My carbon barrels shoot great, no argument there.it is hard to justify that when you park the truck and walk 100 yards to the stand to shoot 150 yards.
If i were climbing foot hills or mountains for miles a 6 1/2# rifle would be what I wanted to tote. If it had and adjustable cheek riser that would even make it more desirable. They say the newer carbon barrels could actually be stiffer than a steel one. I bet the stock would be stiffer too.
I have one made just after WW2 that is detachable magazine fed, almost unheard of for the time. They are remarkable in the under $600 price range.I think there are many that dont understand what a true piece of fantastic engineering work the Savage 110 truly is. The lock time at 1.6ms is the fastest in the industry and nearly half that of a 700. The Floating bolt head aligns perfectly when its in battery eliminating the need to lap the lugs for full contact and also makes bolt head swaps to different cartridges a snap. The barrel nut allows for ultra precise headspacing and simple owner barrel swaps. The old style 3 screw triggers are kitchen table adjustable to near perfection with zero pre travel creep and minimum overtravel with a consistant 2# break. The more modern Accutrigger design is the most copied user adjustable trigger in history for many reasons. Factory bedding blocks make for excellent mating of the stock and action and user adjustable spacers for length of pull and comb height minimize scope and mounting limitations and assure proper fit. All this leads to the most accurate out of the box mass produced rifle available. Since Ron Coburn turned the company around and started offering what were once custom gunsmith only options on factory rifles at a reasonable price the others have been working overtime and racing to try and keep up.plenty of their factory rifles competing with customs and holding their own every day. Everybody makes their own choices but In my opinion those that think more cost of a different mass produced factory rifle will get a more accurate capable unit than a Savage 110 are kidding themselves. The Savage 110 is the longest continually manufactured bolt action rifle in the US and still the only thing the others can say that holds any water is " the barrel nut makes it ugly"
Dont think Id go for the newer impulse design but the 110s are as solid as they come. Adding high end custom features to factory rifles at a decent price is something Savage excells at. Add the new features to your favorite rifle and price it out. Suddenly the Savage is a bargain. (keep in mind street prices are most always lower than factory list)
but doesn't it only travel 1/2 the distance a 700 does? Thought I read that somewhere once. With a SpeedLock you can get a Remington in the 1.8ms range.The lock time at 1.6ms is the fastest in the industry and nearly half that of a 700.
And with a bolt lapping job the others can get full lug contact, And with a good gunsmith you can get a decent.trigger without having a "moment", And with aftermarket you can get a full length bedding block, And with a cheek rest you can get proper comb fit, and with a machinist you can adjust headspace and with a new bolt a new barrel and machinist you can change cartridges, and, and and.......but doesn't it only travel 1/2 the distance a 700 does? Thought I red that somewhere once. With a SpeedLock you can get a Remington in the 1.8ms range.
a Salvage rifle is more accurate because it doesn't give you time to lift your face off before it fires