The Savage 64 FSS .22 LR Rifle is a proven, value-packed semi-automatic with a smooth feeding, detachable 10 +1 magazine. The 64 FSS .22 LR Rifle, finished with a stainless steel barrel and synthetic black stock, is drilled and tapped for scope mounts and features a thumb safety.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Stripermaniac A Reliable Rifle
This is the stainless steel version of the Savage 64. I have owned the original version of this rifle for over 15 years and have had very few misfeeds, jams, or problems. The thick barrel adds some weight but it is sturdy and accurate.
The magazine holds ten rounds and feeds ammo reliably, even when firing at rapid speeds. I would not suggest winchester super-x or some of the lower quality remington ammos. Those were the only times misfeeds occurred. I usually use federal .22 ammo in the bulk 550 round pack or CCI.
I do not like the steel open sights but with even a cheap Tasco scope this rifle is quite realliable for the price.
I give this rifle a 4/5 because of the lack of aftermarket products (stock options, higher capacity magazines, etc)
I also find the trigger to be a little stiff and jerky.
Finally, my last critique is that this rifle does not have the simple 3 part disassembly of a Ruger 10/22. The only model I see Bass Pro Shops currently offering is pretty expensive but the original carbine and the stainless steel models are GREAT.
I would buy the Ruger 10/22 hands down due to easy maintenance, tons of after market accessories, and good performance with decent ammunition. Therefore I do not recommend this rifle to a friend. It is a very good rifle but for the money I would recommend the 10/22. Sorry Savage.
January 18, 2012
Any firearm can be fired left or right handed. But the problem is where the cartridge is ejected. This rifle is a semi-auto so the marksman does not have to manually eject and reload the round. This means a spent cartridge may eject into the left hand shooters nose, cheek or eye. Usually a gun is manufactured for left and right hand shooters. I haven't checked on this rifle but I know there are others available in left hand. Good Luck!
I can't imagine that a .410 has more kick than any .22. I am not sure what you plan on hunting with the 64F Savage rifle, but it is dependable and it sports a thick, tough barrel compared to many rifles of the same cost.
If you are planning on putting optics on your .22 and are willing to pay a over $400 dollars I would suggest the target models of the Ruger 10/22 that sport a "bull barrel". They have weaver rails for many scope, red dot, or holograph options.
I personally would go with a stainless (or all weather) 10/22 (tapered barrel) and make upgrades as I see them fit. You can upgrade the stock, barrel, add optics, and a fierce looking flash suppressor with minimal technical know-how and still stay under $650.
Almost no kick with any .22LR. A .410 shotgun will kick, but it's the starter shotgun for kids or for small women. Look at a single-shot .410 and you can still get a .22 such as this or a Marlin 60 auto. Consider a bolt-action .22 repeater for a new hunter.