Savage Launching B-Series Bolt-Action Rifles – SHOT Show 2017

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Three of Savage’s new B-Series. (Photo: Massaro)

B-Series pricing runs in the $300 to $400 range. (Photo: Massaro)

They are accurate with target crowns and triggers. (Photo: Massaro)

Overview

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.

Ambidextrous tang-mounted safety. (Photo: Massaro)

The stock has a raised cheekpiece. (Photo: Massaro)

The receiver is drilled and tapped for optics. (Photo: Massaro)

Every B-Series rifle uses the AccuTrigger. (Photo: Massaro)

Specifications

They use the same A-Series magazines. (Photo: Massaro)

  • 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

Impressions

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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  • Buck Ofama March 3, 2017, 11:37 pm

    OMG, those things are FUGLY! Used to love Savage, but since they don’t use the Indian Head logo anymore and apparently they’ve also scrapped their great slogan “Savage Arms, The Definition of Accuracy” I’ve no doubt bought my last Savage. Didn’t help also that the last rifle I bought of theirs (12FV) I had to send back to factory for a replacement bolt. Covered under warranty but cost me damn near $50 to ship the damn thing (thanks, UPS!) “Savage Arms, Not What They Used To Be!” (Sounds like a great new slogan!) LOL…

  • Campbell King March 3, 2017, 3:41 pm

    I had an old Savage 22 growing up ..Not accurate..Bought a new Savage 17 a few years ago and traded back after a box..Not accurate..Went back to Marlin and not leaving again..Very accurate 17 and 22…..I ever have another Savage I will shoot it before I buy it.

  • Mike Watkins March 3, 2017, 2:34 pm

    These bolt .22’s look like winners. Savage has been making better than average products (IMO) for some time, but at prices a lot of us consider very reasonable.

    Makes me think I need to invest in Savage. I would bet there are more than a few shooters in Savage’s upper management.

  • WinchesterMan March 3, 2017, 7:47 am

    Wish Savage would make the BTVSS model (heavy bbl stainless with Boyd’s thumb hole laminate stock) in 17 WSM AND 17 Hornet. Use a traditional style magazine instead of the rotary style. Keep side mounted safety of the BTVSS model. I have two in 17 HMR and one in 22lr and they are near perfection. Then Savage could drop that horrible, cheap B MAG in 17 WSM

  • Will Drider March 3, 2017, 1:43 am

    I hate Tang Safeties, you loose grip tension and stability operating them.

    Back before gun talk took place on the internet, it was said that if you took 10 savage rifles and 10 equivalent big name rifles; shot them all and averaged the results: Savage delivered better accuracy. I think this was actually tested and true at the time. Anybody have a reference for this?

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