Savage Arms enters 2020 under new leadership. No longer under the Vista Outdoor family of brands, Savage is now its own firearm-centric animal. Judging by the bevy of new product announcements the company is not sitting back on its haunches. Here are our favorite arms on display at the Savage booth at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Savage Renegauge Shotgun
Savage not only dips its toe but goes headlong into the waters with not one or two, but six models of semi-automatic shotguns. Not since the company produced a brief run of Auto-5 spin-offs has Savage built semi-auto scatterguns – and that might just be one of the most interesting aspects.
The Renegauge’s self-regulating dual valve gas system allows the gun to cycle both light and heavy loads, from the lightest 2-3/4-inch target loads up to the magnum threes, limited only by the 3-inch chamber. Savage modifies the AccuFit stock system design to include three each of interchangeable gel-feel recoil pads for customizing both LOP and comb height.
The initial launch is all 12-gauge synthetic with a pair of Field models in black synthetic, featuring either 26- or 28-inch barrels. The rest of the lineup is covered in some variation of Mossy Oak camouflage. There’s a pair of Turkey takers, both with 24-inch barrels, one Bottomland and the other Obsession. Lastly, the pair of Waterfowl variants, both dressed in Shadow Grass Blades, come with either 26- or 28-inch barrels. Regardless of appearance, each comes with three Beretta/Benelli-style choke tubes and will initially retail from $1,449 to $1,549.
Savage 110 Ultralight Rifle
Though Savage debuted what seemed like dozens of 110 bolt-action rifle models over the last few years– there were models for long-range, hogs, all-weather–yet one thing seemed to be missing: a true super-light model for serious backcountry and mountain hunters. At the dawning of a new decade, the company delivers in a big way with the 110 Ultralight. Savage has teamed up with PROOF Research to create a carbon fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel and Melonite skeletonized receiver all intended to greatly shave weight from the platform. The new Savage Ultralight rifles weigh in at a scant 5.8- to 5.85-pounds, making them a dream to carry at elevation on mountain hunts or through rugged backcountry terrain where every pound counts.
The new 110 Ultralight maintains the incredibly popular AccuFit adjustable stock system and user-adjustable AccuTrigger. There’s also a spiral fluted bolt and 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with a flush fit end cap. The detachable box magazine will hold either two or four rounds, depending on caliber. Chamberings include: .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .280 Ackley, .270 Win, .30-06 Spfld, .300 WSM, 6.5 PRC, and 28 Nosler. MSRP at the time of launch, regardless of caliber, will be $1,499.
Stevens—a division of Savage—builds on its successful 555 line of affordable over-under shotguns with a single barrel trap model. The new 555 Trap is a top-single barrel shotgun with a three-inch chamber, chrome-lined bore, and raised ventilated rib. The aluminum receiver makes the gun quite lightweight, is scaled to gauge, and reinforced with steel at the breech.
The Trap wears Turkish Walnut stocks with an adjustable comb. Both Standard and Compact models will be available in either 12- or 20-gauge. Standards come fitted with a 30-inch barrel while the Compact sports a 26-inch barrel and shorter length of pull. Each shotgun includes a set of three choke tubes. Regardless of configuration, the 555 Trap will retail for a reasonable $689.
110 Elite Precision
Savage is going for domination in the precision shooting market with rifles at every price point in all the most desirable calibers. The 110 Elite Precision, however, is the best of the best. The Elite is a purpose-built, fully-customizable competition rifle built on a factory blueprinted action. Savage partnered with Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) to offer the LSS XL Chassis with FDE Cerakote. The skeletonized stock features a fully adjustable comb height and length of pull.
There’s the user-adjustable AccuTrigger as well as a 20MOA EGW rail for the optimum scope mounting. The initial launch of calibers includes .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 Win Mag, and .338 Lapua Mag. The rifles wear either 20-inch (.308) or 24-inch (6.5, .300, .338) barrels topped with a BA muzzle brake. Each ship with an AICS magazine of either five or ten-round capacity, depending on chambering. MSRP is set at $1,999.
Axis II Precision
While the new 110 Elite Precision rifle steals the show with its feature-loaded build intended for serious competition shooting, it also carries a steep price tag. For $550 less in MSRP, shooters looking to get into precision shooting performance without breaking the bank, Savage offers the new Axis Precision line of bolt action chassis rifles. Savage partnered with Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) to offer an aluminum chassis with olive drab injection-molded skin. Both the comb height and length of pull are adjustable. An M-LOK forend offers multiple accessory mounting options.
The Axis II Precision retails for $949 regardless of calibers, which include .223, .243, .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, .30-06 and .270. Each rifle wears a 22-inch button-rifled threaded heavy barrel and ships with a 10-round detachable AICS magazine.
Rimfire Minimalist Series
Savage hasn’t forgotten about rimfire plinkers and small-gamers in 2020. The new Minimalist rifles include three models, each available with either brown or green laminate stocks showing modern cuts and weight-saving shavings. The Mark II Minimalist comes in .22LR with an 18-inch carbon steel barrel that is threaded and capped.
The Model 93 Minimalist is for the .22 WMR shooters. It has the same 18-inch steel threaded barrel as well as the AccuTrigger. Like the aforementioned, the 93R17 Minimalist carries the same features but is chambered for .17 HMR. Each of the Minimalist versions will introduce with an MSRP of $349.