Originally Posted by 1985 4Runner
HArd to go wrong with either of your choices.
When the .17 HMR first came out I wanted a Marlin badly. My small dealer couldn't get through Marlins "Preference System" to get one. But, he could get a Savage 93R17FV in stock. So I settled for the Savage. It's a pre accutrigger 93R17FV, heavy barrel synthetic stock.
Great rifle I had a bit of problems with vertical stringing in my shot groups so I glass bedded the action and that solved it. Now it consistently shoots 3/4" or smaller groups at 100 yards. Shooting squirrels, if I can see them and they stay still for more then a couple of seconds, they die.
I think I would have been equally happy with the Marlin.