Unshakable Foundations

posted on June 23, 2009
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A Commitment To Accuracy
Unveiled in 1958, the Savage Model 110 was the brainchild of Nicholas Brewer and, from the outset, had many features that made it both economical and accurate. In fact, so good was the design—until recently, only a few minor changes were made—that Savage Arms CEO Ron Coburn banked the future of the company on the 110 when he took it over in 1987 and was looking for ways to concentrate efforts only on those products with the greatest potential. He knew the rifle was a fundamentally sound platform that was well-deserving of further refinement and continued quality control.

What makes the Model 110 and its variants, so accurate? In short, it’s the combination of several features, some of which also make it economical. The barrel locknut, for example, offers not only several manufacturing advantages—cost efficiency and increased production rate—but promotes accuracy as well. The design permits precise setting of headspace and assures 100 percent lug engagement. The locknut is first threaded onto the barrel, followed by the collar-type recoil lug, and then the barrel is partially threaded into the action. The bolt is then closed on a “min” gauge and the pre-chambered barrel is threaded down tight against it, at which point the locknut is snugged to secure the barrel and recoil lug in place.

Manufactured from a host of easily made parts, the bolt’s contribution to accuracy resides in its separate, deeply recessed head, which fully supports the cartridge. The head is slip-fit into place and is pressed forward by a spring washer, allowing a few thousandths of an inch of movement, which promotes self-adjustment of the locking lugs.

Further, there is the 110’s button-rifled barrel, which, according to the company’s literature, derives its accuracy from: “The straightness of the bore, the uniformity of the rifling geometry, the concentricity of the chamber and the exactness of the crown … .” Truth is, after the drilling, broaching and rifling processes, every Savage barrel is checked for deformities and, if necessary, hand-straightened.

For liability reasons, trigger pulls were traditionally set very high, condemning even the most accurate rifles to sub-par performance. For decades, the Model 110 was no different. But, in 2003 Savage, acting on customer feedback, took a bold step forward and unveiled its AccuTrigger—a feature now found on most modern Savage rifles. The AccuTrigger features the integrated AccuRelease, which must be completely depressed to discharge the firearm. The AccuTrigger cannot accidentally discharge during normal use, even when jarred or dropped and, after removing the stock, the return spring can be rotated with the supplied tool to adjust pull weight. It can be set from 2 lbs., 8 ozs. to 6 lbs. on most Savage rifles, and 1 lb., 8 ozs. to 6 lbs. on Model 12-series Varmint and Law Enforcement-series rifles. Best of all, there’s no creep or overtravel.

Yet, even with all its accuracy-enhancing features, there remained one component in the Model 110 platform that had yet to be addressed … until now….

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