The Ever-Versatile Savage 110 Scout
Now Sports A Fully Adjustable Stock
By Holt Bodinson
In 2018, Savage is at the top of its game with a complete face-lift being given to their successful Model 110 line. First came their revolutionary and pace-setting AccuTrigger, then their structurally reinforced and precision-bedded Accu-Stock. Now AccuFit stocking gives Savage shooters a screwdriver simple solution to customizing both comb height and length-of-pull to their individual needs.
It’s hard to believe the Model 110 is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Introduced in 1958 as an economical sporting rifle ($109.75) to compete with the Remington 721 ($95.25) and Winchester Model 70 ($129.95) lines, the Model 110 became a fierce competitor. Within a year of its introduction, a short-action model for the .243 and .308 Win was added and within a few months, a left-handed version really rattled the staid firearms industry. Shortly thereafter, Model 110 barreled actions and then actions alone were offered. I remember building 1,000-yard match rifles on the Savage action because it was so readily available and so reasonably priced.
Mechanically, the Model 110 Savage is an intriguing design with zero-tolerance headspace adjustment, a pinned-on, floating, self-centering bolt head sporting horizontal gas baffles looking ever so much a second set of locking lugs and a button-rifled barrel Savage is justifiably proud of.
Savage’s 2018 Scout with an AccuFit stock enhances the utility of an iconic design like the Model 110.
For 2018, the radically new AccuFit stock has been added to nine distinct models ranging from the iconic Scout pictured here in .308 to exotic numbers like the 110 Wolverine in .450 Bushmaster with seven additional big game, varmint, long-range and tactical variations in between with chamberings running from .204 Ruger through .338 Lapua Magnum. Interestingly, the highly efficient .338 Federal, .375 Ruger and .450 Bushmaster cartridges are chambered in more than one of the new 110 models. In addition, the synthetic AccuFit stocks have improved stock lines with slimmer forearms, smaller pistol grips and soft touch, gripping panels on the pistol grip and forearm.
Five incremental comb risers and four stock spacers enable owners to fit the rifle to
their personal shooting style. LOP of the AccuFit stock can be adjusted from 13 to 14
inches and drop-at-comb from 0.30 to 1.10 inches.
Thanks to the flexibility of synthetic stocks, the new AccuFit system is disarmingly simple. Packed with the rifle are five stock combs (Savage refers to them as “risers”) and four length-of-pull stock spacers. The stock combs vary in height in 1/8-inch increments. The stock spacers measure 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch providing lengths-of-pull from 13 to 14 inches respectively. Switching around those eight components will create a stock virtually custom tailored to the vast majority of the shooting population.
The stock easily comes apart with the removal of two screws.
Mastering the AccuFit system requires only the use of a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove and replace the two recoil pad/buttstock screws. To minimize damage to the access holes in the rubber recoil pad, I would recommend using a Phillips-head screwdriver with a 3/16-inch shank and maybe with a touch of paraffin or paste wax applied to the shank as a dry lubricant.
Once the two buttstock screws are removed, the recoil pad and the interchangeable stock spacer come free. The comb comes next. Sliding the comb toward the butt, frees seven, small tabs locking into matching slots molded into the top of the buttstock. Once freed, the comb merely lifts up and off the stock. Reinstallation of a comb requires a push down and forward motion.
The next step is switching out components until the stock fits like a glove. Ideally when we shoulder the rifle we should be looking right through the full optical center of our sights without strain and without having to adjust our cheek to the comb. The length-of-pull should be comfortable with the clothing we will be wearing and help fine-tune proper eye relief. To give the user reference points, the five incremental combs are marked alphabetically from A-E while the spacers are numbered from 1-4.
Length-of-pull is the easiest adjustment to make. A good starting point is the distance from the middle of the trigger finger to the inner elbow of the shooter and then adjust as needed with the spacers. The old industry standard of 13.5 inches LOP is still pretty close to ideal for many shooters.
Comb height adjustment is more subtle and depends upon the selection of sights, the height of their optical center and how we cheek a stock. As supplied, the incremental combs provide a drop-at-comb variation from 0.30 to 1.10 inch. One observation I will make is women tend to shoot with a more head erect position and require a higher comb and line-of-sight than most men who tend to snuggle forward and into their gun.
Will consumers use the stock tailoring tools Savage is providing? Hope so, although most shotgun stock shim kits end up remaining in the factory shipping cartons.
The forward Picatinny rail allows mounting of a Weaver Scout scope.
The Savage Scout chambered in .308 Win and outfitted with a forward-mounted, Weaver 4X Scout scope as well as a receiver sight, is more-or-less the classic Jeff Cooper “general purpose rifle”—a short, handy, multi-purpose rifle capable of fulfilling the functions of a tactical, survival and hunting firearm.
It fits Cooper’s original standard of measuring less than one meter in length but exceeds Cooper’s weight limit of 6.6 pounds with scope and magazine by almost 2 pounds, most of the extra weight being in a very stiff, heavy, 16.5-inch barrel and muzzlebrake.
The only design elements I question is the factory 10-round magazine is not interchangeable with a standard 7.62 PMAG (ouch!) and the Scout’s large, exposed, magazine release paddle is the embodiment of Murphy’s Law waiting to happen.
The Scout proved to be exceedingly accurate and mild to shoot delivering 0.9- to 1.2-inch 3-shot groups at 100 yards with Federal American Eagle 130-grain HP, Federal Fusion 150 SP, Federal Power Shok 150 solid copper HP and Federal Gold Medal 185 Berger HP match. Of the four loads, Fusion was the most consistently accurate.
The bolt-action Scout is available in .223, .308 (tested), .338 Fed and .450 Bushmaster with a detachable magazine of 10+1 capacity. Barrel length is 16.5 inches, overall length maxes out at 38.5 inches and a weight of 7.72 pounds. A rear aperture receiver sight, front blade and cantilevered Picatinny rail are factory supplied all for $815.
With Savage’s new AccuFit system, what once required the skill of an expensive custom stock maker to accomplish is now affordably within reach of every shooter whether his or her game is tactical, target or hunting. That’s quite an accomplishment.