I recently purchased a 12fvss in 300WSM and couldn't be happier. With the heavier contour barrel it has very little recoil and has been INCREDIBLY accurate. They can be found for around $560 on gunbroker, which leaves you a little to replace the plastic stock if you choose. I plan on replacing my stock, but it is shooting lights out as an out of the box rifle. I shot an 8 shot sub .5" group this afternoon with it and have shot 3 round groups under .3" with it.
The nice thing about the Savage, you could change barrels/calibers in your basement with just a few cheap tools (under $100).
I'm putting a Joel Russo Laminate tactical A5 stock on mine, but from what I've seen the plastic stock isn't as bad as its reputation. The only thing I've done to mine is check/reset the headspace and put a $30 machined recoil lug on it.
Do you reload?
If some is good and more is better, then too much is just right.
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