As you probably already know, the lines blur between Springfield, Stevens, and Savage. They made a lot of decent, utlity grade rifles- many a first gun bore the name on yours. They shoot as well as most shooters that are not into benchrest competion, and would make a great first rifle for a young'un. While they have not had the collector's interest of some other brands, they were durable, reliable entry level firearms. Getting parts is starting to be a problem for many of the older rifles- but simpler ones can me made with a little patience. My sons started with single shot bolt guns.