New Savage 11 Scout Rifle

    Savage has introduced a new scout rifle, the Model 11 in .308 Winchester.

    Savage Arms fans the flames of the scout-rifle renaissance with its new Model 11 Scout Rifle. A study in versatility, the lightweight, fast-handling rifle is flush with features that deliver flawless performance in real-world situations including hunting, self-defense and law enforcement.

    Chambered for 308 Win., the Model 11 Scout Rifle blends 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.


    For starters, it fits the format Cooper envisioned of a compact, bolt-action rifle that is equally adept at yielding fast target acquisition and unflinching accuracy in both hunting and tactical applications. And, like any good scout, it sports reliable iron sights yet can also accommodate a forward-mounted scope.

    But Savage didn’t stop there. Accuracy pushes the envelope, thanks in part to 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 company’s legendary, user-adjustable AccuTrigger system, which lets shooters tailor trigger pull to their personal tastes. Further fueling the rifle’s downrange exploits, Savage’s revolutionary AccuStock rail system cradles the action three-dimensionally along its entire length, while an aluminum spine molded into the polymer stock adds rigidity.

    Built on the company’s time-tested Model 11 frame, the new rifle is an extremely versatile shooting platform easily customized to fit a variety of shooting styles. Sighting options include factory-issued irons, which are highlighted by 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 11 Scout Rifle also accommodates standard center-mount hunting scopes for situations where mid- to long-range shots are the norm. And in a nod to scout-rifle tradition, the one-piece, cantilevered, 17-slot Picatinny rail accepts a variety of forward-mounted, long eye-relief scopes that engender fast target acquisition—which can be both godsend and lifesaver whether you’re hunting hogs in thick brush or tasked with defensive duties.

    Fit is likewise easy to personalize. A spacer system in the butt pad lets you tweak length of pull to accommodate different shooting styles ranging from standard cross-body positions to squared off, tactical stances. Plus, the adjustable comb makes it easy to tailor cheek height to the shooter’s stature and various sighting options. Also, when you move that cheek piece up and down, the front and back can move independently of one another allowing you to change the angle as well.


    In a similar vein, a trio of well-placed swivel studs accepts a variety of sling options, from standard hunting straps to ching slings and 3-point configurations.

    Amenities don’t end there. The 18-inch, carbon steel barrel is threaded and capped with a proprietary muzzle brake for reduced recoil. As a bonus, 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 rugged synthetic stock, the flat, dark-earth tones of which are perfectly accented by the gun’s black barrel and hardware. Other notable features include a detachable 10-round magazine; reliable, easily engaged tang-mounted safety; and an oversize bolt knob that’s simple to operate, even with gloved hands.

    All in, the 11 Scout Rifle weighs just 7.8 pounds, making it a lightweight knockout that serious shooters everywhere are quickly finding is as valuable on patrol or in home defense scenarios as it is afield in hunting situations.

    For details about this new firearm, please visit the Savage Arm’s web site at:

    11 Scout Technical Specifications

    SKU: 22443
    Caliber: 308 WIN
    Handed: Right
    Rate of Twist: 1 in 10″
    Weight: 7.8 lbs
    Overall Length: 40.5″
    Barrel Length: 18″
    Ammo Capacity: 10
    MSRP: $794.00
    Action: Bolt
    Drop at Comb: Adjustable
    Drop at Heel: Adjustable
    Length of Pull: Adjustable
    Series: Law Enforcement
    Trigger: Savage Arms proprietary AccuTrigger™
    Stock: Savage Arms proprietary AccuStock ™
    Magazine: Detachable box
    Stock material: Synthetic
    Barrel material: Carbon Steel
    Stock finish: Matte
    Barrel finish: Matte
    Stock color: Natural
    Barrel color: Black
    Sights: Adjustable iron sights
    Special feature: Includes a one piece rail for forward-mounted scope

    Phil White

    Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: [email protected] you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.