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One of my biggest complaints with some firearms is that it seems like they were designed to fit absolutely no one. The mechanics are great, but the furniture is designed for either Tyrion Lannister or Gregor Clegane. There’s rarely a happy medium. Savage is looking to change that with their new AccuFit, a highly adjustable stock that they’ve now installed on their Model 110 Scout rifle.

Savage’s Model 110 Scout is, as the name says, a “scout” rifle. Championed by Col. Jeff “Four Rules” Cooper in the 1980s, the argument for the scout rifle design is that by placing the scope further forward on the barrel of a lightweight rifle you have better situational awareness, faster target acquisition and quick follow-up shots. In theory.

Savage follows Cooper’s formula with their Model 110 Scout, and while I can’t say I fell in love with the optics I do very much like how everything else goes together.

Starting out at the front of the gun there’s a rather large muzzle brake that does a great job soaking up the recoil of the .308 Winchester round, even when firing the rifle from the standing position. Or, if you want something better, you can always crank it off and slap on the muzzle device of your choice. Options include flash hiders, soda can launchers, and the ever-popular silencer.

Just behind the threading is a nice fixed blade front sight. I’m a fan of including iron sights on working guns — just in case the optics are damaged, you still have an option to finish the mission at hand.

Further up the barrel we start to see the benefits of the new AccuFit. While the stock is synthetic, it still remains stiff enough to allow the barrel to freely float without touching the stock at all. That’s great for improving the accuracy of the firearm, and something you don’t usually see on the lower end synthetic stocks. Good on you, Savage.

On the other side of the chamber is Savage’s stock in trade (pun not necessarily intended). The rifle features their usual action, centerline thumb safety, and their justifiably acclaimed adjustable AccuTrigger. I’m a pretty big fan of their trigger system, as it gives all the feel and accuracy of a two stage trigger with the simplicity and price of a single stage trigger.

The action is designed to take standard detachable AICS magazines. Only a couple years ago this would have meant massively expensive replacements were your only option, but both Magpul and MDT now make replacement polymer mags for pennies on the dollar compared to Accuracy International-made magainzes. One Magpul 10-round magazine is included in the box with the Model 110 Scout.

I really appreciate detachable magazines becoming more common in bolt action rifles. Loading through the ejection port is so 1890’s. And being able to have multiple mags loaded and ready to go just makes me happy.

But let’s get to the new feature being released with this rifle: that AccuFit stock.

The Savage Scout 110 was re-introduced in 2015 with a stock designed to be adjustable for length of pull and cheek rise height. The length of pull adjustment was good, using spacers and different sized screws to provide a solid platform.

The cheek rise, on the other hand, was the same quick adjustment version we’ve seen on other rifles using a polymer panel and some finger adjustable knobs. It had a tendency to shift around and generally be more annoying than useful.

On this latest version, the cheek riser is an integral part the whole. It’s a solid piece of plastic that’s firmly attached to the stock — you need to un-screw the recoil pad, remove any spacers, and then slide in the cheek riser of your choice. Re-attach the recoil pad and you’re go to go

It’s a far more solid and secure method than the old screw-adjustable system. That means it feels solid as a rock and won’t move even under extreme stress.

That’s all great, but how does the 110 Scout work on the range?

In a word: great. The insert panels on the forend and the grip make the gun very comfortable to hold even under recoil, and the adjustable bits all feel extremely solid. The cushy recoil pad combined with the rather massive muzzle brake means there’s only slightly more recoil than a rimfire rifle.

I noticed a bit of an issue when working the rifle’s action — the bolt has a tendency to stick just a lbit when cycling. This could be due to this being factory-fresh rifle that needs some break-in time (or more lube) so your mileage may vary. Even then, that’s a very minor gripe on an otherwise fantastic shooting firearm.

As for accuracy, it’s…okay. I slapped a 2.5x Leupold scope Jeremy had laying around on the gun and after a quick “battlefield zero” I was on paper. The scope never actually made it all the way to a proper zero, bottoming out the turrets an inch from where I needed it, but it was good enough for an accuracy test. The best group I could get out of the Model 110 Scout was this one using Federal Gold Medal Match. A little under 1.5 MoA. That’s not terrible, especially for a cheap low power scope in a budget priced rifle. But it’s nothing to write home about, either.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Scout Rifle concept. It’s just not for me. That said, the Savage Model 110 Scout is a damn solid entry into the field. The newly adjustable AccuFit stock is huge improvement, easily customized and solid in the field.

There are a few other manufacturers that make scout rifles from Steyr to Mossberg, but the only real competitor at this level of price quality is Ruger with their Gunsite Scout Rifle. But that (A) uses a traditional non-adjustable stock, and (B) has an inferior single stage trigger. I’d say Savage wins pretty handily unless you really prefer the Ruger brand.

Specifications: Savage Model 110 Scout Rifle

Caliber: .308 Winchester (also available in .223 Remington, .338 Federal, and .450 Bushmaster)
Overall Length: 37.5 to 38.5 inches
Weight: 7.72 lbs
Barrel Length: 16.5 inches
Twist Rate: 1:10
Capacity: 10 rounds
Trigger Pull Weight: 2.5 lbs to 6 lbs
MSRP: $819

RATINGS (out of five stars):

Reliability * * * * *
Zero malfunctions. Slightly sticky bolt out of the box, but should smooth out over time and certainly not enough to be a reliability issue.

Accuracy * * * 
Not outstanding as tested, but it’s possible that with a better scope (and perhaps a better trigger-puller) that could be improved.

Ergonomics * * * * *
Highly adjustable to fit the shooter. All the benefits of an AR-15 with the solid feel and function of a traditional stock.

Overall * * * *
I’m a fan. I might not like the scout rifle setup per se, but on this rifle it just seems to make sense. The gun feels great, balances well in the hand and is a very solidly crafted firearm. Definitely worth the money.

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  1. Visualizing a noob on YouTube cramming their face over the receiver, stock under the armpit so they can put their eyebrow directly into the scope’s eyepiece…

    • I’m going to have the “scout rifle” concept a thumbs down. Sorry Jeff Cooper, I don’t like your long eye relief scopes…they are very limited in their usefulness, and low in magnification as an inescapable by-product of their design. And the scope-forward architecture changes the balance point on a rifle too far forward. Instead, I’ll go for something like a Tikka T3X arctic if I’m in big bear country or open lands and need full on .308, otherwise I’ll take a compact ultra lightweight CZ527 in 7.62 X 39 suppressor ready for closer work in heavier forests.

      • I’m with you there. Had to burn some money to realize the same thing. I ended up going with a CZ 527m in x39 with a Leupie vxr 2-7 on low qd rings and it’s awesome

      • I totally agree. I hate the scope forward concept. Maybe on a red dot with a 3x magnifier, but even then it’s inferior to a properly-mounted 1-8x scope.

      • You misunderstand teh concept. “normal” optics are acceptable in the Scout Rifle. The fwd mount offers numerous advantages within the concept

      • I’ve never researched the Scout Rifle concept in detail, but with all due respect to Col. Cooper, can someone explain why they are always bolt action as opposed to semi-auto? I can’t imagine in this configuration the difference in accuracy would be that significant.

        • Bolt actions are preferred for several reasons…weight is primary. As the concept has been produced, they’ve gotten progressively heavier, making a semi-auto scout not as ‘far out’ as it was when the concept developed in the late 70s and early 80s. Also, its a mission-driven feature. The Scout Rifle is NOT a battle rifle; its a rifle that can do pretty much anything you need out to normal visibility distances. If you think you might need a rifle, but not know EXACTLY what you need, the Scout is a great option.

        • Springfield makes an M1A Scout if you prefer semi-autos. I would love one for hunting pigs. The forward scope is genius. Anyone who has ever shot the forward mounted Aimpoints or EOTechs in training gets the concept but the Scout Scope has a little magnification to boot!

        • Semi autos generally cannot make the wt in .308 cal-ie: less than 1 meter (40 inches) in length, and less than 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) in weight, with iron and optical sights and fitted with practical slings

      • The Scout Rifle predates the availability of excellent red dot sights.

        Coopers ideas — good awareness, fast handling, sufficient power, etc are all good ideas. But the forward scope isn’t the way to execute them today. Today we have excellent red dots and holographic sights. A scout rifle today would resemble a short barrel AR10 with red dot and pivoting magnifier.

    • I’m 66 and still able to out-shoot most of you “youngsters”.

      But who the Hell are “Tyrion Lannister or Gregor Clegane”.

      Don’t answer. I couldn’t care less.

      • Well, alrighty then, Couldn’t-Care-Less-Gramps…guess all that’s left for us youngsters to say is,
        “Sorry about your dick.”

    • Left handed myself, never had a left handed firearm. Nice thing about this rifle is the optic is far enough forward I can reach over and work the bolt left handed as usual with iron sights.

      • Was just about to post that I’m disappointed I built up a Ruger scout six months ago for a pretty penny more, along with an upgraded trigger and cheek rest, but the fact that I’m a lefty and this isn’t makes it no contest. A pity, sounds like a nice and cheaper option

        • Lefty here with a RGS in left. I went all-in on mine with a McMillan stock and put a regular rail with a standard scope. Maybe I got lucky with mine but the trigger breaks like glass at about 4 pounds with absolutely no creep. No need for a change there.

      • it’s not so much working the bolt as having your face in the wrong place should something go wrong. I’ve never given it a second thought myself, but it’s a valid point.

  2. “the only real competitor at this level of price quality is Ruger with their Gunsite Scout Rifle. But that’s (A) only available in short action chamberings instead of having both short and long action options from Savage”

    The Ruger GSR is available in three of the four cartridges that the 110 Scout is. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the 110 Scout available only in a short/standard action as well, the same as the Ruger GSR?

    • Also, just poking around Savage’s website, it appears that their long action cali bers are the same length as the short action ones. So they’re putting short action cartridges in long actions, which completely negates the advantage of the short cartridges.

        • Could just be a lazy IT guy. Tikka ri fles are like that though. Fine if you’re buying a .30-06, but not a .308.

  3. ‘…only available in short action chamberings instead of having both short and long action options from Sa vage… Cal iber: .308 Win chester (also available in .223 Rem ington, .338 Fed eral, and .450 Bush master)’

    These are all short action cartridges.

    Make me one with a double stack mag azine and I’m a buyer. There’s no reason for a single stack maga zine in a purpose built production rif le. The Lee-Enfield did it 120 years ago – with rimmed cartridges no less.

  4. Got one of the old-model Scout 11s for Christmas, still need to get it out and try it. (After cleaning it … the bolt head was pretty dirty.)

    Any idea whether the action can be dropped into the new chassis? The one thing I really don’t like about the previous model is the proprietary magazines. (Although I’m not a fan of the “pull the trigger as part of the bolt release” thing either, come to think of it.)

    • Not sure about the model 11s. The model 10s can be dropped into several stocks and a handful of chassis. I’ve got a Model 10 in a PDC Custom chassis and love it.

  5. For this you need a pistol scope, otherwise known as a long eye relief scope. NcSTAR makes them. I had the 2-7X32mm. SPB2732B on my Mosin Nagant and it was fine. Eye relief about 10 inches.

    • Burris and Vortex both make long-eye-relief variable-power “scout” scopes. I picked up the Vortex 2-7x on my Savage Scout 11 – not bad glass.

  6. I found the Ruger GSR trigger to be very good. A friend of mine who builds custom precision rifles said the GSR’s trigger was the best out of box trigger he tested. Of course I may have lucked out on a really good one. YMMV.

  7. Not a fan of the Scout Rifle concept — but I am a fan of Savage. If Remington continues to self-destruct its brand, I can envision Savage becoming America’s #2 rifle company behind current #2 and future #1 Ruger (Remington is #1 for now).

    Anecdotally, while Remington Model 870s continue to sell very well — it’s the best selling shotgun in history by a wide margin — in my store Savage rifles outsell Remingtons by multiples.

  8. Why couldn’t they have included the built in bipod like the Steyr ? I want a scout rifle in 243 so bad. But I also want an adjustable stock (Steyr doesn’t have it in the scout only the longer barreled model ) and Steyr doesn’t make it in 243. They are also really expensive.

    • Howa makes, I think, a barreled action in 243. Put that in an MDT LSS chassis and you can put an adjustable AR stock on it. You might need to do some work on the LSS to adapt a forward scope mount (if the Howa’s mounting points won’t let you mount it as far forward as you’d like). But the chassis is aluminum and should be fairy easy to work on. (Given a good set of drawings and a competent machine shop.)

  9. Traded my son a mini 14 and got his Ruger Scout with polymer stock.

    Love this rifle and Scout concept. The savage looks pretty good as well since they ditched that stupid looking saddle stock for this new one.

    They are not quite as handy as a good levergun but easier to reload.

    Personally I would rather see a rifle cut for stripper clips for reloading. These loaded 10 rounders for 308 are pretty danged bulky. Clips would be easier to tote

  10. The ruger gunsite scout is in fact available in standard cartridges and with an adjustable stock….just saying, you should check your facts.

    • Ruger scout doesnt have adjustable comb like the savage.

      It does have butt spacers.

      I use the irons and will mount a Scout scope at some point……i think….maybe a red dot

  11. Nick, thanks for the review. Insightful as always. I always keep an eye out for your reviews on here and YouTube. Keep it up; your writing style and expertise is always fun.

  12. 7.7lbs? With. Syntheti stock this thing comes out well over a pound more than the 3 kilo guideline for a scout rifle even before you add the optic. fugly it is, scout rifle it is not.

  13. 3/5 stars on accuracy? Do you know what kind of ammo the individual rifle likes? Not to mention the comment “possible that with a better scope (and perhaps a better trigger-puller) that could be improved”. Under those conditions, 1.5 moa seems about reasonable. I’d be willing to bet it can shoot better than you, and you give it a 3/5 star accuracy rating. If it is free floated, and uses a savage barrel, it could easily be scary accurate with the right load in the right hands. FWIW, I don’t own a savage. I’ve been around long enough to see their potential though. But what do I know, I’ve only shot competition with bolt actions for over a decade.

    • I’m thinking REAL hard about getting one of these. Steyr prices give me the shakes, but this Savage tickles my fancy. The only addition is a bipod of some form. The fold down panels of said Steyr rock really hard.

  14. Detachable magazines of 5, 10, andc20 rounds should be manufactured for a lot more firearms. They are practical for extended hunts. Spending a week or two in the woods without loose rounds to worry about would be nice. Scout rifle—Whatever!

  15. I dislike the magazine option, big square thing sticking down below. Prefer the flush setup of the 110 Hog Hunter which comes in the same calibers minus the 450 bushmaster and with a 20 inch barrel for a little better ballistics.

  16. I dislike the mag option, love the top loaded. the magazine cost a lots of money; The SKS top loading system is the best. a clip with 10 round snap it in and you are ready to go. and the clips are chip.

  17. Whereas, to me, the Scout Rifle does it ALL, in a platform that fits me. I’ve built 3, two Mausers and a Mosin, to embody that which serves my absolute general purposes. I’ve got specific rifles for 1000+ yd usage, but a Scout covers damn near anything else I would ever need a high powered rifle for.

  18. Folks – Don’t buy a Savage…I bought a brand-new one June 23rd, 2018. It wouldn’t feed from the Savage-branded box magazine (the magazine wouldn’t seat in the well). Back to the store it went and then back to Savage. Eight weeks later it comes back and THE SAME PROBLEM was present!

    At Savage, someone simply took out the Savage-branded magazine and put a used, dented ACCURATE MAG branded one in its place. No good – if they had even attempted to cycle it at the factory they would have found that fix doesn’t work. I looked at the ACCURATE MAG website and their listing for the .223/5.56 box magazine clearly says it won’t function in a Savage .223 rifle!

    The folks at my gun store tried a Ruger-branded box magazine (for Ruger’s Gunsite Scout Rifle) and it functioned perfectly! I shot 100 rounds this weekend without a FTF or FTE. So we fixed a Savage problem with a Ruger part. Savage isn’t answering my e-mails, so a letter went off to their CEO. WORST. CUSTOMER. SERVICE. EVER!

  19. Cocking pin in the up position not the down position so bolt will not seat. This is a new purchase out of the box. Anyone know to rotate the pin to the down position?

    • Have you tried a pair of pliers to the back of the bolt? I used to run a BSA range with Savage and Ruger .22s and that happened pretty frequently. Quick easy fix, though. Best of luck!

  20. I really dislike how the article somehow distills the Scout Rifle concept into just “a rifle with a forward relief scope”, as if installing a forward relief scope on any rifle turns it into a Scout Rifle. The entire concept of a scout rifle is more than just the scope, and in fact according to Cooper himself isn’t even mandatory, let alone an integral defining feature of the weapon.

  21. I dislike the magazine option, big square thing sticking down below. Prefer the flush setup of the 110 Hog Hunter which comes in the same calibers minus the 450 bushmaster and with a 20 inch barrel for a little better ballistics.

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