The .22 rimfire rifle is often considered a “starter gun,” as it is usually the first firearm with which young shooters gain hands-on experience. That’s because its rimfire design delivers very little in the way of recoil, which means novices can spend the time required to gain critical skills, such as basic marksmanship and safe handling, without having to endure the shock of harsh recoil common to larger, more powerful centerfire rounds. In addition, most rimfire models are affordably priced and therefore within easy reach of a wide number of people. Another key attraction is the ammo itself; it is inexpensive and readily obtainable.

As a result, when the topic of a precision shooting platform comes up for discussion, the rimfire is often left out of the conversation. Savage, however, is dedicated to changing the notion that the .22 is just “kid stuff.” The manufacturer has long believed in the rimfire experience, and it has now created a pair of sophisticated, accurate rifle lines that reflect the company’s commitment to accuracy and precision. Each is designed to take your rimfire shooting to an entirely new level.

A22 Precision

The A22 Precision sports a heavy threaded barrel that rides above a Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) chassis. This one-piece unit is machined from billet aluminum. It’s a rock-solid base that helps the semi-auto rifle achieve extraordinary accuracy. The stock is adjustable for length of pull and comb height, both of which allow a shooter to custom-fit the rifle to their body and preferred shooting position. Other features include an oversize charging handle, one-piece Picatinny rail, an 18-inch threaded barrel with flush cap, and a 10-round detachable rotary magazine.

To further enhance accuracy, the A22 Precision comes with Savage’s famed AccuTrigger, a design that allows you to adjust the trigger pull without having to take a trip to a gunsmith.

B Series Precision

Savage built the B Series rifles to take full advantage of rimfire rounds. From the old favorite .22 LR to the punch of the .22 WMR, the B Series delivers topnotch performance. But Savage has never liked standing pat, and its engineers wanted to expand the performance capabilities of the platform. The result is the B Series Precision. B Series Precision bolt-action rimfire rifles are available in three models (the B22 Precision, .22 LR; the B17 Precision, .17 HMR; and the B22 Precision, .22 WMR). All feature a custom one-piece Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) chassis machined from billet 6061-T6 aluminum. The design creates a stable base that further enhances accuracy. This chassis is lightweight and compact, and the V-shaped bedding and free-floated forend further help the rifle achieve a significant improvement in accuracy. The rifle is finished with black Cerakote, a ceramic-based coating that, among other qualities, improves the rifle’s abrasion and corrosion resistance.

The stock is adjustable for length of pull and comb height, allowing the shooter to create a custom fit. The heavy threaded barrel is 18 inches long and comes with a flush cap. A one-piece Picatinny rail allows for the installation of optics, and the detachable rotary magazine has a 10-round capacity. The B Series Precision also benefits from Savage’s acclaimed AccuTrigger, which lets the shooter adjust trigger pull from 1.5 to 5 pounds.

This rifle would be a good candidate for a shooter interested in participating in a precision rimfire shooting match. These matches are a fast-growing segment of the shooting sports; they offer the thrill of spirited competition, but with ammo that is far more affordable and available than some of the more exotic cartridges seen at centerfire precision matches. Since some of these shooters are now ranging out to 200 to 300 yards—distances unheard of in rimfire circles a generation ago–they need gear that can deliver the goods. Rest assured; the Savage B Series Precision line is up to the challenge. Think of it this way: in essence you’re getting a custom rifle right from the factory, one that is ready to go right out of the box.

There’s more good news. Rifles with performance features similar to those found on the A22 Precision and the B Series Precision models often carry high price tags. But Savage didn’t go that route; the A22 Precision and the B Series Precision are priced to be within easy reach of most shooters. At $599, they offer superb performance without breaking the bank.