Savage Model 12 long range precision varminter


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Delivering way above average accuracy, Savage’s new single-shot with a unique port-side loading port is different in other ways.

Back in 1975 I obtained a Savage Model 112V single-shot in .220 Swift that would consistently group five shots into less than 1/2 MoA all day. It was easily the most accurate varmint gun I ever owned. It had a 650mm free-floating heavy bull barrel sans sights and a high comb classic style stock with Wundhammer well and checkered pistol grip. Alas, this rifle had a very short life span being discontinued in 1979. 

The Model 112V failed to gain much popularity simply because it was a single shot; most hunters showed a decided preference for the Model 112R which had the same general design specs as the standard model, except for a five shot magazine. The repeater wasn’t chambered for the .220 Swift, but buyers were satisfied to take it in .22-250. Thirty years later, (in 2006) Savage decided to bring out a new improved version of the old Model 112V with all the bells and whistles, but bolstered by a number of modern features. 

Designated as the Model 12 LRPV (Long Range Precision Varminter) it bears some likeness to the early Model 112V. Its heritage is obvious; the action profile resembles that of previous Model 12 varmint guns and the mechanism is basically the same as the original 110 series designed by Nicholas Brewer over half a century ago, but the Model 12V’s chrome moly barrel and action have been replaced by stainless steel in the 112 LRPV.


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