Considering,I have a whole bunch of Savage rifle's-JonM does have a good point. Savage rifle's made before 1988 were known to be cheap/not so good rifles.
But the rifle's that were produced after the bankruptcy of the company have been some of the best shooting factory rifles made.
All Savage rifles were a 110 model (Long Action's) until 1998,that's when they started making the Short Action receivers-Model 10/11/12/14/16. But the 110 models that shot short action calibers were/are very good shooting rifles.
The only bad actions that I've ever known Savage to make,were the one's with the factory mounts cast on the action.These were known to be horrible,the mounts almost always got twisted when the action's were heat treated,and you couldn't get a scope sighted in because of it.
The only way to solve this problem was to have a gunsmith machine the bases off the action,and the drill/tap the receiver for standard scope bases,and that process cost as much as the rifle did brand new in most cases.
Its the period before the bankruptcy and the few years after until they got their collective heads out that you need to avoid.
Since its hard to determine exactly when and if a certain savage is a bad one i recommend only getting known newer ones. There are some good ones that are older out there but there are a lot of bad ones too. Its a crap shoot when it comes to older savage rifles.
The current production guns are top notch even though ive personally had not such good luck with their cs folks and both savages i bought were not assembled correctly out of the factory, once fixed they are simply fabulous guns.
My model 10fcpsr came out of the factory with an over torqued barrel nut and a bent firing pin. Savage blamed it on bad ammo...
There is a post i made regarding this stuff in depth if your interested something along the lines of savage model 10 fcpsr the good bad and ugly.
I also bought a savage 22 bolt action that had the accutrigger trigger assembly put together incorrectly. It functioned sometimes but would activate the trigger safety on occasion when closing the bolt. Took it apart stripped down the trigger and thought the tension spring for adjusting the accutrigger was gone. It had been stuffed up into the sear area and was binding in there. Fixed thatand it works great.
While i have personally had issues with their assembly practices i still highly recommend the guns. Im just a magnet for any flawed sample of a product or crappy cs representative.
Im a fan of savage rifles mainly because of the quality of the product if not the quality of assembly. They are super super super easy to work on with ready availabilty of parts