Tested: Savage 110 Ultralite
A number of firearm designs have succeeded in withstanding the tests of time and technological advancement. Among them is the Savage Model 110 bolt-action rifle. In continuous production for more than six decades, it’s among the oldest and most readily recognized rifles favored by American big-game hunters.
Savage has a well-established reputation for manufacturing reliable rifles at affordable prices, and the 110 Ultralite reviewed here is no exception. Competing models in this rifle’s class, outfitted with reduced-weight receivers and carbon-fiber-wrapped barrels, can cost $3,000 or more, yet Savage’s Ultralite provides a comparable set of features at an MSRP of only $1,595. Currently available in eight chamberings, this evaluation takes a closer look at the 6.5 mm Creedmoor version.
The Savage 110 Ultralite is the lightest version of the Model 110 yet produced, with a listed weight of only 5 lbs., 13 ozs. Some companies reduce their rifles’ weight by building them around titanium receivers. However, titanium alloy usually costs twice as much as stainless steel, with machining processes that can be as much as five times more expensive than shaping steel. Savage opted to keep the price of this rifle more palatable by using a stainless-steel receiver with weight-reducing cutouts.