Savage Arms Unveils Model 11 Scout Rifle

The new Savage Arms Model 11 Scout Rifle, $794 MSRP, is patterned after Col. Jeff Cooper’s ideal of what a compact, bolt-action rifle should be—chambered for .308 Winchester, having a short barrel and handy overall length, and accepting a forward-mounted scope.

In a nod to scout-rifle tradition, the rifle’s one-piece cantilevered 17-slot Picatinny rail accepts a variety of forward-mounted, long eye-relief scopes, as well as standard scope-mount locations. But like any good scout rifle, it comes with iron sights, in this case 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 new Savage Arms 11 Scout #22443 is a compact,bolt-action rifle chambered for 308 Win.
The new Savage Arms 11 Scout #22443 is a compact,bolt-action rifle chambered for 308 Win.

The rail sits atop an 18-inch carbon-steel barrel that’s threaded and capped with a proprietary muzzle brake for reduced recoil. The brake can be removed with a Crescent wrench.

The 11 Scout Rifle is built on the company’s Model 11 frame. The integral AccuStock rail system cradles the action three-dimensionally along its length, while an aluminum spine molded into the polymer stock adds rigidity.

An adjustable spacer system in the butt lets the shooter tweak length of pull, and an adjustable comb makes it easy to tailor cheek height to the shooter’s stature and various sighting options.  Also, the front and back of the cheekpiece can move independently of one another, allowing the user to change the angle as well.

Other improvements include a hand-straightened, button-rifled barrel. Zero-tolerance headspace, achieved by carefully matching barrel, action and bolt, also boosts accuracy, as does a floating bolt head that self-adjusts for a fit typically reserved for hand-lapped, locking lugs.

The 11 Scout Rifle also offers the user-adjustable AccuTrigger system, a trio of swivel studs that accept a variety of sling options, a synthetic stock, a detachable 10-round magazine, a tang-mounted safety, and an oversize bolt knob. Unloaded weight: 7.8 pounds.

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Comments (47)

  1. Well, well, Well! So Savage finally climbed on the bandwagon and produced a rifle similar to Mossberg’s that uses an AR-15 mag! Now, perhaps I can buy mags that will fit my Savage FS-16S that I used to build a 6.5 Grendel with. I had to use the .223 caliber which had a 4 round mag…3 with the 6.5.

  2. A little civility in these chat areas would be good. Read the article, leave a civil comment but don’t be biting,!.
    Gun ownership is different things to different people but as americans we better stick together.

  3. Yes I betcha all the Force Recon and Tiger Forces that “Scouted ” the lands of VietnM, Cambodia and Laos would of wanted a bolt action 308 instead of a M-16 or AK.
    Scouting is collecting data and being able to cover ground should not be detered by even full sized long Action Bolt rifles and we had Winchester and semi auto ccarbines with after markey 10 or 12 round mags for 40 years.
    As a hunting guide I prided myself that I could place hunters so close to moving game they could almost rifle touch them, and it was all by scouting the terrain and knowing the animals habits, the gun was only
    It was mostly done packing a full sized hunting rifle unless the terrain
    was steep and rocky requiring possible rope gear to access then any youth models clip or not filled the bill.l done by packing a youth model
    With open peep diopter sights. By HK.
    Rifle with open sights but Scoped with tip offs Savage full size long
    action 7mm
    Never felt any weapon was too heavy until after
    once holding a customers M1 Garand as I
    helped him hobble out 2 miles, with sprained ankle .
    Those GI knew what a heavy gun was.
    The concept of a scout gun is part of old mythos of macho con man warriors, who had an idea to make a few bucks on the talking and gun show circuits and could not let the service time go.
    Cooper was a great bullspitter and self publicist and an excellent marketing man.
    He convinced damn near a whole generation a short fn clip fed 308 had a
    place in field that no other rifle filled.
    I never understood what field he was scouting as he always was lost in mystic military jargon.between Latin America and Asia.
    A good salesman will sell himself and then he will make you believe you
    just got to have what this macho man was selling.
    All while your common sense is asking WTF.
    I would ask of any surviving LRRPS AND FORCE RECONS or just the or
    grunt point man durig NAm if they would of exchanged their M-16 or AK and M-14’s for a bolt action rifle.
    While I mentioned those Recon and LRRps and some Tigers of the lands of Vietnam , Cambodia and Laos ; I want to thank you for all the lives you saved due to your “scouting” abilities.
    You did it in some of most treacherous terrain any soldier no matter the
    nation could of ever traversed and against the best damned fighters US ever went up against the Thais of Laos and Cambodia and Charlie with his Northern supporters.
    I truly believe you were the last true citizen warriors, the highest types that this nation will never see again.
    Toys R US must now be marketing the gun worlds products as gimmicks abound to catch the eyes and crotches to spend those extra bucks for.

  4. To little to late by a few years. I bought the Ruger when it came out and am thrilled with it. Now if savage would bring out a modern Mosin in the 7.62 x 54R they would corner the market BEFORE someone else, I would love to buy that with all the surplus ammo out there.

    1. MODERN MOSIN LOL????????? that would be the psl sniper rifle or dragunov is about as close to a modern mosin nagant you are ever getting they made way too many millions of mosin nagants in a lot of com-bloc countries to ever make reproduction mosin nagants there would be 0 market for them at all and that company would lose their ass . And not many countries are using bolt action rifles at all anymore only the insurgents and rebels who cannot get better at the time use them on modern battefield and most dump them first chance for a semi auto rifle. You want a so called modern mosin then get an archangel stock for the mosin and set the action and barrel in it you have a 10 round modern mosin as modern as you are ever getting far as a nagant rifle goes. Which to me is a huge waste of money on a mosin nagant when they have so much better on todays market to choose from.

    2. Damian. Got to agree, the PSL and Dragunov are excellent weapons. The 7.62X54R an excellent round that may or may not have been supplanted by better cartridges. I do think that a modern Bolt Action, though not necessarily just an updated Nagant, would find a market. To update an old warhorse like the Nagant with modern furniture,ie; new synthetic stock, modern trigger group, sights, and so-forth is indeed a waste of good money. To quote a famous (some say infamous) political figure: ‘It would be like putting lipstick on a pig’.

    3. @ Tom.

      I think a Modern Tappet G30M/R .30-06 (7.62×63.3mm) Carbine would be better with a 30/40-round magazine. A relatively “Short Lived” Design from 1941 to 1953. A “GREAT” Carbine, competing with the .30-caliber M1 (7.62×32.76mm)…

    4. @ sec, hi again sec
      check out the new HBAR semi auto rifle modernized BAR in 30.06 and 300 win mag this is a deff 21st century BAR heavy barreled rifle known for extreme long range shots and can be used with a suppresserit is a modernized BAR uses same action as the original and comes in 300 win mag as well and is 1 heck of a rifle . Did you get to try the 44 mag barrel out in the DE yet my man? Anxious to see how you like the 44 mag in that pistol compared to the 50 AE.

    5. @ Damian.

      I’ve seen the HBAR’s and Fired a Few HBAR Bullpup’s. Being in a Wheelchair, the Bullpup’s are Easier to Handle. Never shot a DE, but have shot the Colt BSM1911 in .455Webley (11.5×19.6) and a “Thunder” .50-caliber (12.7x99mm/BMG), even with the recoil compensator, STILL “One Hell of A Recoil”. Won’t do that again any time soon…

    6. @ Damian.

      ss1 was into the DE’s, I can’t afford them. So I never looked into them. And there are other Cheaper, Portable 12-pdr’s. out there too…

  5. Is anyone else sick and tired of hearing about “col” Jeff Cooper???

    (sure this will piss off the brainwashed sycophants & fanboys)

    1. ADD David fortier to that list it was his shotgun news article on using the stabilizing brace in a sgn article on ak and ar pistols and how easy you can make an sbr with just the arm brace that got the ATF to send the letter out that that is a violation of federal law to shoulder and fire an ak or ar pistol with it and if you plan to shoulder fire it better buy the 200.00 tax stamp now if you get caught doing it it is a serious violation now thanx David Fortier and SGN for showing the atf that point real smart there dave. Think about what you write about now the atf and the dem anti gunners are looking and watching for things just like that ,you tube vids of people at range doing things you should just keep to your selves that is giving the dems and the atf the ammo they need. SGN articles showing you hey try this you now have a legal sbr with no stamp or restrictions, well we did till he did that article .

    2. Yeah, a bit. He had some good things to say, but I think his rep is a bit damaged by the fact that he was a crude heel, and a boor. Read some of the recent articles I seen in the gun mags! 2A Forever!

    3. Joel, I am no brainwashed sycophant or fanboy. Col. cooper was a decorated Hero and defender of the 2nd Amendment. Which is more than I can say for most of his detractors and critics. As for Massad Ayoob, he too has been at the fore, many years fighting for the 2nd Amendment and a Universal CCW in the U.S.. The Scout Rifle was and is still a very good idea. As for bolt-actions in V-N, I would have given anything for a short, lite,BA when I was ‘humping the boonies’ over there. I carried an M-14, which my C.O. consider a better and more reliable weapon than 1st generations M-16s that were around when I was over there in 1966-67. Had I been carrying a 16, I wouldn’t have made a 600 meter shot, thus taking out a V.C. sniper that was taking ‘pot’ shots at a work detail I had been assigned to protect. The 16 didn’t have the range, neither does it’s variants today. A Scout Rifle, had one existed, would have saved me several pounds over my 14, which would have been appreciated.

    1. The only round that comes to mind is the 7.5×55 Swiss. It can be reloaded with the 7.62 bullet, so I have read

    2. Marc, don’t know why anyone would load a 7.5×55 Swiss with a 7.62. You don’t gain anything, in-fact you would loose some muzzle velocity. Then what would you fire it from. But then, people have been ‘wildcatting’ cartridges since the invention of metallic cartridge. Give the plain, unadorned Swiss any day. It’s fast, accurate has decent range and decent terminal velocity. It gets the job done.

    3. @ Marc.

      I was “specifically” told that this was a American-Made for a Non-Standard Issue SNIPER Rifle. Only used for Specific High-Priority Targets…

    4. Secundius. Would like to know your source on this info. The 7.62 x 55 must be recent, indeed. Haven’t kept up with sniper developments like I should. .338 Lapua, .338 Remington and others, were specialty cartridges for long range targets, at one time. Sure there are dozens of others by now, but nothing beats tried and true. Too, I just can’t see any advantages this cartridge would have over the.308 (7.62 x 51), or any of the above mentioned rounds.

    5. @ Roy Holbert.

      Actually rather difficult to do! I was on a Medical Transporter, taking me to my Physical Therapist, and got into a conversation with a fellow “Disabled Vet”. And we got Talking. He mentioned a SEAL Sniper Rifle that Chambered a 7.62x55mm Cartridge. And I asked him if he was referring to a Special Swiss Mauser of Similar Characteristics. He said NO. He said it was a Special Purpose “American” Manufactured Sniper Rifle. I never got to finish the Conversation with him, because my Hospital Ride Stop came before His. I’ll have to finish the conversation, the next time I see him. I just thought someone on “The Shooter’s Log” forum, JUST MIGHT have the answer. It’s got me “Intrigued” to go on a “Scavenger Hunt” and find the answer on the “Internet”…

    6. Secundis, thanks for your reply. Have been burning up the internet looking for any leads on a 7.62×55 SEAL Sniper Rifle ‘Special Purpose’ ‘AMERICAN’ Manufactured Rifle. Used all the above search parameters.SEAL sniper Rifle is the Remington M24 SWS in 7.62×51. There is a variant in .338 Lapua. The MK 12 SPR, SEAL ‘Special Purpose Rife’ in 5.56×45. FN MK 20 ‘Special Purpose Rifle’ in 7.52×51. It seems as if The SEALS even used AK 47s at one point, 7.62×39, of course. SO, unless this 7.62×55 is a very recent development,Someone was trying to enhance his ‘creds’ by blowing a great deal of BS. I say; If there is no record of the SEALs having this weapon in Their Official Weapons List, it doesn’t exist, and It Just Ain’t There. So draw your own conclusions as to this person’s believeabilty.

    7. @ Roy Holbert.

      It is known as the Sig Sauer SG.550 (SIG 550-1) Sniper/Heavy in 7.62×55. There’s also the FNH .308/7.62×55 FNAR-HSR, it is NOT Known weather the US. Military EVER used the FNAR-HSR. Muzzle Velocity was in Excess of 4,000-ft./sec., but Exact Numbers are Classified as in “BLACK”…

  6. I wish Savage would do these rifles with sturdy aperture sights and scope rails. The rifles are OK, but they have always gone cheap on the sights and rails.

  7. I think the Ontario plant is where the Savage/Stevens .22s are made. I’m pretty sure the center fires are all US made.

  8. Very attractive! Can anyone confirm what country this particular rifle is made?

    If memory serves some SA models are produced in China. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    1. @ Bill R.

      Barrel Stamping on Left Side of Barrel, says Westfield, Massachusetts. But other possible location is in Lakefield, Ontario…

  9. Up to World War One. Rifles came in Six Different Sizes. From Larges to Smallest: Sharpshooter (Sniper), Infantry, Scout, Cavalry, Engineering and Artillery. Artillery, was usually just a Long-Barrel Pistol with a Stock attached to the Handle of the Pistol. Scout Rifles usually had a 46.0 centimeter barrel length or about 18.1-inches.

    An M1E5 or T-26 Airborne/Tanker/Garand, would be a perfect choice as a Scout Rifle. In Semi-Automatic.

  10. i am sorry, first off the price is way too high. second i require a wood stock. third i prefer a semi-auto to a bolt.

    think about it, what is a scout rifle for?
    how much fire power do you need?
    how and when you will use such a weapon?

    these are things i think about when making a purchase.
    now on a cool factor, yea if cheap enough, i’ll buy one just to have one.
    no way at this price.

    just my thoughts

    1. I can’t say anything about the price tag, however, the features of the rifle correspond with Col. Jeff Cooper’s requirements for a scout rifle. Please see his rationale for those requirements

    2. @ Gerry F. Owen, Trooper.

      I’m going to make the Assumption, that price is going to vary from Seller to Seller. Example: A friend of mine’s, wife bought him a 5-pack of Fruit of the Loom Underwear at Nordstrom for $19.99 USD and he bought the EXACT SAME Underwear at K-Mart for $3.99 USD. Her responds was, “But Honey, Nordstrom’s $19.99”. His answer to her, “Fruit of the Loom, at K-Mart $3.99″…

    3. First off you apparently don’t understand the purpose of a scout rifle. It’s made to be light. So a wood stock is a terrible idea. It’s not made to be a battle rifle so semi auto is also a terrible idea because of the added weight. Your comment is the equivalent of looking at a muscle car and saying “I prefer a pickup bed and a v8”. And 10 rds of 308 if plenty of fire power. And semi auto platforms are generally less accurate and reliable than bolt actions. By design a semi auto has to either have looser tolerances to gain reliability this sacrificing accuracy or have tight tolerances and sacrifice reliability

    4. You said; ” And semi auto platforms are generally less accurate and reliable than bolt actions. By design a semi auto has to either have looser tolerances to gain reliability this sacrificing accuracy or have tight tolerances and sacrifice reliability.

      Sorry Robert, but whoever ‘educated’ you to believe that is not worthy of further attention. The proof is this: Look at the scores fired with the M-14 service rifle in Inter-service competitions at 600 and 1000yds, then compare to the scores fired with the M40A1 and A2 sniper rifles and even the Mod-70 Win in .300 Win magnum (the sniper rifles we used before the Rem700 M40 series) and you will see that the scores are EXACTLY THE SAME. True the scoped rifles may draw you a few more X’s, but in the hands of a true rifleman a good semi-auto will perform just as well as the bolt guns. It’s in the hands of the shooter which does better.

  11. I like it at near 300 bucks or more cheaper than the ruger scout rifle which is a ridiculous price savage has gotten closer to what would be a worthy affordable scout rifle for woods and survival situations however the .308 win is a pretty loud long range echoing round and all in the mntns now know you are there after first use of it it is a much better offering than the ruger by far still waiting for the price to hit 500.00 or under for these and someone will until then i built my scout rifle out of an M44 carbine Mosin NAGANT does the job of coyote dispensing very well . And will knock just about anything flat the 308 win will.

    1. I did mine with a 1945 vintage Izhevsk Armory M-44 and the Archangel stock and detachable magazine setup. I purchased three 10 round mags as well. At the range earlier this week, I fired it from the hip with a full 10 round mag as fast as I could cycle the bolt and threw a lot of lead down range fast. Shoots great slow and steady from the shoulder too. Two thumbs up from Galaxie_Man and my Scout Rifle for $350.00 total!

  12. If it is a typical Savage, accuracy will be excellent. This sounds like a real winner…… Wonder if Hickok 45 will test it?


  13. Mercy! Beautiful weapon. If it performs as well as Col. Cooper intended, it’s cheap at twice the price. Are there any ballistics info, available yet?

    1. @ Roy Holbert.

      Specifically, NO. Back Door Banter, TONS.

      Sniper Form. com, A lot of bantering of the Performance of the Rifle. Wikipedia/ Scout Rifle/ Savage Scout. com, lot’s of informative information. Survivals Board. com, the closest’s to anything resembling a Ballistics Table. And TFB. com, dated 18 September 2015. Best overall information of the rifle itself

      On a personal level, I’m looking for a Little Brother and/or Sister for my Steyr Scout in .308Win. I wont to see how the Two “Stack-Up” between each other…

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