Shooting With Jim Hammond Savage Model 12 .223

Savage Model 12 .223 Varminter with BSA Platinum 36X44 Scope and full length Sunshield

I have people ask me, "what is your favorite gun" and my reply is "ALL OF THEM" but this Savage Model 12 is up there in the top one or two for all around FUN TO SHOOT. This rifle shoots as straight as a laser light, is easy to clean, is built like a tank as far as durability, has a solid bolt when it closes, the  AccuTriggertrigger is fantastic, has almost no felt recoil, is beautiful and you can shoot it all day for not a whole lot of money. AND with the right load can shoot 3 shots and make one hole.

This rifle has brought me many hours of Fun Shooting and reloading in search of the perfect bullet for this rifle. I have tried about a 1/2  dozen different powders, 15 or 20 different bullets and a few different primers. And to date I have found a few loads that I have been happy with but I am still in search of the perfect load.

This one has a 1 in 7 inch twist, which allows me to shoot heavier bullets, up to 80 grain.  I tried a few 90 grain and had poor performance with them, so stick to bullets in the 65 to 80 grain weight and you should have good success.

Below is one that has made it to my acceptable loads for this Savage Model 12 Varminter in .223. I shot several factory loads and the best that I shot out of this gun was the Hornady 223 Rem 75 gr TAP® FPD™, with groups in the 3/4 to 1 inch at 100 yards.

Distance in Yards

100

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

21.2 grains

Primer

CCI Small Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

Sierra Match King 9377  77grain

Temperature

85 degrees

Wind

Light

Group Size Inches

0.75 inches

 

Distance in Yards

100

Powder Type

Ramshot TAC

Powder Weight

21.2 grains

Primer

CCI Small Rifle

Case

Winchester

Bullet

Sierra Match King 9377  77grain

Temperature

85 degrees

Wind

Light

Group Size Inches

0.75 inches

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Savage 12 Series Varmint

Model 12 Varminter Low Profile – with AccuTrigger
Action
Short
Caliber
223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 204 Ruger, 243 Win., 308 Win. and 300 WSM
Overall Length
46.25"
Barrel Length
26"
Weight
10 lbs
Magazine Capacity
4 rounds
Stock
Dual pillar bedded, low profile, laminated stock with extra-wide beavertail forend
Sights
Drilled and tapped for scope mounts 
Rifling Rate of Twist
223 Rem (1 in 9” or 1 in 7”) 
204 Ruger (1 in 12”) 
22-250 Rem (1 in 12” or 1 in 9” 
243 Win (1 in 9.25”) 
308 Win (1 in 10”) 
300 WSM (1 in 10”)
Features
AccuTrigger™, oversized bolt handle, stainless barreled action, heavy fluted, free-floating and button-rifled barrel, detachable box magazine and swivel studs.
Suggested Retail
$991.00 - All calibers except WSM calibers
Suggested Retail
$1031.00 - WSM calibers only
   
TAC
Ramshot TAC is a versatile rifle powder that performs well in a number of different calibers. TAC has the ability to provide some of the industry's highest velocities for 80 grain bullets in the .223 caliber while maintaining SAAMI pressure guidelines. TAC is a double-based powder providing for ease of metering and consistent charge weights.
Ideal Calibers:
.223 Rem, 308 Win
Bulk Density (grams/liter) 985
Packaged in 1lb. and 8lb. containers.

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