From Asgard Industries web page:
Three weeks in the woods produced two deer and one elk for the Asgard crew and friends. One of the deer and the spike elk below were both taken using a 308 scout rifle loaded with 180 grain partitions. The trip provided some much needed field experience to evaluate some of the competition's scout platforms and various accessories. By the end though, we had to wonder if our competition had ever taken their rifles into the field: We managed to knock one front sight off, a rear sight came loose twice despite loc-tite, we broke a Ching sling (that one was our fault though), had a magazine FALL out of the rifle while in the field (we found it after some searching), and a scout scope mount came loose. We were able to fix everything in the field, but it became rapidly apparent that not all scout rifles are created equal.
However, although I think the rifle is rather fragile, I like it very much. Long before the GSR, Ed Head told me the Ruger rifles (usually Frontiers at that time) at 270 were bulletproof; the Savages consistently broke as did mine, and another, twice.
I have always heard that Savage bolt guns were very accurate. Which kinda surprises me, but I have no direct experience with any
Savage except a 99C I have had since I was in grade school.
I have owned (and still own a few) rifles which will consistently group 1/2" or less at 100 yards, off a bench. I won bench rest trophies as a kid with the 99C in L.A. County at the Technicolor Rod & Gun Club. I have seen a few people who could
COME CLOSE to shooting up to their rifle, IN THE FIELD, but would certainly still loose if the target was shot off the bench. My point
being, a 1/2" rifle is nice, but not necessarily better than a 2" rifle, in the field, that works every time. (don't get the wrong idea,
I cannot even come close to shooting up to any rifle I own)
What DOES surprise me is people who like, and continue to recommend, a rifle that they know will fail or break if you
carry it or shoot it more than 50-100 rounds.
If I recall correctly, I read something from a person I hold in very high regard, that Smith & Wesson did a study at one time,
and concluded that the average firearm was fired 7 or 10 times over its life. Now, I find that hard to believe, maybe from
the first owner, but it surely would be adopted by someone in its life that would shoot it ? Or maybe they were right. I have
2 Marlin lever guns, a 1948 and a 1950 that the bores and insides look like new. I also have a Marlin 36A purchased used in
1968, (I was 8, Xmas present) I cannot tell you how many rounds I have put through that gun, has to be over 10K, and it
still shoots like a dream.
Sorry to be so long winded. I think I am still agonizing over that $32,000.00 Springfield 03. (agonizing over the price,
and the magazine
I wonder if it could be loaded from the top ? And could you use a stripper clip
It did have a magazine cutoff.
If someone could make a 10 rd magazine for it, even with the trigger guard, I might be able to warm up to it.
And there I go again............