The sun was out, the sky was clear, there was still snow on the mountain top and we had two days without wind on the high prairie fields just outside of Elk Mountain, Wyoming. Perfect for testing out the Sauer 100 Classic XT rifles chambered in .222 Rem and .223 Rem and one 6.5 Creedmore which unfortunately I did not get the chance to test. The conditions were just right with a slight breeze of 7 mph. The rifles were topped with Minox scopes in a variety of reticles. Did I mention the weather was absolutely perfect?
We had one more surprise for this shoot: we were also testing out some of the suppressors from Silencer Co. on these rifles. I selected a .223 Rem to shoot for day one and I grabbed a bench, a pair of binoculars and several boxes of ammo. I scanned the section that I would be shooting. I had prairie dogs ranging from 100 yards out to 700 yards and I spent the next 2 hours picking off prairie dogs and learning the intricacies of this rifle. I also got a lot of successful hits on prairie dogs.
The Sauer 100 is an absolute tack driver which is why Sauer has agreed to a 10-year warranty on every rifle, guaranteeing 1-inch groups using factory ammunition. The Sauer 100 Classic XT is a $699.00 rifle with a 10-year warranty and features that are usually reserved for rifles that are far more expensive. The Sauer 100 Classic XT comes with a three-position safety, adjustable trigger, removable magazine, ergo max stock and you can order the rifle with a threaded muzzle specifically for either a muzzle break or silencer. During two days of shooting I did not even come close to the longest shot which was just over 850 yards but I did enjoy a few long shots.
The pros on this rifle are many. I do wish Sauer would to develop a 10-round magazine. In addition, the magazine on the .222 Rem rifle that I was using had a few feed issues that shouldn’t be happening. Sauer needs to look at this particular caliber specifically. Every shot I took on these rifles over a full two days was accurate as could be. I had an hour on the .223 that I fired over 140 rounds and the first rounds were hitting prairie dogs at 200 to 300 yards and the last rounds were hitting perfectly at the same distance.
The Sauer Classic XT comes in .222 Rem., .223 Rem., .243 Win., .270 Win., .308 Win., .30-06 Spring., .6,5 Creedmoor, 6,5×55, 8×57 IS, 9,3×62, 7mm Rem. Mag., and 300 Win. Mag. Sauer has created quite an offering for the Sauer 100 and the quality that we saw with the price point of $699.00 this rifle is absolutely worth investing in. Check them out at http://www.sauer.de/us.