lighter, something you might like for carrying around all day. Also don't forget they have plenty of stainless models.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Besides, if you lay your PC digicool camo rifle down, you might not find it! For hunting, I would stick with a 22 or 24 inch barrel for maximum velocity and stabilization. Cool is knneling down for your picture of a nice buck, not the rifle! he he

No deer on the planet stands up to a .308 Win!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

308 should do for hawgs.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I know some guys that use a .357 Mag Pistol, but since I read Robert Ruark a lot I use 44 Mag Super Redhawk

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

the 308 win. will do any thing the 30-06 will do with up to 200 gr. pills and in some cases it will do it better than the 06 . you can not go wrong with it for most game in the united states .

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from gone fishing wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

My advice would be to pick up a wide range of ammo of different weights and manufacturers and go to the range.Guns seem to have different preferances to what they shoot well so find what works the best and stick to it.Anything in the 150-180 grain range will do the job, its a well placed shot that will "put it to sleep".

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from savageman_10PC wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I have a Savage model 10PC in .308 I use it for long distance shooting(sniper training) Im a LE officer in CT and happen to LOVE this rifle. Its accurate to 1000 yards. I shoot at a range up to 250 and can hit a golf ball no probem at that range. I brought a friend who has never shot a .308 rifle and he hit face targets at the same distance up too 200yard first try. Great rifle and great round. Im also a deer hunter and cant wait to shoot this this weapon!

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from Lee Merritt wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

I have 3 of these rifles all in .308, all with muzzle brakes and Harris bipods, all with accutrigger and accustock, Triggers set at 3.5 lbs. these rifles are 3 years old and have killed a total of 23 white tails 18 of which taken by two kids under 14 and my wife (the brakes make recoil almost nonexistent so no "scope eye" or flinch issues with little people). They are an excellent value and highly accurate with 1/2" groups at 100yds. Recommend without reservation and agree this is a heavy rifle. We use in a stand or prone. The .308 is a hammer inside of 400yds on deer. If you want to go longer would go with .300RUM or 7mm Mag. The Savages have no of the issues of the Remington 700 rifles with failure to feed. That being said, the Remington MilSpec 5R is a $1000 rifle that will drive tacks but you'll need to add $300 for a jewel/timiney trigger to get the accutrigger equivalent .

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