I have been shooting .22lr for about the last year or so out of a Savage Mk II F to get rifle basics down and not break the bank. I am considering selling it and picking up another Savage but in .17HMR. I have read that they are more accurate, especially @ 100 yards, than the .22lr.
As far as the quality of the Savages, I have no complaints. They are probably the best bang for the buck in the "starter rifle" market.
Savage makes a good gun. The 17 HMR is a super flat shooting round and accurate.
The downfalls are too many for me to keep the one I had or get another one. They are loud. Think centerfire rifle loud. They are not reloadable. The bores foul quickly and lose accuracy when they do. A bore snake is your friend with them.