Rifleman Review: Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint

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posted on October 19, 2022

In 2020, Springfield Armory Inc. unveiled a new addition to its rifle offerings, which the company’s first line of bolt-action rifles gear for both sportsmen and tactical use, the Model 2020 Waypoint. Lightweight, adaptable and featuring a new action design developed by the company, the 2020 Waypoint is offered in several similar configurations from the factory.

Instead of building the action strictly off of a preexisting blueprint, Springfield Armory developed its own short-throw bolt action. It features two opposing locking lugs at the bolt head and uses a spring plunger and sliding-plate extractor included in the right-side lug. The bolt body itself is constructed from 4140 tool steel, fluted for increased reliability in colder conditions and nitride finished for corrosion resistance. With raceways on the receiver that are EDM wire-cut, the receiver is made from stainless steel and provides a smooth action manipulation with its short throw length. On top of the receiver, the Model 202 Waypoint comes with a Remington 700 SA pattern Picatinny rail screwed in as the only provision for optics mounting.

Attached to the receiver is a 416 stainless steel 20” barrel, with options for either fluted or carbon fiber wrapped selections. At the muzzle, the barrels are threaded and can come with either a thread protector or a Springfield Armory Radial Brake attached. Springfield Armory boasts an accuracy guarantee with the 2020 Waypoint of 0.75 m.o.a. or better. Each rifle comes with an adjustable TriggerTech trigger pre-installed from the factory, which has a set range between 2.5 and 5 lbs.

Attached to the barreled action, the Model 2020 Waypoint line features lightweight, hybrid-profiled, carbon fiber stocks, which are available either with or without an adjustable cheek piece. These stocks weigh just 2 lbs., which contributes to the overall light weight of the Model 2020 at just over 7 lbs., unloaded. These stocks feature a thick rubber butt pad, five quick-detachable sling points, as well as an integrated M-Lok section underneath the fore-end for attaching bipod options. These stock also come with Cerakote camouflage color patterns, contrasted by the natural color of the carbon fiber underneath. Feeding from single-stack AICs style magazines, the Model 2020 Waypoint is available in 6 mm Creedmoor, 6.5 mm Creedmoor, 6.5 mm PRC and .308 Win. chamberings. To learn more about the Model 2020 Waypoint rifle line, visit springfield-armory.com.

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