Originally Posted by GSR Fan
The Ruger American has a common problem of having pronounced machining ridges on it bolt that make a loud noise while working the bolt. The savage does not have that problem.
The savage has a much better stock compared to the plastic of the American.
The detachable magazine on the Savage is metal not plastic like the Ruger and doesn't have the plastic tab that makes the gun useless if it breaks off.
The Nikon compares closely to the Vortex in terms of quality.
You have a better chance of getting a more accurate barrel with the savage. They put their money in their barrels. That barrel is the same as the ones on the more expensive models. The more expensive models have upgraded stocks, bolts, fittings, metal finish, etc., but that same barrel until you get into the long range models.
For ammo look at Federal Fusion 308, its bonded and opens consistently at all velocities. The accubond is very accurate but had a reputation for failure to open in light skinned game. But in a 308 the cheap Remington Corelokt has an outstanding reputation if you want a great performer you can find cheap at Walmart.
Savage magazines are awful. I have to take mine off bench and slam it home.
Nikon I'd ok. But it is a cheap scope. You can really tell at dusk.
But working up hand loads I am down to 5/8, with my first ladder.
I don't trust it though. I have had feeding and firing problems.