Re: Ruger 77VT vs Savage 12FV
Six months ago I would have probably said the Savage, Tuperware stock and all. That being because of experience with both rifles. The Savages that I have owned have easily gotten sub 1/2" groups. The one Ruger that I owned, and several more that I have "tweaked" for others, have been a struggle to consistently shoot 1/2", most of the time. I guess that has left a bad taste in my mouth, so to speak, about Ruger rifles in general. Never been impressed to say the least.
Now it just so happens that my boss has a Ruger VT in .220 Swift that he wanted me to sight in for him using factory Hornady 40gn moly-coated VMax bullets. This rifle, with Leupold 6.5-20X50 LRT, has had nothing done to it and easily produces .3-.4" groups at 100yds. Now I'm impressed.
Personally, I would rather have the Savage action/barrel but in a laminated stock. I prefer the feel and look of laminated wood over cheap synthetic stocks. The HS Precision stocks are a different story and I would have a hard time deciding. I like both pretty good and that's really all that I have. JohnnyK.