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Savage 4 + 1 308 Win. Law Enforcement/24" Heavy Fluted Barre
by Robert C Date Added: Wednesday 25 January, 2012
I got this rifle in on a Friday afternoon, and picked up a Warne Maxima scope mount and some Leupold QD rings for my "spare" 4-16xAO scope... Even with fairly basic glass, this rifle is impressive. I sighted in with some cheap stuff, then shot some groups off a bipod and rear bag using Federal Gold Medal Match (175gn SMK), and WOW. Triangle-shaped blob groups at 100 yards are definitely the norm out of this gun. Less than half-MOA accuracy easily if you spring for the good ammo, or load your own.
The entire setup is massive -- the 24" barrel length excludes the muzzle brake at the end, and with the sheer mass of the barrel/action, it's an absolute joy to shoot. I had it butted up right against my collarbone, and I could shoot it all day.
The bolt is cock-on-open, but once you've done that, it just slides back and forth with gravity, even after taking an afternoon's worth of grit from my windy, dusty range. The knob is pretty fat, though, so depending on your scope you might need higher rings than you'd like in order to clear the bolt when it cycles.
I absolutely love the Accutrigger, though some folks might not like the little Glock-style blade getting in the way. I don't mind -- if I can have a 1.5 pound trigger with built in safety, I'm all for it. It comes with a little adjustment tool, but really, you should only have to tweak it once.
The Accustock is great for a basic synthetic stock. If you're leery of the plastic feel, this is a much nicer synthetic stock than in my Mossberg 590. The stock alone has a bit of heft to it, which I like. It's very, very rigid, and it has an excellent recoil pad. Can you do nicer? Sure, but it'll be an extra couple hundred bucks.

Savage sets out to make extremely accurate rifles at an affordable price. You can absolutely do nicer with custom stocks, different glass/mounts, or even with different options in their LE/mil line, but this is an excellent starting point for a medium-long range rig. The core of what makes this rifle accurate -- the barrel and action -- in my opinion cannot get any better for a factory rifle.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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