Savage Mark II BSEV .22 LR Rifle: Savage's Wildest Rimfire Yet?
I tested my first Accu-Trigger rimfire, the Savage Mark II BV. It was quite an
achievement, in my view, finally addressing the modern bane of the rimfire: the
lousy factory trigger. Coming with a .40 inch 100 yard test target from Savage,
that rifle was (and is) the
most accurate .22 rimfire I've ever tested. It threw shots into a nickel-sized hole
at forty yards with most everything I fed it and in a later range session shot
repetitive sub-quarter inch groups. This was with Lapua 36 grain HP ammunition
at a laser-verified 102 yards.
I had a note that a rimfire rifle was inbound from Savage Arms, but I had no idea what. After opening the box, I quickly looked around for a pair of sunglasses. This isn't exactly the old-time, nostalgic style of rimfire. It is more Buck Rogers than Roy Rogers, to be sure. I had mentioned to a friend I had a new rimfire to put through its paces and the question was, �What color is it?� My reply, was �Pretty much all of them.� (See photo above.)
ever seen Ron Coburn, Brian Herrick, Joe DeGrande and Superman all in the same
room at the same time? I sure haven't, leaving open the suspicion that the big
�S� didn't stand for Superman, but just might have been �Savage� instead. I did
carefully go through the box, just to make sure a cape wasn't included with the
rifle. I didn't find one, but perhaps I'd better look again, as my eyes aren't
getting any younger.
previously tested Mark II BV has a twenty-one inch blued heavy barrel, 1:16
rate of twist, and an overall length of 39.75 inches. This Mark II BSEV has a
similar barreled action, only in stainless steel with spiral fluting. Overall
length is just slightly longer, at 40.0 inches. This rimfire varmint rifle, as I understand it,
was originally released in .17 HMR and is now offered in .22 Win. Mag. and this
configuration, .22 Long Rifle.
This type of skeletonized stock has been referred to as the
�Barracuda Thumbhole� or just as a �skeletonized laminate.� Boyd's calls it the
�SS Evolution Royal Jacaranda,� billed as the world's first ambidextrous
thumbhole. It does have a slight palm swell on both sides and feels great in
the hands, so it seems like the palm swell is the ambidextrous part. Here are
the rifle's specifications.
Action: Bolt, repeater
detachable box magazine
Caliber: .22 LR
Twist: 1 in 16"
Sights: None; scope
Metal: Stainless steel
Weight: 6.8 pounds
2010 MSRP: $546
latest Mark II has the newest Savage �E-Receiver.� It seems the folks at Savage
are always thinking. The E-Receiver is now being used across the Savage rimfire
bolt action line, for .22 LR, .22 WinMag, and .17 HMR. It seems to me that the
impetus for this is primarily in the interest of standardization, though there
have undoubtedly been a few design tweaks along the way. It is mentioned here
for those that like to tinker, experiment and swap.
the Mark II BSEV with a Sightron Big Sky 3-12x42 scope and it was off to the
range. Of the four ammo types used, Federal American Eagle and Lapua shot the
best groups, with Fiocchi and Winchester PowerPoint rounds a clear notch back.
It was breezy at 10-15 mph winds and temperatures in the mid-eighties. The
shooting for record was done at forty yards. The first three shots with the
Winchester PowerPoint ammo cut the same, almost perfectly spherical hole. But
alas, it wasn't repeatable and the PowerPoint ammo, overall, just gave average
accuracy. Not so with both the bargain-priced Federal American Eagle and the
Lapua ammunition, however.
Savage Mark II BSEV is stunningly accurate for an out-of-the box rimfire. Whether
shooting Lapua or American Eagle ammo made little difference. The first shot at
40 yards made a hole, the second shot made a bit bigger hole, and so on.
Whether three shots, five shots, or ten shots you can cover the groups with a
dime. Quarter inch center to center groups were common. I did compare this new
BSEV model to my older Mark II BV, in a casual way. The new Savage action has a
larger ejection port, is a bit smoother and has less bolt play, which likely
can be attributed to the longer bolt. I'm inclined to call the E-Receiver both
a refinement and an improvement, though I'm ignorant as to the specific changes
made. My impression is that ejection is a bit crisper and stronger than the
older MkII BV, as well.
Perhaps there is a fellow somewhere in the Savage organization that goes by the name of Clark Kent and is allergic to Kryptonite? Yes, this Savage Mark II BSEV is more Buck Rogers than Roy Rogers, but regardless of what model of Savage rimfire suits your personal tastes, if it is a heavy barrel, Accu-Trigger rifle with a laminated stock, I'd expect the same level of accuracy. It is a level of accuracy I find astonishingly good, there is no other way to describe it. This Savage essentially shoots to the limit of the ammunition you feed it, which is as good as rimfires get.
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