Savage Mark II BTVS
Meet the rimfire tackdriver of the group, the Savage Mark II BTVS.
This particular model is chambered in .22LR, but is also available in .22WMR (93 BTVS) and .17HMR (93R17 BTVS).
This Mark II features a 21″ heavy barrel with a 1:16″ rate of twist and target crown. It comes with one 5-round stainless steel magazine. 5 and 10-round magazines in blued or ss finish are available.
The laminated thumbhole stock isn’t for everyone – that stock and the heavy barrel make for a 7.5 pound rifle – add a scope, bipod and sling, and you have yourself a 9 pound rimfire rifle. Savage offers plenty of other stock and finish options if a field configuration is preferred.
One of the best things about this rifle is the accutrigger…
The trigger is fully adjustable down to 1.5 pounds… even lower if you’re adventurous with trimming coils off of springs. But this is probably the best out-of-the-box trigger in a sub-$500 rimfire you’ll be able to find.
For optics, I went with what I had on-hand – a Redfield Tracker 4-16×44 on a pair of Burris Xtreme rings. Yes, it’s overkill, but it was handy.
The Redfield scope with its adjustable objective actually works quite well on the Savage.
More on the barrel break-in procedure, ammo testing and accuracy to come.