Every new Savage 110 delivers a custom fit with Accufit, which allows for a custom hunting rifle without the gunsmith. I read those words about Accufit, along with other words on Savage’s website, and I got it. It sounded like a good idea.
But like anything, it’s different when you directly benefit, first hand, from the feature a manufacturer has developed. For me, that experience came down to my husband shouldering this new Savage 110 — a nice fit for him out of the box— and then me taking it and holding it and feeling that same old heavy, awkward appendage extending from my body like the rifle was bolted on — an extension that didn’t belong. I rarely experienced seeing that clean, crisp visual through the scope because, previously, my cheekbone never made contact with the stock, making my line of sight whack.
At 5’2, hunting rifles don’t often fit me like they should. And, like a lot of hunters, I’m part of the one-size-fits-all club. I knew better, but the Hatfield family is a bit on the cheap side.
So nothing to see here. Same old story, at least until we used the Accufit System to make adjustments. The thought of “adjustments” makes me tired, unless it’s the level of adjustments you make with a watch band or belt, going from one hole to another, 10 seconds tops, and you’re done.
Plus, I figured the video showing the Accufit “adjustments” featured on the Savage website was like those speed-up assembly videos you see on YouTube. Like, hey look how fast “Bob” assembles this in-ground basketball goal. Then you order it, it arrives, weights 450 pounds and takes 6 hours to put together.
But that wasn’t the case here. We got a Phillips screwdriver. Period. No other tool. And then we chose the spacers, what Savage calls its “length of pull inserts.” We eyeballed what we needed for the buttstock and tried a few combinations.
Next, it was time for my cheekbone to “fit” for once in my life and that’s what the comb risers are for. The comb riser snapped into place. Then I chose the right screw lengths(all screws included with the system) and locked everything into place for my custom fit.
Then it was like, “ah, hell, this works!” The rifle fit!
Sure, of course, I have held a rifle that’s fit before, but not often. I felt like my grandfather who muddled throughout an entire decade with ill-fitting dentures before upgrading to a pair that weren’t “bolted on” but, instead, “baked in.” The dentures felt like they belonged in his mouth, and this rifle felt like it was a natural extension of my shoulder and forearm. It really was a small moment of awakening. And I laughed and then my husband laughed. This was a coup d’état! It felt like we’d gamed the system.
So, yeh, it’s a custom fit without the gunsmith. It’s a job that requires a single screwdriver.
Sighting Guide Basics
Select the comb riser that creates bone-to-stock contact aligning your line of sight parallel to the barrel. If the scope sightline features crescents, use a taller comb riser.
Adjust length of pull
Length of pull is measured from the inner elbow to the middle of the trigger. With the correct length of pull, you will have a quick sight acquisition, better control, better accuracy and feel more comfortable.