The “Savage Big Bore Hunter” rifles were mentioned in another recent thread, which prompted this rant.
I happened in at SW today, and looked at a “New Savage Big Bore Hunter” rifle. They were really hard to miss with the Large Diameter Barrel, the Large Bolt Handle, and the Iron Sights.
The barrel looks longer, but it IS only 18 inches long. They had the gun in 338 and 375 RCM.
Just checking on the Internet, I found this…..
“• Exceeds 300 & 338 Win Mag performance from a compact 20" barrel
• Optimized propellants and case geometry deliver more velocity with 10-15% less powder
• Longer barrel life
• Less recoil
• Less muzzle blast
• Superior temperature stability from -15°F to 140°F”
I do not believe this. I don’t believe it can possibly be true.
In general terms.
To “Exceed the Performance of 300 and 338 WMs”, it could only be at Greater Pressure.
At “Greater Pressure”, the barrel life wouldn’t be longer.
“Less Recoil”, and “Less muzzle blast” probably goes with “Less powder” which IMO, is also nonsense.
They may be attributing these claims to case design, and/or some special powder they use in the Factory Loads. .
I can’t buy, case design. As to a different powder, who knows? Powders are different, but they’re making these claims for the Cartridges. ("Superior temperature stability" could only be due to powder, or the weather.)
This is the Route Winchester went for the WSMs, but they claimed greater accuracy too. Again, IMO, that is the only thing that they COULD make a case on, and even that is unprovable in hunting rifles.
It is sad, to see, the way Marketing has gone in recent times.
You might not know it from reading my posts, but I recognize that, distasteful as it is, I'm not the final word on this stuff, so whadda you fellers think?
What's Ruger gonna do next? Start selling Fishing Lures?
Smitty of the North