Mark II Classic joins an elite club of rimfire repeaters whose members include the CZ and Weatherby.
WE ARE OFFERED a wide proliferation of rimfire rifles today, in four different action types, but the bolt-action represents the ultimate where accuracy and dependability are concerned. The majority of .22 rimfire rifles have always been budget-priced and many were pretty average in quality as well. Real connoiseurs who demanded elegance as well as accuracy, ignored leverguns, pumps and similar fast-shooters and went for prestigious bolt-action rimfires made by Mannlicher, Krico, Mauser, Kimber and the like. The current elite group includes the Browning T-Bolt, the Anschutz 1710D custom and CZ Luxus. Now an unlikely contender has joined the ranks of top echelon rimfires – the Savage Mark II Classic.
I say “unlikely” because in the past Savage’s old established boltguns were included in the listing of economy class guns – serviceable and reliable but nothing special. Things changed for the better in the 1980s after Ron Coburn became CEO of Savage Arms. From tottering on the brink of bankruptcy, Savage began the uphill path back to solvency until today its centrefires are now rated as being among America’s finest production rifles.