I hear ya. I've got a few of each kind that are affordable and usually they all have a model or two that shoot really well and a few that you just have to shake your head at
The only Rugers I have at the moment - M77 Mark ll stainless with a skeleton stock 30 06
- mini 14 rancher
- 10/22 deluxe
- 10/22 standard with barrel band
10/22's are good and alot of fun but my old Winchester 72/22 is better
mini 14 what can I say. there was no expectations there but what a blast to shoot
M77 Mark ll only has 2 boxes of shells through it and is starting to shoot sub 1". These barrels are suppost to break in with use?
As for Savage I only got a model 11 in 243 that will not group under 1" no way no how. Like yourself everyone I talk to all say that Savage is better than that. Tried different bullets and different weights to no effect yet. Maybe it's like a Ruger and the barrel needs breaking in? Was going to try reloading some to see if I could find something more stable but I picked up a pre 64 Winchester model 70 featherweight that groups 1/2" with factory ammo.
I'm really happy with my Weatherby's accuracy wise but cry everytime I have to buy the ammo
Again it's going to come down to reloading. Got all the stuff to do it but just haven't made the time to do it.
The only Tikka I have is a T3 lite stainless in 308. Was really surprised by the thump it gives when shooting 165g Hornady light magnum ammo. Was thinking that the M65 was heavier than the T3 and so would better absorb the thump. When I was at the local gun shop this afternoon the guy says that the T3 has better accuracy. Maybe newer is better this time.