I bought a new Stevens 200 in 308. Probably the same barrel as your Savage. It took a while to break it in and the group tightened up, but I can shoot 1 MOA with 2 and sometimes 3 shots and then it starts to open up. This is a great hunting rifle because it always hits dead center bull the first shot, the second shot usually touches the first at 10 oclock and the third is about 1/2 inch away at 11 oclock. If you cant hit them the first or second shot, pack it up and hit the range. I was disappointed when I got it but with a cold barrel it will shoot as good as any gun I have and better than most. It likes 150 Coreloks and hates Winchester white box, federals are OK. It also likes to be clean.
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