These are some of the best rifles made my Savage Arms today.
One of the most storied American gunmakers is Savage Arms. For more than 120 years, they have built great rifles and shotguns perfect for target shooting, big game hunting and self-defense purposes. Today we're going to focus specifically on Savage rifles, the best ones they make for a variety of practical purposes. Single-shot, semi-auto and bolt action rifles, this company builds a little bit of everything.
These rifles are light, affordable and most importantly of all, accurate and built to last. Savage is also one of the few companies to put a heavy focus on left hand models, making it easy to find your favorite cartridge and action offering for southpaws. Best of all, their guns are made right here in the USA, so you're supporting American jobs.
We've had the privilege to test quite a few of the offerings from this storied company over the years and these are ones we can heartily recommend. These are the best rifles from Savage Arms on the market today.
Savage Model 110
We'll start things off with a classic. This rifle is the oldest continuously manufactured rifle in North America and Savage just keeps making it better with every passing year. They offer a bevy of variants and barrel lengths for this classic hunting rifle's buttery-smooth action. Want a synthetic stock and stainless steel barrel for dealing with the elements? They've got that. Looking for accuracy at distance? Consider the "Long Range Hunter" models. Their "XP" packages come with scopes already mounted and bore sighted. These rifles also offer Savage's signature Accufit system which allows you to adjust the length of pull, comb height and even trigger pull through the company's popular "Accutrigger." Savage also keeps adding new caliber options for this platform. I picked up a Model 110 Apex Hunter XP in .450 Bushmaster this year for hunting Michigan's "restricted firearms zone." It ended up helping me put a nice 8-point buck in the freezer. This is a solid and affordable platform and I'm already looking forward to using my Savage 110 again next season.
Affordability and accuracy were the name of the game when Savage developed the Axis and Axis II platforms. These are affordable hunting rifles that don't skimp on features and will help you fill your freezer season after season. These guns feature detachable box magazines, synthetic, camo and hardwood stock offerings, and the adjustable Accutrigger system. They even offer a stainless model that comes in at under $500. Savage offers a precision Axis rifle that costs a fraction of the more expensive offerings on the market. Chambered for popular calibers like .223 Remington, .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .243 Win, .270 Win and more, you're sure to find a caliber you like. They have even started to offer popular straight wall rounds like .350 Legend for hunters in states with firearms restrictions for deer. Just like the Model 110, Savage also sells "XP" packages that include already mounted and bore sighted optics, helping you get from the range to the field faster. Many of the Axis rifles come in under $400, making it possible for hunters on almost any budget to finally upgrade to a new gun.
While Savage is primarily known for rimfire and bolt guns, they also build some great AR sporting platform guns in the Modern Savage Rifle (MSR) series. These rifles cycle off a gas system and feature things like an adjustable stock, carbon steel barrels, free floating M-LOK handguards, Magpul, Blackhawk or Hogue pistol grips and picatinny rails that are optics ready. Savage also offers a nice variety of chambering options. There's the ever-popular .223 Rem, but also heavier, faster rounds like .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor and 6mm Creedmoor. There are also "Long Range," "Competition," and "Precision" variants depending on how you want to use your rifle. The MSRs are also surprisingly affordable. Many models come in just under $1,000.
Savage Trophy Hunter
For the hunter who doesn't want to mess around with mounting optics or making a lot of adjustments to their weapon prior to the hunt. The Trophy Hunter series of rifles are fitted with Nikon 3-9X40 BDC reticle scopes already attached and bore sighted. Head to the range, sight it in, and hit the field. Simple and efficient. Savage builds this rifle with wood and synthetic stock options and carbon steel and stainless barrels depending upon your preference. The standard version of this rifle comes with a 22-inch barrel, but they also sell a "compact" variant with a 20-inch barrel. These guns also come with the Accutrigger system and are chambered for a bevy of ammo options. There are the standard deer hunting options like .270, or .30-06 Springfield, but there are also offerings like 204 Ruger, 22-250 Remington, .300 Winchester Magnum, .300 WSM, .338 Federal and .338 Winchester Magnum to name just a few.
Is there a better round to teach a youth hunter or shooter on than .22lr? Yeah, we didn't think so either. The Rascal is a gun you can feel safe about younger shooters handling when they're learning the ropes. It's a single-shot, ultralite rimfire rifle that weighs less than three pounds. It's simple to load and unload and has a manual safety to help develop safe firearms handling skills. It's telling how much Savage believes in their Accutrigger system when they take the time to even build it into the tiny Rascal platform. Savage builds this rifle with both synthetic and laminate stocks and it comes in a huge color palate that's sure to please your young hunter or target shooter. The other great thing about the Rascal is the price, these guns come in at only around $170, making them an excellent birthday or holiday gift idea.
Looking for a serious plinking or varmint hunting rimfire semi-auto? You might want to give one of the Savage A17s a look. These guns are chambered for .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (.17 HMR). You'll also find the A17 HM2 rifle, which has been optimized for the blisteringly fast .17 HMR Mach 2 caliber. We're talking over 2,000 feet per second with that one. We've had some range time with that one, and it's a blast. These guns feed from a 10-round rotary magazine and cycle through a delayed blowback action. You'll be able to put shots where you want them thanks to the accurate 22-inch button-rifled barrel. As if all that wasn't enough, these guns are also fitted with that awesome Accutrigger system. You'll be hard-pressed to find another .17 HMR that performs this well for the $350-$420 price point of the A17.
Savage Mark II
Looking for a simple, yet accurate rimfire gun? Look no further than the Mark II series. Savage makes these guns chambered for both .22 long rifle and .17 HMR. The stock and barrel configurations are near endless for these guns. These rifles are fed through detachable box magazines that hold either five or ten rounds. Some variants, like the Mark II FV-SR, come with fluted and threaded carbon steel barrels. They also build a few versions of this gun that would be perfect for competition like the Mark II BTV, which has a laminate thumbhole stock for exceptional accuracy. The best part is the price. The base models of this gun start at just $200.