Savage 12 F/TR 223 or Sako Varmint SS?

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  1. Jorge0155

    Jorge0155 New Member

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    Hello
    I have to decide which rifle to buy for bench rest competitions at 200 and 300 yards with 223 Rem
    I am between the Savage 12 F / TR and a Sako Varmint SS (1 in 8).
    What advice?
     
  2. Gord0

    Gord0 Well-Known Member

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    I'm a Savage guy, so... If it's not a shooter, screw a new barrel on it yourself.
     
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  3. Mark M.

    Mark M. Well-Known Member

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    If you choose sako, you won't have to worry if it's a shooter or not
     
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  4. Tidus56

    Tidus56 Well-Known Member

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    Never had a savage that wouldn’t shoot. So I would go Savage and then when you burn it out you can screw a new barrel on.
     
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  5. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    Lots of guys shooting Savages in factory class.
     
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  6. Mark M.

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    I would also consider the tikka varmint, sub half moa is not unusual
     
  7. OhYtD

    OhYtD Well-Known Member

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    I'd go with the Sako, I have a Savage Model 12 VLP which I love it is the most accurate gun I own, but for hunting i'd much rather carry the Sako around. For a 55 gr bullet 1 in 14 twist is fine.
     
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  8. Jorge0155

    Jorge0155 New Member

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    Thanks for all the comments
     
  9. ronstone09

    ronstone09 Well-Known Member

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    both are good shooters , i find the sako and tikkas to be better quality and dont have the accutrigger to deal with !
     
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  10. jvr

    jvr Active Member

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    Why between the 2. At the Sako price could get you into a good used benchrest gun. Built for target shooting. I had a Sako a7 in 300wm. Sub moa or less with factory. All my savages shoot that or better at 1/3 the price. Saw a nice panda with 3 Krieger barrels dies and brass for 2k. My money is on the savage and spend the money on glass.
     
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  11. YZ-80

    YZ-80 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the comments on the Savages being great shooters for the money. I have Savage Predators in .204 and a 6.5-284 from the Savage custom shop. That said, I’m still drooling over a Sako Varmint Laminate in .243 and if I can figure out a way to sneak one by the Senior Houshold executive, I’ll have one in my safe by September.
     
  12. Pete Callamaras

    Pete Callamaras Well-Known Member

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    My Savage in .308 is a tack driver out to 600 yards, which is the c furthest I used it so far. I'll let you know how it goes as I go further distances.
     
  13. Mark M.

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    I think it's the difference between a Chevy and the Cadillac, both go fast, but sometimes it's nice to have something a little more refined
     
  14. Tank308

    Tank308 New Member

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    I got the savage 223 f/tr two months ago. Went to a long range last weekend with some friends. Had a blast. 29.5 moa to a 1000. 80.5 grain Berger. 42 moa to 1200. Took 2 to get dope. Then 7 out of 8 on a steel pig. It is heavy. Bought it for a summer shooter here in Texas.