Savage MK II .22 LR range report


October 9, 2004, 08:11 PM
I just got back from spending a most enjoyable afternoon with my son shooting this new rifle. As I previously posted I had installed a Rifle Basix sear and adjusted it to around 1 lb. We started out with two bulk boxes, one of Remington Thunderbolts and one of Federal hollowpoints. The intention was to sight in the scope and spend some time breaking in the barrel by shooting plastic bottles ect. for sport.
Scope sight in was uneventful and quick. I noticed very quickly the rifle hated the Remington Thunderbolt ammo. It shot the Remington ammo into small ovals of around one inch at 50 yards. However, occasional flyers spread the groups out to 1.5 inch at 50 yards. The bulk packed Federal was not much better but flyers were much less common and average groups with it were under one inch at 50 yards.
We settled down to shooting empty 12 gauge shells off of the 50 yard target stands. After about an hour of that my son told me that he seemed to be hitting the empty shells with every shot. I quickly checked on a fresh target and sure enough the Federal ammo was cutting one ragged hole at 50 yards. I guess the barrel had smoothed out a little during the session. I retried the Remington ammo and found it was doing better as well but it still was throwing annoying flyers.
We spent the rest of the afternoon busting shotgun clays we picked up at the trap range. Set up in the grass from 25 to 100 yards none were safe. With a little care first time hits were the rule with either ammo.
On the way home I bought a selection of ammo CCI Mini-Mags, CCI green label, and some different Federal non-hollow points. Next time out maybe we will find a winner.
End result, a afternoon of fine shooting for less than $10.00 ammo and a fine Savage rifle that is significantly better than minute of tree rat or chipmunk head.

Great fun

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October 10, 2004, 08:31 AM
What scope are you using? I bought the same rifle and it came with a little cheesy scope. I tried shooting the irons and to me they are horrible. But thats how its always been with .22 rifles for me.

October 10, 2004, 08:46 AM
The MK II BV comes with a set of Weaver bases already installed. I put a set of high Millet engraved rings on and installed a Leupold 50mm Vari X III 3.5x10. I know it's kinda wierd having a scope that cost 3 times what the rifle did but that is what I had laying around.

October 10, 2004, 02:58 PM
How is the eye relief working out for you with your new rifle?

On my BV (LV) I've found that, even using a compact Leupold RF scope with 4" of eye relief, I still have to crane my head forward an extreme amount in order to simply be able to see through the scope.

I really wish Savage had mounted the Weaver bases farther backward. :(

As any of you who haven't handled this rifle can see from the picture, the bases are mounted way to freaking far forward on the rifle.

October 10, 2004, 03:21 PM
A set of extension rings might solve your problem. Or you could replace the current two piece mounts with a muti-position once piece base to allow the scope to go father back. You may have to get a blank Weaver base and drill you own holes.
My scope seems to be far enough back for me.

October 10, 2004, 03:28 PM
Where do you purchase rings like that? Are they availible in a super-low configuration?

October 10, 2004, 03:40 PM

almost any gun parts dealer

Dave Markowitz
October 10, 2004, 07:38 PM
Nice range report. I have a Savage Mark IIGL that I like quite a bit.

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