The thing that people don’t seem to realize is that:
a) most military guns will be 2 MOA and under,
b) most people, when not shooting off the bench, can’t shoot 1 MOA,
c) most modern rifles under $1K are, quite frankly, of poor quality.
When I look at what a 03A3 can do with a two-groove barrel and ball ammo... it’s quite respectable. The rifle is durable as a rock and there are parts galore for the thing... available all over the place.
You and I sir are in agreement.
Although, with the accutrigger and accustock, some of the sub $1K Savages are capable of producing decent accuracy at practical distances.
I have a .223 Predator Max with a Nikon M-223 3-12x on it that is (with my current eyes) pretty good.