You would expect nothing less than a well designed long rifle that the design is decades old from the well-known Savage Arms Company. The Savage 64F is a treasure to have in your gun collection. It is easy to use, extremely reliable and accurate while remaining lightweight. The Savage 64F is a 22 caliber long rifle with a 10 round capacity semi-automatic that only weighs 5 pounds. This paired with the accuracy, reliability and price point make this a great small game, target or can be used as beginner’s rifle.
A great rifle to get out in the woods to small game hunt with a synthetic stock that is checkered on the handle and pistol grip and a narrow build helps this to be a comfortable grip not only for younger hunters but also women with smaller hands but not excluding larger hands for an ergonomic hold. The free-floating blued carbon steel barrel is 21 inches long giving the overall length of 40 inches has a dovetail scope rear sight with height adjustments and a front site with adjustment for drifting crafted as an accurate and reliable rifle.
Easy to use
Very limited aftermarket customization options
Magazine clip needs to be upgraded
The reliability along with the accuracy make the Savage 64F a top choice for small game hunting. The 10 magazine semi-automatic is not a match for game on the move as there is hardly any kickback and being semi-auto there is very small movement between firing helping to keep you on target and able to move with your game as it moves.
The dovetailed rear sight paired with the front open sight work allows for accuracy without the need for a lot of adjustments like additional scopes may require. Some small game and beginner users of the rifle feel the front open site blends in with it being the same blued steel color as the barrel. A suggestion would be to paint the front open sight with a little white paint or a brighter color that will help make quick eye contact for alignment on your target. This inexpensive option might help to help with a quick reaction to a moving target or maybe a beginner using it for target practice.
The Savage 64F has an ergonomically built stock with checkering allowing for a comfortable and secure grip. The checkered texture on the fore-end along with the slimline build allows for a firm non-slip grip for better control and barrel support.
If you are someone that likes to add a lot of aftermarket support to your firearms this gun is not the rifle to do that with. There are some items but really this rifle is a stand alone great rifle with tested accuracy for the price is hard to compare.
The primary accessory that is highly recommended is the a black magazine compared to the aluminum. The aluminum magazine when inserting tends to have a stick or scrape to it. Those that do use the aluminum solve the problem with applying oil regularly. It is an inexpensive purchase will allow for ease of insert, better wear on the rifle and a more reliable loading of ammunition. The reliability once switched to the black magazine went to 100% even with a high level of rounds up to 500 never getting a misfire.
A few more expensive types of ammunition where tested including tactical bullets all with very similar. The tactical bullets used did have a very accurate and a little tighter grouping at further distances but if you are looking for a fun day at the range the less expensive 22 caliber standard bullet will work just fine. An additional note is that if you stay with the aluminum magazine and use a higher grade ammunition it did not have hardly any misfires. If you do upgrade the magazine to the black style there was no misfires with any type of ammunition used.
Knowing the above will make loading and use of your rifle easier. The first step is to check that your rifles safety is on and the chamber is clear. The next step is to load your magazine with ammunition of your choice and insert the magazine into place (keeping in mind of the magazine release lever). Once the magazine is in place, push the charge lever forward. Be sure to check for your surrounding area and when it is safe and you are ready flip the safety lever. You can now get your grip, aim and shoot. It really is that simple.
The 64F is a safe gun to start a new user to teach basic gun safety such as safe carrying, this gun is lightweight so it gets a new user familiar and comfortable with the movement and feel of handling a gun. The easy forward charger helps to get the user accustomed to clearing and inspecting the chamber. There is not a lot of extras required on this so it is a great training tool for teaching gun fundamentals.
As with any firearm safety is always important not just with the safe handling of the gun such as carrying the gun with no ammunition loaded and with the safety on but also using safety equipment. Protective eye and ear wear should always be worn. The 64F model does have two swivel mounts to attach a shoulder strap which is advised when having to carry a gun through the woods and rough terrain, allowing your hands to be free for balance.
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The standard features of the 21” steel barrel and synthetic stock for a total gun weight of 5 pounds allow those with a smaller frame to use the rifle easily at the same time someone with a taller frame gets a firm grip that is comfortable. All skill levels from the first time users of firearms to the true marksman can attest this rifle is a true value without the high price tag you would expect.
You will not be disappointed to have this in you your gun collection for whatever you prefer to use it for it will be a dependable choice that will last you through years of use without a lot of care needed.