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Sav­age 110 storm

American Survival Guide - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - by Richard Schutz

Sav­age 110 Storm

The Sav­age model 110 has long been the back­bone of Sav­age Arms. It is the ri­fle that brought Sav­age back from the brink of dis­as­ter in 1988 when Sav­age de­clared bank­ruptcy. All other mod­els were dropped and under the lead­er­ship of Ron Coburn, Sav­age re­turned to its roots to build an af­ford­able, qual­ity ri­fle. Sav­age emerged from bank­ruptcy in 1989 and has been an in­dus­try leader in in­no­va­tion ever since. During the last fif­teen years, Sav­age has given us in­no­va­tions such as the Accutrig­ger, Ac­cu­s­tock, float­ing bolt head and zero-tol­er­ance headspac­ing. With the in­tro­duc­tion of the rein­vented model 110 for 2018, we now also have the Ac­cu­fit stock.


The Sav­age 110 was in­tro­duced in 1958 and has been man­u­fac­tured con­tin­u­ously ever since. Af­ter var­i­ous up­grades over the years, 2018 brings us the “rein­vented” model 110. Th­ese ri­fles fall into Sav­age’s Big Game Hunt­ing and Specialty se­ries and ini­tially com­prise nine new mod­els. Ma­jor up­dates are also be­ing made to the Tro­phy Se­ries and AXIS II lines later in 2018. In ad­di­tion to the new Ac­cu­fit stock, the new 110 mod­els fea­ture new cos­met­ics and er­gonomics in­clud­ing im­proved shap­ing of the pis­tol grip and fore-end and soft-touch grip sur­faces. As with its pre­de­ces­sors, the new 110 mod­els in­clude the Accutrig­ger, Ac­cu­s­tock, float­ing bolt head, zero-tol­er­ance headspace con­trol, hand-straight­ened and but­ton-ri­fled pre­ci­sion bar­rels, strong two-lug ac­tion, light weight and good ac­cu­racy. Here we will take a look at the model 110 Storm cham­bered in .30-06 Spring­field.


The bolt ac­tion uses a 2-lug bolt with a 90-de­gree an­gle of op­er­a­tion and a float­ing bolt head for pre­cise align­ment with the cham­ber. A three-po­si­tion tang safety al­lows the shooter to place the gun on safe with the bolt locked, on safe with the bolt un­locked and off safe, ready to fire. With the safety in the mid­dle po­si­tion, the shooter may safely re­move a cham­bered round while the trig­ger re­mains locked. The 22-inch long bar­rel and re­ceiver are made of stain­less steel for cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance to match the syn­thetic stock and the “Storm” all-weather char­ac­ter of the ri­fle. With a di­am­e­ter of .585 inches at the muz­zle, the bar­rel would be con­sid­ered a “lightweight” or “sporter” de­sign. Con­sis­tent bore di­am­e­ters, wall thick­ness and ri­fling twist rates, as well as but­ton ri­fling and hand straight­en­ing, make Sav­age bar­rels some of the most ac­cu­rate in the in­dus­try. As I have come to ex­pect from Sav­age, the Accutrig­ger pro­vided a smooth pull and a crisp break at 3 pounds, 11 ounces. A good trig­ger may not con­trib­ute to the ac­cu­racy of a ri­fle like the bar­rel and ac­tion do, but it is aw­fully dif­fi­cult to see a ri­fle’s ac­cu­racy with­out one. Sav­age’s patented Ac­cu­s­tock sys­tem of mold­ing an alu­minum chassis into the syn­thetic stock pro­vides a rigid plat­form to which the ac­tion is at­tached. For added sta­bil­ity, the Ac­cu­s­tock en­gages the ac­tion three-di­men­sion­ally along its en­tire length. As the ac­tion screws are tight­ened, the ac­tion is wedged be­tween the sides of the chassis. While the screws pro­vide ver­ti­cal pres­sure, the sides of the chassis pro­vide hor­i­zon­tal pres­sure, lock­ing the ac­tion uni­formly in place. The end re­sult is a lightweight yet rigid, weath­er­proof hunt­ing stock.

"The Sav­age model 110 has long been the back­bone of Sav­age Arms.”

New for 2018, the Ac­cu­fit stock pro­vides a sim­ple, lightweight yet strong way to tai­lor the fit of the stock to the shooter’s phys­i­cal re­quire­ments. The syn­thetic shims used to ad­just the length of pull al­low for ap­prox­i­mately 1-3/4 inches of ad­just­ment. Syn­thetic ris­ers also ad­just the comb height in 1/8-inch in­cre­ments. To make ei­ther of th­ese ad­just­ments, sim­ply use a Phillips-head screw­driver to re­move the two screws in the re­coil pad, change the riser to ad­just the comb height, add or delete shims to ad­just the length of pull, then re­in­stall the re­coil pad us­ing the proper length of screw (pro­vided).


Sav­age’s cen­ter­fire ri­fle model line-up was com­pletely over­hauled for 2018. Sav­age no longer uses the two-digit “10” des­ig­na­tion for ri­fles cham­bered for short-ac­tion

car­tridges. Both long and short ac­tion ri­fles now have the 110 des­ig­na­tion. See the ac­com­pa­ny­ing side­bar for a cross ref­er­ence of old ver­sus new mod­els. Along with the model 110 Storm are the Hunter, Varmint, Tac­ti­cal, Long Range Hunter, Preda­tor, Scout, Bear Hunter and Wolverine ri­fles. Each rein­vented 110 model is cham­bered in a va­ri­ety of car­tridges ap­pro­pri­ate for that model.


In or­der to main­tain the hunt­ing in­tent of the Sav­age Storm, all am­mu­ni­tion used to eval­u­ate its ac­cu­racy was fac­tory hunt­ing type am­mu­ni­tion. Some of the am­mu­ni­tion used was pre­mium grade, but none was match grade. Ten loads from four dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers were used during this eval­u­a­tion. Bul­let weights ranged from 150 to 175 grains. All am­mu­ni­tion used in the 110 Storm func-

“Even if you have the money for a high-end hunt­ing ri­fle, buy two 110s cham­bered for dif­fer­ent car­tridges in­stead. That way you can tai­lor your gun to your game.”

tioned with­out any prob­lems.


A Bush­nell En­gage 4-16x44mm ri­fle­scope was in­stalled and proved to be a good match for the Storm, for short and mid-range tar­gets. It pro­vides a wide field-of-view at 4x and suf­fi­cient mag­ni­fi­ca­tion at 16x. It also phys­i­cally fits the Storm well; not too big, not too small. The sim­ple lift and turn lock­ing tur­rets were easy to op­er­ate yet se­curely main­tained the de­sired set­ting. A 30mm di­am­e­ter tube al­lows for 50 MOA of travel for both windage and el­e­va­tion ad­just­ments. Those ad­just­ments were spot-on, mov­ing the ret­i­cle one inch at 100 yards with four clicks. The De­ploy MOA ret­i­cle op­er­ates in the sec­ond fo­cal plane with 0.18 MOA thick crosshairs and hash­marks at 1 MOA in­ter­vals for ac­cu­rate el­e­va­tion holdover. We found the ret­i­cle was a lit­tle busy at the cen­ter and would pre­fer that the first hash­marks in all di­rec­tions from cen­ter be elim­i­nated or at least made smaller. Over­all, the scope per­formed very well, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing its mod­est price. It has some pre­mium fea­tures with­out a pre­mium cost.


The first item of busi­ness was to break in the bar­rel. I first cleaned the bar­rel, then fired two shots, cleaned the bar­rel, et cetera, un­til I had fired twenty rounds. I used th­ese rounds to sight-in the ri­fle, first at 50 yards, then at 100 yards. Next I shot three 3-shot groups for two dif­fer­ent fac­tory loads. I shot slowly so that the bar­rel didn’t heat up and I cleaned the bar­rel af­ter each set of nine shots. Af­ter clean­ing, a sin­gle foul­ing round was fired. The ve­loc­ity for each round was de­ter­mined us­ing a Labradar doppler radar de­vice. During the next two range ses­sions, I checked the ac­cu­racy and ve­loc­ity for eight ad­di­tional dif­fer­ent fac­tory loads, us­ing the same pro­to­col as be­fore. This time I also mea­sured the bar­rel tem­per­a­ture im­me­di­ately prior to each shot to make sure that the bar­rel wasn’t over­heat­ing and pos­si­bly caus­ing groups to open up. The am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture was in the mid-30s to low 50s and I rested be­tween loads, so bar­rel over­heat­ing was not a prob­lem. Bar­rel tem­per­a­tures ranged from 39ºf to 70ºf. I also shot 20 rounds of Fu­sion 165 grain am­mu­ni­tion at a steady pace to see if I could heat-up the bar­rel and cause shots to string. There were no signs of string­ing or any other mea­sur­able vari­a­tions during this time. The start­ing tem­per­a­ture of the bar­rel was 52ºf and the fi­nal tem­per­a­ture was 90ºf. The max­i­mum am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture for this ses­sion was 56ºf and I was shoot­ing from a cov­ered bench, so the bar­rel wasn’t sub­ject to heat­ing due to the am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture or the sun.


The new Sav­age 110 Storm per­formed well during this eval­u­a­tion. At 1.48 inches av­er­age for the ten fac­tory loads tested, its ac­cu­racy is more than suf­fi­cient for an af­ford­able hunt­ing ri­fle. With the Hor­nady 150 grain In­ter­lock load com­ing in at 1.06 inches for three 3-shot groups, this off-the-shelf ri­fle is clos­ing in on 1 MOA ac­cu­racy. The Sav­age 110 Storm’s de­sign is sim­ple yet pro­vides the ba­sis for good ac­cu­racy in a hunt­ing ri­fle. The er­gonomic re­vi­sions for 2018 im­prove the feel of the

“Un­less you have money to burn and must have a high-end hunt­ing ri­fle, the re­vamped Sav­age 110 Storm is just the ticket.”

“With the in­tro­duc­tion of the rein­vented model 110 for 2018, we now also have the Ac­cu­fit stock.”

ri­fle and the Ac­cu­fit stock pro­vides ad­just­ments to ac­com­mo­date shoot­ers of all sizes with­out ex­ces­sive ex­pense or un­wieldy knobs, but­tons or levers to get in the way or come loose. With the ex­cep­tion of a pos­si­ble sea­sonal ad­just­ment to al­low for more or less cloth­ing, once the stock is set to your body, you won’t need to change it. The length of pull shims and comb height ris­ers may not look like much, but they are light, fit very well and feel solid during use. The most im­por­tant parts of the ri­fle, that bar­rel, ac­tion and trig­ger assem­bly re­main a solid plat­form for the rest of the ri­fle. Th­ese core items are de­signed, ma­chined and as­sem­bled in such a way that an in­ex­pen­sive hunt­ing ri­fle can be ac­cu­rate, reli­able and feel like an ex­ten­sion of you. Un­less you have money to burn and must have a high-end hunt­ing ri­fle, the re­vamped Sav­age 110 Storm is just the ticket. Add the En­gage ri­fle­scope of your choice and a sling and you are good to go. Even if you have the money for a high-end hunt­ing ri­fle, buy two 110s cham­bered for dif­fer­ent car­tridges in­stead. That way you can tai­lor your gun to your game.

01 02 03 04 The bot­tom metal is stain­less steel like the bar­rel and ac­tion to main­tain to the all-weather de­sign of the Storm. Four shim packs are pro­vided to add ap­prox­i­mately 1-3/4 inches to the length of pull. The de­tach­able box mag­a­zine holds four .30-06 Spring­field car­tridges. Even with a syn­thetic stock, the Sav­age 110 Storm is a good look­ing ri­fle.

05 06 07 08 The Ac­cu­fit stock is shown dis­as­sem­bled with the riser, shims and re­coil pad re­moved. They are all held in place by two Phillips-head screws of vary­ing lengths, depend­ing upon the num­ber of shims that are in­stalled. Sav­age’s new Ac­cu­fit stock uses ris­ers in 1/8-inch in­cre­ments to change the height of the comb. Shim packs in var­i­ous thick­nesses are used to mod­ify the length of the stock to change the length of pull. The stain­less steel bolt head is check­ered on top only. The Accutrig­ger has a blade in­sert in the face of the trig­ger so that the trig­ger can­not move to the rear un­less the face of the trig­ger it­self is de­pressed. The mag­a­zine (4 round for .30-06 Spring­field) is shown re­moved from the stock re­veal­ing the closed bolt assem­bly from un­der­neath the ri­fle.

« 05 « 02 » The fore arm for the Storm’s stock has soft-grip sur­faces on both sides for a bet­ter grip during in­clement weather. 04 The Sav­age 110 Storm’s long ac­tion bolt has dual lock­ing lugs for a 90º throw, as well as a float­ing bolt head. The Bush­nell En­gage 4-16x44mm ri­fle­scope is eco­nom­i­cal and per­forms very well for short to medium dis­tances. The De­ploy MOA ret­i­cle has hash marks at 1 MOA in­cre­ments for el­e­va­tion and windage holds. It also fea­tures lock­ing tur­rets and Tool-less Zero Re­set. « 07 » 06 The stain­less steel bar­rel on the Storm mea­sur­ers 0.585 inches in di­am­e­ter for a “lightweight” or “sporter” pro­file. The butt­stock can now be cus­tom­ized to fit the shooter by chang­ing the height of the comb and length of pull us­ing only a Phillips-head screw­driver. » 08 Sav­age pro­vides five ris­ers to choose from for a to­tal of 1/2 inch change in the comb height. » 01 The Ac­cu­s­tock sys­tem pro­vides an alu­minum chassis molded into the syn­thetic stock that adds rigid­ity to the fore end and pro­vides both ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal sup­port to the ac­tion. « 03 The Sav­age 110 Storm breaks new ground with the Ac­cu­fit stock along with a re­shaped fore end and pis­tol grip, and the ad­di­tion of soft-touch grip sur­faces on both.

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