Savage M93 Rifle with AccuTrigger
not what I expected
Got the.17HMR. I read a lot of reviews on this rifle before I bought it and it looked to be good "bang for the buck". Scoping the rifle was painless (Vortex Diamondback) and boresighted; then I took the rifle out to the range to sight it in. First thing I noticed was how loose the bolt felt while cycling....almost like it was the wrong bolt for the rifle. It's been more than 30 years since I owned a bolt-action and I remember my old .22 feeling much more solid. Put a few rounds through the rifle, getting it on paper at 25yds, on target at 50, then moved to 100. That's when things got interesting....I started having problems getting the magazine to seat properly and feed. A couple of times, I had to remove the mag and reseat. Don't try "slapping" the mag into the rifle, because there were a few times when I did that the mag would release two or three rounds (they'd just squirt out the top of the receiver and on to the ground. Tried putting the mag in with the bolt closed; back to the feed problem. I did some more research and found out that this is a known problem with the Savage mags.
The laminated thumbhole stock is beautiful and the gun is really fun to shoot (if you can get past having to pick your rounds up off the ground every once in a while). I don't mind the accutrigger, but it was a bit of a reach for me (I have small hands).It was windy on the range, so groups at 100 were a little less than exciting, although I managed to keep them good enough for a kill shot. I'd heard that the .17 bullet was succeptible to wind.Looking forward to trying it again on a calm day.
I was shooting Hornandy v-max rounds and out of a box of 50, had two that did not fire on the first go. I'll try a different brand and see if it's the ammo or the firing pin.
September 20, 2014
I am not one on writing reviews, but I read everyone else's so I should probably start to share!
Out of the box I mounted a BSA Sweet 17- 312x40sp. After dialing in I figured I would put a few down the range just to try it out. Although it was only 30 yards, I pulled an easy 1/4" grp. I am not a sharpshooter by any means, the only thing keeping me from same hole shots was me. Quality is superb and the accu trigger is nice and crisp. I am very excited about getting some range on it. An automatic favorite. If your looking for a .17 HMR, due yourself a favor and give this thing a shot!
May 14, 2014
I had the salesman bring out 3 of these rifles, but it only took the first one to bite. The stock feels great and the weaver mounts made it easy to fit a Bushnell Trophy XLT 4-12x40. with high Weaver mounts (1mm of clearance from target barrel)
The target barrel is beefy! The rifle also came with a quality magazine (not the junk one from other .17's)
only refinement required to the stock was to razor the laminate at the foreend.
September 3, 2012
I bought this rifle as a gopher gun instead of a .22 on the suggestion of numerous forums. I couldn't be more happy. The rifle is a tack driver. After zeroing at 50 yds I was making 5 shot groupings within a quarter at 100 yds. Feeling a little cocky, I set up five 12 gauge hulls as targets and knocked the primer out of each with the first attempt again from 100 yds. Took the gun out for the first gopher shoot a week ago with similar results. Making one shot kills from 75 to 150 yds. I am told that I am no longer allowed to bring the gun on gopher trips as I can easily take out varmints twice the distance being shot by my counterparts equipped with .22's. Fat chance. Sure the price per bullet may be more than a .22, but when you are only taking one shot to make the kill, it probably evens out.
August 28, 2012