Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Savage Model 11 in .300 WSM

Well, I've finally shot my Savage 11 in .300wsm. I've had it for 2 weeks and had no scope for it, so I had no way to aim it. Since I finally shot it, I figure I would go ahead and review it. This gun is loud, it's powerful, it kicks like a mule, and it's fun as hell so here's the review:

Savage model 11

Caliber: .300 winchester short magnum

Action: Bolt-action

Magazine Capacity: 2+1

Sights: Barska 6-24x42

Overall I have to say that I'm happy with this gun. I am going to say that you should take one part of this review with a grain of salt however. That is, don't form an opinion of this gun based around my experience with the accuracy of this gun. The Barska scope I have was easy to zero in but my accuracy wasn't the greatest thanks to the most prevalent aspect of the gun, recoil.

The recoil in this gun is massive. I had one box, 20 rounds, and my shoulder is killing me. It's been a while since I've shot a large caliber rifle on a regular basis, so part of that is just me not being used to it. On the other hand, this is the hardest kicking gun I've ever had. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. That's why I bought the gun, but the recoil can't be ignored.

I do feel that I have to say one more thing about the recoil. It is strong, yes, but there are a lot of videos out there of people shooting the .300wsm and the .300 win mag and busting their face up with the scope as the gun recoils. If you are thinking about getting a gun this strong the first step is to learn how to shoot. Accidents like that happen when people don't know how to properly hold a rifle. If you're an experienced shooter you'll feel the recoil but it won't be anything you can't handle.

Truth be told, if there was one aspect about shooting today that worried me was the scope. Like I said, it was easy to zero but it did present a problem when I tried to get the sight picture. I'll refrain on commenting on this because I think I need to adjust the mounts.

After I sighted the gun I had about 2 in. groupings at 100yds. Remember that the capacity of the gun is 2+1 so these were 3 shot groupings. I was able to sight in the gun in about 4 shots, so that left me 16 rounds to play around with. About 10 of those rounds were well placed, and then after the massive recoil took effect on my arm, about 6 shots were all over the place. The end result was the realization that I need new target stands now.

The bolt action on the Savage was incredible smooth. All of the cartridges loaded without the slights problem. I'm not sure how much credit that's worth being that I only shot 20 rounds, but I'm satisfied.
Lastly, I have to make a brief mention about the feel of this gun. This gun feels absolutely natural. It feels just like an extension of your arm. The thumb hole stock makes for excellent stability. I could fall asleep with this gun in my arms and never notice it.

Overall, I have to say I'm satisfied but would only recommend this gun in this caliber to experienced shooters.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Airsoft Sucks

Boy am I getting sick of airsoft guns. Trying to find a decent review on the internet for military firearms is like finding a needle in a haystack. Even trying to find guns for sale leads to an avalanche of airsoft adds. I have news for people. AIRSOFT GUNS ARE TOYS! I'm not looking for toys. I'm not looking for plastic bb guns for people who never grew out of playing cowboys and indians as a kid.

For those who are wondering, yes I have played airsoft. I have actually had a couple of airsoft guns. They were cheap and broke easily and in the long run were overpriced. That's really what supprised me. I've found airsoft guns that were more expensive than their real counterparts! Who would pay that?

Oh well, I'm just ranting.

~end of rant~

Monday, March 22, 2010

Welcome and First Post

Welcome to Gun Land!

I suppose you may be asking "Why is this blog here" or "Why am I wasting my time?" Well, this blog is here primarily to share gun news (legislation and otherwise), encourage responsible exercise of the 2nd amendment and for gun reviews that will eventually be shared on video. Other issues may find their way on here from time to time, but not often. I hope you enjoy this blog. I hope to begin doing reviews on guns, gun shows, and gun stores and ranges often. See you soon!

-Gun Guru