Savage 12 F/TR 223 or Sako Varmint SS?

Jorge0155

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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?
 

OhYtD

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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.
 

jvr

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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.
 

YZ-80

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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.
 

misterc01

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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.
 

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
 

Tank308

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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?
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.
 

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