Palmetto State Armory Sabre Billet 20″.223 Wylde Rifle: An Epic Hunt By: Chris Linville


As a firearms enthusiast and the Chief Operating Officer of GunsAmerica, I recently had the pleasure of testing the PSA Sabre Billet 20″ .223 Wylde Rifle. My experience with this rifle wasn’t just confined to the range. Instead, I took it out for an epic hog hunt, where it truly proved its worth. After putting approximately 5,000 rounds through it, between the range and hunts, I can confidently say that this rifle stands out as a budget rifle in both reliability and performance.

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Table of contents

  • Setting the Stage for an Epic Hunt
  • The Journey Begins
  • The First Hog Encounter
  • PSA Sabre Reliability in the Field
  • A Memorable Challenge
  • PSA Sabre Design and Features
  • PSA Sabre: Value for Money
  • Palmetto State Armory Sabre Specifications
  • Conclusion

The hunt took place in the heart of Texas, where hogs roam freely, and the terrain challenges even the most seasoned hunters. For this expedition, I set up the PSA Sabre specifically for hog hunting. I equipped it with an ATN thermal scope, which enhanced its performance in low-light conditions, making it an excellent choice for nocturnal hunts. The rifle’s 20-inch barrel proved to be a significant advantage, providing the necessary accuracy and range for shots up to 500 yards.

The day began late, with a crimson sunset casting long shadows over the rugged landscape. My hunting partners and I loaded up our gear and headed out, each of us with high hopes for a successful hunt. The Palmetto State Armory Sabre felt solid in my hands, its weight perfectly balanced, and its design exuding reliability.

As we trekked through dense underbrush and traversed open fields, the rifle’s knurled slant rail provided a comfortable grip, making it easy to carry even during the long hike. The versatility of the .223 Wylde chambering, allowing it to safely fire both .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO ammunition, meant that I was prepared for any situation.

The sunset, and the heat of the day started to calm. We reached a vantage point overlooking a watering hole, a known hotspot for hog activity. I set up my position, the ATN thermal scope scanning the area for signs of movement. The anticipation was palpable, and every rustle of leaves or snap of a twig heightened my senses.

Hours passed, and just as we started to lose hope, a sound broke the silence. The distinct grunt of a hog echoed through the trees. My heart quickened as I peered through the thermal scope, spotting the heat signature of a large hog emerging from the underbrush. It was a magnificent specimen, and I knew this was the moment the Palmetto State Armory Sabre was built for.

I steadied my breathing, aligning the crosshairs with the hog’s vital area. The rifle felt like an extension of my body, its design and balance making aiming effortless. I squeezed the trigger, and the rifle responded with a crisp, clean shot. The hog dropped instantly, a testament to the rifle’s accuracy and stopping power.

Throughout the hunt, and continued range trips, the PSA Sabre demonstrated remarkable reliability. The rifle performed consistently, handling various types of ammunition without any issues. This reliability is crucial for hunters who need a dependable firearm in the field. The billet receiver set contributes to its sturdy construction and enhances overall durability, ensuring that the rifle can withstand the rigors of an intensive hunt.

As night continued, the thermal scope came into its own. The ability to hunt in low-light conditions without compromising accuracy or performance is a game-changer. We continued our hunt, the PSA Sabre leading the way as we tracked and took down several more hogs. Each shot was precise, and the rifle’s performance remained unwavering.

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One of the most memorable moments of the hunt came when we encountered a particularly cunning hog. I’d already heard stories of how this particular beast had eluded hunters for years, earning a reputation as a ghost of the woods. Having previously assumed it was nothing more than lore, I learned otherwise on this hunt. Determined to succeed, I relied on the Palmetto State Armory Sabre’s superior accuracy and my own skills honed over years of hunting.

We tracked the hog to a dense thicket, its heat signature barely visible through the thermal scope. Moving slowly and silently, I took my time, waiting for the perfect shot. The 20-inch barrel, with its nitride treatment, provided the necessary precision to navigate the challenging environment.

Finally, the hog presented a clear shot. I took a deep breath, steadied my aim, and fired. The bullet flew true, and the hog fell, marking the end of an exhilarating pursuit. The sense of accomplishment was immense, and the rifle had proven itself once again.

The PSA Sabre features a billet receiver set, which contributes to its sturdy construction and enhances overall durability. The 20-inch nitride-treated barrel offers accuracy, especially for long-range shooting. Additionally, the knurled slant rail provides a comfortable grip and easy attachment of accessories.

The rifle’s design also includes Sabre furniture, which not only adds to its aesthetic appeal but also improves its ergonomics. The adjustable stock and pistol grip make it easy to customize the rifle to fit individual preferences, ensuring a comfortable shooting experience.

While I wouldn’t put the PSA Sabre Billet 20″ .223 Wylde Rifle in the same class as higher-end rifles such as those from Mitchell Defense, Daniel Defense, or Knights Armament, it proved to be a solid rifle for around $1,000. It offers a great balance of performance and affordability, making it an excellent choice for hunters and shooters who want a dependable firearm without breaking the bank.

Barrel Length: 20”Barrel Material: 416R StainlessBarrel Finish: Black NitrideChamber: .223 WyldeTwist Rate: 1:8Muzzle Device: Sabre CompensatorExtension: M4Gas System: Mid-LengthGas Block Type: AdjustableUpper Receiver: BilletReceiver Style: Sabre M4 Flat top with feed ramps and Engraved T-MarksReceiver Finish: Hardcoat AnodizedForward Assist: YesDust Cover: Timbercreek E AR BCDHandguard Style: PSA 18″ Knurled Slant RailBCG: Sabre Lightweight Carrier – Mag Phosphate FinishGas Rings: Sprinco Gas RingsBolt Steel: Carpenter 158Bolt Carrier Steel: 8620Staked Gas Key: YesLower Receiver: Billet Lower with Ambi Bolt ReleaseReceiver Finish: Hardcoat AnodizedFire Control Group: Hiperfire RBT with JP Reduced Power SpringsBuffer Tube: 7075 T6 Aluminum Mil-Spec TubeBuffer: Taccom 3 Position bufferStock: Sabre, BlackGrip: Sabre, BlackMagazine: (1) 30-Round Sabre Magazine (where available by law)

Overall, the PSA Sabre Billet 20″ .223 Wylde Rifle is a highly reliable and accurate firearm, making it an excellent choice for hog hunting and other applications requiring long-range precision. Its robust design, combined with the capability to handle a high round count without faltering, positions it as a top contender in its class. I highly recommend it to both novice and experienced shooters looking for a dependable rifle for hunting or target shooting.

For more details about the PSA Sabre Billet 20″ .223 Wylde Rifle, visit the PSA Sabre page or the specific product listing.

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