Cheap 22 that’s inexpensive instead of just cheap
Looking for a Cheap 22 Rifle? How about one that doesn’t suck? Now that sounds like an awesome combination. Sure, you could go out and get the very well publicized and very nice Ruger 10-22 Take down, that we covered a while back, but even then, you’d be paying twice as much money and losing several great features that the Savage Mark II FV-SR offers.
No one can say definitively how Savage makes great guns for so little money compared to their contemporaries; I can only say, keep it up Savage!
This “Cheap 22” is anything but a cheap gun. Inexpensive is the only money related word that does it justice outside of “Incredible Value”. This gun is less than $250. Let that be the starting point for this article, because love or hate Savage, you will not be able to deny the benefit of having a cheap 22 you don’t feel too bad for, but which will shoot all day for you efficiently, economically and with excellent results.
Firstly, make no mistake, Savage had a customer in mind for this firearm well before they released it: it has a threaded barrel, their patented AccuTrigger, a synthetic stock, a scope mount and a fluted barrel.
It’s got a bolt action, which means there will be no sound for the cycling of the action to offset the suppression of the ammunition. This means a few things: firstly it means that low velocity ammunition can be used without issues cycling the action, as it is a manual operation. Secondly, it means that the action is quiet, so the total noise level of the rifle is negligible. It means that there are less parts and less wear on the existing parts to ensure a long life.
Admittedly it doesn’t have as good of a magazine as the rotary design in the Ruger, but this isn’t about how it’s not a semi-auto rifle, it’s more about how the gun is every bit as reliable as any other icon “Cheap 22”. It doesn’t have the rotary magazine, because it doesn’t need to have it: it’s reliable without one.
It holds 5 rounds in the factory magazine, has an overall length of just over 35” and a Five and a half pound total weight with a 16.5 inch barrel length. It’s just about perfect on the swing, despite being fairly light and it drives tacks. Thanks to the free floated barrel, the well attached stock and the good manufacturing techniques out of the Savage factory.
It takes a suppressor; that might make it the ultimate semi-rural cheap 22 squirrel gun. Who needs an excuse to shoot a can on a gun? I certainly don’t. It’s ultra quiet, small enough to make it usable even with a suppressor on the end of it; it’s made for this purpose. For those in the states which don’t make it easy to get a threaded gun or a suppressor, there is still a lot of versatility.
A cheap 22 made for killing ZOMBIES! (I had to)
*I must point out to my fellow Zombie enthusiasts: if I had a single choice for a cheap 22 that would be well used in a ZA scenario, no other rifle comes to mind. Buy some extra magazines; a suppressor and get to dispatching zeds along the fence line between all that chainlink.
You can buy two of these for the price of most high quality 22LR’s and THAT alone, makes it a cheap 22. But make no mistake, the Savage Mark II FV-SR is NOT a “cheap 22”, merely a good value proposition and an exceptional price point.
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