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Thread: Ruger American Rimfire or Savage Mark II. Opinions?

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    Ruger American Rimfire or Savage Mark II. Opinions?

    Hi guys!

    After years of casting, reloading, and shooting all things centerfire, I am rediscovering the joys of the .22 LR at 52 years of age.

    What are your opinions of these two rifles? I am seeing them for right around $300 or less at several LGS's and Box stores like Dick's. I am seriously thinking about picking one up, and was wondering if one had a better record than the other, particularly accuracy wise. I'm really looking for opinions based on experience shooting them. If you own one or the other, how does it shoot? Is there a preference for one over the other?

    I don't expect a Cooper for these prices, but I would want a good shooter.

    Opinions please?

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    I have a couple of Savage, but have never fired the Ruger America. I like the AccuTrigger that is on the Savage and the rifles that I have are quite accurate. I am not a fan of the magazine, but I can ‘live with it’ when I go to use them.

    While you didn’t ask, I have a couple of Rugers in 77/22 and 10/22. I had the trigger worked on the 77/22 and it is as accurate as any of my Savages. The 10/22 is a rifle that I just love to shoot. I have had trigger work or replacement parts done to make the trigger lighter. If you start looking at 10/22s you can find just about every replacement part that you would ever want.

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    A 'rimfire' friend of mine has the Ruger American and says its the most accurate rimfire he's ever shot - and at a very reasonable price on top of it.

    I bought his Savage MkII FV-SR (irony there); while its a good shooter, it really lends itself well to extensive customization - there are a lot of options for this platform.
    Heavy Boyds laminate bench stock, that sort of thing. (The base model plastic stock is horrible.)
    I really like mine because it has the heavy bull bbl, threaded for a suppressor; that sort of thing.

    So perhaps it comes down to if you want an unmodified 'sporter' or enjoy the customization angle?

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    Thanks guys!

    I do have a 10/22, the second gun I ever owned and the first one I ever bought myself, at the tender age of 16.

    I guess I'm not looking for a project, just an out of the box shooter.

    What are reasonable 50 yard group expectations for these rifles?

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    I have the Savage with heavy barrel and laminate stock. It has a cheap scope. Groups with CCI std. Velocity are 5/8 inch at 50 yards. The best I can get with my CZ 452 is 1/2 inch.

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    Don't know about either rifle, I have a Ruger 77/22 that is almost as accurate as my Kimber 82. By far better looking too. Simplest fix is just change the sear to an aftermarket sear. Drops the pull by about 2/3 and makes it much smoother. If the Ruger American shoots anywhere as nice as the 77/22, you will be pleased. I have competed in 100 yard egg shoots and have been competitive, if that is any measure of accuracy.

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    A couple weeks ago I sighted in my Savage MkII FV-SR for summer pest duty. Here's how it ended up at 60 yds:

    CCI Stingers @1525 fps,



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    I have a ruger American in 22 wmr. Picked it up last December at cabelas in the all black 22" version discontinued for $199.00. I polished the trigger and removed a couple coils from the spring taking the trigger down to about a pound. It shoots .3" groups a at a 100 yards with hornady vmax that I can cover with a dime and .7" groups at a 100 yards with Winchester 30gr tips. It's way more accurate than my CZ 452 ultralux which shoots .5" with most ammo at 50 yards. I'd tell you not to overlook the American in 22 wmr. It's a fun little rifle to shoot and has way more knock down power than a regular old .22. I had a few squirrels crawl off with my .22 and switched to the wmr which is destructive! I took a couple I'd squirrel and rabbit heads clean off. Ammo prices aren't that bad either. The 2200fps hornady loads are $10 for 50.
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    I also have the Ruger American Rimfire, in 22WMR. It looks good, handles well with a great trigger. And it is accurate with Federal 30 gr JHP. Ruger/Savage are both great guns, but I give Ruger my choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick L View Post
    Hi guys!

    After years of casting, reloading, and shooting all things centerfire, I am rediscovering the joys of the .22 LR at 52 years of age.

    What are your opinions of these two rifles? I am seeing them for right around $300 or less at several LGS's and Box stores like Dick's. I am seriously thinking about picking one up, and was wondering if one had a better record than the other, particularly accuracy wise. I'm really looking for opinions based on experience shooting them. If you own one or the other, how does it shoot? Is there a preference for one over the other?

    I don't expect a Cooper for these prices, but I would want a good shooter.

    Opinions please?
    The Savage Mark II TR is excellent value for money. Great trigger. $30 worth of stiff bottom metal and aluminum pillar to allow solid torquing down of the action will deliver consistent sub-MOA 5 shot groups with the right ammo. And that need not be Eley Match etc. Mine does very well with CCI Green Tag but shines with Federal HV Match.

    If the idea is to use the .22 to hone and improve your skills, the Savage Mk II TR is tremendous value for money.

    Attached is a recent 10 shot group at 50 yards with CCI Green Tag SV at 5/8, with a pullClick image for larger version. 

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    I have a newer model Savage, a B22 FVSR in 22 LR. Much better stock over the MarkII, coned breech, feeds from rotary mag, picatinny optic rail, threaded muzzle, accutrigger, bull barrel. I added an Apachee trigger kit. It shoots less than half inch at 25 and 50 yards with CCI SV or Aguila SV. MiniMags are pretty good. Even Automatch is acceptable. Likes a clean chamber.

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