Buy a Rifle with a Mounted and Zeroed Scope: Guns for Beginners

Savage 110 Engage Hunter XP

Ideally, a rifleman/hunter should know how to choose, mount and zero a scope for his or her rifle and choice of ammunition. And ideally I should be doing yoga. Soi don’t worry about The People of the Gun who look down at you if you buy a hunting rifle ready to go, whether it’s an entry Savage 110 for $629 (press release below) or a $6250 Gunwerks Verdict. A complete package lets you focus on the shooting part of the process. And that’s not a bad place to start, IMHO.

Savage Gives Hunters Field-Ready Combo Package with New 110 Engage Hunter XP

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts –-(Ammoland.com)-Savage is pleased to offer hunters and other serious shooters a new field-ready rifle-and-optics package that combines the company’s proven Model 110 platform with a factory-mounted, bore-sighted Bushnell Engage scope. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

Length-of-pull on the 110 Engage Hunter XP is easily customized to fit any shooter for comfort and consistency, and the user-adjustable AccuTrigger provides a light, crisp pull. The rifle’s improved ergonomics get even more accuracy from its legendary 110 action, floating bolt head, and thread-in, zero-tolerance headspace system, while the optic’s drop-compensating reticle makes it easier to place precise shots at longer ranges.

Features & Benefits

  • Adjustable length-of-pull
  • User-adjustable AccuTrigger
  • New Model 110 design and ergonomics
  • Detachable box magazine
  • Black synthetic stock
  • Matte blued barrel
  • Weaver Grand Slam rings and bases
  • Bushnell Engage 3-9x40mm scope with drop-compensating reticle, mounted and boresighted

Part No. / Description / MSRP

  • 57010 / 243 Win., 22-inch barrel / $629
  • 57011 / 6.5 Creedmoor, 22-inch barrel / $629
  • 57012 / 7mm-08 Rem., 22-inch barrel / $629
  • 57013 / 260 Rem., 22-inch barrel / $629
  • 57014 / 308 Win., 22-inch barrel / $629
  • 57015 / 270 WSM, 24-inch barrel / $629
  • 57016 / 300 WSM, 24-inch barrel / $629
  • 57017 / 338 Federal, 22-inch barrel / $629
  • 57027 / 25-06 Rem., 22-inch barrel / $629
  • 57028 / 270 Win. 22-inch barrel / $629
  • 57029 / 6.5X284 NORMA, 24-inch barrel / $629
  • 57030 / 30-06 Sprg., 22-inch barrel / $629
  • 57031 / 7mm Rem. Mag., 24-inch barrel / $629
  • 57032 / 300 Win. Mag., 24-inch barrel / $629
  • 57033 / 338 Win. Mag., 24-inch barrel / $629
  • 57144 / 280 Ackley Improved, 22-inch barrel / $629

Savage is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. To learn more about Savage, visit www.savagearms.com.


About Vista Outdoor Inc.

Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe. For news and information, visit www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.

 

 

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  1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    What, pray tell, is a ” zero-tolerance headspace system?”

    1. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

      A marketing ploy?

      1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        I guess. I’m just trying to parse the words – they make no sense strung together like that.

    2. avatar Accur81 says:

      When Savage says it, I take it to mean a slightly tighter chamber, even though it doesn’t make much sense.

      1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        That was one of my thoughts as well… but I cannot reconcile a zero-headspace chamber in a hunting rifle.

        In a precision benchrest rifle, that is lovingly cleaned, pampered, and is shooting brass that’s been carefully prepped, each individual piece measured, etc? OK, sure.

        In a hunting rifle? It doesn’t seem… wise… to me.

    3. avatar AdamTA1 says:

      If the headspace chews a piece of brass into the shape of a gun then it is expelled.

  2. avatar SouthernPhantom says:

    Boresighted =! zeroed.

  3. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

    Bore sighting is a step. Not the last step.

    Seriously. Who would take a rifle straight from the factory box and proceed to hunt with it?

    1. avatar ACP_arms says:

      “Seriously. Who would take a rifle straight from the factory box and proceed to hunt with it?”

      JWM, You know there are people that do or would. It’s like people that take pot shots at an elk that is way out there without ranging it. Someone I met went hunting with a person like that once. Those kind of people are out there.

  4. avatar RCC says:

    I’ve had scope fitted at gun shop and “bore sighted”. It was over 4 feet high at 100 metres. Had to put up target at 25 to even see a hit. Took off and re-did myself.

    On the other hand a very knowledgable friend and I did .223 a few years back and first shot was 1/4 inch off centre. One click and never touched since.

    If your not going to test fire nothing is sighted in. I have met brand new hunters who have never fired their “wonder magnum” applying for hunting permits. As the shop told them it was “sighted in”.

    1. avatar RidgeRunner says:

      I found a good deal on a Savage 110 in 300WSM with a Nikon scope on it, it hit a half-inch off center first shot out of the box. And second shot. By the fifth I started getting flyers, it rattled the Weaver scope rings loose and they wouldn’t stay tight. I bought a one-piece Talley mount, lapped and tapped, now it’s a helluva shooter.
      Now if I could only get that elk hunt out West to stretch it’s legs. It’s a lotta gun for Tennessee hills.

  5. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    MidwayUSA has some good videos on basic gunsmithing, including how to mount a scope.

    It’s. Not. That. Hard.

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Agreed. Brownells has some info as well.

  6. avatar David says:

    Let’s pretend for a second that the rifle actually does come zeroed. It sure as hell isn’t going to stay that way, especially if it’s a budget scope on a budget rifle. Not if it sees any real use. Hopefully the shop explains that to the buyer.

  7. avatar Ralph says:

    Buying a rifle with a mounted and zeroed scope is a fantasy. At best, the scope will be mounted — that’s the easy part — and bore-sighted. Not zeroed.

    Bore sighting should help the owner to get the rifle on target faster and more efficiently. But that’s it.

    I bore sight scopes for my customers all the time, and I advise them that it’s not zeroed and show them how to zero the sight when they take it to the range. The best that I can do is see to it that the rifle is on paper at a fixed distance. After that, it’s on them.

    The best thing for a customer to do is to buy any one of the many boresighting laser devices on the market. They’re inexpensive and effective.

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      It seems to me that Gunwerks mounts and zeroes their scope. They use their own pricey ammo. Double rifle manufacturers specify the exact load that barrels are regulated with.

  8. avatar Dan says:

    I disagree. My first gun was a savage 110 with the scope package. Turns out the mounts were loose and I didn’t have the knowledge to know what was going on, so I gave up on guns for awhile. I burned through hundreds of .30-06 rounds before figuring it out.

    At a minimum you need to have half decent QC on those packages and not package them with junk scope. Otherwise its just a newbie trap that can sour them.

  9. avatar ironicatbest says:

    ttthat’s a hell of a good deal,

  10. avatar Hank says:

    Good deals for a rifle but there’s no such thing as a rifle that you can get pre zeroed. Maybe factory zeroed like the Russians do, but that’s not a “zero” in the sense that you’re thinking. That’s just good enough to get you through the first firefight after the gun is thrown to you on your way into battle. After that you have to actually zero it.

  11. avatar Michael in AK says:

    FWIW- I bought a savage in 243 package just before Christmas for my wife. It is their old stock. After break-in, it was 3/4″ low and 1″ left at 50 yards. Adjusted and set it for 1″ high at 100 yards. shot 20 more rounds and it held at 1″ high and 1.5″ groups IF I shot not faster than 1 round per minute. Faster than that and the groups open up. Love the accu-trugger!. Plenty good for deer hunting in my neck of the woods.

    The scope it came with is a Nikon. I shot the box test and it was ok, but low when it came back to the original corner and inconsistent on the adjustments. Will be getting some better glass at some point.

    1. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

      I put a sub 200 dollar Redfield 3×9 on my .243 Ruger American. I’ve only shot it out to 300 yards. Works good enough for me.

      1. avatar Michael in AK says:

        Yep…if I didn’t change it out, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

  12. avatar Mike says:

    Buy a Rifle. LEARN to Mount and Zero a Scope

    Don’t give out free fish. Teach people HOW to fish. But that’s just me.

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