Re: Savage Model 10 Predator
i have the Model 10 Predator Hunter in 243 and 223.
the 243 consistently shoots 0.5 MOA with factory ammo - i.e., cloverleaf groups at 200 yards -- out of the box, with no aftermarket work whatsoever.
virtually no felt recoil with that light caliber and the 24" fluted barrel.
i haven't shot the 223 enough to opine on its out-of-box accuracy.
i also have a Savage Model 10 Precision Carbine in 308 (20" heavy barrel, non-fluted) that is a 0.5 MOA rifle, shooting factory ammo, with no aftermarket work.
i also have a Savage Model 116 FCSS (22" stainless non-fluted barrel, with Accustock) in 270, that shoots 0.75 MOA with factory ammo.
(just took a doe the day before yesterday at 200+ yards - piece of cake.)
i also have a Savage Model 116 (lefthand, 22" blued non-fluted barrel, wood stock), that is a 1 MOA rifle with factory ammo, no aftermarket work.
based on my experience, the Model 10 rifles may be slightly more accurate than the Savage models with 22" non-fluted barrels, but the added weight for hunting may (or may not) be noticeable to you.
don't know whether the slightly better accuracy may be important for your hunting.
also, the added barrel weight in the Model 10 series isn't needed to help offset recoil in the lighter calibers in which its offered (243, 260 rem, etc.).