Originally Posted by backwoods83
I call BS on skipping the factory rifle, until you shoot the barrel out. My 6.5x284 savage 12 f class was a 4-8" shooter at 1k with the factory barrel and a 12-42 nf with the np-r2 reticle, get the load right and it will treat you right for about 850 rounds as a ligth gun, just have a break installed to keep the rifle from torqing.
And I have rebarreled plenty of savage rifles that were far from shot out due to a lack of accuracy or consistancy, call BS all you want I'm just showing the OP there are some other options than a $1200 factory rifle.
see this link for some more info;
Northland Shooters Supply « Daily Bulletin
Target action only w/trigger $485.00 (Northland)
criterion barrel (northland), threaded and chambered 30" bull, $320
Non adj bench stock w/widden v-block. $425 (needs clear finish)
or a factory stock straight from savage. $300
I'm not posting this to "get buisness" I'm posting this because it is what I would do if I was a first timer and didn't want to flip a coin on a factory barrel.