Field Tested: Savage 110 Precision Rifle

posted on July 31, 2020

Savage’s long 110 action has been available to American shooters for more than six decades, and 110-based rifles have taken on many configurations in the past to suit the needs of today's enthusiast. It’s safe to say, though, that until recently, there weren’t many 110s that look like the Precision model shown above.

The most prevalent feature of this rifle is its stock. This is the LSS XL chassis from Modular Driven Technologies, commonly known as MDT. The chassis is of aluminum construction, and for the Precision rifle, it is finished with a flat dark earth Cerakote treatment. The rear of the stock is skeletonized, and adjustable for comb height and length of pull. It also features a support hook that is great for engaging a rear bag or the support hand for extra stability.

Moving forward, the stock includes MDT’s pistol grip, and the chassis is compatible with AICS-pattern magazines. The design makes use of bilateral paddle-style magazine releases. The fore-end is straight and minimal, but includes plenty of M-LOK-compatible slots for mounting accessories.

Mounted atop the chassis is a factory-blueprinted 110 action, and the Precision model makes full use of the ample receiver, with available chamberings ranging from 6.5 Creedmoor, all the way up to .338 Lapua.

There are no sights provided with the Precision, but an EGW rail is mounted to the receiver for the attachment of optics and the arrangement includes 20 m.o.a. of elevation built into the rail—an increasingly common feature on rifles designed for extended-range shooting.

The heart of the Precision is its heavy-contour carbon-steel barrel. For this 6.5 Creedmoor example, the tube is 24” long, and is cut with Savage’s 5R rifle at a 1:8" twist rate. The barrel is topped with a massive BA muzzle brake that, while perhaps overkill for a Creedmoor, is very effective at taming other Precision chamberings such as 300 PRC, 300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua.

Finally, it really wouldn’t be a modern Savage without the inclusion of the AccuTrigger system. The Precision’s trigger is user adjustable from 1.5-4 lbs. for pull weight, and the trigger break is crisp and clean, as you’d expect. In terms of safeties, the AccuTrigger includes an integrated safety lever, and there is also a two position manual safety at the rear of the receiver.

The 110 Precision is a rifle intended for long-range shooting, and in testing, it proved itself very capable of doing just that. The action, barrel and trigger combine for excellent accuracy. The optics mounting system ensures that most scopes will have enough adjustment for distant targets. The 9-plus lbs. of heft helps to tame recoil and keep the shooter’s eyes on target to observe impacts.

Overall, the Savage 110 Precision is a versatile design that is excellent for long-range work. Thanks to its accessible pricing, the Precision would make a fine entry-level platform for the growing field of long-range and precision-oriented competitions.


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