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My Savage gripe....

 
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:03 AM
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My Savage gripe....

I know they're accurate, and popular, and cheap.....but for whatever reason, i've never liked savage rifles. The accutrigger, even though they're light, i can't get a feel for them. The rear of the bolt looks like it doesn't fit on the rifle. the barrel nut looks cheap, and the fit and finish has never been good. The bolt is rough, and i don't care for the safety. I know it's random, but i wanted to see if i was alone. This is just complete personal preference, and i'm a Remington/Tikka/Ruger fan. Am i alone on the fact that handling a savage is akin to scratching a chalk board with nails? I'm sure i am.....I just don't know if i'll ever change my mind......
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:39 AM
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Re: My Savage gripe....

I agree on most points. They don't have the clean lines of the remington or tikka. Don't think the bolt is that rough though. They are still about the only rifle I own. May look ugly but the proof is on the paper and in the freezer. Easy to work on and I can shoot just about any caliber I like with a quick swap of parts and no need to pay a smith. There are kinda like an AR. Ugly but easy to tweak.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:38 AM
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Re: My Savage gripe....

I believe it is from personal experience and frustration that is making you feel that way. I too feel like that, except in the opposite direction. I owned a remington before my savage and I wouldn't use that rifle for a boat anchor. It wouldn't shoot good groups, no matter how many brands and weights of ammo I wasted through it. I have the savage now and have been happy with it ever since I squeezed the trigger the first time. To me the savage is definitely a better rifle and I will not buy another remington.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:42 AM
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Re: My Savage gripe....

There are some models of Savage rifles out there (the cheap ones) that do look like a bargain basement, thrift store product. BUT, there are also those that look just as good as any Remy, I have two model 12's in 204 & 22-243 that are, beautiful. Laminated wood & polished stainless are hard to beat, I also have two other old models 110's that are custom builds w/o the barrel nut, makes them look a little more "conventional". I will say that my 204 is the smoothest bolt rifle I own, you can't hardly tell you're chambering a round it's that smooth... I do also own 3 custom Remingtons & 2 factory Rugers, the bolt on my 375 Ruger is pretty smooth no doubt.... my Remingtons are all expensive builds, with the most being somewhere north of 6k. Will it out perform my savages? oh yeah, but @ 3x the price?

The accu-trigger is a learning curve for sure, both my model 12's wear one & my two 110's wear rifle basix, if you're knowledgeable enough BOTH are user adjustable, only differences are the safety on the accu & the added cost of procuring the Rifle Basix.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:47 AM
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Re: My Savage gripe....

I too agree but like the previous post, when it comes down to DOING ITS JOB, Im going with a Savage over a Remy. I think all in all they are better shooting rifles dollar for dollar.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:49 AM
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Re: My Savage gripe....

Same dog bit me. I would have never carried a Savage. That is until I purchased a newer unit and shot it out of the box starting with factory ammo into under .75 MOA then improved with Reloads. I still have some gripes about the looks but the Accutrigger is steller, the feed and bolt play has been better that factory Remmy's. I am now a fan, and the new stuff they are building is what the shooting community wants.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:13 PM
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Re: My Savage gripe....

I completely understand your positives. And there is no denying a 1/2" group is a 1/2" group. I grew up with my father(Force Recon vet) and my uncle(Ranger vet) shooting 700s. We reloaded a 90 grain hollowpoint at 3600 FPS out of a .270 that shot dime size groups out of a factory, non-bedded 700. If i would have seen one that shot over an inch group, i might have a different taste in my mouth. Then i bought a Tikka m695(pre-t3) which is the base for my first custom build. the bolt is slick as owl snot. The factory trigger breaks like a Jewel at right at 2 lbs. My brother-in-law has a savage .204 and it's a shooter....but it just doesn't fit me like my remington. the stock is akward to me(his is the varmint version 110). I may need to give them another shot, they seemed to have went through a slight bit of quality control upgrade in the past few years, and being able to swap barrels at home would be great....but then my excuse to have another rifle wouldn't work with my wife anymore....as i said, I've been seeing alot of praise, but every time i work the bolt, i've never felt one that felt as tight as my Remmy's or especially my Tikkas....the bolt wobbles, the sound is odd(could be the hollow stocks) and the accu-trigger if adjusted VERY light(As is my brother in laws) is impossible to feel in cooler weather when the pad of your finger hits the actual trigger....again, just my .02.
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