We love the Savage rifles for out of the box 1/4" groups in most of the varmint or long range rifles. 2 new Savage LRPV shot 1/4" and less with pet loads from our files, then we worked up loads for each rifle and get 1/8" in the 22-250 cal. My new F/Class 6.5-284 shot 3/8" out of box with cheap weaver 2 piece base and a Nikon dot scope with another persons loads. My new Stevens/Savage .308 shot 5/8" out of box, then dropped trigger pull to 2 lbs and got clover leaf hole with three shots. My Savage with douglas XXX barrels always shot in the 3's until this year with some new load data and can shoot one hole. Never had to do much with the factory savage. Also my Savage LP 22-250 was the worst ever at 3/4", moved pillers up slightly to touch receiver and now 1/8" to 1/4" all the time.
Not slamming other brands, but I never got that type of performance out of my Remingtons, Browning, Winchesters. Oh they all shot good, but never shot Savage good without tuning and lots of it.