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Savage Model 116FHSS .338 Win. Mag.

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Unassuming, clean-lined, stout, and with a perfect 2.6-pound trigger, the stainless Savage was close to the ideal all-around rifle, we thought. The rifle lacked a soft-enough recoil pad, and could have had a touch more accuracy, but what it had was adequate for most uses. The relatively low price would encourage buying a set of reloading dies and thus getting to know this handy rifle very well.

Savage Model 116FHSS .338 Win. Mag.

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The ejection port was simply huge. It permitted easy loading and foolproof ejection. The bolt action was mighty slick, and we liked the checkering on top of the knob.
The top arrow points to one of the included and mounted (with Allen screws) scope bases that we feel every rifle maker ought to provide. Mighty few do. These added to the ease of getting this rifle ready to go. The lower arrow points to the bolt-release button. Open the bolt, press the trigger and then this button, and out comes the bolt.
The new Savage hinged mag cover was faired into the stock in a most tasteful manner. Recoil tended to secure the door, not open it. And yet it opened easily to the touch of a finger. We liked this a lot.
The tang-mounted safety was out of the way, worked well and silently, and allowed cycling the rounds out of the magazine or chamber safely. We believe this is one of today’s better rifle safeties.

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