I remember when the Savage rifles were considered a poor mans rifle. I remember when the Savages cost half the price of all the other mass produced American made rifles. I will admit that none of the bad things said about them ever kept me from using them. I have just about always had a cheap Savage behind the seat in the truck and even though my truck gun was always the most abused and neglected gun in the stable I never had problem one with them.
I have noticed Savage's tupperware stocks as I have also noticed the same quality stocks on the factory Rugers, Remingtons,Tikkas and the rest. The Savages do have plastic magazine followers in their new guns but I have to admit that of all of my rifles my new Savage feeds shells the smoothest of them all (a close second is a cheap Marlin XL7 in 270).
The biggest thing that I have noticed is that the Savages can no longer be considered a poor mans rifle. I just looked at Gunbroker.com and did a search on Savages in the 308 offering. The first page had 44 Savage bolt action rifles on it. The total value (asking or starting bid price) on those 44 rifles combined was $39,463 or an average price of $869. Of the 44 guns 13 were priced over $900 and of those 13 guns 9 were priced over $1400 with 4 of them being in excess of $2000. Who'da thunk it?