Savage Arms 10 Predator Hunter

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The Predator Hunter's barrel is 22 inches long. It measures 1.047 inches ahead of the locking nut and .740 inch at the muzzle.

Savage Arms 10 Predator Hunter

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The Predator Hunter's barrel is 22 inches long. It measures 1.047 inches ahead of the locking nut and .740 inch at the muzzle. Savage turns all its barrels from a proprietary carbon-steel alloy stock and uses button rifling exclusively. The recessed, target-style crown does a great job protecting the barrel's business end when it meets a pick-up's gritty floorboard.

The Predator's barrel has a 1:9 twist rate that stabilizes all but the longest and heaviest .223 bullets. My sample rifle, chambered for .223, had a sweet spot between 55 and 69 grains. Hornady's 55-grain TAP was the most accurate load tested. Off the bench, the Predator routinely stacked five shots into 0.480 inch at 100 yards without letting the barrel cool between shots. Black Hills 69-grain MatchKing HP ammo also produced excellent results with five-shot groups, producing a 0.767-inch average.

The Model 10 action does not need an introduction; it has been around in one form or another since the 1950s. Machined from 4140 carbon steel, it is strong and durable, and it will never be described as svelte. A four-cartridge, blind magazine feeds the action. Note that I was able to squeeze five rounds of .223 ammo into the review rifle's magazine.The bolt release is located on the right side of the receiver bridge, and the three-position safety is positioned on the receiver's tang behind the bolt.

The bolt, with twin opposing locking lugs, has a lot of parts. The bolt handle and front and rear baffles are castings. The bolt body is machined from tubing, and the bolt head is either machined from bar or contoured stock. A combination of several pins, ball detents, and the firing pin holds the assembly together. A plunger-style ejector sits at five o'clock on the boltface, and a massive claw extractor is built into the right locking lug. All the parts come together to provide positive extraction and ejection and a smooth ride through the receiver.

Additional Information

Gun Type Rifle
Action Bolt Action
Manufacturer Savage Arms
Finish No
Capacity 4+1
Caliber 223

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