Two weeks ago I noticed that one of the guns on my Want List was back in stock at Buds and available for a really good price. Going from memory, I think it was $40 to $50 less than when I last checked on them. Unfortunately, these rifles have been out of stocks for the last few months so I was stoked to see them back in stock at such a great price. Order In!!!
This is a Savage Mark II FV-SR rifle in .22LR. The key features that make this model a little more special than the standard Savage Mark II series rifles are the tactical bolt handle, 16 1/2" threaded barrel, fluted medium heavy barrel, and the Picatinny rail mounted on top of the receiver. Oh, and did I mention that it's BLACK. This baby screams to be dressed up with tactical goodies. I had to oblige.
As some of you may know, adding tactical goodies to anything gets pretty expensive, pretty darn fast. I learned my lesson on my Ruger SR-22 rifle build that it's not hard to end up with more money tied up in the accessories than you paid for the original rifle. I decided to be a bit smarter with this build and do it right, but don't spend money like a drunken sailor.
First stop was at Boyd's for a new stock. Not many options available, which was fine because I only wanted their Tacticool stock. I also ordered new trigger guard and bottom plate hardware. Sad to say, but the Savage trigger guard is molded into the plastic stock. The great news is they had the model I wanted in stock and in my favorite tactical color.....BLACK.
I ordered a few spare mags and a Bi-pod from CDNN. The mags were factory 5 and 10 rounders and the Bi-pod was a cheap-ish model from Shooter's Ridge. I opted for the shortest 6" to 9" adjustable model since I was working with a small footprint rifle.
Last stop was Midway for some UTG max strength QD scope rings and ammo that I will use to test this puppy out when it's done. Over the last week the stuff has been tricking in via the boys in brown that drop by the house from time to time and leave stuff on the porch.
I tried to spend too much money on a scope at Academy's Black Friday sale, but the sweet Leupold Rifleman 3x9 scope they had advertised was long gone by the time I got down to Academy at 7:00am. I knew that deal was too good, so I should have been there at 5am. No worries, I had a Bushnell 3x9 rimfire scope I had purchased locally a few years ago and never got around to putting on my 10/22 so I decided to use it for this project.
It took me about 45 minutes to put all the pieces together and finish my .22 Scout Rifle. What a difference a few extra parts make. The stock is really fantastic and well worth the price that Boyd's charges for their finished stocks. If you have the time and are so inclined you can buy this stock unfinished and paint it yourself. I'm glad I had them do the finishing. The action dropped right in with zero fitting required. The barrel floats freely and a dollar bill easily slides between stock and barrel from the muzzle to the receiver. The $20 UTG rings work really well. The cheapie bi-pod also fits great. I'm actually super excited about getting out and shooting this thing as soon as I possibly can this weekend.
Since I didn't go overboard on the tactical add-ons, I had some money left over to pick up some good .22 ammo to see how accurate this rifle can be. I picked up a pretty good assortment of the expensive stuff and also included a few boxes of ammo that I've always wanted to try that are less expensive. I also raided my stash and found some high dollar match ammo that I've been storing for many years so I guess it's time to shoot that up.
I may post a few targets and let you know how it shoots after I get it out on the range this weekend. If it shoots 1/2 as good as it looks, I will be a happy man.