Gun Report

Savage Model 25 Classic Sporter 223 Rem.

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Gun Tests grade: A. The new Savage Model 25 proved to be the class of the field, with a jeweled bolt, a quieter safety than the CZ, an elegant magazine treatment, and a quick 60-degree bolt lift that was both fast and made scope mounting a breeze. It was clearly the most accurate rifle tested, had the best conventional trigger pull, and was also the least expensive.

Savage Model 25 Classic Sporter 223 Rem.

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Home Defense
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Weight Unloaded
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The one-piece structural polymer magazine-well/trigger guard was well designed and attractive, offering a snag-free understock we appreciated.
The rapid five-shot firing with American Eagle bulk ammo demonstrated that the Savage was not just easy to shoot, it was easy to shoot well. It was hard not to shoot sub-MOA groups with this rifle, even with economical ammunition.
At a glance, the Model 25 looks like the big brother to Savage’s 93R17 Classic 17 HMR, but this is a brand-new action. It has a solid bolt, no floating bolt head, and a threaded and pinned barrel array. It retained the Accu-trigger, with a two-position thumb safety at the right of the action. Those Weaver bases above the bolt handle came installed, which we liked.

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