Great Gear: Savage Arms Impulse Predator Rifle

The American-made Savage Impulse Predator rifle features a straight-pull action that refines the basic function of the conventional bolt into one fast and intuitive movement.

Great Gear: Savage Arms Impulse Predator Rifle

Savage Arms Impulse Predator.

At the heart of Savage’s Impulse Predator’s bolt is Hexlock, six hardened steel bearings that lock the bolt in place inside the receiver’s barrel extension. As pressure increases, Hexlock’s hold tightens, ensuring there can be no rearward movement of the bolt. Once the round has left the barrel, the pressure subsides and the action can safely open again. The smooth bolt throw allows the shooter to cycle rounds intuitively, without the need for the four changes of direction common to a conventional bolt’s path of travel. 

“Impulse will redefine the way you think about straight-pull rifles,” said Al Kasper, President and CEO of Savage Arms. “We’ve studied more than a century’s worth of straight-pull actions and kept running up against the same conundrum: Straight-pull actions are fast, but they don’t inspire confidence. Speed means nothing if you can’t hit what you’re aiming at. Impulse changes that. We’ve brought our tradition of accuracy into the mix to make the fastest, most accurate straight-pull rifles ever built.” 

The Impulse Predator is available in .22-250 Rem, .243 Win., .308 Win. and 6.5 Creedmoor and two additional Big Game and Hog Hunter models. MSRP: $1,379. Contact:


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