I bought this in 223 cal about 7 months ago and it was easy to zero in. Have really only target practiced out to about 100 yards but it puts all 5 in a 2 inch target with no problem. I bought the Axis that came with the scope because it was only $10 more for the scope. I will replace the scope down the road but works great for now. I am sure the gun will perform better than I can shoot so I am thrilled with it, and just breaking the $300 mark with a scope is a great deal. I may try a 308 or 270 next.
this Gun as I knew for the reputation of savage was amazing out of the box. I received this as a gift for Christmas. it's beautiful and simple. I put on a bushnell 4x16x40 illuminated mildot scope and just got it sighted for 75 yards doing some calculations soon to take it to the 200 yd. range. at 75 we put 5 rounds through the same hole. spend the money on a good scope! also the shooter has to know how to shoot a high powered rifle consistently. no one begins a high end marksman. With time though this gun could beat out some of the upper range competition when handled well with the right optics