Savage Goes Straight-Pull With The Impulse Mountain Hunter — SHOT Show 2023

Savage’s Impulse Mountain Hunter is a straight-pull bolt action hunting rifle that is designed to be lightweight and accurate.

Last year, Savage released their new, lightning-fast straight-pull action called the “Impulse.” This year, we get several new products that feature the Impulse Action which includes the Impulse Mountain Hunter.

This rifle features a lot more than the straight-pull Impulse action though. It also has a Proof Research carbon fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel, user-adjustable AccuTrigger, AccuStock, and a 20 MOA optics rail, just to name a few great features.

I’ve currently got an Impulse Mountain Hunter chambered in 7mm PRC that you’ll see a full review on soon, so be on the lookout for that!

SEE ALSO: The Straight-Pull Savage Impulse Hog Hunter Reviewed!

The Proof Research carbon fiber barrel is one of the features that make this a premium hunting rifle.

The new Impulse action on this rifle is smooth, fast, and very reliable. To work the action, there are only two movements required (backward and forward), compared to the four movements needed to operate a standard bolt-action.

When locked into battery, the bolt has 6 ball bearings that are pushed out of the bolt by a plunger. These ball bearings lock the bolt into place. Once fired, the pressure exerted on the bolt face further locks these ball bearings into place.

Once the bolt handle is pivoted backward by the user, the plunger is withdrawn and these bearings freely retract into the bolt so the action can be opened and the bullet extracted. Because of this mechanism, there is a steel barrel extension that the bolt locks into, allowing the rest of the receiver to be constructed of aluminum, a lighter material.

The Impulse Mountain Hunter has a straight-pull bolt action.

The Impulse Mountain Hunter is currently available and can be had in seven different calibers. These calibers are 28 Nosler, 300 Win Mag, 300 WSM, 308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, and the new 7mm PRC.

Another aspect that distinguishes the Impulse Mountain hunter is the carbon fiber Proof Research barrel. Proof Research is well known for making accurate and consistent barrels and the carbon fiber construction keeps the system rigid and lightweight.

Other notable mentions include the adjustable length-of-pull and comb height with AccuFit technology, aluminum bedded stock, and an ambidextrous bolt handle that can be swapped from the right to the left side if desired.

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Ball bearings in the bolt are what mechanically lock the bolt into battery.

Specifications and Features

  • $2,437.00 MSRP
  • straight pull bolt action
  • User-adjustable Accu-Trigger (1.5-4 lbs)
  • ambidextrous, removable, multi-position bolt handle
  • aluminum receiver with integral 20 MOA optics rail
  • adjustable LOP and comb height
  • aluminum bedded stock
  • Proof Research carbon fiber barrel
  • sling swivel studs
  • 2-position tang safety
  • comes with muzzle brake
  • 22-24″ barrel
  • 5/8×24 TPI threaded muzzle
  • 2 or 4-round magazine capacity (depending on magnum/non-magnum options)
  • 12.75-13.75″ LOP
  • 7.31 – 7.34 lbs
Of course, the Impulse Mountain Hunter comes with a Savage AccuTrigger that is adjustable from 1.5 to 4 pounds.

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About the author: Riley Baxter is an avid and experienced hunter, shooter, outdoorsman, and he’s worked in the backcountry guiding for an outfitter. He also get’s a lot of enjoyment out of building or customizing his firearms and equipment. Check out Riley’s Instagram @Shooter300

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  • Louis February 11, 2023, 6:12 pm

    Thank’s for sharing Riley, nevertheless I am not sure at all this rifle will stand up to many years of use, especially in the magnums. Of course if one shoots only one box of ammo a year …

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