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Posted: 11/16/2012 12:26:55 AM EST
picked up a new Savage MkII BTV .22LR bolt action rifle to be used as bench rifle and perhaps as a competition rifle as well. I paid $320 out the door and, for its performance to date, I feel like I stole it. With a Pentax Gameseeker 30 scope I had on hand mounted up to the factory weaver scope mounts this rifle has been shooting sub dime sized groups with Wolf MT with some groups looking more like same hole when I'm shooting well.

Given the level of repeatable performance I decided to add and mod a few things:
+ Installed DIP Products bottom metal, trigger guard, and 25 MOA picatinny rail one piece scope base
+ Mounted a Mueller Target 8-32x44 scope w/ side focus and fine cross hair dot reticle - on Weaver windage adjustable rings
+ Added an anti-cant level to the scope tube
+ Mounted a Harris 6"-9" swivel bipod with a Pod-Loc tension lever and a Butler Creek Ultimate 1" quick-adjust sl8ng
+ Swapped the factory Accu-Trigger out for a Rifle Basix SAV-RAT drop-in single stage 1.5 lb fully adjustable trigger

Fantastic rifle with performance well beyond its price point!

Here are a few pics:





Link Posted: 11/16/2012 5:25:04 AM EST
That's a beauty......I bet it is a tack driver!
Link Posted: 11/16/2012 5:58:50 AM EST
Beautiful like it.
Link Posted: 11/16/2012 10:38:52 AM EST
Thanks guys! :) Yes - it's a tack driver for sure.
Link Posted: 11/16/2012 4:22:33 PM EST
Nice rifle!

What yardage are you shooting those groups at?
Link Posted: 11/16/2012 9:48:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By GUNGUY148:
Nice rifle!

What yardage are you shooting those groups at?


50 yards. I'm hoping to get some time at the 100yd bench next week. I'll post targets from my next range visit.

Link Posted: 11/16/2012 10:03:31 PM EST
I really don't like you right now. I have been wanting that exact model for a couple years now...
Link Posted: 11/17/2012 1:50:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By Deaj:
Originally Posted By GUNGUY148:
Nice rifle!

What yardage are you shooting those groups at?


50 yards. I'm hoping to get some time at the 100yd bench next week. I'll post targets from my next range visit.



Please do. I'm getting great groups with mine at 25 and 50 but it quickly goes to hell at 100.

Better ammo may go along way to fixing that though
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 8:26:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By GUNGUY148:
Originally Posted By Deaj:
Originally Posted By GUNGUY148:
Nice rifle!

What yardage are you shooting those groups at?


50 yards. I'm hoping to get some time at the 100yd bench next week. I'll post targets from my next range visit.



Please do. I'm getting great groups with mine at 25 and 50 but it quickly goes to hell at 100.

Better ammo may go along way to fixing that though


Better ammo does seem to be required to achieve accurate results out to 100yds and beyond. I've read conflicting opinions regarding the use of sub-sonic ammo for long range accuracy. High velocity ammo may (will?)l drop below the sound barrier on its way out to its target at100-200 yards and this may potentially affect stability when this occurs. ....or not. I haven't had the opportunity to get to the 100yd bench as of yet. I hope to this week (hopefully we'll get a clear day). I have a variety of loads in HV and sub-sonic to compare at long range. I will definitely report my results here.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 1:55:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 1:57:24 PM EST by GUNGUY148]
Awesome and tag

All I have been shooting is Remington and Winchester subsonic ammo. The Winchester shoots about 2" @100 and the Remington about 2.5". I also get the occasional super sonic round with the Remington. I have some aguila subs on the way to me and I hope they do a little better.
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 5:01:13 PM EST
You have good taste!




I had good results with pretty much everything out to 75 yards, after that it got a bit more picky. I haven't gone past 100, and I wasn't shooting for groups, but the 1.5" spinner was pretty much automatic with mini-mags, Winchester Western, Automag, and a few others that I tried.

I might look into that scope mount...
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