OOOOOOOOOHHHHHH! Giggity Giggity! I LOVE THIS GUN! I have been a fan of the Lone Eagle in .308WM for a long time, but it was missing some things that I thought were rather important. It was a single shot so after you took your first shot there was no way for a quick follow up shot (pretty important during deer season), you cant change out the barrel from the action there all made out of one piece, still didn't have the accuracy of a bolt action. So I finally parted with my beloved Lone Eagle after I tried to do a bull barrel project (also doing it to my PLR-16) and realized that I would completely have to destroy (and possibly never be able to repair) the Lone Eagel to complete the project. :'(
So I started back at page one and did a ton of research, I've shot the remington xp100 but I really thought it was just alright....not awesome. I looked into TC contenders, nice but just not my bag. then I shot my buddys 7MM-08 made by Witchita Engineering, I really like some of the features like the left sided handle other than that it didn't seem to really be my cup of tea either. they are pretty pricey and I really didn't like the left sided eject.
I had started to read alot about the Savage Striker pistol and its capablities and really liked the left sided handle right sided ejection. The more I read about Savages actions the more I was impressed with there quality and craftsminship=accuarcy out of the box. The other thing that was pointed out to me (on this forum and one other was the ease of which you can change the barrel....Ding Ding Ding we have a winner.
However I (like most) am always skeptical until I've tried it myself.
Enter the PLR. So there I am at the range blazing away like normal (like normal everyones staring either in awe or annoyance (of the sound)) and an older guy comes over to me when it's time to change targets and asks if he can shoot my PLR. I of course say yes (Kel-Tec, call me I might as well be a salesman) and ask what he has for me to shoot in return. He replies "well I don't suppose you'd want to shoot a bolt action pistol when you got this thing"....WRONG if you have a gun and say I can shoot it I wanna shoot it no matter what it is. So I said "nope I'd love to, what is it?" "Savage in .308".... I coulda hugged him.
So I got to shoot it and it was FRICKIN SWEET! It's a great gun, it felt natrual to shoot. I put 20 rds down range (he put 80 down range and felt bad, meanwhile I'm getting the review of a lifetime of my next toy) and connected with the target at 50 meters, 100 meters, and 200 meters. It was almost to easy. when you shoot a rifle you have to find your breathing pattern and well you know the rest,He had put a harris bipod on the stock and (listen Savage owners) put a hole into the bottom of the grip so that he could put a (as he calls it "a leveler" LOL!) bolt that he could adjust to the same level as the bipod in order to keep the pistol level to the target (Don't know if that'll work on a moving target! LOL
), it took out the human factor other than squeezing the trigger. This is one of the most accurate pistols I have ever shot. His had a trigger job but still had the factory barrel on it and it shot within 1 MOA at 100 meters. That is Damn impressive.
I went home signed onto GB and made my purchase, it should be here in a couple weeks, unfortunatley I'll be gone getting married (just kidding honey) so I can't give any more review till then.
My plans are to extend the barrel as well as making it a bull barrel, also get a barrel in .458 Socom for it (rumor has it this actually works), get a trigger job and throw a scope on that puppy. If you have one of these and have anymore advice on how to make it even better PLEASE let me know. I think knock on wood I have completed my gun collection (minus a vector semi auto pistol in .308) and am really looking forward to just spending my time and money on upgrading what I have so all sugestions I'm open to.