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Savage Model 12FV 18393 308 Winchester

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The Savage Model 12 is the most accurate rifle tested. Fired from the bench, recoil was modest, and the rifle never failed to impress us. It was not such a joy to lug back and forth to the 100-yard line, which we did with each rifle to see how weight impacts the shooter. Firing several three-shot groups and trudging to the berm and back was a part of the test that favored lighter rifles. The LOP is slightly longer than the other rifles, but we felt the advantage of the recoil pad made it worthwhile.

Savage Model 12FV 18393 308 Winchester

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As spent cases piled up we found the Savage Model 12 comfortable to fire and use. A combination of a superb adjustable trigger and good glass resulted in excellent accuracy potential.
The nagging feed problem seemed to lessen as we used the Model 12.
The bolt of the Savage Model 12 was not tight in operation, but it was rigid as far as accuracy goes. The enlarged handle made for easy bolt operation.
A blind magazine (right arrow) is part of the Savage 12's design.
A wide forend (left arrow) made for comfortable benchrest shooting. A side test was firing the rifles with proven handloads. All fed well and gave good results.

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