Savage Announces Its First Semi-Auto Shotgun, the ‘RENEGAUGE’

The new RENEGAUGE comes in six different finish/barrel combinations.

Savage Arms announced Friday its entry into the semi-auto shotgun market with the RENEGAUGE (pronounced like “renegade”) line of scatterguns. The long-time rifle maker had already been selling shotguns under the Fox and Stevens brands, but the RENEGAGUE is the first semi-auto to carry the Savage Arms logo.

“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.”

The RENEGAGUE features what Savage calls a Dual Regulating Inline Valve (D.R.I.V.) gas system that allows the firearm to cycle both low-brass target shells and magnum hunting shells with the same reliability, according to the company.

Savage’s website claims the system “ensures excess gas vents before it drives the bolt, resulting in consistent ejection, less felt recoil, and a lightning fast cyclic rate for dependably fast split times.”

Like many of Savage’s rifles, the RENEGAUGE can be adjusted for both comb height and length of pull, and the stock also features a rod buffer to reduce felt recoil.

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The company is going after both hunters and competitive shooters with its new line of shotguns. Competitive shooters will appreciate the oversized controls and what Savage calls “competition-ready easy loading magazine port.” Hunters will appreciate what appears to be a rugged construction, including a chrome-plated action bar assembly and reciprocating components, and a fluted barrel with a melonite finish.

Each shotgun also comes with three interchangeable flush mount choke tubes (Beretta/Benelli; IC, M, F) and a hard-sided carrying case.

Savage has historically been known for low-cost, high-value firearms, but the RENEGAUGE departs from the former part of that formula. MSRP on the new shotgun is between $1449 and $1549, depending on finish and barrel length. Check out the full line of options below:

RENEGAUGE, 12 Gauge Black Synthetic 28-inch barrel / $1,449

RENEGAUGE, 12 Gauge Black Synthetic 26-inch barrel / $1,449
RENEGAUGE Waterfowl, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades 28-inch barrel / $1,549

RENEGAUGE Waterfowl, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades 26-inch barrel / $1,549
RENEGAUGE TURKEY, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Bottomland 24-inch barrel / $1,549
RENEGAUGE TURKEY, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Obsession 24-inch barrel / $1,549

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  • Doctor Milonga January 10, 2020, 3:03 pm

    My father had a semi-auto Savage shotgun that he bought in the 1930s. It was a square back copy of the Browning Auto-5, I think. I still have the shotgun.

  • Larry Declue January 10, 2020, 11:35 am

    Savage made a bunch of semi-auto shotguns, and great ones at that I own /shoot Md 720, 745, 755 shotguns in 12 and 16 gague for mant years. I’m 70 yrs old and they all still shoot great!

  • Sean January 10, 2020, 11:05 am

    I’d like to know more about the inner working parts of the gas system. My interpretation leaves me to believe this system is similar to the Remington versamax or V3.

  • George January 10, 2020, 8:11 am

    My dad had a Savage 755A semi-auto in 16 gauge. It was fun to shoot doves with it.

  • Mark January 10, 2020, 6:35 am

    I thought the Savage 720 Browning A5 copy was their first semi-auto shotgun?

  • Karl January 5, 2020, 9:25 am

    Your article states this is the first Savage semi-auto. I think the first Savage semi-auto was the 720 which was a copy of the Browning A5. My father owned the 720 in the 50’s. It was a great gun.

    • Fernando January 6, 2020, 12:23 pm

      Maybe it refers to their first in “original” design.

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