I have handled the gun, but have not used it. I have a savage 110 and it's a great rifle for the price, but its ugly IMO. Same with the edge, its ugly, but IMO its a great value. Most of the time, you can expect great accuracy except for the "once in a while" gun that will never group anything, which any rifle manufacturer is prone to. If it wasn't for the fact that the bolt is so da*n hard to open after a shot, savage would probably be the #1 gun maker in america. agian, just my opinion.
The bolt is even harder to open after firing than the Savage 110 is. The Edge does shoot well but has a very cheesy plastic bodied clip. It also has a cheesy plastic safety. The wrist of the stock is very thin and you can feel the stock flex at that point. The trigger has about a 6 pound pull but it breaks rather clean. If the Edge is a $300 rifle then the Marlin XL7 should be a $500 rifle. There is that much difference.
I have looked at the Edge but never fired one. I do have a stevens 200 in 223 and it is very accurate. Mine has the grey stock and that is the only thing I do not like about it I see they now have camo stocks for them. It has the blind magazine but for me that is a plus,you can never loose it. Every savage I own is very accurate and have been very reliable also. Take a look at both the Edge and the Stevens 200 both are very resonably priced and should be great for coyotes.
I bought one in 25/06 about a month ago..broke in the barrel with 10 shots and clean method..fireformed 20 cases and then loaded Sierra 117 grain boat tails over some H-4350..the first group put four almost through the same hole and the 5 about 3/4 of an inch away!! Awesome accuracy BUT I CAN'T GET THE CLIP OUT...IT TAKES TWO MEN AND SIX BOYS..JUNK DESIGN if I ever saw one....someone has to come up with some aftermarket design..but for $299...it shot great..
I bought one at Grice's Labor Day sale. It shoots nice and IMO doesn't look that bad. The clip comes out just fine for me. Did a good bit of research on it before I bought it and everything I saw was positive. Really the only downside is that the trigger pull is a little heavy, but you can get an after-market trigger for it that is adjustable.
JaredV thanks for sharing the info on the Savage Edge Trigger.. Good thing to know if you want to replace the factory trigger.
I have a Edge camoed 223..Plan to use it for daytime coyotes, of course chucks, and maybe even deer with a Nosler Partition 60 grainer. It's a nice looking gun...Light nice to carry. Can't yet tell you how mine shoots.
Not my favorite gun I own but it serves it purpose as a gun I can throw in the truck and not worry about. The trigger is heavy and the gun feels cheap but it shoots well. These are the first three shot 100 yard groups I fired out of mine with a load i worked up for another rifle. I haven't had time to see if I can improve them any.