January 13, 2020
By Brad Fitzpatrick
From their innovative barrel-nut system to the revolutionary AccuTrigger and AccuStock, Savage consistently tests the limits of hunting rifle performance. Last year, Savage added the AccuFit system to select Model 110 rifles and, in doing so, offered shooters a level of customizability that had never been available on hunting rifles before. Traditionally, bolt-actions have come with a standard comb height and length of pull and those dimensions were based on average-size shooters. Buyers who didn’t fall into the “average” size category had three options: purchase an aftermarket stock, take the rifle to a gunsmith for adjustments, or live with an ill-fitting gun.
Since the AccuFit system offers five different comb risers and four length-of-pull (LOP) spacers, it’s fast and easy to customize a new Savage 110 rifle using nothing more than a screwdriver. After removing the dense rubber recoil pad, it’s simple to access both the comb riser and LOP spacer. By selecting the proper comb height, shooters can improve their cheek-to-stock weld and their eye will naturally align with the optic, allowing for faster target acquisition and improving comfort. The comb inserts slip securely into place on the molded stock, so there’s no rattle or movement from the stock.
Once the proper comb insert is in place, shooters can select from four different length of pull spacers. Rifles with appropriate lengths-of-pull allow the shooter to better manage recoil and improves sight picture. What’s more, a rifle with proper LOP improves trigger discipline because hand and finger placement are more consistent. Once the comb and LOP spacer(s) are in place and the recoil pad is secure, the shooter has a custom-fit rifle that will help improve their performance on the range and in the field.
Savage currently offers more than a dozen models with the AccuFit System including left-hand models. The stock spacers increase length of pull from 13 to 14 inches in ¼-inch increments, and the five comb risers offer 5/8 of an inch in comb height variation in 1/8-inch increments.
AccutFit System on the Hunt
Pronghorn antelope have the best eyes of any North American big game species and hunting them requires stealth and accurate shooting. On my last pronghorn hunt in Wyoming, I was carrying a Savage 110 Predator rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor, and since the rifle was equipped with an AccuFit stock, I was able to make the required adjustments for a perfect fit. I have a long neck and long arms, and as such most off-the-shelf rifles (which have LOPs from 13 ¼ to 13 ½ inches and a flat comb) don’t fit me properly, requiring me to bend my arm sharply to reach the trigger and crane my head to establish a solid cheek weld. With the 110 Predator, I was able to expand the LOP and raise the comb height so that the gun fit me naturally, and it didn’t require a lot of antelope-scaring movement to get in position behind the rifle.
The band of antelope we were watching that afternoon split in half, and I was scanning the sagebrush flats below for a half-dozen or so missing goats. There was a buck on the near edge of the herd; I ranged him at 290 yards, which is an easy shot for the Savage 110 6.5 Creedmoor. But moments before there had been another, larger buck with him. Where had he gone?
It turned out the missing antelope had worked their way up a narrow draw beside me and suddenly appeared 150 yards to my right. There was no time to waste since I was lying exposed on the flat, grassy plateau and knew that the roving eyes of the antelope herd would soon spot me. Swinging a quarter-circle in the grass, I managed to retain my position on the stock, catching the buck in the crosshairs just as he cleared the herd of does. I could already see the other antelope had spotted me and were starting to run, but I had just enough time to squeeze the AccuTrigger and the buck went down.
Successful hunters expect the most from their gear, and the Savage 110 with AccuFit performs. Conditions in the field likely won’t be optimal, and you need a gun that fits you properly in case you need to make a last-minute adjustment as I did in Wyoming. Would that buck have gotten away if I hadn’t been able to get in the rifle and shoot as quickly as I did? It’s hard to say, but the one thing that was for sure, the AccuFit stock improved my odds of making a fast, accurate shot, and that’s exactly what was required to fill my tag.
What About Wood Stocks?
There are still plenty of shooters who appreciate the look and feel of a traditional wood stock, and Savage hasn’t forgotten about them. Following the antelope hunt, I tested the new Savage 110 Classic, the beautiful walnut-stocked version of the 110 that pays homage to the great Savage guns of years past. When you look more closely at the 110 Classic, however, you realize that Savage has added a number of high-tech, modern features to this traditional-looking turnbolt rifle.
One of those features is the flexibility of the AccuFit design in a configuration that will appeal to wood stock fans. Like its polymer-stocked mates, the 110 Classic allows the shooter to adjust comb height and length-of-pull, but unlike the traditional AccuFit design, the Classic’s comb and stock expand on two metal rods that allow the shooter to change stock dimensions with the touch of a button. Once the comb and stock dimensions are properly adjusted, the unit locks into place, offering instant customization without detracting from the gun’s classic styling. Once I had tuned the stock to fit my frame, I began shooting sub-MOA groups at 100 yards. What’s more, the gun was comfortable to shoot and easy to control. The 110 Classic proves that – with enough time, energy, and ingenuity – a company like Savage can build a gun that reflects on rifles past without sacrificing the shootability of modern rifles.
AccuFit System – A Game Changer
The Savage 110 has forever changed the hunting rifle market, and as the many loyal fans of the 110 will tell you, this American-made turnbolt is good and getting even better. The addition of the AccuFit makes the Savage 110 even more of a standout in the crowded field. You can customize your Savage rifle for a perfect fit, and you can just as quickly configure the same gun to fit someone else.
Never has a hunting rifle been so flexible and offered so many features. I suppose that’s part of the reason why the American-made Savage 110 remains a favorite choice of even the most serious hunters.
For more information about Savage 110 rifles with the AccuFit System, visit www.savagearms.com.
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