Last Friday morning (Black Friday) I went to WalMart and purchased a new Savage Model 10 in 243 Win. After purchasing a Savage Model 12FV last year in 204 Ruger, I have come to like Savages. I especially like the way they fit me and the Accutrigger. On Friday afternoon, I took the new gun to the range. The 3-9 x 40mm scope had been bore sighted at the factory so it didn't take me long to dial it in. I started at 50 yards and it was off only a few inches. I moved it on with a few shots and then moved the target out to 100 yards. I made some final adjustments to the scope and then decided to see what the gun could do. The weather was warm - about 70 degrees F, Sunny, and the wind was gusting up to 10-15 miles per hour from the Southeast. We shoot directly North at the Ben Avery Range in North Phoenix. I waited for the wind to calm down a bit and fired three shots slowly at a small target. The Range Master then announced the range would be closing in 1 minute so I fired another 3 shots without waiting for the wind to settle at a different target. When I retreived the targets from the 100 yard mark, I had shot a 0.3xx inch group for the first target and a 1.005 inch group at the 2nd target! I was using my 243 handloads. These consist of Winchester brass, Hornady 87 gr V-Max bullets, Federal 210 primers, and 35.6 grains of IMR4064. The speed of this load is about 2950fps and I find it to be a really accurate load. So, I think I have a winner here.
This gun will shoot a <1/2 MOA right out of the box. This why I am impressed with Savage guns!
BTW, I will try to post a picture of the targets in a few days.