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New Precision Rifle: Savage Model 10 GRS

Savage is again taking aim at precision shooters with the Model 10 GRS, a moderately priced rifle long on features.

It could be argued, with ample supporting evidence, we are living in the golden age of bolt-action rifles. Steady as the march of time, gun companies have ticked out new and impressive precision models in recent years, each aimed at pitching jacketed lead a country mile and right on target. At this point in the game, the weakest link in making a long shot come in is the shooter himself — as it should be.

Savage has continued its march into the ultra-precise shooting world with a dressed up variation of one of its most popular models. And given the advanced system the gunmaker is offering, the Model 10 GRS appears more than capable of going the distance and perhaps farther.

The obvious keystone of Savage’s new shooting system — available in .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor and 6mm Creedmoor — is its fully adjustable stock, adaptable to any person behind the trigger with literally a push of a button. The ingenious split-nut system is courtesy of Norwegian stock specialists GRS and appears to be its Berserk model.

In addition to boasting the ever-necessary cheek riser, it also comes with a full 3 inches of play in the length of pull. These features, when adjusted properly, go a long way in facilitating consistent shouldering of the rifle and intuitively puts the shooter’s eye straight down his scope and on target.

GRS has also paid attention to the little touches that should do their part in milking the most stability, control and potential accuracy out of the Model 10. The stock features a rubberized full grip and forend, giving shooters maximum command of the rifle, even when sweat or precipitation work their way into the equation. And the elongated buttstock is formed to function seamlessly with a rear bag when shooting prone.

Beyond the ergonomics, the GRS also brings a load of rigidity to the rifle, with the use of Durethan. The fiberglass-reinforced nylon is just the ticket for injecting the stiffness required for precision work. And it also boasts pillar-bedding blocks made of 65-percent fiberglass, ensuring there is no play in the Model 10’s free-floated barrel.

Savage has also played its part in making certain the Model 10 GRS shoots straight, particularly when it comes to the barrel. The button-rifled heavy barrel should endow the rifle with excellent harmonics, even when it’s heated up from long shot strings. But the company hasn’t made the new Model 10 purely a bench rifle, fluting the barrel to keep it nimble if taken into the field; each of the three caliber choices weighs in at 9.5 pounds or less.

And those looking to slap on a muzzle brake or a suppressor need not fret; the muzzle is threaded — 5/8-24 pattern.

Like all Savage rifles, the Model 10 GRS comes with the company’s proprietary user-adjustable AccuTrigger (1.5 to 6 pounds). It utilizes a four-round, flush-fit magazine, but is compatible with larger-capacity options. And it has flush cup sling loops and sling mount for bipod.

The question, as it is with anything long-range shooting oriented, is how many pay periods will it take to get one in a gun safe. Fewer than most would figure. At $1,449 for all three calibers, the Savage Model 10 GRS is most definitely at the lower end of the precision rifle price range. And if it owns the X-ring like the company promises, the new Model 10 GRS could be money well spent.


Savage Model 10 GRS
Caliber: .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, 6mm Creedmoor
Barrel Length: .308 Win. 20 in., 6.5 Creedmoor 24 in., 6mm Creedmoor 26 in.
Stock: GRS, Durethan
Twist Rate: .308 Win. 1:10, 6.5 Creedmoor 1:8, 6mm Creedmoor 1:7.5
Weight: .308 Win. 8.9 lbs., 6.5 Creedmoor 9.2 lbs., 6mm Creedmoor 9.5 lbs.
Overall Length: .308 Win. 40 in., 6.5 Creedmoor 44 in., 6mm Creedmoor 46 in.
MSRP: $1,449

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