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Savage Model 110 Rifle

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A new bolt-action high-power sporting rifle noteworthy for its many interesting design features, is now coming off the assembly line of Savage Arms Corporation, Chicopee Falls, Mass. It is the Model 110, offered in .30-’06 Sprg. and .270 Win. calibers and priced at $109.75. The late Nicolas Brewer, designer of this rifle, achieved a reputation in the gun-designing field with several popular Savage and Stevens arms. Among these were the Savage Models 6, 15, and 340, and the Stevens Model 87. That he was an original thinker and well grounded in basic firearms design is quite evident when one studies the mechanical make-up of this new rifle. It might also be noted that Brewer was production-wise in that economy of materials and simplicity of manufacture were to him governing considerations.

Has good handling qualities
The Model 110 is a true featherweight rifle with clean, symmetrical lines and excellent proportions. Its handling qualities are good; the balance of the piece lies between the hands where it belongs. Although advertised weight of the rifle is 6¾ pounds, our sample rifles in .30-’06 Sprg. caliber weigh 6¼ and 6½ pounds respectively. Weight of individual rifles varies slightly according to density of the wood, and the .270 caliber Model 110 will weigh a trifle more due to thicker barrel walls. Stock is of American black walnut with checkered pistol grip and forearm. Length of pull is 13½ inches, with comb drop 1¼ inches and heel drop 2 inches. Overall rifle length is 43 inches. The 22-inch barrel is of chrome molybdenum steel, rifled with six grooves, right-hand twist, one turn in 10 inches. Rifling specifications are identical for both calibers. Barrels for the Model 110 are currently rifled by the hook cutter method and are proof-tested. The assembled rifle is given an additional proof test. The action is of basic Mauser design with a staggered-column, four-cartridge box magazine. With a round in the chamber, the capacity of the rifle is five. The action cocks on the opening stroke of the bolt and primary extraction is furnished by camming action between opposed surfaces of the bolt handle and rear baffle. Bolt operation is extremely smooth and neither of our rifles revealed a tendency to ‘cramp’ when operated rapidly from the shoulder. The bolt assembly is a sealed unit capped at the rear end with a heavy screw. Additional protection is provided by front and rear baffles, as well as the gas escape ports in bolt head and receiver ring.

Sear is multipurpose type
The sear arrangement is of particular interest. A single metal part incorporates both primary and secondary sears, and in addition functions as a bolt stop and cocking indicator. The upper, or primary, sear acts in conjunction with the cocking pin which protrudes from the side of the bolt body. The lower, or secondary sear, acts in conjunction with the trigger beam. The bolt stop function is accomplished by the front face of the primary sear, which bears against the right lug of the front baffle when bolt is drawn to the rear. To remove the bolt from the rifle, it is necessary to depress both trigger and cocking indicator button. To replace the bolt, first pull the trigger to release the primary sear and then insert the bolt in the receiver. The secondary sear surfaces are not damaged by vigorous operation of the bolt since the sear and trigger are not engaged until the bolt is fully closed. This is not true of some rifles in which the sear also functions as the bolt stop. Trigger pulls of several rifles tested were crisp and creep-free. Model 110 receivers are of chrome molybdenum steel and are drilled and tapped for standard top scope mounts and metallic receiver sights. Factory sights are a bead front and a U-notch step-elevator open rear sight. The leaf of the rear sight folds down to clear large objective scope sights. The notches on the elevator plate are smaller and greater in number than usual to provide finer elevation adjustments. Windage adjustment is obtained by tapping front sight blade to left or right in its slot. Sight radius is 17¼ inches. The receiver is attached to the stock by means of two sturdy screws, which also secure the dural floorplate. The dural trigger guard is held in place by the rear receiver screw and an additional wood screw. The barrel is not attached to the stock. The alloy buttplate is deeply corrugated and is of shotgun pattern. Pistol grip is capped with black plastic.

Performed well in tests
When fired with 110-, 150-, and 180-gr. ammunition the Model 110 rifle exhibited good accuracy, with no functioning difficulties. The spring-type ejector proved to be efficient and threw empty cases to the right at a proper ejection angle to clear low-mounted scopes. Quality of finish on both wood and metal parts is excellent. We can make no significant criticism of this well-designed and well-made arm.

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21 Responses to Savage Model 110 Rifle

Ken wrote:
July 13, 2014

I have a pre accu trigger savage 22/250 110 is the barrel twist on this rifle 1x12 or 1x14

Mike E. wrote:
December 31, 2013

I just purchased a Savage Model 110DL Series H. It is a .300 Win. Mag. These rifle looks like it just came out of the box. It has a six digit serial # seven if you count the letter. It starts like this A105XXX. Its left handed, and has a red Savage recoil. Also all of the writing on the rifle, serial# make, model# and caliber are all written in a nice golden tint. It really looks sharp against the dark bluing. Would anyone know about what year this was made. I'm thinking mid 60's. I'm thinking of putting on an older Leupold 3-9x40 or a set of Lyman peep sights. I'm kind of leaning to the peep sights. I think it will have that 30's,40's,50's look to it. If anybody can help me with the year, I would really appreciate it. Thanks, and have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Don B wrote:
October 04, 2013

How does one disassemble the bolt on a Mod 110 (30-06)? I think I have a short firing pin because it misfires occasionally, slight impact on primer.

t_bushee@hotmail.com wrote:
April 18, 2013

How do I date my Savage model110 30.06 by the serial number?

BillA wrote:
February 21, 2013

I just picked up a 1959 made model 110 from a local pawn shop, in .243, with a 13,000 serial number. The gun is in fine shape and the bore is pristeen and shiny. I'm doing a little work on the walnut stock, which has a few dings, which you would expect on a 53 year old rifle, and the blueing on the muzzle is worn from being in and out of a case. I replaced the missing front sight insert and will likely put a Lyman or Foolproof receiver sight on it instead of a scope,althouh the gun came with a scope mount. I'm really looking forward to shooting this gem. The bolt works as smoothly as any rifle I have ever owned, and despite its age, I don't think the rifle has been shot much expect for general hunting and sighting in, judging by the pristeen bore and rifling. It's a real classic bot gun and should be a fine shooter to tote in the woods. I plan to shoot some coyotes and wild hogs with it. We have too many here in SW Missouri.

Mike wrote:
January 08, 2013

I have one in .270 and it is very accurate at 100 and 200 yards. Even though my shoulder hurts after a hour, I love the rifle.

john wrote:
November 25, 2012

does anyone know how to take the front sight off the .308 model 110. or do you need a gunsmith to do it plzz let me know?????????

Max wrote:
July 18, 2012

I'm looking at a Savage 110 in 30-06 but can't find model # or year made. 22" barrel, no sights, 3-9 x 40 Simmons scope, accutrigger,wood stock with checkering and serial F894170.

tony wrote:
May 16, 2012

?? need info. savage 110 30.06 can the barrel on the breach end be cut and rechambered to 308win. threaded enough for barrel nut before it starts to taper.it was rebedded and i bought it cause they messed it up.its 2"forward barrel nut doesnt lock due to the slots in the nut. its not a walmart gun i beleive its from the 50's thanks for any suggestions

jesse wrote:
February 19, 2012

I'm in Texas and hand painted a savage chambered in .243 it was a model 110. Maybe you bought it from me.....

rob wrote:
November 22, 2011

How can I tell the difference in my savage? Its a savage 243 and can not figure out if its a model 10 or 110, the whole gun was hand painted and I can't see the model number, it does have a long action, any help would b great

Justin wrote:
November 13, 2011

@ Bob: I don't know how much it will help but I called Savage customer support and gave them the Vin off a 270 I bought about 3 weeks ago and they were not able to tell me the exact date but they did tell me it was made in 1985.hope that helps

Bob wrote:
November 07, 2011

I bought a model 110, 30-06 in the 1950's. The serial number is 14194. I am trying to find out what year it was made and if possible what year I bought it. It is the best rifle I have ever owned and in over 50 years the only miss was I shot a tree and missed the deer.

bilfred wrote:
October 25, 2011

Does anyone know the difference between the 110 GXP3 and the 110 GXP

Draytel wrote:
August 17, 2011

I have a 110 savage 270 that has the knock down powre that is perfect for small deer or large elk or moose.

mike p wrote:
May 19, 2011

In 2008 Savage advertized thier first ever special model 110 to be chambered in .330 Sav. But in 2000 I bought a model 111 "Classic Hunter" in that Cal.! Anybody know where I can get a front sight with a hood for that gun or if its posslble to adapt my sight to be able to recieve one?

otto wrote:
February 07, 2011

Wasn't $109.75 a little pricey for 1958?

Doug Perkins wrote:
December 21, 2010

I have a model 110 in 308 cal . and am looking for a bolt. It is an older model befor the 1988 change at Savage .

jjwozz wrote:
December 02, 2010

If you look at the date of the article the publish date is from 1958. So in 1958 the rifle sold for $109.

Doug D wrote:
November 17, 2010

Not really $109. I bought one from WalMart for $395 with a scope and 270 caliber. First shot out of the box was dead accurate at 50 and 100 yards. Excellent and smooth.

c-rock wrote:
October 26, 2010

$109? Sign me up for 2!