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Old March 31, 2011, 01:21 PM   #1
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Is Savage a good rifle???

I was drooling over the E. R. Shaw site the other day...basically a Savage action with the Shaw barrel...overall they looked like very nice rifles with plenty of options..., but after surfing some of the other posts on this site, I could tell some guys don't have a high opinion of the Savage line.

Kind of got me to thinking, so I thought I would ask the question to hear what some of the more experienced shooter have to say...

What do you think of the Savage line of rifles? Good rifle? Bad rifle? Worth the extra $$ to spring for the E. R. Shaw or not?
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Old March 31, 2011, 01:27 PM   #2
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YES,,,, with the Accutrigger,,, better,,

Savage puts the $$$$ in the steel,, not the stock,,

best bolt gun for the $$$$

and they shoot as well as you can,, for any price


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Old March 31, 2011, 01:30 PM   #3
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Only one experience: my 116 "Weather Warrior" shoots <3" at 200 yards. Accutrigger is the best I have shot. If this is a target rifle or intended for long range varmint shooting, the custom barrel may be worth it. Otherwise, no.
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Old March 31, 2011, 01:32 PM   #4
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to me there one of the best hunting rifles made i have two now and im looking at the shaw too.

i just got off the phone with savage custom shop and to get there 111bth in a 7mm mag it would be the same price as a shaw that is slicked up with a twisted flut barrel $960 bucks. but the turn around on the shaw is a year from what im told

so its really up to you, but i like the shaw
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Old March 31, 2011, 01:37 PM   #5
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EVERY Savage I have ever shot will shoot under half an inch at 100 yards with the right ammo. Right now I have a 10 FCP with an accutrigger and accustock and it will shoot one ragged hole with cheap winchester ammo at 100 yards. As far as the Shaw rifle I have no experiance with it, but the production rifles are accurate enough for me.
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Old March 31, 2011, 01:52 PM   #6
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Savage makes great guns for the money... I have a model 16 in 7mm WSM and i preform just as well with it as i do my model 700.
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Old March 31, 2011, 01:54 PM   #7
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I'm a huge fan. Excellent accuracy and quality, simple design, affordable, easy to service and swap barrels/calibers. My first hunting rifle was a savage 110 and my favorite hunting rifle today is a savage 110. The accu trigger is a nice addition on the newer models. There are tons and tons of aftermarket options and upgrades available as well.
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Old March 31, 2011, 02:37 PM   #8
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Savage may not be the prettiest rifles out there, but for the money, you simply cannot go wrong with one.

I own a left handed 110 in 7mm Rem Mag and that rifle is very accurate and totally reliable. I would buy another Savage in second if I had to replace it.
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Old March 31, 2011, 02:41 PM   #9
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As Stated earlier. Savage puts the money in the barrel not the looks. Short of a custom barrel i don't thin you can beat Savage. I would think a Savage barrel is as good as a shaw barrel any how. After having 2 now i will never buy any thing else. Tack drivers right out of the box for sure
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Old March 31, 2011, 03:34 PM   #10
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While every manufacturer can put out a lemon now and then, at this time I have no problem recommending currently made Savage, Ruger, CZ, and Colt.

If your currently made rifle isn't on that list it could be because there have been too many reports of problems, by people I trust, lack of after the sale customer support issues, or I and my selct group of friends haven't gotten around to trying it yet.

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Old March 31, 2011, 03:45 PM   #11
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I have a Savage 110 in .270 win, I won't be parting with it!
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Old March 31, 2011, 04:13 PM   #12
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My savage 10FP shoots better than my Remmy 40X. Nothing more needs to be said.
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Old March 31, 2011, 04:18 PM   #13
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I'm waiting on the Savage 338 Lapua Mag......
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Old March 31, 2011, 05:05 PM   #14
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My first Savage was a model 12FV in .308. It shot sub .5 moa groups consistantly.

I sold my Marlin 917V and replaced it with a Savage 93r17 and haven't looked back. Savage is more accurate and just looks better too!

I sold the 12FV about a 1.5 years ago so I could put a bigger down payment on my wifes car. When I went looking for another one recently, I went right back to Savage and got a 10FCP with Choate Tactical stock in .308. It shoots sub moa groups as well.

My next rifle purchase will be another Savage target rifle in either .204 or .223.
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Old March 31, 2011, 05:17 PM   #15
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I bouhgt my first Savage in '02, a 111FV in 7mm mag to gift to a son. Then a .30-06 for my self, then a .243 just because. Next came a 10FP as a gift to another son, then I found a 93R17 under the tree with my name on it. Somewhere along the line, a 64F found it's way into the gun cabinet.

If they'd make a left-hand axis, I'd buy a couple as grandkid rifles. The boys are getting older and they'll need something to bring to the deer woods. Right now, I'm looking at a 10FP that's been languishing on the pawn shop shelf for several months.

I like Savages a lot. They're magnificently accurate rifles, and even though the prices have crept up over the last several years, they're still the best bang for the buck.
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Old March 31, 2011, 06:17 PM   #16
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my savage 110 shoots orange clays at 200yds all day for fun...they make very high quality actions and barrels...prob worth more than what your paying....my 2 cents
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Old March 31, 2011, 08:55 PM   #17
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+ 1 for Savage...
They are rapidly becoming a viable platform for long range shooting/accurization that has previously been dominated by the Rem. 700.
Much more availability of aftermarket accessories (stocks, etc.) than before.

IMO, Savage represents improving quality and CS, and Remington...well...

Show me a thread along the lines you mentioned from someone with a recently manufactured Savage?
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Old March 31, 2011, 09:15 PM   #18
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I've owned 3 Savage rifles and shot several more. Nothing wrong with any of them, but they didn't shoot any better or cost any less than other brands I've owned. Sold them all and moved on to better guns.

Other than being ugly there are several design features I don't care for. The bolt handle is in the wrong place to easily work. Straight down, while everyone else has a slight bend toward the back of the rifle. The actions are waaaay too long. This really limits the type of scopes and scope mounts you can use, especially on long actions. The accutrigger seems to impress folks who have never used a good trigger, but it would be the first thing I'd replace.

If I were interested in the Savage rifles I'd save the money and just buy a Stevens for the action. The one great feature of Savage rifles is the ability to easily change the barrels. I'd put the Stevens action in a McMillan or other quality stock and put a good trigger on it and see how it shoots. If still not up to my standards I'd buy a better barrel and put it on myself.

Or simply go the ER Shaw route.

I'd never tell someone not to buy one, but I've always been able to do better for about the same money or less
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Old March 31, 2011, 09:35 PM   #19
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I had a 12VLP in .223 I really liked, but could never fine tune a load for it that I was pleased with. It looked better than it shot (for me, at least). Ultimately sold it, and haven't missed it. Last year I replaced it with a Howa 1500 Varminter Supreme, which I wouldn't sell unless I was starving, and maybe not even then. Superior to the Savage, IMO.
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Old March 31, 2011, 09:54 PM   #20
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The Savages I have bought and shot with the Accu-trigger were very accurate. The stock wood or plastic were poor, and the finish seems VERY light. Constant surface rust on the barrel and action. If you get a stainless one perhaps the finish is better. Bottom line IMHO very accurate value priced rifle. It will shoot right with other high $$$ brands, it just does not look as good doing it.
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Old March 31, 2011, 10:12 PM   #21
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Savage all the way!
I have the model 10FCPXP. 308- 22" fluted bull barrel, the ACCUTRIGGER, it came with a "decent" 3x9x40 tasco mildot scope. even with the "sub par glass, less than an inch @ 200 yds. tack drivin performance right outta the box.
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Old April 1, 2011, 07:46 AM   #22
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I had a 12VLP in .223 I really liked, but could never fine tune a load for it that I was pleased with. It looked better than it shot (for me, at least). Ultimately sold it, and haven't missed it. Last year I replaced it with a Howa 1500 Varminter Supreme, which I wouldn't sell unless I was starving, and maybe not even then. Superior to the Savage, IMO
Wow--Have you ever felt like your all alone on a Island. All kidding aside, I have never heard of that before.
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Old April 1, 2011, 06:15 PM   #23
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I'm extremely pleased with mine. I have no idea why so many people consider Savage bolt rifles ugly - I find mine to be every bit as attractive as any similar Remington rifle (mine is in SS w/accustock).
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Old April 1, 2011, 08:32 PM   #24
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After 40 years of 700s, 70s, and 77s, I bought my first Savage WW in 260 last year. First rifle, ever, that put the first 3 into .679 and the next 3 into .521, breath, and has a 2.5# trigger OOB! I'm born again Savage. The new ones also have a 3 position safety.
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Old April 1, 2011, 09:12 PM   #25
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Yes.
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