Savage Model 212 and 220
Savage did as Savage always does when it created the original Model 210. It created a reliable, accurate rifle at an affordable price. That early bolt-action slug gun has since evolved into the 12 gauge Model 212 and 20 gauge Model 220. Each is based on the proven Savage 110 action, with a 22-inch rifled barrel and a two-round detachable box magazine. The barrel is locked into the action with a unique locking nut found on all Savage bolt-action rifles. This nut ensures a perfect barrel-to-action fit. Best of all, it comes standard with the Savage AccuTrigger, which is worlds ahead of any trigger you’ll find on a pump or auto.
Best Fit: The 212 and 220 shotguns are perfect for the accuracy junky not wanting to drop the change needed for a custom or top-end rig. You should be able to find any of the configurations for less than $600, although my local gun shop sells the 220 in the mid-$400 range. Many hunters are buying into the capabilities of the 20 gauge slug for deer. If you buy a bolt action, you’ll surely appreciate the 20 gauge’s lesser recoil.