FIT TO BE TRIED

Experience accuracy and consistency like never before with Savage’s new AccuFit System

It’s a lesson serious shotgunners know well, but one that generations of rifle hunters have glossed over. You don’t just buy an off-the-rack gun, take it to the range or into the field and expect to hit much with it. To shoot where you look, any firearm must naturally and effortlessly point where you’re looking. And to do that, it needs to fit your body in a very specific way.

This is anything but automatic. Shooters come in an infinite variety of sizes and shapes. Typical factory firearms do not.
And that simple and usually overlooked fact is the biggest thing standing between shooters and hitting their mark.

 

Critical Dimensions

This concept is nothing new to competitive shooters. “They wouldn’t dream of shooting a rifle that doesn’t fit them properly,” says Beth Shimanski, Savage Arms Senior Marketing Manager.

She explains that a firearm’s length-of-pull—the distance from the buttstock to the trigger—must match the distance from the shooter’s inner elbow to the middle of their trigger finger. The comb should be high enough that the shooter’s eye is naturally aligned with the scope when their cheek is welded to the stock. If both of these critical dimensions are right, the shooter will have better control of the firearm and a clear, full scope picture the instant they bring the rifle to their shoulder.

“There’s nothing magical about fit that mechanically makes a rifle shoot any more accurately,” says Shimanski. “But the ability to quickly shoulder the rifle and confidently take the shot, versus struggling to line up the scope, can mean the difference between tagging a trophy and missing.”

 

The Fit Solution

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That’s why Savage developed the all-new AccuFit system when rolling out the redesigned Model 110 platform. It uses interchangeable components that allow hunters to custom-fit both comb height and length-of-pull without taking their rifle to the gunsmith. In fact, the only tool needed is a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Savage created the Model 110 in 1958 to give hunters a hard-hitting, accurate rifle that was also lightweight and economical. Today it owns the distinction of being the oldest continuously manufactured bolt-action rifle in North America—and its fans are legion. The design has been enhanced over the years, including the addition of the AccuTrigger and AccuStock. It also leverages the technologies that set all Savage centerfire rifles apart, including a floating bolt head, zero-tolerance headspacing and precision button-rifled barrels.

Considering its proven track record, Savage didn’t take the task of tweaking the popular platform lightly. The company took a hard look at every facet of the Model 110. As a result, the project blossomed from a simple cosmetic facelift to a full-fledged redesign that saw teams of engineers and designers engaged in a two-pronged pursuit of the next plateau in fit, form and function.

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Customize Your Fit

To get the most from the AccuFit system, start with length-of-pull, which adjusts as much as 1 inch by using up to four inserts included with the rifle. On a firearm itself, length-of-pull is the distance from the center of the buttstock to the center of the trigger face. On the shooter, it’s typically measured from the inner elbow to the middle of the trigger finger. So to begin the fitting process, it’s best to use the included AccuFit stock inserts to adjust your rifle’s length-of-pull to match your own as closely as possible.

From there, experiment with different inserts until you find the one that allows the gun to mount most comfortably to your shoulder and lets you look down the barrel without unnaturally bending your neck forward or backward. The center of your trigger finger must also rest comfortably on the trigger without stretching or contorting your arm and wrist. Even a ¼-inch difference in length-of-pull can make a big difference in fit and feel.

With length-of-pull established and the optic mounted, move on to comb height. A rifle’s comb is the high point on the stock where your cheek rests. Its height is important because it decides the natural resting point of your eye, which must be directly in line with the optic for fast target acquisition. Without proper alignment, you’ll have to adjust your head position every time you shoulder the rifle in order to get a clear sight picture and acquire the target, which can cost precious seconds in a hunting situation and hurt accuracy.

Generally, low or medium scope mounts require the lowest comb inserts, while high or extra-high rings needed for scopes with large objective lenses usually call for the tallest inserts. But much also depends on your facial structure, body stature and shooting style, so this is not a hard-and-fast rule.

Experiment with AccuFit comb risers until you find the one that instantly aligns your eye to the scope when you make comfortable cheekbone-to-stock contact.

No matter which combination of adjustments you make, the system won’t become unbalanced. “It was engineered to maintain proper balance with the barrel, even at the highest riser setting and longest stock extension, so the rifle won’t become tail-heavy,” Shimanski says.

 

Improve Your Game

Savage offers the AccuFit system in more than 10 new models in its revamped Model 110 line. This ensures every kind of shooter can tap into an unprecedented accuracy advantage—a firearm that actually fits them.

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FIREARM, GEARTerrence Gordon