Savage Rascal 22 Rifle


June 25, 2012, 04:31 PM
Has anyone tried one of the Savage Rascal 22 rifles? Are they accurate? Do the peep sights seem to be well build and sturdy? I read that the Rascals will shoot 22 shorts, long, and Long rifle. This might make a good camping gun because it is short and light, but still a rifle and you can make accurate shots. Single shot does not bother me because after the first shot game usually will run if you don't hit it.

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June 25, 2012, 08:27 PM
I just saw a closeup of the peep sight. It is steel and looks very strong. With their acru trigger I think this gun would be a joy to pack into the wilderness. I have a chipmunk that I added some length to the stock and I have killed more game with it than any other .22 simply because it's just too light and handy to leave behind. I would mount a scope on it though to wring out all of it's accuracy potential and light gathering capability.

June 25, 2012, 11:13 PM
Yes I think this would be a handy rifle to carry out in the woods, camping, fishing.

June 25, 2012, 11:36 PM

a joy to pack into the wilderness

I would mount a scope on it though

Wouldn't that do away with the reason for choosing such a rifle? I would think keeping it simple and light would be the key to keeping it enjoyable.

Looks interesting though, I was looking for something for the nephew, this might be just the ticket.

June 26, 2012, 12:31 AM
What is the length of pull on the Rascal? I have a Savage Cub that appears to be the same rifle but with a more normal shaped wood stock. Bought new less than a year ago so it hasn't been discontinued that long ago.

Anyway the Cub's length of pull is super short (which is why I bought four year old boy can actually shoulder the gun and just reach the trigger).

When I shoulder the gun my thumb hits me in the nose and the peep is right by my eye (not how the sight picture is designed to look).

I'm not saying it won't work for what you are thinking about, but if you are an average sized male I would at least want to try to shoulder one before buying it.

Marlin Papoose might be better for your intended use...more of a normal LOP and takedown to fit in a pack, etc. But it is a semi intended for .22lr only.

Hope that helps.

June 28, 2012, 04:29 PM
With such a short rifle, you might consider the finger pinch for firing. Essentially, you hold the firearm to your shoulder with only your off hand on the forearm of the rifle. With your trigger finger on the trigger and you thumb behind the trigger guard, you squeeze the two together. It works quite well.

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