I have a Ruger American Predator in 6.5 CM that I bought on sale several years ago. I put a Nikon Buckmaster scope on it I had on hand with some cheap rings. I wanted to see if I could build something really cheap to give my friend's Ruger Precision Rifle a run for it's money. I was amazed at how accurate that cheap rifle shot. I hate the stock, not fond of the bolt, trigger is ok but it will shoot. HOWEVER for a hunting rifle, I'd probably either take my Ruger #1 or my Winchester M70. Not as accurate but they are both exceptionally reliable. I'll bet the Savage will be a shooter.