I'm not positive, but I think savage quit making the 9 twist barrel all together for the LRPV.
I have a cheap 12 lfv in a 22-250 and it is back at savage going on 9 or 10 weeks now (its been so long I lost track of time) because It wouldnt' keep groups less than 1.5" at 100. The LRPV is in a different class however. I am one of very few who have had bad luck with savage, but I'll admit that it is their cheapest rifle save Stevens.
If I would do it over again I'd get a Tikka hands down (price range involved as well as absolutely outstanding accuracy on my current Tikka 300wsm).
My mood may change when I get my savage back from the factory however ;)
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
-- Well, at least I try --
I have two. If weight is not a concern I highly recommend the CZ550 varmint. It is about 13 lbs without scope but is notable to mention it is my second most accurate rifle of all time excluding my two BR rigs. This thing is not picky with ammo selection. As a matter of fact, the only way I could picl one load over another was with 300+ yd comparison. My best group is a three shot .060. at 100. I didn't have the guts to try for 5 and ruin this sweet of a group. My 300 yd best out of this gun is a .176 and 350 is at .562. My 400 yd is a .816. This was all shot of a bipod and bags. This is truly incredible from a non custom rig. It has a set trigger that us fully adjustable. Mine is down in the 6-8oz range. I can't tell you how much I love this rifle. It is a coyote killing machine. (and a few deer too!) Muzzle velocity is 3688 with less than 20 fps spread extreme with a 52 grain Watson custom BR bullet. I also have a Ruger Varmint. I like the steel, the stock, the weight but I HATE THE TRIGGER. I will replace it soon with a rifle basic 14oz. (great triggers for Ruger) It shoots acceptable for a factory offering but in NO way can match the accuracy of my CZ. Here is the company info on the rifle (also available in .308) YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! CZ 550 Varmint Laminated
the set trigger is awesome! You have a fairly decent trigger without it, set it and it becomes unreal! Still have a hunting trigger if you need one. CZ's are terribly under rated. My smith has one in 17 m2. We have shot actual flies of the backers at 75 yds. I am going to have to find that picture. Fly guts and all! Got a friend to purchase one in the American, All his Remington and browning buddies ragged him pretty hard till he took them to the range. They left with jaw slack, and tons of questions. I hope the secret stays fairly well kept. I really like their current prices!