Bug Out With Savage: New Model 64 Takedown – SHOT Show 2019

Continuing the ever growing and well revered line of the Model 64, Savage adds yet another variation with the Model 64 Takedown. With the established reliability of this model, it would be a safe assumption that this rifle will be as reliable and accurate as it is attractive. With the included 10 round mag, the Model 64 takedown would make a perfect survival rifle or even plinking rifle for the kids. The zero frills design of the 64 series is sure to make anyone happy with what it has to offer at the rock bottom price at which it can be had.

The Savage Model 64 Takedown is the perfect little package meeting a balance of performance and necessity.

In the past, the Model 64 has been a reliable and cost effective choice when buying a semi-auto 22. Yes, it is not a fancy gun, but that has now changed with the new Model 64 Takedown that was introduced at Shot Show 2019. This new rifle boasts a takedown system that relies on a barrel nut which you can tighten and loosen without tools. I noticed that this barrel nut has a ratcheting detent which would keep it from loosening up on you when you didn’t want it to come loose. It had definitive clicks while unscrewing it. Once unscrewed, the barrel simply slid out of the action and you then had a neat 2 piece package that is compact and easy to store. The Model 64 does come with an Uncle Mikes Bug-Out-Bag for storage.

The Model 64 Takedown is a perfect fit for the Uncle Mike’s Bug-Out-Bag.

The action cycled smoothly when ran manually and surprisingly comes in both left and right hand configurations currently. Also, if you are wanting to stretch the legs on this little rifle, it does come drilled and tapped for attaching a scope mount.

The no-nonsense Model 64 Takedown is strictly functionality and performance.

With the new Takedown model, Savage also opted for a shorter barrel. They cut about 5 inches off of the typical 22 long rifle barrel to put this gun’s at 16.5 inches. This also shortens the overall length to 36.25″ when assembled. Besides the Barrel, the forend has also been shortened in order to keep the package as small as possible when in two pieces. The overall weight of the gun comes in at 4.5 pounds. The trigger was surprisingly better than I had expected, coming in at a crisp 3.74-4.25 pounds. This rifle will be shipping around the end of April.

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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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  • Greg January 28, 2019, 5:51 pm

    I like the description of the barrel nut. Does it have bolt hold open on last round? I was looking at a Papoose (wanted one for years). I still thinking about a Papoose since it is about 1.25# less, is stainless, has BHO, and I can get 25 rd aftermarket mags. The receiver tapped for a scope mount on the Savage sounds better though. MSRP for the Savage?

  • Karl Vanhooten January 25, 2019, 8:21 am

    Seems like a nice rifle, but takedowns have already been done by Ruger. And Ruger’s hand guard allows the mounting of a bi-pod, and they come in stainless, and have an internal snag-free magazine. Don’t forget the optional excellent BX-Trigger.

    Am I missing anything other than Ruger’s a little more expensive…barely.

    • Walter January 30, 2019, 1:19 pm

      I mean its roughly half as much as the average 10/22 takedown. Its a fair bit of dough I would say.

  • bob January 23, 2019, 4:07 pm

    I’ve got a Savage mod. 64, and I love it, my grandson loves it. I can’t wait to get one of these little babies to keep in my bug out bag.

  • Chuck January 23, 2019, 11:49 am

    What kind of grouping at 50 yds. ? Also can you get it with a threaded muzzle ?

    • bob January 23, 2019, 4:08 pm

      If its anything like my mod 64 you can get a squirrel’s head size group at around 50-75, if you have a scope, or if you have better eyes than mine.

  • alex January 23, 2019, 11:43 am

    would have been better if it were made out of stainless.

  • Doug Haner January 23, 2019, 11:32 am

    What’s the draw over it’s competitor? Lack of aftermarket support?

  • Charles Lemak January 23, 2019, 11:12 am

    I don’t know why I like take-down rifles so much, but I do. Can’t wit to get one of these!! Come on April!!!

  • Larry Kirkland January 23, 2019, 9:54 am

    Does that take the same magazines as the Savage Mark 2? They look similar and would be a great idea for us Mark 2 lovers. With 2 grandsons reaching shooting age, the shared magazine would make this a must buy.

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