I have a few Savages, an old model 110 that I got as a kid in 270. Never did shoot all that well (good enough to kill a deer, but we're talking 1 1/2-2 MOA) that I finally made a project gun, replaced the stock and put a 22-250 barrel on. Shoots good now but I've never got it to quiet feed right. I also have an old model 99 lever action 308, nice gun but it has a safety only readily accesible to a right hander, since I'm left handed I seldom use it, otherwise it would be a good timber gun and it shoots good for a production lever action (1 MOA) and the action is both very stout and smooth. Finally I have a new Savage bolt in 260 Remington. The cheap model but it still has the 110 action. Nice gun for the money and shoots good (1/2 MOA with the right load). Savage has come a long way in my opinion. They have always been known for reasonably priced, functional guns; and always will. Their new guns are much improved though, they will generally out of the box out shoot many guns twice their price and are comfortable to shoot. The old Savages tended to kick harder than other brands in the same caliber and similar weights, I always thought it was the design of their stocks, the newer guns have much milder felt recoil. Their Accutrigger is a big selling point. I personally don't particularly care for a two piece trigger, but it is a nice trigger for a production rifle and it is adjustable to much lighter pulls than most other production rifles due to the decrease in liability because of the safety of the two piece trigger. Bottom line I'll recommend a Savage to anybody looking for an accurate budget rifle. There are quite a few other rifles I like better, but none of them can compete with Savages price range. They are just a good shooting rifle out of the box for very reasonable prices.
I have a Savage 110 Long Range Hunter in 300WM. 26" factory barrel 1-10 twist. I replaced the Tupperware stock with a Boyd's Pro Varmint. I replaced the factory trigger springs with target springs which brought the pull down to 1.5#. I added an EGW Picatinny rail, SWFA SS 3-15 x 42 mil rad scope, SWFA rings. I'm shooting 215 Berger Hybrids, Norma brass, h1000, CCI #250 primers at 2809 fps. I paid less than $2,000.00 when all was said and done for the rifle. It puts 5 shots in under .75 moa. Last season I used it to take a cow elk at 538yds
A couple years ago I built a .338-06 off an older Savage 110 “flat-back” that accounted for MANY deer and a couple coyotes. Currently working with another Savage 110 that I put a Criterion (.280AI) barrel on and I love it. Hard to go wrong with the Savage 110 models in my opinion.
I have 2 Savage rifles, one in a youth model 110 in 243 which I use for the cold months, because it fits nice when I'm wearing the heavy winter garments. The other one is in 270, I bought that when Savage introduced the Accuracies-Trigger & Accuracies-stock. Always wanted a 270, and I'm ever thankful I bought it in a Savage. Both are very accurate rifles and have filled the freezer on a consistent basis.You can't go wrong with a Savage rifle.
Drake is now building all of Savages 110 sniper platforms, we've had them out here at work, and I can say they shoot just as good as any of our other systems. I personally have the 110 high country, and brother that rifle is absolutely amazing to shoot, acu trigger is silky smooth. Ive also got 2 evo 110s in 308 and 300 win. Shoot a high country you won't be disappointed.
I currently have four. A 112BVSS in .300WinMag, factory barrel shot out and Varmint profile 28" Pac-Nor, 9t recently screwed on (used Ryan Mantha reamer). A 6.5-284 Norma that started as a 112BVSS, stock changed to VLP and factory barrel replaced with Varmint profile 28" Lothar Walther, 8t. A model 12 w/HS Precision stock that actually started out as a 6.5CM, then .308Win and now wears a Varmint profile 26" Shilen, 8t. Last but not least, I recently acquired a 114 in .270Win in a trade. Wears a factory sporter profile 22" barrel, very nice high gloss walnut stock with ebony tip but kicks like a mule. There were initially thoughts of getting it and one day screwing a pre-fit 6.5-06AI, 28" 8t "something" on it but decided to shoot it first. I tried reloads with 140gn Ballistic Tips, 135gn SMK's using IMR7828 and yesterday; 130gn Ballistic Tips with 56gn of IMR4831 and a Rem9.5 primer. This little rifle shoots! All those loads with three different bullets, two powders and two primers, all stayed .5MOA or better. I will keep it as is for now and use it in the swamp behind my house.
Savage 110 in 300wm over 1000 rounds through it. Barrel still shoots decent, but I've got a 9t Bartlein on the bench I need to spin up for it. Also have a cheap 12fv in 6.5 Creedmoor that shoots stupid with factory Berger 140 hybrids. I love my savages. One suggestion is to make sure you don't get a bottom bolt release model. There's less stock options available.
I have 2 110’s. 1 i put a shilen 26 “ 1-9 twist 7rem mag barrel on and lightened the trigger to 3 pounds. It shoots very well(cloverleafs) with 162 eldx’s the other i justnput a takeoff 116 stainless 300 winmag savage barrel on. Cant wait to try that one. I’m confident it will shoot as well. Love me my savages. Ive had model 70’s old and New, 700’s, sako’s and plenty of other stuff. The savages shoot!
I got an FCP-SR .308 in digital camo from the Indian head days that “shoots itself” into .25 to .5 MOA @ 300 yards with one hand tied behind it’s back. Then, I got a Savage 110 Predator in.204 that shoots almost as good, and a 6.5-284 out of the Savage Costom shop that I use to hurl 130 Accobonds at crop damage deer. They aren’t pretty but they all flat out shoot. I’m pleased to have them in my aresenal and plan on holding on to them. One thing’s for sure, they keep company with much more expensive rifles in my safes, but I find myself reaching for them more often than not.
I am not even sure anymore how many savage 110's I've messed with and built rifles off of. 110 round and flat back long actions with chambers from 204 to 300 PRC. I have PTG truing reamers, bolt face truing cutters, etc...…… I will always be a savage fan. Super easy to work on, affordable, and have not had 1 give me trouble in stock or modified form.
Thanks everyone for posts. I've been reading up on how to smooth out the bolt so that helps out. Now I'm reading up on bottom bolt release vs top bolt release. Looks like there's longer COAL in some of the ACIS style mags for top release. Also better aftermarket stock selection. Any thoughts about that? The reason why it matters to me is I'll be using the 215gr Berger in 300 WM or 180-195 gr in the 7mm RM or 280 AI. This would be my do all rifle with a priority on being a LR elk rifle.