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Savage Arms 10-116 Series Bolt Action Rifles




Savage 10 and 110 Series Bolt action Rifles


Darrell Holland does his first Armorers Course (although certainly not his first AGI course by any means) on the Savage 110 series of rifles. These bargain priced rifles may not be the most classic looking bolt guns with their prominent barrel collar nut, but that same part helps make them about the most accurate, out of the box, guns this side of much pricier full custom guns (such as Darrells own.) All of the guns from the model 10 to the 116 (if the number starts 11, it is a long action, if its 1, 10 or 12, it is a short action) are covered in this course, as well as barrel and caliber swaps and the new AccuTrigger.


If you want the quick course on how to get this superbly accurate, innovative, and value priced rifle apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the long course, look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)


Among the items covered are:




  • Discussion of the period after World War II and Remingtons new rifles (721 & 722), and Winchesters re-invigoration of its pre-64 model 70. Savage was way behind the new rifle curve
  • Savage gives the new rifle project to former savage employee and WW II Browning M2 Project Manager, Nicholas Brewer in 1955
  • Brewer and Savage engineer Ed Stark had gun ready for production by 1956, but Brewer past away from cancer that same year, and never saw the rifle go into production
  • In 1964, Savage hires Bob Greenleaf to refine the rifle
  • Model was originally called the model 98, but the name was changed to the 110, in .270 Winchester and .30/06, and it was priced at $109.75
  • Savage was among the first to make left-handed rifles, it was so popular that sales were initially 4-1, left handed vs. right
  • During the 70s development continued, and the single shot model 12 Varmint/Target was introduced


Design & Function


  • Savages unique baffle design of the bolt seals off the bolt lug raceways in the event of case rupture
  • Mr. Brewers multiple piece bolt design is shown
  • Extractor cam and cocking stud in the rear of the bolt are discussed
  • The sliding tang safety, unique at the time
  • The rifles single position feed magazine shown and advantages discussed
  • The sliding plate extractor is shown, a Brewer design later copied by Winchester
  • Advantage of the small diameter ejector plunger discussed
  • Why the small amount of play in the bolt head is a good thing
  • Advantages of the same diameter front and rear receiver rings discussed
  • Why the socket head receiver screws are a good idea
  • The famous Savage barrel nut, Brewers baby, its multiple advantages
  • The tabbed recoil lug washer is shown
  • No feed rails in the receiver, where have they gone
  • Why every gun company added anti-bind lugs and slots to their bolt guns after WW II and Savages take on the feature
  • How the new AccuTrigger works, or how you lawyer proof a gun that will allow you to adjust the pull down to 1 pound from the factory! They even give you a tool to do it with, what a concept
  • The feeding and extraction/ejection cycle detailed
  • How much pick up by the bolt face you need for proper feeding
  • Where the ejector plunger should not go
  • How the tang safety works, and what to do (and not do) if it is not working properly
  • The model 12 shown and why the right hand gun has its loading and ejection port on the left side! No, it is not a mistake
  • Target features such as heavy barrel and thicker recoil lug shown
  • Why the H & S stock produces such good accuracy
  • What Savage could eliminate and save a few bucks on the manufacturing cost
  • Target optimized differences in the model 12s AccuTrigger, why the blade is orange, and why you have to close the bolt slowly
  • How the primary extraction cam and the cocking stud operate
  • Darrells unique take on the steps southpaws need to take to get more guns designed for them




  • Extensive disassembly performed
  • Short and long action screws, they are not interchangeable
  • How the blind magazine box comes out, and it is not easy
  • How to adjust the magazine spring
  • Complete disassembly and explanation of the operation of the AccuTrigger
  • Bolt disassembly and final review


Cleaning & Lubrication


  • AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use




  • Making sure, you have no parts left over, and everything is facing the right direction
  • Special lubrication points


Special Bonus- Headspacing and Changing Barrels


  • How to keep from scratching the new barrel
  • Making your headspace go gauge work as a Savage headspace gauge
  • How to make sure your hand loaded cartridges have not had, the shoulders bumped back


If you noticed how often the terms "explanation" and "demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any Savage 10 series rifle owner, or someone who intends to be.



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Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.