Savage seems a little cheaply made to me, shoots OK, but the trigger is crap.
Some people can't get the Savage to shoot well for them, rough action, problems with triggers, ect...
What do they expect out of a $130 pea shooter?
Put on a decent optics rail, slick up the trigger and break in/clean the barrel and they do OK.
the Savage synthetic stocks are plastic crap, but again, what do you expect for $130...?
My Ruger is great!
Broke in the barrel just like any other rifle, and as we continued through the break in process, you could see the groups shrinking.
Most people think a rim fire barrel doesn't need to be broken in, but this is just like every other high velocity round, and the barrel needs to be broken in.
Keep in mind that the .17 bullet is TINY!
You will need to regularly need to clean or at least swab the barrel because it fouls so fast!
I 'Scratch Swab' mine about every 10 rounds or so.
('Scratch Swab'= Patch over a brush loaded with oil, not solvent, then one clean patch to push out any excess oil)
Don't forget to use nylon brushes if you can find them!
With a bore this small, ANY SCRATCHES will transfer to the bullet and affect accuracy.
Most of the complaints I see/hear are people shooting them like the old low velocity .22 LR rifles...
Lots of rounds and damn little cleaning.
(Like most complaints, these problems are self inflicted...)
I've been eyeing an all weather, but unless I trade my 77/17 I can't afford it right now... But a trade isn't out of the question!