Reviewed By: Krishna P on 04/29/2014
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
I have a Savage 10 FCP-K in .223 Remington. It is by far the most accurate, easiest shooting rifle I have ever owned. I wanted the same rifle in 22-250 Remington because it's easy to reload (both rifles use .224 dia bullets), and I can squeeze more fps (and energy) from the same weight bullet than out of my .223. I am a varmint and paper shooter primarily.
The 10 FCP-K doesn't come in 22-250, so the closest thing I could get to it was the model 12 FCV. The main differences between the 12FCV and the 10 FCP-K are a lack of muzzle brake on the 12FCV, and the FCP-K is a 9 twist while the FCV is a 12 twist. Same accu-trigger, same accu-stock. Oh, the bolt on the FCV is chrome while the bolt on the FCP is black. Same fluting on the barrel, same finish.
I did a "make an offer" on this rifle. Got a good price, not too far from what was asked, but still, less. Buds was easy to deal with and I liked the immediate feedback I got when I was going through my tries on the "make an offer" process.
The rifle was shipped to my preferred dealer near my home. Easy.
Now, the rifle:
I put a Vortex Viper 4-16 x 44 second focal plane with Dead Hold reticle on top. Mounted with DeadNutz (DNZ) Game Reaper one piece mount model 34200 (med height). Same mount on my tried and tested FCP-K, rock solid.
So far, I've put 50 rounds down the pipe with the following factory ammunition (100 yards, 5-round groups, off a rest and bags):
Federal Power-Shok 55gr PSP
Remington Express Rifle 55gr PSP
Federal Premium Vital-Shok 55gr Nosler ballistic tips
Best grouping was with the premium Nosler tipped rounds at about 0.75". I'll be able to reduce this even further as I determine the best off the lands and powder combo for handloads I'll develop for the rifle. But out of the box, heck yeah it's accurate.
Without the muzzle brake, it kicks more than the FCP-K, but totally manageable and I can still see the impact on the target. A pleasure to shoot.
I have adjusted the trigger (very easy to do, just follow instructions) down to 28oz. Breaks like glass, no creep. I really like the accutrigger.
I will be handloading for this rifle and I fully expect it to shoot one ragged hole at 100 yards, just like my FCP-K does. With my FCP-K, I can shoot less than 0.25" groups at 100 yards if I do my part. That's with 28gr W748, Nosler Varmageddon FBHP 40gr, and CCI small rifle magnum primers. OAL (to ogive) 1.924".
Overall I am very excited about the rifle. I am also pleased with my experience with Buds.
I highly recommend both the rifle and Buds.
Good luck shooting and safe reloading!