If you guys didn't know this I am telling you how to get budget varmint rifle. Cabelas sells a blind box (4+1) 26" heavy barrel varmint rifle called the 12FV for 419.99. Every year during the Black Friday period they offer killer deals on it and have been doing so for about or at least 10yrs. Savage runs a 100.00 rebate on this rifle every year from BF week through Dec 31. However, during the BF weekend they put the 12FV on sale so that once you get your rebate I am paying with taxes 249.99. I have my rifle in hand and it took 7 days from the day I ordered it online to arrive at Cabelas in Bowling Green, KY. I drove in to Cabelas mid week and was out in 15 minutes. No background check cost for long gun you buy in KY because KY does not have a state middle man, they go straight to NICS.
Can you get the 12FV Savage from other dealers other than Cabelas? Yes, sort of,but not with the blind magazine. Savage markets through other retailers a Model 12FCV, same rifle as the 12FV but has detachable box mag. (You can convert a blind mag model to detachable mag for a cost, one that I didn't or don't care about, but it is not complicated but you will need the right stock.) The KEY issue with the 12 FCV is that it cost around 750.00 through Buds, and yes you can get the 100.00 rebate till Dec 31 and get the 12 FCV for around 650.00 minus tax and backhground.
Oddly, the 12 FV is offered in these calibers: 22.250, 223, .204, 308, 6.5 Creedmoor. http://www.cabelas.com/product/SAVAGE-FV-VARMINT-RIFLE/1994604.uts
While the 12FCV only comes in 204, 22-250 and 223. https://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/12FCV but costs in my life a buttload of money.
Differences between the 12FV and 12FCV: http://www.savageshooters.com/showthread.php?44608-Difference-between-12FV-and-12-FCV
Additionally I learned something else. There is this stuff called Rockite and you can easily and cheaply fill the voids of a plastic stock to add weight and stiffen it up.
If the Savage 10/11/12/16 isn't the 1022 of Centerfires I don't what is. I read where some fellas were buying multiple copies of the 12FV, some in all calibers, while others just for the barrels or some just for the actions.
Dolomite is the expert on this forum as far as I know on tuning a Savage bolt gun.
For those who think the Savage 12FV is too "cheap" an action and still wants to switch barrels my bench rest buddies say try this action: https://www.kelbly.com/actions-aluminum-panda.html
Got to thinking - which is usually dangerous. I have a hammer spur extension on my Marlin, and I have a scope on it. I have it facing the right side, and of course they are reversible. But neither side is going to be just right all the time. Does anyone make a double sided hammer spur for the older pre safety models?