I suppose it falls primarily into a category called a line extension. I’m talking about a pleasing look for a winning rifle combination.
Savage™ Arms has introduced the new model 11 Trophy Hunter XP Youth Muddy Girl® scoped-rifle package. The Muddy Girl camo pattern has become quite popular, and I can understand why. It looks nice in a camo sort of way.
SAVAGE MUDDY GIRL Model 11 Youth Rifle adds a new look to a combo rig.
The combo features a factory-mounted and bore-sighted Nikon BDC 3-9x40mm scope on a model 11 rifle with a button-rifled barrel, detachable magazine and the famed AccuTrigger™. Its stock is dipped in Muddy Girl camouflage.
“The Nikon BDC 3-9x40mm scope with a specialized reticle that can be tailored to specific loads using included software,” Savage reported. “The system lets hunters hold dead-on at long range while maintaining an effective sight picture at shorter distances. The rifle is offered in four calibers to give young shooters options to pursue everything from varmints to big game.
“To enhance comfort and fit, Savage minimized overall weight and redesigned the stock of the standard 11 Trophy Hunter around the dimensions of smaller-framed shooters,” the company continued.
The rig features the Savage 110 action, floating bolt head, and thread-in, zero-tolerance headspace system. The rifle also features a button-rifled barrel, detachable box magazine and user-adjustable AccuTrigger™.
The right-handed rifle weighs 7 pounds and holds four rounds. It has barrel length of 20 inches with an overall length of 39.5 inches. Rate-of-twist ranges from 1-in-9 inches to 1-in-10 inches, depending on caliber.
Chamberings available are .223 Remington, .243 Winchester, 7mm-08 Remington and .308 Winchester. MSRP is $660.
I have been shooting the Plain Jane version of this rig for some time and can report that it not only is everything Savage says it is, but it also is one heck of a lot of fun to use.
Initially I bought the rig to help me introduce some grand nephews and niece to deer hunting. My rig is chambered for .308 Winchester and it delivers sub-inch groups at 100 yards when the shooter pays attention.
But the fun factor begins where the normal accuracy and function leave off. This is a serious hunting rifle. It carries superbly, swings and points instinctively and is light enough to carry either all day in the field or up and down, in and out of tree stands and the like.
The young folks have enjoyed shooting the rifle and have noted no objections to the .308’s soft recoil. That’s nice.
Over time, however, I think that I probably am having more fun with this rifle than they are, only because its balance and handling qualities are simply outstanding.
What about the short stock? Oddly, I find that I shoot it well and haven’t suffered scope-bite in the process. When shooting from some field positions, the shorter stock is actually handier.
Savage also offers the 11 Trophy Hunter XP Youth scoped-rifle package with a black synthetic stock and matte black barrel in right- and left-hand versions. Learn more at www.savagearms.com.
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Steve Comus is a nationally recognized hunting editor with Safari Club International and a former WON Guns and Hunting Editor. His column appears every other week in WON and he can be reached at email@example.com.