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Written By: Bob - Jan• 31•13

Finally got this in for review, a week after I wanted it (of course).

The handling is nice, though the thickness of the barrel makes the rifle feel a tiny bit muzzle heavy. That may balance out once I put a scope on it, and draw a little of the balance back towards the rear of the rifle.

I won’t be putting a bipod on this even though it is set up for one. I know it’s just one man’s opinion, but I think a GI web sling is more in order for a rifle like this with a mid-range scope of low to moderate magnification. I’ve still got a Weaver Kaspa¬†1.5-6×32 from an earlier review I might try out just to see if it gives me the feel I’m looking for.

The “fun” part is going to be finding some match-grade ammo to put through it, as stocks seem to have dried up recently.

Any idea why?

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  1. Adena says:

    So if I happen to have some match grade ammo that means you’ll let me shoot it, right?

  2. JTwig says:

    I’m looking forward to this review, as I was looking at purchasing one of these rifle in a combo package from Cabela’s. They had a decent price, but more importantly they actually had something in stock. All of the local gunshops I prefer to purchase from have a waiting list for almost everything.

  3. DAL357 says:

    So, I take it you don’t reload?

  4. Comrade X says:

    Recently purchased this from Cheaper Than Dirt; Ammo .308 Winchester Right to Bear Ultra Match A-Max 168 Grain 20 Round Box 2700 fps, so it is out there if you get lucky.

    Death before slavery!

  5. Silent Masses says:

    I was just getting ready to purchase one from Bud’s, I ‘ll wait till you give the OK. Thanks for your hard work.

  6. Breathial says:

    I think you’ll like this gun, though I think the range of scope is going to disappoint you. I’d recommend the SWFA Super-Sniper scope, a 10-power fixed mil-dot scope would be an excellent choice. I’ve had three of these, and the two previous ones were on rifles that I (stupidly) sold.

    As to the rifle, I had a Savage 12FV, which had a 26″ bull barrel. The stock sucked, so I swapped it to a Choate Varminter stock. It got better (and helped the weight bias), but after I bedded the stock, it was a tack-driver. With only a new stock, good optics and bedding, it was shooting consistently 1/2 MOA, with 168-grain Federal Gold Medal Match ammo.

    I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with your new toy. :)

  7. George Hayduke says:

    I LOVE my Savage PC. Topped it with a Vortex Viper PST 4-16 and have taken it to 700 yards. At 100 it routinely makes 3 shot groups at 1/4 MOA with handloads if I do my part. Fantastic weapon!