Originally Posted by 4runnerman
Rscott-- That kind of accuracy should be expected at least. I have had 3 Savages now and all 3 will do that after working up a load. Not to push Savage as i have seen many Tikas do it with ease also. Just got back from range (5 hrs i was there) Guy got a brand new Savage 223 Edge ( new name now).With store ammo with in 20 shots was pulling 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards. Any rifle that will not pull 1/2 inch groups or smaller at 100 yards would not stay with me for very long. Just got my Savage FP in 308, 3 weeks ago, 50 rounds to work up load and it is pulling 1 inch groups at 300 yards already. I want tighter than that with in 3 more weeks. Will start tweaking load and COL and i am sure i will acheive it.
It all depends on what you want and how much you are going to put into it to get there. I have seen people that are very happy with 5 inch groups at 300 yards. That is there choice and more power to them. I don't push others for accuracy,but i do push my self to the envelope to acheive it. Down to the 1/10 th grain and the thousands of an inch COL. I cull all my brass and bullets. I only shoot Match grade bullets (Serria) and use Bench Rest Primers.
Thanks for the qualifying information about your expectations. You're either a meticulous and formidable shooter/reloader, or just plain lucky.
It sounds like the former. But either way, I salute you.
I doubt your experience is representative of the general public.
Perhaps we just have a different definition of "expect"? Is it what you desire, or what the Mfg will stand behind.
There are plenty of threads in these forums where someone is shooting 1.5 MOA or greater and can't get the Mfg to do anything about it.
I like Savage. So, I'm not picking on them. Most other Mfgs are no different.
Savage Arms > Customer Service > Frequently Asked Questions
What is the expected accuracy of my centerfire model?
The accuracy of a firearm depends on the shooter, the ammunition being used, the conditions, and the condition of the gun. We do have factory specifications for accuracy on all of our firearms. For the centerfire models they are:
Sporter barrel models (Hunter, Weather-Warrior, Classic, Stevens Series): 1 1/2" or better at 100 yds
Varmint barrel models (Varmint, Law Enforcement Series): 1" or better at 100 yds
Savage Axis (Formerly the Edge): 2" or better - 3 shot group