I was hoping to have a turkey Gunfight Friday this week, in keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, but I couldn’t find any turkey guns in my archives and besides, Thanksgiving was yesterday. Today is Black Friday. Since actual Black Rifles fare poorly on Gunfight Friday, instead I’ve got two rifles with black stock for the Black Friday theme.
Neither caliber here needs introduction: the .270, darling of Jack O’ Connor and many others, is a mildly recoiling and efficient killer of all kinds of game. The 7mm Remington Magnum is a flat-shooting, reach-out-and-touch-them cartridge beloved by many western hunters.

VA Sportsman’s Savage


This is my Savage 110 in .270 Winchester. It was my father-in-law’s before it was mine, and it has taken many whitetail deer over the years. I absolutely love this gun, and killed my first deer with it. The action is flawless and has become renowned, and the accuracy, while not sub M.O.A., is pretty darned close and more than good enough to get the job done. My father-in-law upgraded to a Weatherby Vanguard in .30/06 and it is a M.O.A. shooter, however, in my experience with that rifle and a cold barrel, it cannot be counted on in a pinch. This Savage, however, can sit in the case all year and be brought out on opening day, and it will still shoot where it shot last year—which has happened due to college responsibilities. It has a Bushnell Sportview wide-angle scope, Weaver see-through mounts, a 22-inch barrel, durable synthetic stock, and a safari sling. It does not have the Accu-Trigger or the Timney upgrade to the trigger so it does have a lot of creep, but since this is virtually the only rifle I shoot regularly and the only one I hunt with, I have become quite accustomed to it and am fairly proficient with it.

Steve’s Sako Finnlight


I bought this Sako Finnlight as a sort of do-anything backcountry rifle. I debated endlessly about caliber and scope choices, and the weights associated with them. I ended up going with 7mm Rem. Mag. and a Vortex Viper HS 4-16×44. It weighs just a shade over 8 pounds with the scope included, but I’m still young and strong so I figured I could handle a little more weight than what you typically find in a backpacking rifle, and the extra punch of the 7mm was worth it to me. I’ve been pretty happy with my choice. The rifle shoots well under sub-M.O.A. and with a bit of work and experimenting I’m sure it could do even better.

Vote and comment below. Send your gun pictures to I hope you all had a great holiday and are now out hunting and working off everything you ate yesterday.

Which rifle do you like more?

VA Sportsman’s Savage

Steve’s Sako Finnlight

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