Comes the SHOT show in late January, and Savage unveils their new rifle, the Model 11 Scout. An upgraded verson, with a flash hider, a Karsten cheekpiece, and low-and-behold, a 10-round magazine. I talked about it in this post.
Nice looking rifle, don't you think? The stock is that desert tan/coyote/flat earth color that seems to be in fashion lately. It's got all the bells and whistles, but looking at that picture got me to pondering my new-old stock Scout rifle, and I began to wonder if that new magazine would fit into the older rifle. I've been playing with Savage rifles for more than a decade, and if I know anything about them, they seem to enjoy using common parts where possible. They like common parts, so it made sense to me that the new box magazine might fit in my old(er) rifle.
So, one day last week I called Savage Customer Service at (413) 568-7001 and talked to the nice lady there. She told me that my rifle and the new rifle shared the same bottom metal and the same magazine release, so I made a bet, by ordering one of the new magazines, that the 10-rounder would fit in my rifle.
The package came in Monday past. I found it near the door when I got in from work, and after a few chores, opened it. I got out the rifle, and the new magazine snapped right it, just like it was supposed to. I snapped it in and out a couple of times, then went out in the shop and got some dummy rounds. Fed them into the new box magazine, snapped it in place, and ran the dummy ammo through the action. It fed and ejected just fine.
Below is a picture of the rifle with the included 4-round magazine.
|Nice, flush with the stock, probably a perfect magazine for stalking or stand hunting. Four rounds is generally plenty in that circumstance.|
|Same rifle, 10-round magazine. I can see a benefit to the larger magazine.|
Now, to put a scope on it and do something about that horrid carry strap Savage sent with it. The stock seems to be a little long for my tastes, but I'll shoot it a while before I decide if I want to cut it down. More updates as they become available.