New Centerfire and Rimfire Rifles from Savage
The new rifles on hand to shoot from Savage this year were the Impulse Elite Precision in 6.5 Creedmoor and the Model 64 Precision in .22lr. The Impulse Elite Precision was chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, and was fitted with a suppressor by the time we got to shoot it. The Model 64 Precision on hand sadly did not have the 20 magazine it typically would come with, but did have a suppressor fitted as well.
Impulse Elite Precision
Savage’s Precision series rifles win competitions and connect at extreme distances, and the Impulse Elite Precision will raise the bar with even faster split times. This Impulse straight-pull action is bedded in an Adjustable Core Competition chassis from Modular Driven Technologies (MDT). From its full-length ARCA rail to its nitride coatings, the Impulse Elite Precision allows for fast follow-up shots and impeccable accuracy.
Our First Shots and Impressions:
Not only was it my first time shooting a Savage Impulse Elite Precision, it was my first time shooting a Savage Impulse Action of any kind. The Impulse Elite Precision is rock-solid, and will stay firmly in place due to the MDT chassis and its rubinesque weight of 13.7lb. The action takes a bit of force, but is fast to run.
Speaking of fast, if you don’t work the impulse action fast, it won’t work as well. The Impulse Elite Precision in 6.5 Creedmoor was absolutely soft shooting, especially being suppressed and as heavy as it was. Even with the non-optimal bipod and bench setup, impacts were simple to spot from behind the scope and follow-up shots were fast.
I’d be very interested to see what kind of groups the impulse action combined with the Palma contour barrel can produce on paper. If you’re in the market for a fast functioning mid-priced precision bolt gun, the Impulse Elite Precision could be worth a look.
Model 64 Precision
With roots all the way back to 1964 Canada with the original Cooey 64, the Model 64 has been around for generations of shooters. The newest iteration of the Model 64 features a precision MDT Oryx chassis with integral barricade stop, a 20 MOA MDT optics mounting rail, 20 round magazine, an M-Lok fore-end, and a threaded muzzle. Despite the addition of all these features, the 64 Precision still comes in at a very reasonable $299 MSRP.
The 64 is a workhorse rimfire popular with plinkers and target shooters, and now the 64 is built with Precision Series upgrades. The new Model 64 Precision houses a semi-automatic action in a synthetic chassis with M-LOK slots and an ergonomic pistol grip. Its heavy barrel has a threaded muzzle for even greater functionality. Extend the range of rimfire with the 64 Precision and see what’s possible with Savage accuracy.
First Shots and Impressions with the Model 64 Precision
The model 64 Tactical is an interesting combination of mid-twentieth century idiosyncrasies with modern features. The forward pressure magazine release is quirky as ever, yet the MDT chassis and 20-MOA rail made hits out to 150 yards fun and easy with a sub-$300 .22 rifle! I’m not sure if Savage gives Model 64 Precision rifles a bit of trigger tuning, but the trigger was nice and crisp. The ability to put a can on the gun made the target impacts much louder than the report of the rifle as well. Given more time and ammunition, I’d be interested to see quite how far I could get hits with the Model 64 Precision.