Review of Savage Arms Lady Hunter Rifle

20 04 2012

This post originally was published in Ladies in Camo Product Reviews.

Lady Hunter

At the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA, I had the opportunity to get my hands on the new Lady Hunter Model 11/111 rifle made by Savage Arms, which was released for sale this year. I was definitely intrigued by my handling of this gun. It took nearly 2 months for this gun to arrive at our local gun shop, and for me to be able to shoot one.

When you pull the rifle to your shoulder, everything just fits. This rifle was not just cut down; they actually took the time to design features that provided a better fit for ladies. We (as women) generally have longer necks then men, so they raised the comb to position for greater comfort when shouldering the rifle. They also shortened the stock and shortened the length of pull, and then thinned out the palm to better fit a woman’s hand. Easily noticed is how light the rifle is, weighing around 6 ½ pounds. They also were able to lighten the weight of the fore end, this helps with staying steady when aiming at your target. There are many calibers available; 22-250 Rem, .223 Rem, .243 Win, .270 Win, 30-06 Spfld, .308 win, 6.5 Creedmoor and 7mm-o8 Rem.

I started with the 30-06 Springfield, using Remington Core-Lokt managed recoil shells. I had breast cancer 2 ½ years ago, so recoil is still a problem. I equipped the rifle with a Leupold VX-3L scope, and was sighted in in 3 shots. After sighting in, I was able to hold a 3 round group in a 1” circle at 100 yards. I also sighted in a second Lady Hunter using 150 grain Remington Core-Lokt shells; again I was able to group in a 1” circle at 100 yards. This gun was simply a pleasure to shoot, and I never felt beat up by the recoil.

Recently I took the Lady Hunter on 2 separate wild hog hunts in Florida and Alabama. Both times I was rewarded with single shot kills, and easy tracking. The Florida hog only went about 30 yards, while the Alabama hog dropped in her tracks. It is important to me to make ethical shots and have confidence in my gun, and through practice, I am confident in my shot placement. The recoil was easily tolerated, and the rifle is a pleasure to use and carry. I have had other “ladies” rifles that still feel like they were designed for a man but with shorter stocks, or painted pink, but not this one. There’s no “pink” in this gun. To put it bluntly, “I love this rifle!” I am already looking into adding a couple of other calibers to my arsenal.

If you are looking for a new rifle, or men, if you are buying one for the lady in your life, you’ll want to checkout Savage Arms new Lady Hunter. At a MSRP of $819 this is an affordable way to get set up with a comfortable rifle, one that will feel custom made for you right off the rack. Order one at your local Gun Shop, and get put on the waiting list for this rifle, it is worth the wait!

Specs on the Lady Hunter Model 11/111:
Series: Specialty
Stock material: Wood
Stock finish: Matte
Stock color: Natural
AccuTrigger: Yes
Sights: None
AccuStock: No
Magazine: Detachable box
Barrel material: Carbon Steel
Barrel finish: Matte
Available chamberings: 22-250 Rem, 223 Rem, 243 Win, 270 Win, 30-06 Spfld, 308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7MM-08 Rem

Specs on the 30-06 SPFLD:
Sku: 19660
Handed: Right
Rate of Twist: 10
Weight: 6.5 lbs
Overall Length: 40.75″
Barrel Length: 20″
Ammo Capacity: 4 round(s)
MSRP: $819.00

Contact Information:

Savage Arms 100 Springdale Road Westfield, MA 01085

Also mentioned:

Remington Core-Lokt

Leupold VX-3L: