Savage Beauty—Much more than Skin Deep!

22 Beauty

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!

Savage's B22G

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.

All Steel Parts on Savage B22G 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!

B22G insert/boltsThese 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.

the bushing bedding on the Savage B22GPillar bedding?

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.

Setting up the Savage B22g

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.

The B22G features a free-float barrel

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!

BG22G also features gorgeous woodworkI 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!

10 Round Rotary Magazine

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.

Measuring the light and consistent trigger pullThe 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!

B22G Trigger GroupSavage 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.

She is a beauty!

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!

Accuracy testing the Savage B22GWith 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!

What do you think of the Savage B22G? Tell us what you think in the Comment Section!

12 Comments On This Article

  1. william l. bone jr.

    WOW that is one fine rifle,some beautiful workmanship. i am a 83 year old man with several 22 rifles but would like to add this to my collection. will have to check around and see in person. ww

    • why would you care that it shoots longs??? Unless you have a lot of very old stock laying around you certainly cant buy them anywhere I know of. Most likely, only LR would function through the magazine anyway,

      • Yup, I have a lot of 22 L stuff from years ago…never shot it…but I guess I will just to get rid of it…….shoots good, but not great……..and for shorts…just checking for versatility….but how many of us shoot shorts, right.?
        Just talked with a guy that bought a B 22 G..he uses a Leupold scope….says that 1.0″ to 1.25″ groups are the norm for him with a sandbag rest etc. Not bad.! Says a lot to back up Mr.Kelley’s tests. Just what we needed to hear.!

  2. Wow, that is certainly a Beautiful Rifle. I would like to see it in .17HMR (that is an awesome round) then I would run out and buy one. I’m not a hunter per say but I love to shoot and even more I love to hit what I shoot at every time.

  3. You can’t believe anything Patrick Kelley says about savage arms as he is a paid street walker for them. on his reviews and shooting video, as a wonderful and great shooting rifle I bought one of the A22 22lr rifles and they are a piece of junk, the clips fall out of it, the sights are plastic based and they have one set screw on them and they fall off, Basically a terrible rifle that he said “oh one of the best shooting rifles I have picked up.
    Don’t believe anything the paid w—- says about any savage gun as he is paid to say whatever he says.

    • Curious as you knock Mr. Kelly..that would mean that the photos are lies and possibly he shot the groups at say, 10 yds.??….sorry for your problems with YOUR rifle BUT he was working with the B 22 G…have you.???……hmmmm…besides the ‘clip’ on this rifle is a rotary magazine…do you have experience with these.???….Your bitterness can be well founded, for YOUR rifle, but this one.???…Have you contacted Savage and exhausted the means to correct your situation?….if not, you should.
      Based on what I SEE in the article and SEE the results, I find this a great little rifle.
      Go buy one, test it as he did and let’s see YOUR results…..
      I plan on doing just that.

  4. Have always been a Savage afficianado,and as a wee lad my first bought’n gun was a well used crackshot 22.
    In those days ammo was not cheap for those of us who lived in land rich but dirt poor climes, so at times I bought my 22 ammo by the 10 or 20 count.
    For eating every shot counted but on trap lines sometimes a spruce club or willow strangle hold saved ammo on smaller varmits.
    Through years bought many a new and used sinleshotw bolt Savage 22 that most looked down their nose at asncheap junk.
    Cheap to buy yes but just as accurate as any but most expensive Euro made.
    I lke natural wood, and many an unvarnished stock got handbrubbed linseed oil.
    Yoi could feel the warmth of wood go up as you bare hand rubbed.
    It also seemed to protectvthe woods of many of my hunting rifles as well, and this where winters could dump to 20 below, and belly stalking meant dragging through snow.
    This Savage because of cost is at top of my Dream list, partly because, excuse me not pretyy, but gorgeous wood details.
    Slthough the days of hunting greys and fox squirrels pheasant, woodcock or partidge and cotton tails and snowhoes are gone I can whip up life size and like targets.
    Any an under ” 22 in a man size bolt action is what I believe to be a true riflemans weaponr.
    None of Savages 22accuracy rifles in recent years have been inaccurate, but they all came in pretty pussy colored laminate stocks or ugly black plastic.
    Yup gotta get oneveven if it cost a couple collectors just doing not a darn thing.
    Besides what a great and gorgeous hand me down to a Grest Grandson it will be

  5. Too those new too 22 cal accuracy: A 22 rimfire headspaces on the rim.
    So if ya want to get parsvikety on 22acvuracy a 22 cal rim measuring device cost little; but it does make for consitency in all rounds in competition events.
    Now if the wete not so damn dirty abround it would be nice.
    Yet the extra cleaning is worth it.
    That is a neat added touch to be able to oil triggrr mech.

  6. I have an old Yugo seven shot bolt .22lr military training rifle that is the hands down is the most accurate rifle of any caliber I have ever seen. It shoots most cheep crap right about an inch. It will shoot food ammo in one hole as 100 yards. CCI mini mags will come in at .33″ it has a Bushmell 2×7 scope on it from the Eighties I had mounted after I bought it as a surplus rifle at Big Five for the princely sum of $49 in 1986.
    This rifle strongly resembles that old Yugo in many ways.
    I am very interested in the new Savage as I have a few and they have always impressed me. From the first 99c in .243 to a 99 in .300 Savage ( still my favorite Deer rifle).
    I think I see a new Savage in the safe along in the field.