Ian Harford Ian Harford

Date: February 25, 2011

Sauer 202 Outback in 7x64mm

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All this talk of new rifles has caused mayhem in my gunsafe! It would appear that I’ve managed to overlook some of my most tried and trusted companions – but nothing could be further from the truth.

When it comes to production rifles, I’m a Sauer man through and through. My Sauer 202 Classic in .308 Winchester has accounted for more deer than any other rifle in the cabinet, and has never failed me.

However I’ve recently added another to the collection. Despite the multitude of options available to me, I chose a Sauer 202 Outback in 7x64mm – and what choice that was!

Although Sauer make some stunningly beautiful rifles in exquisite grades of wood, I’m a big fan of synthetic stocks.

I’ve spent enough time sat in the back of an Argocat with my rifle stock between my heels to know that extreme stalking and pretty wood don’t go hand-in-hand :)

That’s one of the things I really love about the Outback. Not only is the stock pretty much bombproof, but the ilaflon coated barrel and action are completely impervious to weather.

In addition, the Outback is a complete doddle to strip down and clean after a hard day on the hill, provided you take your super-long allen key supplied with the rifle ;)

The only modification I’ve made is to replace the standard black glass-reinforced stock with Sauer’s own camoflon coated version in Realtree AP.

The Sauer 202 Outback is a superb lightweight hunting rifle. The alloy receiver, composite stock and fluted barrel mean the Outback weighs in at a mere 2.9kg!

Despite the light weight, recoil was barely noticeable once fitted with an Ultra Ase North Star reflex moderator.

The wide opening at the rear of the moderator coupled with the fluted barrel helped control barrel temperature – even in a hot South African Summer!

Although I’ve only had it for a few months, other than for woodland stalking where my .308 Classic is king, The Sauer 202 Outback in 7x64mm has become my first choice rifle for my international hunting trips.

It accompanied me on my trip to Idaho and South Africa, and took out some pretty impressive shots including a 280 yard Impala and 325 yard warthog with 156 grain Norma Orxy ammo.

The Outback is currently at Mike Norris waiting to have a load developed that should see it’s effective hunting range extend beyond 600 yards! I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes!

In the mean time, if you’re looking for a quality, reliable and accurate production hunting rifle, there’s no better choice than a Sauer 202.

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3 Responses to “Sauer 202 Outback in 7x64mm”

  • David

    February 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Here Here!! Got two Sauer 202 Outbacks myself. Great pieces of kit. One, in .25-06, is emigrating to South Africa soon, where it will be joined by a .30-06 barrel. That will save me carrying a rifle every trip!

    Superb rifles.

  • Terry Berkhouse

    May 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    For those of you with the 7×64 Outback (or larger calibers (.308, .30-06), what is the muzzle diamter of the fluted barrels, and how deep are the flutes out toward the muzzle?

    Terry
    flatcoatdad@yahoo.com
    406/381-3672

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