Savage Firearms Quality


Sky Dog
July 1, 2013, 02:33 PM
I have heard many glowing reports about Savage bolt rifles over the past 6 months. I don't know much about them anymore. Last I heard the Model 10 was OK. I think it had interchangeable barrels. Now I hear they are more accurate than lower end Remington's. I hit their website and they look promising. What's going on?

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July 1, 2013, 03:36 PM
They are more accurate than more than just low end Remington's. I really like savage rifles. I've built a few on the 110 action. I just finished a7-08 on one
Easy to build a very nice rifle at a part of the cost since you can do everything in your living room. I put this one together in 15 mins caws just waiting on my stock. I would rather buy an older 10/110 staggered feed than the new centerfeeds but that's my preference. The one inthe pic is a center feed

July 1, 2013, 03:38 PM
I look at pawn shops for used rifles, going today after work, to build on. You can get barrels from 179 on up to rebarrel.
The axis/edge rifles are good desls but cannt buy an aftermarket stock. Lots of guys say the reciever I them is stiffer than the 110 series. Seen a few bench rifles built using them

July 1, 2013, 03:41 PM
Love my Model 12 Varminter. Feels solid and shoots sub-1" groups at 100 yds with cheap factory ammo and my cruddy old eyes. The Remingtons I tried out when looking for a varmint gun just didn't "feel" good to me - kind of cheap look and feel. Try both, if you can find someone to let you shoot theirs - everyone's different. What models/calibers/uses are you looking for?

July 1, 2013, 03:43 PM
I just bought a Savage mark II-F, .22 LR bolt action. Gave it to my wife.

Open sight, it's every bit as accurate as I could wish for in a .22 LR. I plan on taking it squirrel hunting, where I habitually take squirrel via head shots.

Might mount an inexpensive scope on it some day, if she wants it.

July 1, 2013, 04:37 PM
if you are going to build a savage rifle get then Stevens 200 rifle used. it is a Savage with a cheap stock but identical action. You can rebarrel it and add a nice Savage stock for very cheap.

July 1, 2013, 04:46 PM
If youre buying a new one check it over well. I have a 93FV that's been at savage for almost three months now. Receiver holes were drilled wrong. Three months for a %^$%^^&* receiver..

July 1, 2013, 06:22 PM
I had a 10 FCP-K when they first came out. It was nice. Dont know what moa it shot but all the holes would touch with 5 shot groups from 100 yards. I thought it as a very nice rifle!

July 1, 2013, 11:38 PM
Owned many Remingtons over the years, and owned half a dozen Savages, the Savages are certainly more accurate then any of my Remingtons. They are not a perfect rifle though, they are bullet picky, they come from the factory with a very rough bore, the action is clunky, the basic synthetic stock is flimsy, and Savage uses short 22" barrels on some rather overbore cartridges like the 25-06. They are far from perfect but they are a solid value.
Now the good stuff, Savages are the most customizable bolt gun in existence, strong aftermarket and you don't need a gunsmith to do anything, the Accutrigger is one of the better triggers on the market in both hunting and match form (yes they are different), while all my Savages have been bullet picky they all have liked my Game Kings which is my go to bullet anyway. Some Savages come with a REALLY good recoil pad, as good as I have ever used on any rifle, tames my 06 with max load 180gr to the point my sister in law enjoys shooting it.
My current two Savages are a 110 in 30-06 and a Model 11 in 270 WSM both are superb.

July 2, 2013, 10:38 PM
Never built one, but my 12fv 22-250, 110e in .270 and 93 vtb in 17 hmr are all super accurite. The 93 is the only one accutrigger. The 22-250 and 17 hmr are bull barrels, the .270 just blows my mind.

July 3, 2013, 12:09 AM
I have three Remington bolt rifles (two Remington 700s and one XR-100) and recently got a Savage Model 12. All are some kind of varmint cartridge (221 Rem, 17 Rem, 223 Rem and 204 Ruger)

All three Remingtons needed some tweaking to get them to shoot the kind of groups that I expected (replacement triggers and stock work) while the Savage is still basically box stock.

The fit and finish on all four were comparable to each other.

Small data set, I will admit.

I like my Remingtons but I am impressed with the Savage.

July 3, 2013, 12:13 AM
I was skeptical about all the hype. Still am. BUT, I just acquired an old 340B in 222 and it is extremely accurate as well as not bad looking $250. Cleaned it, loaded some 52 gr Speer HP over 22.2 grs N133 and sighted it in at 100 yds with a Williams aperture sight: (

I am much more prepared to accept the hype. ;-)

Phantom Captain
July 3, 2013, 02:54 PM
I love mine. I have a 111 .30-06 with the accutrigger and synthetic stock (not the accu-stock though) as well as the real nice recoil pad. I put a Weaver mildot 3x10x40 scope on mine with Warne mounts and rings.

It was giving me fits at first though as the only thing I shoot through it are hand-loads and I started off with two different weights of Hornady match boat tails, the 168 and 178 grains. Through many different loadings it was all over the place, I mean seriously all over the place. I thought it was a defective rifle, lol. Come to find out mine just absolutely HATES Hornady boat-tails.

Lo and behold I tried some cheap Remington flat base core lokt 150 grainers and now it's shooting 3/4 inch groups with anywhere between 56 to 56.5 grains of IMR 4350. Made me very happy to find a sweet spot and know it wasn't the rifle.

I've stuck with those since. Only had the rifle for a little over a year.

I'm still going to try a couple heavier bullets of different brands just to play around some more and figure out some more combinations. Definitely am planning on taking it out deer hunting this fall and as of now am completely happy with my loading for deer. Should do the trick just fine.

Here's mine, I call her "Vera" (had to throw in the Firefly reference, sorry! I don't really name my guns.).

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