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Author Topic: Savage 12 Palma for F T/R?  (Read 630 times)

Offline Ed333

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Savage 12 Palma for F T/R?
« on: 08:35 PM, 04/21/13 »
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  • Any reason why a savage model 12 Palma rifle would not do well for shooting F T/R class?  For a newbie...


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    Savage 12 Palma for F T/R?
    « Reply #1 on: 07:55 AM, 04/22/13 »
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  • No great reason why not. There are differences though to be aware of.  The stock bolt-ons make it a bit heavier than that of the F/TR model which may be an issue if you want to rebarrel with something much heavier and run a heavy scope and bi-pod. The screw spacing is unique, so you can't easily restock the rifle with aftermarket pre-inletted Savage 12 PTA stocks. The biggest difference specification-wise is the barrel which has a lighter profile than that on the F/TR and a 1-13" twist compared to 1-12". That slower twist rate limits your bullet choice - even some of the longer more streamlined 155gn thirties such as the Berger Hybrid  now have 1-12" recommended. The 155gn Lapua Scenar, both Sierra MKs, Berger VLD and 155.5gn LRBT all work very well in 1-13", likewise the 'tradional' 168s like the SMK, Hornady HPBT Match, Nosler CC etc.

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    Savage 12 Palma for F T/R?
    « Reply #2 on: 07:41 PM, 04/22/13 »
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  • Thanks, sounds like reason enough not to go there.  It's that old case of "When is a good deal not a good deal."  The used price on the Palma I had in mind is still more than the new price on a Savage F/TR....


     

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