Yes I want a new Deer Rifle......I have been thinking about getting me a Savage Bolt-action 7mm-08 in the Accu-Trigger,might even consider using the managed recoil shells in it from Remington?Oh Yeah....I still love my Browning .243 A-Bolt Rifle [:D] [;)]
7MM-08 is a WONDERFUL deer cartridge, The Savage bolt guns are WONDERFUL deer cartridges, but I would hesitate to start a system that is predicated on using the Remington managed recoil loads.
1) You're tying yourself to a single load. If that combination doesn't group well, then what?
2) You're using a band-aid to fix a problem that you sought to create.
Manage Recoil loads in and of themselves are WONDERFUL. They do a good job of fixing a couple of really serious problems:
1) You got talked into a rifle with WAAAAY to much recoil.
2) You are loaning a rifle to a wife or yute that is recoil-shy.
Managed Recoil loads are not magic. They just utilize three old reloader tricks that I've been doing for years. They use a combination of
1) light-for-caliber bullets
2) medium-burning powders
3) less powder
In the case of the 7mm-08 offering, Remington keeps the bullet the same and just varies the powder. If I was reloading for it, and I wanted to knock off a bit of recoil, I would do exactly the same. However, I am normally doing this with cartridges that are in the range of 30-06. 7mm-08 is already an ideal deer cartridge out of the box. When you knock off 5-8% what you end up with is something just a hair better than a 30-30 WIN or a 7-30 Waters. In fact, out to 80 yards the 30-30 is performing better. That puts it at about the minimum I would suggest for deer. Frankly, the 7mm-08 can do better.
My advice in this instance is to see if you can manage the recoil in another fashion.
1) Adding a little mass to the stock would help. You can add lead bullets into the forearm and butt section of the synthetic stock of the Savage. I've done it. It does a remarkable job of taming recoil
2) Check out the 300 Savage. In the 150 grain loading it will have less recoil than a full-house 7mm-08 load. It is also flatter shooting than the Managed 7mm-08 .
3) Invest in reloading equipment. It's kind of a bum time to be starting out, because of the shortage of primers, bullets, etc. However, this won't last forever. The 7mm-08 is a great cartridge for reloaders, because of the selection of bullets.