Even with a Savage we never take accuracy for granted. Ben wasn’t able to shoot this gun, but even without our best shooter the Savage Model 10 FCP – SR performed at under MOA.
Savage may have cherry picked this .86 group for the test target that came with the gun, but we were able to to repeatedly shoot into just a little more than that with Hornady Superformance Match in the 165 grain bullet. Just as important, our long string groups with a hot rifle measured about 1.5″ consistently. This is a true heavy barrel sniper rifle that performs over sustained fire.
The barrel is free floated above the stock to avoid pressure points that would throw off the harmonics and accuracy.
The slightly recessed crown of the barrel is pre-threaded for a suppressor so you don’t wake up the neighbors shooting squirels after dark.
The magazine is a little bit jiggly, but once we got the feel of the bolt down for the length of the throw, we had no failures to pick up a round. You’ll see if you buy the gun that smoothness of the bolt can make you short stroke it.
The magazines and probably the bottom metal are made by Accurate-Mag, which is the most popular OEM company in the American rifle market.
The are closer to a single stack than a double stack, which is why the 10 round magazine is almost as big as a 20 round P-Mag, but for a bolt gun reliability can be tricky from a box magazine and this works great.
The Savage Model 10 FCP – SR comes with a 20MOA rail pre-mounted, and our AccuTrigger measured under a pound and a half.
There are two sling studs in the front to accomodate a Harris style bipod like this Caldwell, or a stud adapter for rail mounted bipod like you see here from Atlas.
When the first shot means everything you need a rifle that performs. Savage has bundled a lot of high end features into a rifle that is selling around a thousand bucks. The Model 10 FCP – SR isn’t easy to get right now, but if you are in the market for an out of the box complete sniper solution, see if you can get your hands on one. It’s a great gun.
If you stop by just about any outdoor gun range in America on a Sunday, you will find any number of tricked out tactical rifles driving tacks at 100 yards and more. Generally these are custom rifles and some have a detachable box style magazine along with other high end, law enforcement-type features. Savage Arms, an industry leader known for out-of-the-box accurate rifles, has integrated these and other custom style features into their new Model 10 FCP-SR. It comes in .308 Winchester and has a free-floated heavy fluted barrel threaded for a suppressor, set in a digital camo simplified version of the Savage Accustock . The drilled and tapped receiver is supplied with a pre-mounted 20MOA one piece Picatinny base. It comes with a ten round detachable box magazine and a Savage Accutrigger. This makes for a gun just under 9 pounds that leaves little to be desired. The MSRP is $1213, and if you can find one, the street price is well under that. For an out of the box law enforcement style sniper rifle you couldn’t really ask for much more.
Accuracy at MOA or better is generally a given with all Savage rifles, and our test gun came with a 3 round group target measuring .86 inches center to center. They used Black HIlls 168 grain Match ammo for these results. We were able to replicate close to this .93 inches using Hornady Superformance Match 165 grain. It is splitting hairs, but we were not able to get Ben Becker our resident US Army Sniper out on this gun. He could probably have beaten the factory target. Our five shot groups were just over an inch, which is very good for an out of the box production grade rifle as well, and more rounds generally stayed within that 1.5″ circle. On a heavy barreled gun like this, meant to be a working sniper rifle, knowing that your first shot is going to generally be within less than a the size of a quarter at 100 yards is great, but the rifle also will perform well under sustained fire. We weren’t able to get any of that Black Hills ammo, but you may want to try that round if you buy the gun. All rifles tend to “like” a certain ammo, because of the harmonics in the barrel when it fires, and that 168 grain load may be the best one for this gun. We used a Vortex Razor HD as the optic for our tests.
Our test gun came with a one and half pound pull Savage Accutrigger. If you aren’t familiar with this device , it is a special safety device on the trigger that allows you to carry a gun with an extremely light trigger without fear of the gun going off by mistake. In the front of the trigger is a little fin that you touch first, before touching the actual trigger. When you depress the fin, it makes the trigger ready to fire. Without depressing the fin you have a special safety on the trigger, keeping it from accidentally discharging from being jarred or brushed lightly. It take a little practice to shoot with a trigger as light as a pound and a half, and you will accidentally touch off some rounds at first, so make sure you head to the range for some serious face time with this gun before you take it into the field.
The magazines on this gun are from Accurate Mag, as is probably the bottom metal. This is one of the few OEM magazine companies making mags for bolt guns, and Savage, Remington, McMillan, and several other companies use Accurate Mag magazines for their rifles. It is always better to avoid proprietary magazine designs in tactical weapons. You will want more down the road, and in a duty situation you tend to lose them. I found the 10 round magazine for this gun at Brownells for $69.99, not cheap, but at least you can get them and as many as you need.
Our overall take on this new Savage Model 10 is that it is an extremely well thought-out and executed firearm, and that it will be difficult to beat in its class. The action is smooth and the magazine system works very well. You do have to be careful loading the magazine as it is almost really a single stack in a double stack box, most likely made that way for reliability, but it can be a little hard to load. Also, this is a “short action” .308 Winchester, but it is easy to short stroke it and not pick up a shell. Again, can’t stress this enough, take this gun to the range, practice with it, and you will be shooting it in no time like a champ. We shot several types of ammo, including some cheap berdan primed surplus .308, and not one group in dozens of magazines came out to more than an inch and a half. Even when the gun heated up in the South Florida sun she stayed on target. This Savage will serve you as well as a working sniper rifle, and it will double as a hunting or even varmint rifle. We did not find one problem issue with the gun, and though it is heavy with a full mag, scope and bipod (13 pounds), it balances nicely and sets up easily. You can almost never go wrong with a Savage, and this tricked out Model 10 FCP-SR will most likely be judged as best in class among out of the box rifles.