I'm a HUGE fan of Marlin micro-groove barrels. I've owned 2 Marlin 22mag's and both were very accurate rifles. Hard to beat 200 bucks for a MOA 22 with zero mods.
You can work the trigger (the biggest complaint on the marlin) for all of a buck, or you can get the rifle basix trigger for 70. I opted for reworking myself and there are others on this board that will tell you the trigger after 20 minutes of work is NIIIIICE. I'll be doing the trigger on Bloodhound's 17 soon (as soon as he brings the dang thing over...)
I've never used the savage - and the accu trigger is a desireable feature.
A few years back I bought a Marlin 925 bolt action 22LR. It's really an accurate little rifle. I did find the factory rear sight was poor in that it would have a tendency to move left or right very easy. (It's one of those buck-horn sights with a long spring steel. The sight stays in the barrel fine...but with the long spring steel, the buck-horn sight can be easily moved from left to right just being brushed up against your clothing.)
I replaced the factory rear sight with a Lyman folding leaf sight. This little sight will go right into the Marlin barrel and is adjustable for height and windage...and won't move once you have it where you want it.
Or, if your going to scope it.....then don't even worry about the open sights.
I have a Marlin 22 mag. As accurate as I can shoot. I've also had a Savage .17hmr. The only reason I could see buying a Savage over a Marlin is for the accu trigger. That said, I still own the Marlin, The Savage is gone. I don't miss the Savage, but I miss that trigger.
For the same price as a Savage or Marlin you can pick up a good used Remington 581(or close to it in price). Look around for one. The Remington is a better rifle. And they are out there. Just take your time. I just bought a nice used lefty. Tom.
My Rem. is a 582 good gun to me but my Marlin 22mag gets out more and it shoot great stainless mod.882 4x12x40 i will do something with trigger sometime but for now i don't want to mess with it,I'm gonna say best 22 i've ever had....later
I am picking up the Marlin 981TS from Cabelas Saturday. It is a bolt action with tubular magazine and synthetic stock and stainless steel barrel. $30 coupon brings it to $219. Thanks everyone that replied.