The most accurate factory-made rim fire rifle for the money is without a doubt the Savage Mark II.

From a total accuracy standpoint, it is the best value on the market today.

Yes, there are custom rifles out there that will shoot better than this rifle – but not a lot better and for a lot more money.

Savage offers several versions of the Mark II with different stock options, barrel materials, and different barrel lengths but all of them have consistency of manufacturing methods, chamber dimensions, and trigger superiority that make Mark II’s so accurate. All for around $300 – $400.

I don’t know of another rifle in this price range that will shoot half inch groups at 50 yards right out of the box.

What makes good value in a rifle?

Price

Is a $5000 custom rimfire rifle better than the Savage MKII? Probably, but I can’t say for sure, I’ve never owned a $5000 rimfire rifle. I do own a couple of $2000 custom built rifles and I love them. I have a Kidd build that was done from the ground up, starting with the action.

Although it’s not custom, I have an Anschutz model 54 which shoots great. Are they a better rifle than the Savage MKII for the money…..without a doubt, NO.

I also own 3 different models of the Savage MKII and can tell you that out of the box, with a decent optic, they will shoot one half inch 5 shot groups at 50 yards. A better shot than me could probably do slightly better.

I have seen these rifles attain 3/8 inch 5 shot groups at 50 which is sub moa. My custom rifles have a hard time matching that performance, and some can’t.

If you convert the numbers to dollars spent per increment in accuracy, the savage MKII is the highest value on the market for the following reasons.

Accuracy

If you have your favorite rifle that isn’t the Savage, that’s great. Shoot what you enjoy. But if accuracy is your primary objective, the table below might convince you to think again.

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This table is from an experiment done by dayattherange.com in which 14 different brands and types of 22 lr ammo were shot through 4 test rifles . The purpose of the test was to identify which ammo was the best all around.

A byproduct of the test was categorizing the data to compare the test rifles to see which one shot the best over all of the 14 different types of ammo. All groups were shot at 50 yards. Here are the results.

Data from dayatherange.com

Except for CCI standard velocity, all of the ammo tested was match grade. Believe it or not, out of all of the ammo tested, the CCI standard velocity actually performed the best out of all of the rifles tested.

What this means is that the least expensive ammo performed best with the least expensive rifle (not including the custom Kidd build).

Translated again, CCI standard velocity ammo combined with a Savage Mark II is the best value for your money. I have written a post describing my experiences with CCI standard velocity, check it out here.

This is the most extensive test of rifles I have ever seen. These results can be taken with a high degree of confidence. The Savage MKII, no matter what model you settle for is the best rifle for the money and can be tuned to shoot with much higher priced rifles.

It shoots better, or at least as well, as most of them right out of the box. Other than the custom Kidd build, the Savage outperformed the CZ452 and the Anschutz model 54. Pretty good results for the cheapest rifle in the group – around $350.

I don’t know of a better test you could do to determine the best rifle. The differences in group size at 50 yards are not huge, but at 200 yards that kind of difference would begin to matter. At 300 yards, it would matter a great deal when trying to be consistently accurate.

Trigger

Anytime you can purchase a new rifle with a good trigger, one that is usable going forward without having to go the route of an aftermarket trigger, you are money ahead.

I have ruger 10/22s that I have accessorized to enhance their long range capability and the first thing I do is replace the trigger. From an accuracy standpoint, the trigger is second only to the chamber and barrel of a rifle.

An aftermarket Timney trigger for a Ruger 10/22 will cost around $200. I have purchased several. They will reduce the pull weight from the factory 5-7 lbs down to 2-4 lbs. They are just a drop in design so getting them in place and to work is not a chore.

The Ruger American comes with a pretty good trigger but is only adjustable from 3-5 lbs. Not bad but I prefer a little lighter for long range shooting. The Savage MKII comes with the branded Accu-trigger which is available on most models.

It usually comes out of the box around 4 to 5 lbs. It can be adjusted down to 1 lb without removing the action from the stock. The accu-trigger breaks like glass and I believe is one reason Savages are inherently accurate.

They are years ahead of the twig break you get on most rimfire rifles from the factory. Having the ability to put your money into optics instead of having to install a decent trigger is why you can build a Savage tack driver so cheaply.

Ruger has introduced the American line of bolt action rifles in order to keep up with Savage. I don’t yet own one of these and can’t speak to the trigger.

Barrels

Savage has a pretty good barrel selection from the factory. Of the 3 MKIIs I own, all are bull barrels from the factory. One is carbon steel, the other two are stainless. Two are fluted and one is custom machined.

Barrel lengths range from 16.5 inches on the tactical models to a full 21 inches. Ruger also has a selection of barrel types with American line but the 10/22 is unsurpassed with the number of choices you have of after market barrels and accessories.

The only problem with the barrels is the price runs anywhere from $150 to $350 just for the barrel – the is on top of the price of the rifle.

Stock

This is where Ruger takes the advantage. The American has an integral bedding system in the stock that replaces the need for glass bedding and also ensure the barrel is free floated when tightened down.

Savage also sells good laminated wood stocks on some models but they don’t have a bedding system that eliminates the need for custom bedding. A

ll of the laminate wood stocks are great but the lighter, flimsier composite stocks leave a lot to be desired and either need to be replaced or will require work to stiffen them up.

What models are best?

Here is a testament from PoorManGuns

The Savage MK II comes in several models all with a different focus and set of features. Below are my favorite models.


Savage FVSR B22 22 lr

This is the new FVSR model which can be had in 22lr, 17hmr, and 22 wmr. Barrel lengths range from 16.25 to 16.5 inches. With this being their tactical model all barrels are threaded and come with an oversize tactical bolt handle and the famous patented accu-trigger I personally own this one in 17 hmr and tell you this rifle will shoot sub moa at 50 yards.

With a suppressor installed shooting this thing is a blast. The stock that comes with it has been improved since the old 93r17s were produced. It is much more firm and doesn’t require stiffening as before.

This definitely makes it more usable for long range work. In addition, the comb is too low for me and most people. The installation of a good cheek riser is a must for consistent long range accuracy.

There are several stock colors, coatings, and designs available. Prices range from less than $300 to slightly over $300. Check them all out by clicking the button below. There is no better value out there.


Savage BSEV

The model above is the BSEV. With a completely free-floated stainless barrel and the accu-trigger, when equipped with the right optic, this one will drive tacks. This is the most expensive Mark II model offered by Savage at this time at around $500 and well worth it.

Mark II rimfire rifles add more fun to shooting than almost anything else for the money. From casual plinking to serious hunting, this versatile rifle can handle it all with match-grade accuracy.

BSEV provides everything you want in a bolt-action 22 repeater, including a long-range, heavy steel barrel for precision shooting. The detachable box magazine and 21″ spiral-fluted barrel are set in a thumbhole stock with a Monte Carlo comb in a modern multi-color wood-grain laminate. This stock doesn’t require a cheek riser unless you mount a very high scope.

This rifle is also available in both 17 hmr and 22 wsm as well as 22 lr.

AccuTrigger, the shooter-adjusted trigger from Savage, is a standard feature for no-creep, crisp trigger pulls and enhanced accuracy while allowing non-compromising adjustability with no gunsmithing. The BSEV model is a great target rifle that also adds a touch of style to any gun collection.

  • Category : Rifles
  • Action : Bolt
  • Caliber : 22 Long Rifle (LR)
  • Barrel Length : 21″
  • Capacity : 5+1
  • Trigger : AccuTrigger
  • Safety : Manual
  • OAL : 40″
  • Weight : 6.8 lbs
  • Stock Description : Laminate Thumbhole
  • Metal Finish : Stainless Steel

I own this one as well. I topped it with a Primary Arms 4-14x and have easily pulled off shots on a target at 300 yards. The target was 18 x 24 inches.


Savage Bolt 22 LR 22″ Synthetic Black Matte

This one carries a hardwood stock in black that is very stable. It comes with a comb that is high enough to not require a cheek riser for most people and a left hand grip on the bottom.

The 22 inch barrel is designed to milk every ounce of velocity out of the round while still ensuring stability down range. It comes with the famous Accu Trigger which is adjustable to about 1.5 lbs of pull and is sold for less than $470. For these features this price can’t be beat.

  • Category : Rifles Centerfire
  • Action : Bolt
  • Caliber : 22 Long Rifle (LR)
  • Barrel Length : 22″
  • Capacity : 5+1
  • Trigger : AccuTrigger
  • Safety : Manual
  • OAL : 40″
  • Weight : 7.5 lbs
  • Stock Description : Hardwood Black
  • Metal Finish : Black

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