Rimfire expert 22Plinkster ups his caliber of choice and goes the distance with Savage’s new MSR Hunter rifle.
Introduced earlier this year, the MSR10 Hunter models are available in .308 Win. (1:10-inch 5R rifling) and 6.5 Creedmoor (1:8-inch 5R rifling) chamberings though still use a compact barrel (16 1/8-inch fluted on .308, 18-inch on 6.5mm) wrapped by a free-float aluminum M-LOK handguard to cut down on weight. Speaking of which, both come in at 8-pounds or less with a 20-round magazine. They use E9310 high-pressure bolts with dual ejectors.
Running the 6.5 variant, ‘Plink has his outfitted with a Bushnell LRHS 4.5-18x 44mm, a big long-range optic with a 30mm tube and a mil-based illuminated reticle whose MSRP matches the $1,400 for the Hunter.
But how does it shoot? No spoiler here, check out the video, though we do want to protest that he didn’t go way out.