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Savage rifles?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Deersniper, Aug 4, 2005.

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  1. Deersniper

    Deersniper Member

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    I'm thinking about getting a Savage rifle in .308. I have heard they have a reputation for being accurate rifles, is this true? The price seems really good, this is the one I'm looking at.

    http://www.savagearms.com/12flv.htm
     
  2. Cueball

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    I just got a 12FVXP the other night. I am going to the range in the morning to give it the "smoke" test. I'll post a report by tomorrow evening about my results. I've also heard great things about the accuracy. Tomorrow will tell for me.
     
  3. Magnum Mike

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    Savage Rifles

    I have a Savage 110V rifle, in the 25-06 caliber, with a stainless steel fluted barrel. and a 24X scope. I bought it brand new 4 years ago and I love it, and I'm sure you'll feel the same about a new Savage in the .308 caliber.
     
  4. Vern Humphrey

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    The Savage was designed to be a low-cost rifle. Some of the techniques, like the barrel nut, make it quite accurate as well as cheap to assemble. The Accutrigger is a superb development. As a result, while Savages are not as well-finished as more costly rifles, they are often even more accurate and just as reliable.

    If you want a good, reliable rifle, at a good price, one that you can be sure will be accurate out of the box, Savage is a fine choice.
     
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    this from my 20" 10FPLE1 with black hills match. :D
     
  6. Lennyjoe

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    I have the same model in left handed chambered in 22-250. Also have a 110GL in 30-06. Both are fine rifles and well worth the money.
     
  7. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

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    I was lucky enough to win this 99C thru a firehall gun raffle three or so years ago. I was delighted then and also since. A very fine rifle which considering it's relative placing on the cost scale - is a lovely gun. Sadly IIRC the lever actions are no longer made.

    I rate Savage as very good value indeed.


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  8. db_tanker

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    That is a beautiful piece of machinery there, Chris.


    I envy you with that.
     
  9. 1911 guy

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    Savages are good rifles

    If you're in the market for pretty, keep looking. If you want a solid built rifle that will shoot well for a reasonable price, look at savages. I don't have the accu-trigger on my old bolt gun, but it feels nice, judging by the ones I've handled.
     
  10. LeadPumper

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    Savage

    Early last year I found a stock Savage 10FP (24" free floated Heavy Barrel)(.308) at a show. Since then I've added Weaver bases and 1" rings, a Bushnell Banner 3-9X40 Dusk to Dawn Scope, a Bell & Carlson Duramax stock (required some trimming), a Harris ultralight bipod, bolt polishing, and some trigger work.

    Using Federal Gold Match 168gr BTHP, if I do my part, I can overlap 3 shots at 100 yrds.

    5 shot groups get slightly bigger.

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    -LeadPumper
     
  11. rockstar.esq

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    The only Caveat I'd offer is that the resale value on 110 and 10's are generally much lower than Remington or Winchester (classics a la model 99 excepted). I don't buy guns to sell them if you feel the same way, I'd bet a savage rifle would make you very happy.
     
  12. ocabj

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    Savages not having good resale value is a total myth nowadays.

    You could easily recoup the money of a Savage 10/110 by parting it out. I had a Savage 10FP with 24" heavy barrel that I used in a project and ended up selling off in pieces. The factory 24" heavy barrel went for $100, generic plastic stock for $30, and the action and everything else for $300. That's $430 total for a gun that goes for about $450-500.

    The Savage secondary market is really good due to the fact that there are a lot of people who like the Savage action for project guns since you could do everything at home without the help of a gunsmith. You can easily sell a Savage 10/110 action for $250. Factory barrels for at least $60 for the basic lightweight hunting barrel to $100-$120 for the heavy/varmint barrels. The el cheapo plastic stock gets about $30 (and surprisingly, they are easy to sell) and the nice laminate stock that is sold with the 12/112BVSS model gets between $100-$140 depending on condition (I bought and sold the same laminate stock for $130 after I used it on a project gun).

    So don't let the "low resale value" myth prevent you from buying a Savage.

    Oh, and here's a picture of my Savage 10FP in a McMillan A-5 (specs in my sig line):

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  13. Dr.Rob

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    The Savage 110/112/116 series of rifles are stone solid.

    I regularly get 3/4 inch groups aout of a '70s series 110B, and 1/2 groups out of my 116... without the 'accutrigger'.

    Good sturdy no nonsense accuracy. Decent price.

    A LOT of folks in the varminting community were buying Savage's 110FP model when theye were cheap and swearing by them... this really helped Savage's rep. as an accurate rifle, and prices rose accordingly.
     
  14. Cueball

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    The results are in!!!

    As I mentioned earlier, I just got a Savage 12FVXP the other day. Well, today I got out and shot it for the first time and boy am I thrilled with my purchase! :D
    I had 1/2" groups @ 100yds after 5 shots of sighting in the scope. It's a great value and a great shooting rifle. I would highly recommend it to anyone. :)
     
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    My Savage Model 340

    Years ago I gave up hunting for a spell (I know, stupid move, but I've reformed and fully recovered), and I was selling my Savage Model 340 bolt-action .30-30. A buddy at work wanted to try it, but had never shot a rifle larger than .22.....

    Took him out on his property and set up a small-bore target (bullseye about the size of a .30-30 bullet) at 100 yards (had a scope on the gun), and let him try it - he flinched pretty bad, and the impact was about a foot off center. I offered to take a shot, to see if the scope had jarred loose.....1 shot, dead through the 10-ring....sold! :)

    I really miss that little gun......

    Good luck with your savage, I'm sure you'll love it!

    Michael
     
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    The Savage is well worth the money and are very, very good shooters.
     
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    Here's my two cents, as well

    This last spring I bought a left-handed stainless/plastic Savage 116 in .338 from a gent who'd fired exactly SIX rounds through it. It does not have the Accu-trigger, but I adjusted the existing one to a useable level.

    I mounted a 3-9x Leupold VX-2, and took it shooting to develop an elk load for this fall. With Barnes 225-grain TSX bullets over RE-19 powder, on the FIRST outing with the TSX experimental loads, I fired three consecutive groups of three rounds each into well under one inch...two of the groups were at 1/2". The velocity was right up there at 2900 fps, and I said "END of experiment...I have my elk load!"

    Yep, the Savages are indeed accurate rifles. Not pretty, not terribly "refined", but they sure do shoot well.
     
  18. pokey074

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    Savage 10FLP in .308
    Sharp Shooter Supply Varmint/Tactical stock
    Badger Ordnance maximized scope rail
    Badger Ordnance maximized scope rings
    Leupold Mark 4 PR 4.5-14X40 scope
    Black Hills Ammo 168gr match hollow point

    100 yards
    one hole, three shot group
    .75" outside edge to outside edge

    I just wish I could do this every time.

    And yes, I do have proof. I'll snap a digi pic of the target and post it.
     
  19. Harve Curry

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    The Savage 99A in .308 is a accurate rifle. With my handloads I have shot 3/4" at 100 yards. The longest shot I ever took was with that Savage, 625 yards and it killed the Coues deer I was after.
    I thought I'd shot it out when the groups kept opening up, but the K3 Weaver scope was rattleing and had lost it's zero.
     
  20. Vern Humphrey

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    The 99 Savage was my dad's favorite rifle. He killed a Sumatran tiger with it in the late '30s and killed everything from Kudu to lions in the late '40s when he worked in Ethopia. By that time he had a Weaver K2.5 mounted on it.

    He used to say, "The 87 grain bullet is the best." I later learned why -- the rifling twist of those old Savages wouldn't stabilize heavier bullets.
     
  21. supafrk432

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    i have there 22 bolt action rifle and it is very good quality very accurate and very reasonably priced
     
  22. Bigfoot

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    No, no dammit! Savages are ugly, the older plastic stocks flex, did I say they're ugly yet? So what if they outshoot almost everything else out of the box, and many trued up guns also. You guys keep this up and the prices will rise on my planned second Savage. ;)
     
  23. Vern Humphrey

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    Did we mention that, aside from a great price, exceptional out-of-the-box accuracy, and the AccuTrigger, they're convertible? You can get conversion kits from Midway USA to convert your Savage to a different cartridge. :D
     
  24. Swamp Fox

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    Hi! Deersniper , I carried a Savage model 110 .308 for almost thirty years , I'd recommend this rifle to anyone.
     
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