October 14, 2010

Savage 110 GXP3 .223 Remington, $449

Whenever we hear the term “package deal” we can’t help feeling this will be synonymous with compromise. At only $449 for rifle and scope, we feared we were in for a disappointment. But the Savage 110 GXP3 was a lesson in how to and where to save money.

The walnut stock was pleasingly sculpted and stained to a smooth low-gloss finish that highlighted its grain. Lacking a grip cap and featuring pressed, not cut, checkering, this was still a tasteful piece of woodwork.

The butt pad was featureless and thin, but adequate. It proved to be sticky and was always grabbing our shirts. We couldn’t find the trap door to the enclosed magazine, because there is none. To empty the magazine without manipulating the bolt, you have to remove the action from the stock. This is done so by removing the two forward bolts underneath the stock.

Savage 110 GXP3 .223 Remington

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A Best Buy. The Savage was not only the easiest gun to shoot, but it comes with a Simmons scope at a total price that we think is a steal. We don't see how you can find a better buy.

Sitting atop the rifle was a Simmons 3-9X32mm scope held in place by two single-bolt rings. The optics and rifle performed well together, firing the Federal Gold Medal 69-grain Sierra Matchking BTHP into a couple of 0.9-inch groups, but the average landed at 1.1 inches. Our Black Hills ammunition shot groups from 1.2 to 1.5 inches, which just a few years ago would have rated superb for an off-the-shelf rifle shooting factory fodder. The Hornady VX in this gun was even better, tying the Remington for best group at 0.7 inch and notching average five-shot groups dead on at 1.0 inch.

Savage 110 GXP3 .223 Remington

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The 8.5-pound Savage held well; the cheek piece is a welcome feature.

Savage supplied a proof target displaying a five-shot group measuring about 0.6 inch firing the same Federal cartridge. You can see that we almost matched this accuracy with both the Federal and Hornady rounds without the benefit of a windless tunnel or gun vise.

How did Savage produce a near sub-MOA rifle that sells with scope for less than many shooters spend on a scope alone? We suspect it is because they paid attention to carefully machining and assembling parts, choosing and expertly mounting a complementary scope, and properly bedding a floating barrel. Testing the amount of float at the forend with dollar bills, we could stuff more $50 bills between the barrel and stock than it takes to buy this excellent package gun.

Comments (14)

Just bought a Savage 110 GXP3 .270 with the Bushnell scope package. Went to the range and sighted in the scope easily and before I was done with a box of shells I was hitting the center with groups within 3/4 to half inch.
I love this rifle. Under $600 You can't beat it..

Posted by: Warpo | August 13, 2011 1:15 PM    Report this comment

Suggest you add a muzzle brake to reduce that recoil. I wish I could get Savage to chamber a rifle in .338 RUM... of course a muzzle brake is practically required on those.

Posted by: Cpl Ski USMC | December 31, 2010 10:00 PM    Report this comment

Three years ago I bought a package Savage 110 in .300 WSM for less than $435.00 on sale. The only thing I had to change was the recoil pad. I thought I could take recoil, but the combination of a 7 1/4 pound rifle and a hard rubber pad about 3/8 think was more than old bones could stand. Before i started to flinch I was getting MOA or under with 150 gr. Winchester factory loads. The accutrigger is one of the great inventions of all time.

Posted by: olderndirtcop | December 31, 2010 1:12 PM    Report this comment

I am a big Savage fan. I have a Model 10FP in .308 that groups 0.153" at 100yds with my own match load and 0.256" with my hunting load. My son followed suit buying a $300 Stevens M200 in .308 for his first deer rifle. His $300 rifle routinely groups 1.1" but he has not put in the time to fine tune a load to the rifle so I'm sure we could bring that down to 1" or less. Savage's black plastic stocks are no issue at all because with Krylon's Fusion Camouflage paints you can create your own custom camo scheme that is quite durable and attractive as well.
Unless you're the type who buys a pretty rifle to show off at the range, I just don't think you can go wrong with Savage rifles. You'll shoot circles around the pretty rifles and won't be afraid to take it into the field either.

Posted by: Cpl Ski USMC | October 30, 2010 1:06 PM    Report this comment


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Posted by: SHERMAN P | October 29, 2010 2:39 AM    Report this comment

I don't often praise many of today's modern made firearms but this is a bright jewel in the normal sea of modern made trash. Savage still has enough "old fashioned quality" to make them well worth buying. And they also have deluxe models too. Savage goes out of their way to please customers and although it is not well known there custom department will chamber their guns for about any caliber you want. You may have to pay for the reamer if the caliber is a really far out wildcat but what other company goes to such lengths to please their customers? I have been told you can even send in your older Savage 110 and have the newer accutrigger installed and also event the match grade "target accutrigger installed". Three cheers for Savage.

Posted by: wild romanian | October 15, 2010 10:02 AM    Report this comment

Savage is proof that you don't need to spend multiple $1000's for an accurate out of the box gun. They won't win any benchrest competitions, but Savage now sells one that will! I love my Savages. Less money and less work to get great accuracy.

Posted by: Markbo | October 15, 2010 8:27 AM    Report this comment

Carl E...Down at the bottom right hand side of your screen you see a little magnifying glass and to the right of that you see a value with a % sign...left click and change to 125 or 150%

Posted by: 7mag | October 14, 2010 9:19 PM    Report this comment

I bought a Savage 110 package gun in 270 Winchester back in 1993 to take deer hunting in Maine. I bought it because of the price and convenience of the "package". I took it to a range several times before hunting with it. Right out of the box with Remington corelocked softpoints it shot sub MOA at 100 yds. One thing about this 7 lb. rifle though, in this chambering it packs a pretty good kick.(not for plinking) This rifle was just as advertised, a complete package, Gun-Scope-Sling. Not great looking but a very accurate, well made and very dependable. (then and now 17 years later)

Posted by: Shallgring | October 14, 2010 4:19 PM    Report this comment

print to sMall cant READ,PRINT TO SMALL

Posted by: CARL E | October 14, 2010 3:23 PM    Report this comment

I acquired a Savage 110 in .223 two years ago. This has proven to be one of the finest firearms I have ever owned. I am 73 years of age and have been a professional outdoor writer and shooter for 30 years. The Savage 110 is a real tack drive. With my custom worked loads I am holding 1 1/2 inch shot groups at 200 yards with ease. At 300 yards they are getting out to about 4 inch but I will be working on that next summer. One of the finest varmit rifles I have ever taken into the field. A real coyote killer for sure.

Posted by: BPD-909 | November 20, 2008 8:40 PM    Report this comment

I have had several Savage package guns in several caliber and have had great luck with all of them. I changed the rings and scopes(sometimes bases) eventually on all of them to fit my needs and/or desire. All were excellent shooters. A number of my friends have bought similar guns from me based on my Savage rifles. They too are happy and have taken plenty of game, large and small. For the money, one of the best deals you'll find today!

Posted by: Maze | November 20, 2008 3:52 PM    Report this comment

I have owned more than a few package guns from Savage and I have always been more than surprised by the level of accuracy provided by these guns. I have always paid well below the manufactures marked MSRP. These are the packages that most of my seven children have cut thier teeth on and they have used for hunting deer and varmint sized game animals on. I have depended on a rifle like this years back to take my first canadian bear in cal 308. I would highly recommend one for anyone. The .223 is an excellent caliber. And as the Guntest shows. This rifle is highly accurate if the shooter does his part.

Posted by: LRRP-RANGER | November 20, 2008 3:46 PM    Report this comment

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