While there are tangible benefits to having a general-purpose precision rifle, like this one built by Senior Executive Editor Brian Sheetz, sometimes rifleshooters know exactly what kind of rifle they're aiming to add to their collection. In answering this purpose-driven pursuit, Savage Arms launched its 110 Ultralite rifle in 2020, giving weight-focused rifle enthusiasts a lightened option complete with all of the features that make Savage rifles popular.
At the core of the Savage 110 Ultralite is the carbon fiber-wrapped barrel made by Proof Research. This barrel features a stainless-steel, rifled core that's reinforced and strengthened by the surrounding carbon fiber. Depending on caliber, barrel lengths measure either 22 or 24 inches in overall length. The muzzles on these lightweight barrels are threaded with a 5/8-24 TPI thread pitch, allowing users to attach suppressors or muzzle brakes to reduce the punishing recoil often associated with these lightweight mountain rifles.
While much of the weight on a standard hunting rifle comes from the barrel, Savage Arms went one step further on its 110 Ultralite by producing a skeletonized receiver patterned off the company's standard 110 receiver. This lightened model is then treated with a Melonite finish that prevents corrosion and hardens the surface of the steel for enhanced durability.
The receiver is a factory-blueprinted action and comes equipped with Savage's user-adjustable AccuTrigger, which can be set between 1.5-4 lbs. All of the rifles in the 110 Ultralite lineup are outfitted with blue-gray AccuFit stocks, which feature options for length-of-pull and comb-height adjustments, thanks to swappable polymer inserts. The stock also features overmolded surfaces on the grip and fore-end, ensuring that shooters can get a solid grasp on their rifle, even in inclement weather.
Other features found on the Savage Arms 110 Ultralite include a spiral-fluted bolt, detachable box magazine and an 8-40 drilled-and-tapped receiver. The Ultralite is available in the following calibers: .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, .280 Ackley, .270 Win., 30-06 Springfield, 300 WSM, 6.5 PRC and 28 Nosler. Depending on the caliber selected, rifles weigh between 5.8-6 lbs. The suggested retail price on the 110 Ultralite is $1,499. For more information, visit savagearms.com.