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From Savage Arms . . .

Savage Arms has officially announced the Impulse Mountain Hunter as the newest model in their award-winning series of straight-pull rifles. Introducing faster speeds and lighter weights for big game treks, this rifle is a gamechanger for 2023.

“At Savage, we not only value the input of our customers, but we also listen to it. Since 2021 when Savage launched the first Impulse variant, the number one request we’ve received is for a lightweight version ideal for hunting in the mountains,” said Beth Shimanski, Director of Marketing at Savage Arms. “With extreme accuracy and breakthrough technology, the Mountain Hunter is light, sharp, and encompasses all that the Impulse family represents, thus giving our customers what they wanted.”

Key features include:

  • American-Made straight-pull bolt action
  • User-adjustable AccuTrigger (1.5-4lbs)
  • Removable, multi-positional bolt handle
  • Aluminum receiver with integral 1-piece 20 MOA rail
  • AccuStock technology with three-dimensional aluminum bedding
  • Adjustable length-of-pull
  • Savage designed; Proof Research carbon fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel with muzzle brake
  • 2 sling swivel studs
  • 2-position tang safety
  • Rugged, gray synthetic stock

Offering a wide variety of calibers, the Impulse Mountain Hunter is perfect for tough treks and big game bucket list hunts. For more information on the Savage Impulse series, visit

Part No. / Description / MSRP

57894 / 308 WIN 22-inch barrel / $2,437
57895 / 6.5 Creedmoor 22-inch barrel / $2,437
57896 / 300 WSM 24-inch barrel / $2,437
57897 / 6.5 PRC 24-inch barrel / $2,437
57898 / 270 WIN 22-inch barrel / $2,437
57899 / 30-06 SPRG 22-inch barrel / $2,437
57900 / 28 Nosler 24-inch barrel / $2,437
57901 / 7mm REM MAG 24-inch barrel / $2,437
57902 / 300 WIN MAG 24-inch barrel / $2,437

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  1. I dig it. But what I really wish is for Ruger to make a straight-pull version of their American Ranch Rifle AR mag models- THAT would be the Schiznit!

  2. Would like to try one in 30-06. my 7.5 Swiss and Browning T-Bolts are smooth, fast and accurate. This might convince me to retire my elderly M700 in -06.

  3. I must be getting old, because I just don’t get it. Nothing wrong with a simple rotating bolt. Don’t need new gadgets, just simple, accurate and lightweight. I wish I could find a nice Remington 788.

      • Technically….they work very well with a bump stock. They just happen to be gas and cam track assisted

      • Possum, you just might be on to something there. Maybe give that centrifigulator a break and apply yer talents…

    • I have a Remington 788 in .243. For what was a ‘budget’ rifle its actually a very nice first rate rifle and very accurate. I can see why you would want one, its a nice addition to any bolt action collection. Paid a guy $150.00 for it about 10 years ago.

      • My uncle has a 788 in .22-250. The local whistlepig cultural association have nicknamed it “Doom” for good reason.

        As for prices, whatever the market will bear. My first long rifle (he threw in a sack of ball and some powder) was had for a year’s wages, the amount of which soon became minted into the $20 gold piece. That’s at $1,655/ounce today. It’s replacement, Killdeer, was likely about the same cost but is priceless for sentimental reasons.

  4. I’m a traditionalist. I prefer turn-bolts.

    Is it my imagination or have at least half of the straight-pull bolt-actions appeared in the last 20 years?

    Up until the 1990s, there was the Swiss Schmidt-Rubin, Austrian M95, Canadian Ross, and American Lee. The first two were fairly successful and the last two not-so-successful.

    • It’s really not a new idea. Mannlicher patented the first straight pull in 1886, though his action was a more complex rotating bolt per ce in comparison to what came out within a few years of his first. The Schmidt-Rubin (1898) is probably the best example of a Straight Pull Rotating Bolt Action, and stayed with the Swiss Army up until 1958. 60 years as a service rifle is a pretty hard record to beat.
      The main advantage is the economy of motion, the speed of follow up shots and the ease of maintaining the target due to less motion. The other advantage is it allows for multiple bolt head locking points instead of the usual two. Since the locking points encompass the circumference of the bolt face, the lock up can be tighter, and capable of withstanding higher pressures with less material needed for the multiple locking lugs, reducing weight.
      SPRB’s have been popular in Europe for over a hundred years. The first US Manufacturer to employ the concept came from Browning with the introduction of their T Bolt in the early 60s.

    • Mannlicher 1886, was the 1st SPRB. The list of European guns is actually pretty long and includes the ones you mentioned, but the concept just never took off in America as it did in Europe, so most of us Americans are only familiar with a handful of guns. The first American made SPRB was the Browning T-Bolt introduced in the early 60’s.
      Just about every small bore Olympic Competition rifle used in the last 100 year has been a SPRB by Anschutz, Hammerelli and others, even for the American teams.
      The economy of motion, faster follow up and ease of maintaining sight picture are the main advantages.
      For the Feral Hog hunter, those three advantages could very well make for a great take, since there’s no limit in some states because the hogs are so thick.
      I did get to fire a Schmidt-Rubin a buddy had many years ago, from what I recall it was as smooth as glass cycling that action.
      I don’t hunt much anymore due age and infirmities, but if I was younger, I’d be lusting for that Savage in .300 Win Mag .

  5. Nice looking rifle. Went to the Savage site to take a look, but ended up ordering an Impulse Elite Precision instead as I’m not really looking for a hunting rifle.

  6. A straight-pull bolt-action rifle has a lot of appeal.

    A straight-pull bolt-action rifle with an MSRP of $2437 has zero appeal–especially when you consider the fact that you would spend something like another $1000 on a scope for that rifle.

    Hard pass.

    • Would have to agree with you there- that’s why I wish there was a straight-pull RAR rifle… at the Ruger American Ranch rifle price.

      It is to dream…

  7. Can’t help but think that “Deliberate” or “Decisive” or “Certainty” or the like might be a better name for a hunting rifle then “Impulse”. Jus sayin…

  8. Not sure where Dan got the prices, but I bought an Impulse Predator 6.5 Creedmore from Bud’s for $993.65 about a month or two ago and spent more like $500 for the scope. It is a nice gun with a promise of barrel interchangeability in the future. When that occurs I will probably pick up a 308.

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