ok so here is the story,
I went in to my local gun shop today to start the paperwork on a New Savage Model 10 Predator Hunter Brush. It came in yesterday so I wanted to take a look at it and get the paperwork done to start my waiting period. But after looking at the gun I noticed a few things....
First - the scope was mounted and bore sighted, but it was on cockeyed. The vertical line on the duplex was off center. (ok not that big of a deal. Loosen some screw, straighten the scope, and so on)
Second - the trigger was set to 1.25lbs. Now this is an Accutrigger and I know its adjustable. But come on, on a Hunting rifle you (Savage) as a company are going to send out a hunting rifle with a 1.25lb trigger. Are you crazy? I usually like a 2.5-3lb trigger on my hunting rifles. A little light for a hunter for some peoples tastes but I am used to it and feel safe with it. But as a major rifle manufacturer is it really a good idea to send out your hunting (specific) rifles with that light of a trigger?
Third - The Accutrigger would get hung up. I cycled the bolt to test the trigger the first time and that was how I found out that the trigger pull was so lite. That was when I had the shop owner grab a scale to test it. So we tested it three times and took an average. 1.25lbs, WOW But back to the accutrigger problem. I cylced the bolt a second time, no problem, then a third time and it locked up. It felt like the accutrigger was hitting the metal portion of the trgger itself and locking itself out from being able to travel between the opening in the center of the trigger. So I checked closely to see if that was what was happening. Nope. No such luck. the accutrigger just wouldn't budge. I removed the bolt and tried it again. Worked fine. So I cycled the bolt and checked again. Out of ten attepts it happened another 4 times. No idea what was going on there. Nor did the gunsmith/store owner.
ok, at this point I'm thinking three strikes and you are out. but it gets worse. Now if this was the Axis line then maybe I can over look a couple of these faults. But this is nowhere near the bottom of the Savage line in quality or price!
Fouth - the camo dip on it was bad. There were white spots where the camo did not get down into the checkering on the stock. And other parts where it just looked like the camo job was done very hastily without taking the time to make sure that it was done properly. There were about 8 or so spots where the camo did not adhere to the stock. Ok so maybe I'm being picky. But when I'm paying that much for a rifle I do not want one that looks like it was made by a inexperienced or careless factory worker.
Fifth - the recoil pad was installed incorrectly. Now I have seen a number of botched recoil pad installs. Hell I have even received a horrible recoil pad install myself. So maybe I'm a little sensitive about the issue because of my past experiences in this department. But this one was installed about 1/4 inch too low. It has a 1/4 inch gap at the top and it stuck out by 1/4 inch at the bottom. How does shite like this leave the factory and not get picked up by quality control? I just don't understand it!
6th - The Savage Arms website lists this rifle as coming with a detachable box magazine. The one I received today had a blind magazine. Meaning no detachable magazine. No BDL style opening bottom metal either. It was a fixed ADL style set up. This is NOT what I ordered. I used the exact SKU from the Savage website and gave that to my gun shop to use for the order. The SKU on the box of the rifle that showed today matched the SKU from the website. The one that showed up today was the correct SKU. But did not have the detachable magazine! WTF?
I fell in love with this rifle after much deliberation and after a couple long threads on this site discussing the choice of this rifle over a Remington 700 and a Howa. Now I'm wondering if I made the wrong discussion.
I have heard of people getting Savages that were extremely accurate, and some that were not so accurate. But I have not heard stories of people getting a very poorly rifle. But I also never researched the subject. I never thought Savage would allow such a poorly made rifle to pass quality control at the factory. Maybe they just don't have a quality control department. If they do you couldn't prove it by what I saw today.
I had the owner send the rifle back and have a new one sent out. But I have lost a good deal of confidence in Savage as a company. What do you all think I should do? What would you do? Should I be worried? Should I even consider staying with Savage for this new rifle?« Last Edit: Yesterday at 11:15 AM by 00Scot