For 2018 Savage Arms decided to shake things up a bit by revamping many of the models in the 110-series and reverting the nomenclature back to what it originally was in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s with all updated models having the designation of Model 110. Naturally this change is creating some confusion among the Savage faithful as for the past 20 years short-action models had a two-digit model number and long-action models had a three-digit model number. In the long run this change will help simplify things for customers who aren’t familiar with Savage’s old product lines, but admittedly it’s going to take some adaptation and cause some headaches for those of us who have been long-time Savage fans.
So with that out of the way lets get to what you really came here for, the new Model 110 Storm!
The Model 110 Storm replaces the Model 16/116 Weather Warrior from previous years. It has the same stainless steel barreled action and same detachable magazine with bottom bolt release as the previous model, though there are two noticeable changes – the stock and the trigger guard.
The trigger guard is an all new design that has been squared up in the front to allow for more room for gloved fingers forward of the trigger. Along with the new trigger guard is a slightly redesigned bolt release button that is a little taller and eliminates the rounded cut on the face allowing it to be more easily manipulated. I know a lot of folks here have a great dislike for the bottom bolt release arrangement, so hopefully this update will make it a little more palatable to you. Personally I’m rather indifferent on it as it’s really only a hindrance to me when pulling the barreled action from the stock and that’s not something I do on a frequent basis.
The new stock is where things start to get really interesting. For 2018 Savage has released what they call the AccuFit System which is their new synthetic stock that features interchangeable comb risers as well as spacers to adjust the length of pull. The premise behind the AccuFit is that for decades stocks have been made to fit one type of shooter – Mr. Average, and if your build or body type didn’t coincide with that fitment you had to make do or spend additional money to replace the stock and/or have it fitted to you. The AccuFit System solves that problem by allowing you the user to simply and easily adjust the stock as needed for your build, body type, type of shooting and/or clothing system as it changes through the seasons.
While I’m not going to get in-depth on what constitutes proper stock fit, I do want to at least point out the desired end result. When the fit is correct, one should be able to shoulder their rifle with their eyes closed, then open their eyes and have a clear full view through the scope without having to move their head forward or back or change their cheek weld.
The AccuFit System offers five different comb risers that allow you to adjust the drop-at-comb from 0.5″ to 1″ in 1/8-inch increments. Different builds, scope mount heights and other variables can have an effect on what your drop-at-comb needs to be for proper eye-to-scope alignment, and the AccuFit System allows you to make sure it’s right where it needs to be with relative ease.
The AccuFit System also comes with four different spacers to adjust the length-of-pull (LOP) as needed to fit a particular shooter or situation. Fours spacers are included ranging from 1/4 to 1-inch thick in 1/4″ increments. Four sets of screws in different lengths are also included for the various spacer sizes, and the adjustment range with the supplied screws is 12.5 to 14-inches. The spacers can be stacked to achieve a longer length-of-pull if needed, but you will need to source longer screws to do so.
Savage includes all of the above mentioned comb risers and LOP spacers in the box with the rifle so that there’s nothing extra to buy. That’s awesome!
In addition to all of the adjustment features, the new AccuFit stock is also an AccuStock with the integral aluminum chassis that runs from the forearm to the tang area for additional rigidity and to provide a solid and stable bed for the barreled action.
The recoil pad supplied with the AccuFit System is somewhat chevron shaped with the point of the chevron positioned above center and closer to the comb. This positions the thickest area of the pad closer to the axis of the bore and more inline with the direct rearward path of the recoil where it’s most needed. The pad itself is extremely soft, and upon feeling it for the first time I seriously wondered if it was going to be too soft. That wasn’t the case though as it did an excellent job of dampening the recoil and I can say without any doubt that it made this 110 Storm the softest shooting .30-06 I have ever fired. It it weren’t for the pronounced jump off the front rest I would have sworn I was shooting a .243 – it was just that soft shooting. To say I’m impressed would be an understatement, and several others whom I allowed a test drive concurred.