Savage rifles are great value firearms, and the new B-Series is no exception. With the success of the A-Series semi-automatic rimfires — the new A22 is a particular favorite of mine — the bolt-action B-series makes a lot of sense.
The B-Series uses the same magazines as the A-Series and includes rifles chambered for .22 Long Rifle, .22 Magnum and .17 Hornady Rimfire Magnum. The B-Series includes bolt-action versions of Savage’s model F, FV, FVSS and FV-SR rifles for all three cartridges.
The F and FV models have a matte black finish and carbon steel in sporter and heavy barrel configurations. The FVSS model has a heavy stainless steel barrel while the FV-SR is based on the FV with a suppressor-ready threaded barrel.
Besides the manual action, the new series has a new stock profile with a higher comb for better alignment with a scope and the pistol grip has been revised with more of a vertical, target grip feel. The safety is located centrally on the tang of the stock.
All B-Series rifles come equipped with Savage’s popular and adjustable AccuTrigger for out-of-the-box accuracy. And all of these rifles have drilled and tapped receivers and come with Weaver-style scope mounts.
- Four models in 3 chamberings
- Available in 22 LR, 22 WMR and 17 HMR
- User-adjustable AccuTrigger
- 10-round rotary magazine
- Button-rifled barrel
- Modern, ergonomic composite stock
- Top tang safety
- Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Testing the B-Series at SHOT Show’s Industry Day at the Range, I found the action and accuracy to be more than acceptable, despite the weather conditions; it was a cold and windy day in Nevada, and there was an ample amount of fine dust blowing in the air.
The Savage action handled the grit just fine, and that little .17 HMR gave decent wind deflection performance despite the gusty range conditions.
If you’re looking for an affordable, yet utterly reliable rimfire rifle, the Savage B-Series will make all the sense in the world. Personally, I’d like the .17 HMR in the heavy stainless configuration for hunting small game at longer range. I would also to add another accuratized .22-caliber rimfire rifle to my collection. The B-Series would round out my collection well.
Pricing and Availability
The B-Series is available now at launch. Prices range between $281 and $413 based on the model and cartridge. Real-world prices should be in the $200 to $350 range, which is very economical and competitive. Savage is set on taking on the entry-level rimfire market and at these prices is likely to take a good bite out of it.
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