New Savage 11 Scout Rifle

Phil White
by Phil White

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
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: you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.

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  • DL DL on Sep 22, 2015

    7.62x39mm. 154gr SP. Adjustable cheek piece is a NO-GO. Let's see a gun sleeve and a suppressor. This is just another "range gun" to attract phags. Let's see something that we can afford to use.

  • Jimmy Jimmy on Oct 02, 2015

    Greetings from down under to our brothers in arms in the land of free & the home of the brave , Took my new model II scout for a shoot to break her in at range yesterday , ammo used 20 rounds of 5 shots of Fed 168gr HPMTK - largest group 1.1in - 3 shot groups AV groups 0.7in at 100y
    Fed power shock 20 rounds 150 SP - 5 shot group 1in at 100y
    Smallest 3 shot group 0.8 , most were hovering around 0.9 to 1inch
    Love me knew Savage