Savage Arms—famous for its accurate barrels and innovations like their barrel nut, floating bolt head and excellent AccuTrigger—has extended the versatility of their already excellent rifles with new AccuFit stocks. Introduced at the 2018 SHOT Show, the AccuFit is a modular system which allows the user to adjust both the length of pull and comb height of their rifle until it fits like a glove.
Rifle fit is an often overlooked, yet unequivocally important factor in how well you shoot, especially in high-pressure field positions. If a rifle is too short, you’ll find yourself hunching your shoulders when the rifle is mounted, and the felt recoil can quickly (and unnecessarily) ramp up. With the growing size of modern optics—the tube diameter and ocular lens diameter ever increasing—our scope ends up mounted higher and higher above the bore. If the rifle’s comb is not high enough to properly align your cheek, you’ll lose the cheek-weld that allows you to shoot your best. Recoil from the bench position will come up into your face, and you’ll experience an uncomfortable feeling as your head and tenses up to hold things still and on the target. When a rifle fits in both length and comb height, it becomes an old friend. The Savage AccuStock system allows you to obtain the rifle fit you want, even allowing the comb height to be changed to match varying riflescopes.
Savage ships the Model 110 AccuFit rifles with one spacer for length of pull installed at the common length of 13½ inches, but includes three different spacers of varying thicknesses, increasing in .25-inch increments. One of the comb risers comes installed, but there are four additional heights included with the package, increasing in height in .125-inch increments. These are perfect for the higher mounted scopes, as well as for female shooters, who tend to have longer necks than their male counterparts. In addition to the screws that are holding the assembled rifle together, three additional sets of varying-length screws are supplied.
I was fortunate enough to be invited on a tour of the Savage Arms factory, in Westfield Mass., where I and other prominent gun writers were afforded the opportunity to assemble our own Model 110 AccuFit rifles in the caliber and configuration of choice. I chose the Bear Hunter model, with a muzzle brake that can be turned off with a slight twist, and the hinged floor plate, as I lose detachable magazines very easily. The experience was wonderful; I learned much about the methods and techniques Savage uses in rifle construction, but the story became more complex a week after I returned home.
Proud to show my wife what I got to assemble at the Savage factory, I saw her eyes widen in that fashion that had less to do with her pride in my handiwork than it did with her personal admiration for the rifle. “You mean I can shorten the length of pull on this rifle so it’s like my Lady Hunter?” Suzie inquired. I immediately saw where this was going; her Savage Lady Hunter .308 is one of her favorite rifles, primarily due to the higher comb, and 12¾-inch length of pull. “You have enough rifles, and I don’t have a .300 Magnum,” she added with the next breath. And just like that, my rifle became hers. That’s how it goes sometimes in a household where both of us hunt, but I'm alright with that, as I get to share so many adventures with my beautiful wife.
Now in my mind, the AccuFit stock allows this rifle to be “our” rifle, as I can switch the stock configuration from ‘hers’ to ‘his’ with the twist of a couple screws. However, for now, it’s setup for Suzie, and here are the changes we made to fit her better. We raised the comb .25-inch to make sure she could get a good cheek weld on the comb while having the Bushnell Elite 4500 2.5X-10X-40mm scope properly aligned. Sue can normally handle the standard length of pull—between 13½ inches and 13¾ inches, depending on the manufacturer—but much prefers 12¾ inches, just as I prefer 14¼ inches. Therefore, we used the smallest spacer to bring the length of pull to 12¾ inches, which Sue felt fit her best. The transition was no problem at all; a Phillips-head screwdriver easily removes the two screws holding the pliable recoil pad and spacer, and then the comb riser can easily be removed as well. The installation is equally simple; the comb riser is slipped into the slot, and screwing the desired spacer and recoil pad will hold the comb riser in place.
Suzie enjoys shooting the Bear Hunter; it has a barrel on the heavier side, and that weight helps naturally mitigate recoil. I had her try the rifle from the bench and off sticks in its original configuration, and she reinforced how much she preferred the shorter/higher configuration. Neither of us are big fans of muzzle brakes, but options are a good thing, especially if you’re teaching a new shooter the fundamentals; no one needs a flinch. The Model 110, when equipped with the AccuFit stock, is the kind of rifle you could use to outfit a young hunter, and adjust the stock as he or she grows, simply lengthening the stock to suit their frame. It can be adjusted for different seasons; a warm weather antelope or prairie dog hunt is different than a late-season whitetail or coyote hunt. The AccuFit’s length of pull spacers can easily be switched out to accommodate an increase or decrease in clothing layers.
If you enjoy flexibility in a hunting rifle, take a long look at Savage’s Model 110 AccuFit. The rest of the rifle has already earned a stellar reputation for being one of the most accurate out-of-the-box guns available; this feature just makes an already great product even better.
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