I often receive questions concerning Savage rifles, perhaps because I have more than just a casual acquaintance with them. What follows, basically, is a compilation of my responses to some of the more common questions I receive. Specifically, I'll talk a little about stocks, triggers, accuracy, and affordability.
I have three Savages, briefly described as follows:
1) A 110FP Tactical in .308 Winchester. This rifle has been (by my own choice, not because the rifle shot poorly) to BlackStar Barrel Accurizing, 300 Degrees Below Zero, has had a trigger job (Canjar triggers are available for both the 110- and 112-series), and the rifle is pillar/glass bedded into a McMillan A-2 Tactical stock (black). It is a precise, surgical instrument that regularly shoots one-half MOA at 200 yards.
2) A 112FV in .223 Remington. "Box stock." Kills prairie dogs at 550 yards with 25.0 grains of AA2520 and Sierra Blitz (55-grain) bullets in GI cases (the cases used in these loads are NOT match-prepped).
3) A 112BVSS in .22-250 Remington. Laminated stock. Has (now) been pillar/glass bedded. Primary duty, now, is killing prairie dogs. Sub- MOA with Winchester Supreme (52-grain hollow point) ammo. I'm in the process of working up loads using Varget and 40- and 50-grain V-Max bullets, Sierra 55-grain HPBTs, and Berger moly-coated 55-grain FBs, in match-prepped Winchester cases.
Some people have wondered about the quality of the Savage synthetic stocks, and others have wondered about the quality of the laminated stock that Savage puts on some of its rifles. You can buy the laminated wood stock from Savage or the manufacturer, Fajen. I've thought about replacing the synthetic stock on my 112FV with a laminated one like that which came on my 112BVSS in .22-250 Remington... but, since the rifle shoots so well, I don't think I'll mess with it. It's kind of like one of those "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" things.
I put my 110 FP Tactical (.308) into a McMillan A-2 Tactical stock, just because I wanted to spend a little money and I liked the stock. It originally was in one of Savage's "plastic" stocks, but still shot superbly!
My 112 BVSS (.22-250) came in the laminated stock. I had the old, plastic bushing drilled out and replaced with a brass pillar, then had the action glass/steel bedded. Lots of prairie dogs in South Dakota are burrowing their holes in Heaven now, wishing that rifle wasn't so accurate.
My 112 FV (.223) is still in the "plastic" stock it came in (not free- floated and without a pillar job). Totally stock, it has killed prairie dogs at 550 yards with 25.0 grains of AA 2520, GI cases, WSR primers, and Sierra 55-grain Blitz bullets.
Whatever the stock material, and with the barrel floated or not, all of my Savages are accurate, surgical tools that can hold their own with any other rifle produced by the Winchester/Ruger/Remington/Browning crowd. A bold statement? They are bold rifles!
At about one-third the cost of Remingtons and Winchesters, the money I've saved has gone into optics for my rifles. All my rifles have Tasco 6x24 40mm scopes and ScopLevel devices. (However, I recently won a Tasco 6x24 44mm target scope that is now replacing the 40mm Tasco on the 110FP Tactical.) Each rifle is as precise as the rifleman shooting it. I have a modest income, and it's been easier for me to afford optics since I haven't been buying more expensive rifles. Any money you don't spend on a rifle should go into the best optics you can afford.
I would agree that triggers on Savage rifles are stiff, even when dialed down, but they are crisp. I've thought about replacing one or all of the triggers on my Savages with models from Canjar, but I don't really "need" to. It's still an option I explore from time to time.
As I reported earlier, shooting at 200 yards with my 110FP, I get sub- MOA groups, using Federal match ammo (GM308M). Using 42.0 grains of N- 140, Federal cases, CCI 250 primers, and Sierra 168-grain Match Kings, I've actually beaten (though only slightly) my best Federal groups. Still, an even better load is 43.0 grains of N-140, Federal 210 primers, and moly-coated Sierra168-grain Match Kings.
Sure, the rifles are affordable, but they're not "cheap." Savage Arms cuts corners on cost, not on quality or performance. If you want to save your money, buy the best Savage you can afford and put the money you save into quality optics, rings, and bases. You don't NEED to do some of the things that I did to my rifles, because EVERY ONE of mine shot VERY ACCURATELY from the beginning.
I believe a majority of rifles from other manufacturers shoot quite nicely -- but so do Savages, too. I've recommended Remingtons to the guys who wanted them AND could afford them, but to the guys without the money, I've recommended Savages -- and I still do.
Accuracy, thy name is Savage.
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