I have purchased both in the last couple of years and I will not be buying any more Remingtons. Finnish peeling off stock , scope mounting holes out of alainment , action face not square , bolt handle solder only good on a quarter of the area and came off , so much free bore ypu could put another half a bullet on top and still not reach the lands. Savages .... no problems and shoot great right from the box.
My savage 22-250 has always shot great from the start. The original factory barrel didn't seem to care much about what I fed it it shot everything well (if that load was going to shoot at all), now it's wearing a Shilen and it definitely shoots better than I can. With a little looking around your going to find that there's no shortage of aftermarket parts and upgrades made for a savage.
My daughters 7mm-08 came with the worst barrel I've ever seen but after fire lapping it, it's a shooter too.
I've never had a Remington 700 but after the problems I've seen cropping up with them over the years, and Remington's approach to those problems I don't think I'll be buying one, if I ever do I'll be buying a new trigger group for it before anything else.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.
First of all, any advice will be greatly appreciated. I am in the market for a 22-250. I am looking for advice on what brand I should go with. I am trying to choose between the Remington 700 SPS in S/S and possibley a Savage. I have a lot of experiance with the Remingtons in other calibers but have never owned or shot a Savage. Any thoughts? (Also, if there is a better make than I have listed please share.) Thanks Again!!
If the rifles were completely identical except for the barrels alone, I'd buy the Savage. It comes with a twelve twist barrel instead of the fourteen twist that Remington so dearly loves. Plus you can buy the Savage in a 1:9 twist if you want to use high B/C bullets. I like the 12BVSS-S single shot bolt gun as it's a little stiffer and you shoot slower with it allowing the barrel to stay cooler. The Savage has a better trigger and stock design (but could be even better).
I got a Savage Predator in 22-250 a couple of years ago. Handloads or factory, it shoots .25-.5 MOA. Great trigger, nice barrel weight, good balance,
I own two Savages in 22-250, and had another one at one time (stolen from me). The one that was stolen would shoot consistent .25" groups and would dip into the 3/16" area from time to time. The newer one started out shooting in the mid twos with hand loads built for the other one. The otherone is also a mid two's rifle on a good day, and is always sub .30". Can't get there with a factory Remington without spending another $1000. And to add to this, I've yet to ever see a Savage with a firing pin problem in the last fifteen years of owning them. Plus I've been around a hundred of them at least. I would buy one in the 1:9 twist to shoot 75 grain bullets in if it were me