Savage MSR-10 rifle
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Savage entered the AR market with a bang, so to speak. The company’s joining the big boy bullet brigade with its new MSR-10 Hunter. (Full press release below.) Chambered in game-dropping .308 Win. or 6.5 Creedmoor (.338 Federal to follow), the direct impingement MSR-10’s got an upgraded free-floating barrel boasting 5R rifling. Curiously, the company famous for its Accutrigger™ fits the rifle with a BLACKHAWK!® trigger. MSRP around $1,400.

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – December 4, 2017 – Savage Arms has great news for serious shooters and hunters who want more from their modern sporting rifles. Several options of the semi-auto MSR 10 Hunter takes the popular AR-10 platform to new heights, offering greater performance, expanded caliber choices and a modern design, plus a full suite of custom upgrades packaged as standard features. Shipments of the new rifles have been delivered to dealers.

The Savage MSR 10 Hunter is a compact sporting platform that still packs the punch of 308 Win., and 6.5 Creedmoor chamberings. The rifle squeezes even more performance from its upgraded Savage barrel with a 5R rifling, a BLACKHAWK!® trigger with nickel boron treatment, and a tough Melonite QPQ finish. Other upgrades including a freefloat fore-end, custom-forged lower receiver and BLACKHAWK! adjustable buttstock and pistol grip turn the Hunter into the ultimate big game rifle.

Features & Benefits
• Compact AR-10 design
• 308 Win. (1:10-inch, 5R Right-hand Rifling) and 6.5 Creedmoor (1:8-inch, 5R Right-hand Rifling)
• 16 1/8-inch fluted barrel with Melonite QPQ finish (308 Win.); 18-inch barrel for 6.5 Creedmoor
• 7.8 pounds, 308 Win; 8.0 pounds, 6.5 Creedmoor
• Custom forged upper/lower for unique look and compact size
• Free-float M-LOK handguard
• BLACKHAWK! KNOXX AR Pistol Grip and AXIOM Carbine Stock
• BLACKHAWK! trigger with nickel boron treatment

In January 2018, MSR 10 Hunter will available in the 338 Federal chambering. Since its introduction in 2006, the 338 Federal has established itself has an extremely versatile, high-performance big game cartridge.

Built on the .308 case and “necked-up” to hold a .338 diameter bullet, this 338 Federal load offers hunters a faster muzzle velocity than the 308 Win. But with a heavier bullet. As a result, the short-action cartridge provides magnum energy for devastating performance on game, without magnum recoil.

Part No. / Description / MSRP
22902 / MSR 10 Hunter, 308 Win. / $1,481
22903 / MSR 10 Hunter, 6.5 Creedmoor / $1,481
22902 / MSR 10 Hunter, 338 Federal / $1,481

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About Savage Arms
Headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts for more than 100 years, Savage Arms is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hunting, competition and self-defense centerfire and rimfire rifles, and shotguns. Their firearms are best known for accuracy and value. The entrepreneurial spirit that originally defined the company is still evident in its ongoing focus on continuous innovations, craftsmanship, quality and service.

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  1. The weight isn’t terrible given its free floated, the hand guard looks like a proprietary setup though. Probably another AR-10 standard to have to live up to. Wonder how it will be accuracy wise and what incentive to get it over an M&P 10 is. I’m betting the trigger is upper average, not spectacular.

    Look forward to a review.

    • i have one, the adjustable gas system alone makes it worthwhile over the M&P, but the BCG is mega proprietary.

  2. Curiously fitted with a Blackhawk trigger? Aren’t Savage, Blackhawk, Federal, Speer, and a ton of other brands all owned by Vista Outdoors or whatever?

  3. I actually have one of these in 308. You can find them at Cabela’s for $900 occasionally. (The Hunter, not the Long Range)

    Answers to questions:

    Yes, it is incredibly proprietary. The BCG is shortened to fit in the receiver group, which is more “compact” than other groups. The gas system is “mid length+” as well, and it is fully adjustable with a very large amount of positions on the block. I’d say the tube is about 1.5″ longer than a standard mid-length setup. It was very easy to dial in to get both good performance with minimal recoil. Both the factory brake and the gas setup probably has a lot to do with this.

    It is actually very light and handy and very well balanced. I was surprised more than anything and I actually really appreciated it.

    Rails are screwed into the upper receiver, so the barrel is free floated completely.

    Accuracy wise.. I got a 0.5MOA group out of it with some loadings my friend rolled up for me. This rifle is STUPIDLY accurate with good ammunition, I was massively impressed by how crazy accurate it is.

    The kicker: I needed to change out the trigger to get to that. The factory trigger is okayish, but its just mil-spec+ because of the coating. I swapped in an Elftmann Match that I had laying around.

    Bad’s are.. the factory furniture is kinda meh. The rails are proprietary, along with the BCG. It takes standard AR trigger parts so most drop in units fit inside perfectly, along with the buffer tube and grip.

    Overall I really like the rifle a ton, and after a bit of a breakin (It was VERY tight from the factory) its been flawless in function. I’ve got about 1500 rounds through it now, took about 100 to break it in and loosen it up, and I’ve been enjoying every bit of it. Savage put out a real good product here.

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