I have been a fan of the Savage, especially in recent years, with the advent of the Accustock and Accutrigger it becomes quite a inclusive package. I currently have two Savage rifles that I use in competitions as well as when I am on duty. I use to be a die-hard Remington fan, however for an out-of-the-box rig, the Savage is the way to go.
The 7.62x39mm is definitely not a choice for an all around performer. Even though it may look decent on paper, ammunition production methods for this cartridge mean that alot of the vailable bargain ammunition is inconsistent, making it necessary to purchase quality main stream ammunition. Unless you load your own, bullet composition is generally not quality construction.
I will stick to my low BC values of my 308 and 338 Lapua loadws.
While I might not be interested in this cartridge for myself, its light recoil characteristics and low prices on ammunition lend it to a possible role as a youth model rifle. Or just an economical plinker for those wanting to do so. I am glad to see other chamberings being offered.
just my $.02