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#7188857 - 12/15/12 10:19 PM Re: Tell me about the Savage/Anschutz M54 Sporters [Re: JeffG]
xgboy Offline
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Registered: 11/05/03
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Great thread, gentlemen. Just couldn't remain lurking in the bushes. Clearly, many of us suffer (enjoy) the same rimfire affliction. I presently house and feed four SA 54s. (A fifth was sacrificed for textbook money in the 70s. Still, I weep...) All are in the skip-line, roll-over, configuration. I like the looks of the conservative low-combs, but shoot mine better. (Better cheekweld with scopes.) All have been in long rifle, except for the lone .22Mag that has been my favorite companion in the squirrel woods since1970ish. All are sub-minute with their favorite loads. (All shoot groups up to four times larger with disfavored ammo. You simply must experiment!) I have, or had, 52Sporters, Kimbers, Sakos, et al., but still most often choose a 54 when the harem is summoned. The earlier rifles, as noted, are older, rarer, and more more painful in the purchase, but have not proven any better shooters (variations on perfection?). BTW, the Savage-marked rifles tend to be priced lower thanidentical "pure" Anschutz models. Also, the current Anschutz production is MUCH more expensive, even though now lacking the banded sights and that beautiful sculptured trigger guard. I don't believe you will be displeased with a good condition SA 54. (BTW, still lusting after a full-stocked 1730 series. Just unwilling to ante-up...) Pax

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#7195167 - 12/17/12 12:26 PM Re: Tell me about the Savage/Anschutz M54 Sporters [Re: xgboy]
tjm10025 Offline
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Registered: 06/28/05
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Loc: Central IN

xgboy:

I know it's been 9 years, but ...

welcome to the 'Fire.
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"The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken." - Bertrand Russell, 1912

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#7197411 - 12/17/12 09:21 PM Re: Tell me about the Savage/Anschutz M54 Sporters [Re: tjm10025]
xgboy Offline
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Registered: 11/05/03
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Thanks TJM. Some are merely, uh, um slow to commit.?. This 54 thread dragged me, resisting, from beneath my favorite rock. Drop your guard for an instant... I''ve been a regular shooter since age seven, like most, beginning with a .22 single shot. Probably even chose a law enforcement career because I thought it might involve free ammo. (Only very partially correct.) While I spend more time and lucre heating up centerfire rifles and handguns, rimfire time is somehow more 'pure' shooting. A day afield with a 54Annie is always exciting, instructional, satisfying. Supremely accurate sporters, the 54s can claim the bragging shots - leaving me to assume full responsibility for the misses. They are nearly pure target lineage, with accommodations for the woods. The .22 WMR, using 'solids' is a magnificent performer on bushy-tailed tree rats and other edibles. Sadly, it has been driven from the product line by the .17s, alas. In the woods, its added range and impact over the long rifle is all one can ask (or use, really). In the hickories, if you can see that perfect shot, the 54 can make it - leaving me as the only uncertain element. No, this old Boy Scout has never outgrown a really good rimfire, and the 54 Anschutz may well be the best. Well, I AM prejudiced... Pax

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