First impressions weren't everything
When I first held a Savage 12FV in the store, I wasn't too impressed with the overall feel. It was well balanced, but the stock just didn't feel like it belonged with the rest of the gun. In spite of that, I went ahead and ordered one based on the gun's reputation.
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box and saw my new gun. The stock was completely different than the one in the showroom. It turns out that the new Model 12FVs are being built with a redesigned stock. The new stock had the feel I was looking for. It was low profile, had a nice varmint-style forearm and felt great when I shouldered it.
Sighting in the 12FV
With the weekends bringing foul weather for a month straight, I was getting more and more eager to get out and shoot my new investment. I finally decided to take an afternoon off from work and head to the range with my coworker, Dan.
Our rest was rock solid. Just a few turns of the elevation knob and I had the crosshairs cutting the bull's-eye into four pieces. The first shots were fired at 100 yards, and I was immediately impressed. It was on paper at one o'clock above the bull's-eye with a golf ball-sized group. I wasn't expecting the gun to shoot that well out of the box, but I was quite pleased after the first 20 rounds.
After making a few more clicks here and there on my scope, I had my 100-yard zero. We switched from old reloads to factory 55-grain Hornady V-Max ammo to test the grouping. I handed the gun over to my buddy to have him shoot a three-shot group. As I watched through the binoculars, I couldn't believe what I was witnessing. I asked him, "You did shoot three times right?" He replied, "yes." I said, "Well I can only see what looks like one hole." Dan then said, "I think that's because they are just about all in the same hole."
We walked down to the target, took a look, and couldn't believe our eyes the group was smaller than a dime. Two shots were through the same hole, and the third was just above that hole, almost touching it. We then placed a dime over the makeshift bull's-eye we had created and took a picture for proof.
While we were walking back, Dan said, "I think we should name it Sub-MOA Squared, because that gun shoots better than Sub-MOA."Features that cater to the shooter
One other thing that I especially love about this gun is the trigger pull. Out of the box, with no adjustments, I could feel how smooth it was. This 12FV is equipped with Savage's AccuTrigger™. This trigger gives the shooter flexibility to set trigger pull to individual preference without having to pay a gunsmith to adjust it.
A newly designed teardrop safety is an additional feature on rifles with the AccuTrigger™. It provides for better acquisition of the safety button and operates smoother and quieter than safeties on older models.Overall
The Savage 12FV truly is a fine piece of shooting equipment. From varmint hunting and prairie dog towns to punching paper, this gun has what it takes to be the gun you've always wanted for accuracy. With the accuracy that I have obtained out of this gun, I can assure you that this will be one I will own forever.