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OL_JR

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Starting to dislike Savage
« on: April 14, 2018, 08:01:52 PM »
       We have a few Savage rifles and man it's starting to get hard to like them.  My wife has a Lady Hunter in 7mm-08 and while it does the trick so to speak I do like them to shoot 1" or better at least on paper and it is tough.  I'm gonna see if there is any floating issues I can address with the stock but it sure likes to wander.  Her Mark 2 .22 is an absolute sniper rifle but it doesn't want to feed all the time.  The boys Rascal .22 likes to wander a bit but the biggest problem is right from the get go it has had a weak firing pin.  On the upside it has taught him about dealing with misfires but not impressed.  The one bright spot is a 223 axis I grabbed as a bounce around in the truck coyote gun and it is great for the price.  Accurate and once I address the 23lb trigger pull it will be a tack driver.
        Not a huge gun guy by any means, they are a tool to me so I don't spend a lot of time learning the latest and greatest in the paper punching world but it's hard not to notice when the few remingtons I have will shoot 3/4" groups easy and have never misfed a cartridge in their life.  Not to mention the bajillion year old winchester cooey .22 in the safe that is about the definition of a good ol gun minus a few hiccups from a "gunsmith" but got er figured out now.
       
       
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Re: Starting to dislike Savage
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 09:43:57 AM »
I use a couple '50's era .308 Savages and have had good luck with them. They aren't sniper level but have laid down plenty of moose and deer for me over the last 30 years. I do hear that the quality has diminished as of late though.

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Re: Starting to dislike Savage
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 07:22:37 PM »
I've been around a few older savages over the years and they were very respectable guns, my brother inlaw has a couple that were his fathers back in the day and they are classy older guns. The newer ones I'm not a fan of either. I have a couple dog guns in Savage, have a Axis in 243 and a real back seat dust collector Stevens in 243 as well. The Axis is an alright gun for banging around as is the Stevens but yah,, very low on refinement those guns, they shoot alright though, they kill what you aim at,, good enough.
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Re: Starting to dislike Savage
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 07:45:07 PM »
Only Savage I have is a 12 guage pump shotgun.  Model 77D I think.  Ventilated rib and adjustable choke.
I don't really like it.  Kicks like a mule and just seems clunky.
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Re: Starting to dislike Savage
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 03:41:16 PM »
Love my 99E Lever in 308 :)  But it is older than me so still built good back then I guess, I got it at 16, i'm 50 now. Family member hunted with it before me. It's the only rifle I have for big game.

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Re: Starting to dislike Savage
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 10:50:42 PM »
I started disliking savages when I handled my first one.

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Re: Starting to dislike Savage
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2018, 08:57:12 AM »
I have a 99F production date 1952. It has put lots of meat in the freezer. Today's production guns are not what they use to be, your not going to get a good one unless you spend and few grand. It's kind of like our middle class, there are none left in the middle, just lower end and upper end. Shame though, they use to make a good gun for the every day hunter at a decent price.   

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Re: Starting to dislike Savage
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2018, 07:08:24 PM »
        I think that may be the thing, pretty good reputation going way back, maybe not so great today.  My impression was not the cutest guns out there but would work well all around.  Working well is all I really care about, but looking like I went a little to cheap the way things are done today.  I'm not sure I need to spend three grand on a gun though  :)

       

       

       
































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Re: Starting to dislike Savage
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2018, 05:36:35 PM »
Have only had the axis(7-08) and the stevens(300wm).  Axis we found the group opens as the barrel get's hot, to a lesser degree same with the stevens.
That being said, actions I thought were Really nice, and for a hunting rifle if you don't get it in the first 2 shots, well, you missed, stop shooting.  Are the above comparable to a higher end rifle?  No.  Are they a quarter of the cost?  Yes.

Always wondered about the higher end savages but have never seen one.  I always suspected they're like the old husquevarna's.  No super popular here but a good rifle???