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Whoamule
01-03-2012, 11:06 PM
I've been looking at the Savage 116 Bear Hunter in .338 for over a year now. Anybody have experience with or hear anything about this rifle?? Any info at all would be greatly appreciated!!

Ikeepitcold
01-04-2012, 08:36 AM
Not that particular rifle but you can't go wrong with the 338.

Bitterroot Bulls
01-04-2012, 08:51 AM
Savage? Fluted barrel? Accutrigger? Adjustable brake?

Hard to go wrong with that one.

Conrad8899
01-04-2012, 11:16 AM
I dont no any thing about the bear hunter. I have two model 16s. My wife shoots the 270wsm. And I shoot a 7mag. Both ate really accurate.

Jon Boy
01-04-2012, 04:35 PM
I've also been looking at this for a while. I really like the adjustable break so I don't have to worry about recoil when shooting off the bench and can turn it off when im hunting so I don't blow out my ear drums lol only problem is it only has a 21" barrel with out the brake and im not sure how much that would affect the performance on a round that has alot of powder to burn.

Elkoholic307
01-05-2012, 09:31 AM
I would personally go with a Weather Warrior. Longer barrel and lighter weight. No brake, but you don't need it for the 338 Winchester.

Ranchhand02
01-05-2012, 09:34 AM
I looked at one in my local gunshop. I really like the looks of it. I would like to see how it performs with that short barrel. I was looking at the 300 mag version.

xtreme
01-05-2012, 11:06 AM
The author of," Radical Bear Hunter" is Dick Scorzafava. He told me that Savage wanted a "bear gun" so he had one coming that had all the bells and whistles. This was before the Shot Show. There are two calibers, a 325wsm and the 338. This gun is good for solo spot and stalk plus you can hunt any bear in America with the Savage 116 Bear Hunter.

Jon Boy
01-05-2012, 02:46 PM
I wish you could get it in a regular black synthetic stock as well. I hate camo stocks

buckbull
01-05-2012, 03:30 PM
Your giving up a lot going from a typical 26" barrel to a 21".

Whoamule
02-01-2012, 10:02 PM
speak to me about the short barrel.....I laid eyes on one of these for the first time the other day in 300 WSM....I liked it, but something just seemed a little off.....short barrel??? With the shorter barrel, are you suggesting this rifle would be less accurate or less lethal.....or both???

Jon Boy
02-01-2012, 11:08 PM
it would have a slower velocity because it doesnt have enough time to burn all of the powder in the magnum cartridges in such a short barrel. From what I hear they drive tacks as far as accuracy goes.

bigshot
02-02-2012, 01:22 AM
For a, "Bear gun," I would prefer a short barrel on a rifle. It will make it quick handling, in thick brush and heavy timbered woods where bears are known to reside. I used to be a bear guide here in California, and used a Winchester, Trapper Model, Lever action, because of its short 16 inch barrel and light weight. The 30-30 caliber was on the small side, but I killed lots of 400-600 pound bears as they fought my dogs on the ground with it. Due to clients making bad shots. If you hit them in the neck or head, they will go down!...That rifle should make a super bear gun...I like the idea of a 338 Win.

bigshot
02-02-2012, 01:26 AM
For a, "Bear gun," I would prefer a short barrel on a rifle. It will make it quick handling, in thick brush and heavy timbered woods where bears are known to reside. I used to be a bear guide here in California, and used a Winchester, Trapper Model, Lever action, because of its short 16 inch barrel and light weight. The 30-30 caliber was on the small side, but I killed lots of 400-600 pound bears as they fought my dogs on the ground with it. Due to clients making bad shots. If you hit them in the neck or head, they will go down!...That rifle should make a super bear gun...I like the idea of a 338 Win Mag Caliber, that should put the hurt on a bear.