First Look: Savage RENEGAUGE Semi-Auto Shotgun

First Look: Savage RENEGAUGE Semi-Auto Shotgun

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Designed to cycle any shell it's fed, the Savage RENEGAUGE aims to be a do-all semi-auto shotgun.

What Sets The Savage RENEGAUGE Apart From Other Semi-Auto Shotguns:

  • Cycles all sized shells without at hitch
  • User-adjustable buttstock for a perfect fit
  • High cycle rate means you can't outrun the trigger

One gun that does it all … the concept has petered out in recent decades. Now, specialization rules the roost. Long-range rigs, close-quarters configurations, heck, even a particular smoothbore depending if you hunt upland birds or waterfowl.

Savage Arms seems set on thumbing its nose at this trend, at least when it comes to shotguns with the release of its first-ever semi-automatic smoothbore. The RENEGAUGE has do-all potential, an odd claim for a gas-operated shotgun—usually they are noted as finicky browsers when it comes to shells. But, as Savage claims, high-wall, low-wall and everything in between will run like a rabbit, giving you a choice gun no matter if you're pitching shot at quail or Canada geese.

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A view of the Savage RENEGAUGE twin valve D.R.I.V. system

The secret sauce making the RENEGAUGE undiscriminating is its Dual Regulating Inline Valve (D.R.I.V.) gas system. In thumbnail, the gun’s twin spring-loaded valves take in precisely enough propellant gas to cycle the action and vents the rest. A bonus, it's all automatically done, requiring no user adjustment. And it’s accomplished efficiently, cutting back on the force the action-bar assembly requires to operate, thus cutting down on recoil. Not a bad extra. Another, the company claims you cannot outrun the trigger, given the 12-gauge’s cycle rate.

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Savage RENEGAUGE'S one-piece lightweight bolt carrier.

The concept of an indiscriminate gas-operated semi-auto shotgun isn’t new to the RENEGAUGE. Remington won its share of kudos when it unveiled its Versa Max system a decade ago. But, Savage didn’t stop with the operating system in breaking new ground. Taking a cue from its rifle division, the buttstock is completely adjustable for length of pull and comb rise. This, along with some ergonomic tweaks, should make the RENEGAUGE natural to shoulder, thus fast on the point.

Learn More About Savage:

Savage is offering the RENEGAUGE with 24-, 26- and 28-inch barrel options and your choice of black synthetic, Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades or Oak Bottomland camo patterns. The MSRP on the shotgun ranges from $1,440 to $1,549 depending on finish.

More from Savage Arms:

Westfield, Massachusetts – January 3, 2020 – Savage Arms, makers of the most trusted hunting and target rifles in the United States, is proud to introduce RENEGAUGE. The new American-made semiautomatic 12 gauge shotguns are built for field use, offer hunters and competitors a new standard for both fit and function, and include several patented parts and designs—including the Dual Regulating Inline Valve (D.R.I.V.) gas system.

“RENEGAUGE is unlike any other semi-automatic shotgun, and demonstrates our commitment to innovate as an independent company,” said Al Kasper, President and CEO. “This project has been in the works for years because we wanted to enter a new category in a big way. The team in place now did an amazing job getting this to the finish line. Hunters and shooters are going to be amazed with the fit, feel, function and versatility of this shotgun. And it’s a platform we can and will build on—so look for more in the very near future.”

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The Savage RENEGAUGE has a fully adjustable buttstock, similar to the company's AccuFit system.

RENEGAUGE has been tested to the extreme—both in the field and in the lab. Everything in the design is intentional and has a purpose. RENEGAUGE looks different because it is—and it brings American-made performance to a new level. The shotgun functions and cycles light loads and magnum field loads with unbelievable consistency and reliability. Avid wing shooters will love the way it swings, competitors will find it at home on the range, and hunters will trust it in the nastiest of conditions.

The D.R.I.V. system provides RENEGAGUE with the unparalleled ability to regulate the gas that cycles the shotgun’s action. Both low-brass target shells and Magnum hunting shells will cycle the action with the same reliability and without any adjustment from the shooter.

This functionality is complemented by how easy RENEGAUGE is to fit to the shooter. From comb height to length of pull, RENEGAUGE can be adjusted to ensure every aspect of its ergonomics matches its user’s needs.

D.R.I.V. gas system
Adjustable stock for length of pull, comb height, drop and cast
One-piece, chrome plated action bar assembly
Chrome plated reciprocating components
Stock rod buffer to reduce felt recoil
Fluted barrel with melonite finish
Carbon steel ventilated rib with red fiberoptic sight
Competition-ready easy loading magazine port
Oversized controls
3 interchangeable flush mount choke tubes (Beretta/Benelli) – IC, M, F
Hard-sided carrying case

Part No./Description/MSRP
57602/RENEGAUGE, 12 Gauge Black Synthetic 28-inch barrel/$1,449
57603/RENEGAUGE, 12 Gauge Black Synthetic 26-inch barrel/$1,449
57604/RENEGAUGE Waterfowl, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades 28-inch barrel/$1,549
57605/RENEGAUGE Waterfowl, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades 26-inch barrel/$1,549
57606/RENEGAUGE TURKEY, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Bottomland 24-inch barrel/$1,549
57607/RENEGAUGE TURKEY, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Obsession 24-inch barrel/$1,549

Savage RENEGAUGE Specs
Action: Semi Auto
Barrel Color: Black
Barrel Finish: Melonite
Barrel Length (inches): 24, 26, 28
Barrel Material: Carbon Steel
Caliber: 12 GA
Magazine Capacity: 4+1
Length of Pull (inches): 14.25-15.07
Magazine: Tube
Overall Length (inches): 45.5 to 49.5
Receiver Color: Black
Receiver Finish: Matte
Receiver Material: Carbon Steel
Stock Material: Synthetic
Stock Type: Monte Carlo Style
Weight (lbs): 7.8 to 8
MSRP: $1,449-$1,549

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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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