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Opinions of Savage rifles?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by harmonic, Dec 10, 2008.

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  1. harmonic

    harmonic member

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    I'm a left handed shooter and don't have a lot of options for a bolt action rifle. But Savage offers plenty of rifles for southpaws that are priced considerably less than the competition.

    There is a question about quality, however. With guns maybe more than anything else, you get what you pay for.

    Why are they priced so much less?

    thanx
     
  2. 12Bravo20

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    I can speak from experience that Savage rifles are well made and are excellent shooters. I had a lefty 111 in .270 and still have a lefty Mark II in .17m2 and while the cosmetic finish isn't as good as more expensive rifles, they are well made. Every Savage rifle that I have shot, whether right or left bolt in both rimfire and centerfire, have been very accurate.
     
  3. BrandonBowers

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    I am also a LH shooter. Absolutely LOVE my Savage 30-06. The bull barrel is a nice plus too. Doesn't have an accutrigger but I've got it set to about a 2 pound trigger.
     
  4. oldgold

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    Almost true, but especially with firearms some people buy prestige. Savage fire arms do not at this time have the high resale of some other brands. Fit and finish is some what lacking and so is the glamorous looks.

    As far as function, reliability, and accuracy, they are second to none. I've owned a bunch of different rifles and the most accurate by far is the 110 I have now.

    The neatest thing about Savage is if you get bored with the caliber you're shooting just get another barrel and change it yourself.
     
  5. USSR

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    Good value for the $$$.

    Don
     
  6. KSCCHTrainer

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    I have one of their newer "Law Enforcement" series model 10FP in .308 with a 24" bull barrel and the "accu-trigger" I have it set to 1.5 pounds and the rifle will shoot 1 hole groups @ 100 yards with my handloads and even puts 10 rounds of South African surplus 7.62 X 51 NATO in a 1" group at 100 yards. Under $600 at Sportsman's Warehouse in Wichita, KS and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Inexpensive is not necessarily "cheap".

    The fit and finish on this rifle is excellent and the only peeve I have with it is the lack of an external magazine dump. It has a 4 round blind mag built into the synthetic stock, and so, no aftermarket stocks for it either, but the factory synthetic one is nice and it has an extremely soft butt pad on it. Felt recoil is WAAAAY reduced.
     
  7. Ben86

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    I've only owned two of their .22s. The first was a model 64 semi. It's a good rugged gun, accurate, pretty reliable. But the magazines suck. The lips wear down quickly and become ten can lid sharp. So they have to be filed down every now and then.

    The Savage MK II was terrible. The bolt action was loose and stiff, the magazines didn't line up right with the chamber (feeding problems) and the gun has 2 extractors. Two extractors?!! Which frequently holds onto the brass instead of flinging it out the side. Lame idea. It was accurate though, yet fails miserably in function.

    That's why I have a 10/22 now!

    I have heard good things about Savage's larger caliber rifles though haven't shot any of them.
     
  8. possum

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    they are inexpensive one of the few guns that haven't went up in price since the whole president elect craze, really accurate, and easy to find at the local shops.
     
  9. StrawHat

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    The Savage line of rifles are some of the most accurate out of the box rifles going.

    And if you like to tinker they are good for that also.

    I had a 110 that I set up as a switch barrel rifle with three different barrels. Hard to do with other brands.

    Savage, accurate and dependable.
     
  10. sbarkowski

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    Great gun, the one and only complaint I have is with their synthetic stocks with the exception of the higher end law enforcement series. They just have far too much flex. You can literally grab the forend and the butt of the rifle and twist it right out of shape. I'd go for one of the laminate stocked ones. Looks great, ridgid and pillar bedded at the very least. Plus you can't beat the price for what you get. Accutrigger? Wish I had one on every rifle I own.
     
  11. lefteyedom

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    I Love mine.
    22-250
    257 weatherby
    338 win
    375 h&h
     
  12. cinteal

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    I had the same experience with the Mk II as Ben 86 - significant feeding problems. This is a rimfire, though.

    The bolts on all Savages I have shot have been tight, but I don't know that that is bad. I found no problems with accuracy, and yes, loved the Accutrigger. I can't recommend te Mk II but the larger calibers seem to be well made and function flawlessly
     
  13. sbarkowski

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    I picked up a old well used MKII from a buddy just for some fun shooting. It had the 10rd mag and the 5th and 6th round would not feed, they hit the top of the chamber opening because they stuck to far out and pointed upwards before the bolt reached them. Something to do with the way the rounds stacked in the mag I guess. Im looking for one of the newer replacement mags hopefully it will feed better?
     
  14. hossdaniels

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    Hmm, ugly rifles. They shoot great. I have a savage 10 muzzleloader, its not so ugly, but I had to buy a laminated stock, and have the stainless barrel bead blasted to get rid of that tacky shine. I also have a savage 93r17(17hmr), dang fine shooter, just hate that ugly plastic stock, might be upgrading that too. Both of the rifle's shoot under 3/4" at 100 yds(yes, even the muzzleloader). Also the 17hmr's magazine doesn't quite fit like it should, have to jiggle it sometimes. And the savage 10 ML's bolt is a little hard to close. Just little fit and finish things like that keep the savages from being top tier rifles. The bottom line is alot of rifles that cost alot more cant shoot with them.
     
  15. eagleseeker

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    I have a 22hp savage model 99 take down that has been handed down from my greatgranddaddy it is by far my favorite gun .looks a little rough but it takes a beating an keeps on ticking wouldnt trade it for the world.i also have a 17 with a bull barrel extremely accurate does an excellent job on coyotes.
     
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    I have one, a single-shot bolt .22 in the target version (bull barrel, Williams FP sight set). Not too handsome, but it's extremely accurate. Always shoots the same, cold or hot. I like the Accu-trigger, too. It came from the factory set at its lightest pull (about 2 1/2 lbs, I think). Very nice. About $270+tax.
     
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    oh and i forgot to mention the accu trigger is nice and operator level adjustable, that is a great feature as well.
     
  18. conhntr

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    older 10fp-- pre accu-trigger. i dropped a sharp shooter supply trigger in; and put it in a choate "sniper" stock (i thought it looked kewl at the time). it is heavy but as others have reported will hold under .75moa
     
  19. weedlayer

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    They are definitely shooters right out of the box. I have a 12FV 22-250. I put a B&C stock on it. The only problem I have is chambering follow up rounds, they do not always feed the smoothest. I have heard this complaint from others as well. Regardless, they are still hard to beat right out of the box.
     
  20. ultralightbackpacker

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    I have a savage 10fp. Its the big arse bull snout chambered in 308. I slapped an el cheapo bushnell 3200 10x fixed on it, as a fun long range weapon for target. The accutrigger is very sweet, adjustable you know. As far as accuracy? Hmmmmm, how shall I say this, the rifle is way better than I am at 10x scoped. :)

    Take care,
     
  21. CZ223

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    These are what I have right now.

    model12 BVSS 223- Pre accu-trigger
    Model12 Bvss 223- w/accu-trigger
    Model 12 BVSS 22-250 pre accu-trigger
    Model 112 BVSS 220 Swift pre accu-trigger
    Model 112 BVSS 25-06 pre accu-trigger
    Model 12 VLP 204 Ruger w/accu-trigger
    Model 12 VLP 204 Ruger w/accu-trigger (yes I have 2 of them):D
    Model 9317 BTVSS 17HMR w/accu-trigger
    Model 12 F-Class in 6mmBR w/Accu-trigger

    And in case you were wondering if I liked them enough to buy more, yes!:evil:

    My next one will be the F/TR in 308
    the next will probably be another F/Class in 6.5x284
    Unless I find something else in the meen time:D
     
  22. franconialocal

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    Savage

    I had a Savage Arms .243 bolt action that I'm still kicking myself for ever getting rid of. I loved that rifle.:banghead:
     
  23. wacki

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    I have a Savage 10FP in .308.

    I love it. I'll take it up against a Remington 700 any day of the weak. The Remington does have a quieter action but I don't care too much about that.
     
  24. Gunfighter123

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    I give them a 4-B rateing --- Best Bang for the Buck Bolt !!!!!!!!


    I have 2 Sav. 10FPs -- a .223 and a .308 ---- both are DeathRays -----1/2" at 100yds. and 1 1/2" at 200yds.
     
  25. kgpcr

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    The fit and finish leaves a bit to be desired. Not the smoothest action out there but the accutrigger is top shelf and they are tack drivers. if you want to look cool dont buy one. if you want a tack driver its the rifle for you!
     
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