Savage Arms has just introduced the Model 11 Scout Rifle, a compact and versatile bolt-action chambered in .308 that is based on the rifle, caliber, and sighting system combination championed by renowned shooter and instructor Jeff Cooper.
Savage says it blended the “best attributes of scout-class weaponry with legendary Savage performance to create a hard-hitting, utilitarian package that would undoubtedly make genre founder Col. Jeff Cooper proud.”
The format Cooper envisioned is a compact, accurate bolt-action rifle that allows for fast target acquisition in both hunting and tactical applications.
The rifle has a hand-straightened, button-rifled barrel. Savage claims to have achieved zero-tolerance headspace by carefully matching barrel, action, and bolt. It has a floating bolt head that self-adjusts for a fit typically reserved for hand-lapped, locking lugs.
The 11 Scout Rifle also offers the company’s user-adjustable AccuTrigger system, which lets shooters tailor trigger pull to their personal tastes. Savage’s AccuStock rail system cradles the action three-dimensionally along its entire length, while an aluminum spine molded into the polymer stock adds rigidity.
Sighting options include factory-issued iron sights: An adjustable Williams receiver sight that doubles as .09-inch peep and .20-inch ghost ring, plus a .37-inch front post flanked by protective steel wings.
The Model 11 Scout Rifle will accommodate standard center-mount hunting scopes, for situations in which mid- to long-range shots are expected. Also, in a nod to scout-rifle tradition, its one-piece, cantilevered, 17-slot Picatinny rail accepts a variety of forward-mounted, long-eye-relief scopes to allow for fast target acquisition.
Fit can be personalized for the user’s size and shooting style. A spacer system in the butt pad lets the shooter adjust the length of pull, while an adjustable comb accommodates varying body statures and sighting options. The front and back of the comb also move independently of each other, allowing the shooter to change both the height and the angle of the comb.
A trio of swivel studs accept a variety of sling options, from standard hunting straps to three-point configurations.
The 18-inch, carbon steel barrel is threaded and capped with a proprietary muzzle brake for reduced recoil. The brake can easily be removed and replaced by a suppressor with just a few turns of a Crescent wrench.
The 11 Scout Rifle also features a synthetic stock, a detachable 10-round magazine, and an oversize bolt knob that’s simple to operate, even with gloved hands. It weighs 7.8 pounds.
Model 11 Scout Specifications
Caliber: 308 Win.
Rate of Twist: 1 in 10 in.
Weight: 7.8 lbs.
Overall Length: 40.5 in.
Barrel Length: 18 in.
Ammo Capacity: 10
*Trigger: Savage Arms proprietary AccuTrigger
Stock: Savage Arms proprietary AccuStock
Magazine: Detachable box
Stock material: Synthetic
Barrel material: Carbon Steel
Accessories: Includes a one-piece rail for forward-mounted scope