Savage AccuFit Stocks Maximize Performance
Can you imagine professional athletes using the same size gear, like a baseball team with only one bat? Can you see 6-foot, 7-inch Aaron Judge using the same lumber as Jose Altuve at 5-foot-6? Or professional golfers sharing one bag of clubs?
Yet that’s what hunters and shooters have been doing throughout history. Most rifles come in one-size-fits-all dimensions, which can cause a host of problems. First, length-of-pull is one of the most important shooting elements and is directly related to arm length. Every archer knows their bow must fit their personal measurements for any kind of accuracy, yet shooters are rarely afforded the luxury of a personal fit.
Your physical dimensions determine how you hold a rifle and has a direct bearing on trigger pull, one of the most important elements of accuracy. If you can’t embrace the rifle properly and manage the trigger, you are doomed to flinching or an inconsistent squeeze that kills accuracy.
A 30-06 Springfield round fired in a rifle will produce the same physical recoil time after time, yet the fit of the stock has much to do with the degree of “felt recoil.”
If the length of pull is too short, your face will push near the scope, where you are in danger of receiving a gash over your eye. Known as “scope eye,” most injuries are minor, yet some can require stitches and lead to flinching on future shots. As a rule-of-thumb, when you shoulder a rifle, you should have four fingers (like a salute) between the scope and your forehead.
A good friend loves the 45-70 Government cartridge, yet chambered in traditional rifles with a straight stock and brass butt plate, it “kicks the snot out of me,” he laments. Personally, I enjoy shooting the 19th-century creation, which gives a feeling of the Old West. However, I am sure to select a rifle that fits my length of pull and comb height. In this way, the considerable recoil of the round is distributed evenly across my upper frame.
AccuFit Creates the Right Fit
A proper fitting rifle is critical to performance and comfort on the bench and in the field. A Lead Sled or other capture shooting device will compensate for a poorly fitting stock on the bench, but it won’t help you in a hunting situation. When that big buck or bull steps out, you want the shot to occur in one fluid motion. In the excitement of the moment, you won’t have time to “think” about compensating. Like the swing of a well-balanced bat, you’ll put the barrel on the ball.
Savage’s AccuFit system is new for 2018 and allows a shooter to customize a rifle’s length-of-pull and comb height to embrace a shooter’s personal size and style. Each rifle is shipped with a straight stock and the longest length-of-pull installed, yet that can easily be shortened to a custom fit with just a Phillips-head screwdriver.
The customizable system includes three additional spacers and four comb risers for a combination of different lengths-of-pull and comb heights. You can adjust length-of-pull in ¼-inch increments between 13 and 14 inches and drop the comb as much as an inch.
Outfoxing a Coyote
Last fall, I drew a South Dakota deer tag and had the good fortune of using a Savage 110 rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and equipped with an AccuFit stock. We were driving across a huge alfalfa field when I spotted a coyote at 1,000 yards. As we drove closer, I saw the song dog lay flat in the short grass, expecting us to drive on by. At about 300 yards, I asked the driver to stop and bailed out. Because the coyote was lying flat to avoid detection, I had only a 2-inch target but made the shot at 289 yards. No doubt, the rifle’s fit played a part. With only seconds to shoot, I gave it my best shot—home run.
Test the Savage Line
Visit a local gun shop or major outdoor retailer, handle one of the new Savage rifles and see the difference their AccuFit system makes. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll shoot a rifle that’s truly built for you.
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