That said, when you see the performance of a rifle like the Savage, which grouped every type of ammo very well (and earned our "Editor's Choice" for this test in the process), you know you've got a shooter that deserves to be called the best in its class. But just what do the results of the Savage test actually tell us? Consistently small groups (the Savage's 18 five-shot groups averaged 0.743 inches) can come only from a rifle with everything working as it should. That means that not only are all the various components-trigger, bolt, receiver, stock, barrel, etc.-well-designed and well-built, but they are all functioning properly in relation to each other. A world-class barrel doesn't do you any good if it has been cross-threaded into the receiver. Likewise, a poor stock-to- action fit will ruin your dreams of bughole groups.