I have been at this “competition shooting thing” a long time. Heck, I have been competing in one shooting sport or another since 1987! So for the most part my gun “collection” revolves around competition-oriented ballistic tools and equipment. Other than my beloved M1A’s wood stocks, and some neat grip panels on a 1911 or three, my battery of guns isn’t what an average guy would call pretty (do average guys use the word “pretty?” And what is an “average” guy anyway?). So it really was a treat to find myself at the range with a gun that is both pretty and precise!
The rifle above is a brand new offering from Savage Arms. They call is a B22G but that really doesn’t do this handsome adult-sized precision hole punch any justice…unless (B)=Beautiful (caliber)-22 (G) Gorgeous Wood! While the rifle is handsome it’s also a shooter! And below the skin of this Wood and Steel shooting machine are some of the reasons why that’s the case.
That Magnet doesn’t lie. Steel, steel and more steel!
Savage did not go cheap on this rifle! The button-rifled, free-floated 21″ barrel is, of course, steel and so is the signature barrel nut that assists in this rimfire’s accuracy. The receiver and bolt group are steel as you would expect, but so are the trigger guard and scope mount bases! Both are commonly produced by other manufacturers in aluminum and all too often we see the trigger guards in plastic..ugh!
These are the steel threaded insert/bolts that secure the trigger assembly to the receiver AND provide a solid anchor point to mount the stock via two steel action screws.
Kinda. The two round “bushings” in the photo above make contact with the insert/bolts in the previous photo when torquing the action into the stock. Wood compresses; these two steel “sleeves” do not! The steel “pillar/bushing/sleeves” eliminate the compression of the wood stock. This keeps the barrel and action in the same relative position shot-to-shot helping to maximize accuracy.
To start I set up this test rifle by equally torquing the action screws to 25-inch pounds after a through cleaning of both the screws and the receiving threads.
Yes sir! The barrel is Free-Floated! With the steel “pillar/bushing/sleeve” bedding construction as discussed above, you virtually eliminate any change in the relationship between the action’s fit and barrel’s relation to the stock and fore-end. And that maintains the dollar bill’s width gap!
I really like the stippling work and the real deal ambidextrous “palm swells.” It adds to the full-size rifleman’s rifle feel. Love that Burris scope, too!
A gun can’t be more reliable than its feeding device and this 10-round rotary magazine is smooth feeding, of solid construction and perfectly reliable.
The Savage Accutrigger feels pretty darn good too! (there ya go…I am “average” and I just said pretty!) My sample rifle’s trigger broke clean within 2 ounces of what you see on the Lyman scale…every time!
Savage put some thought into YOU, the end user. See that access hole? That lets you add a little lube now and then to the trigger/sear engagement points. And that vertical coil spring at the rear? That is your pull weight adjustment. Screw in for more, out for less trigger pull weight. And I understand that a “red spring” is out on the market somewhere that might get you below 1.5#. I like mine right where it is…but I report, you decide.
Above is how the rifle was fitted out for my 100-yard range testing: Harris HBRMS Bipod along with my “Go-To” testing scope—a Burris XTRII 1.5 to 8 mount in Burris steel rings. My accuracy testing “job” is to test the gun and to a lesser extent the ammo, not my skills (or lack thereof) so when you look at the groups below, recognize the best 5 of 6 shots are used as I feel they better predict the rifle’s inherent capabilities. Ammo as you can see ran from higher-dollar Federal Ultra Match (Love that stuff…heck who doesn’t love 1 MOA 22 rifle ammo!) well down the price scale with Federal American Eagle “Red Box” turning in some impressive groups too! I have always said, I prefer a gun that shoots lots of different ammo very well and some ammo great, instead of a gun the only shoots the expensive stuff great!
With groups like this right out of the box Savage has done everything right with this rimfire rifle. It is smooth, it fits, it shoots lights out and it is handsome…who says beauty is only skin deep!