The Hunter is equipped with a free-floated Savage hexagonal M-Lok handguard, with a full-length Picatinny rail up top. There are a total of 49 M-Lok attachment points, allowing you to accessorize to your heart’s content and turn this lightweight AR into an anchor, should that be your preference.

The rifle’s muzzle, threaded 5/8-24, comes with a proprietary (and effective) Savage muzzle brake. The Hunter model is equipped with a 16 1/8-inch fluted barrel with a 1:10 rate of twist and 5R rifling.

To extend the life of the bolt, Savage used high pressure-tested E9310 steel, a superior alloy of the type used in transmission gears of Formula 1 racing cars. It typically increases wear and abrasion resistance and passes the most rigid magnetic particle inspections. The gun uses M4-style feed ramps, and is equipped with dual ejectors for reliability. It has a mid-length gas system with an adjustable gas block for fine tuning performance to specific loads. Equipped with a proprietary Savage muzzle brake, the rifle’s muzzle is threaded 5/8-24, so you can attach muzzle devices or suppressors of your choice.

The Hunter is equipped with a nickel-boron treated Blackhawk AR Blaze trigger. It’s supposed to be an improvement over mil-spec triggers, and it is—up to a point. I measured the pull weight of the trigger in the production rifle at a heavy-but-consistent 6 pounds, 4 ounces, which is about three pounds heavier than I prefer for a hunting rifle. However, ARs that ship from the factory with high-end triggers tend to come with a corresponding bump in price, but the Hunter is priced for the masses with an MSRP of $1,481.

The bolt is equipped with two ejectors for reliability.To extend the life of the bolt, Savage used high pressure-tested E9310 steel, a superior alloy of the type used in transmission gears of Formula 1 racing cars.

Happily, the Hunter experienced zero mechanical malfunctions of any kind in testing or during my hunt. A variety of factory ammo fed, fired, extracted and ejected without a single issue. Controls are in the standard locations and configuration, and worked as they should.

The Savage brand is synonymous with out-of-the-box accuracy with bolt-action rifles and accuracy testing the MSR 10 Hunter produced some equally stellar results, despite the less-than-perfect trigger. To put the rifle through its paces, I mounted a Bushnell Trophy Xtreme X30 2.5-10X scope in a 30 mm Weaver SPR tactical mount, which positions scopes at an optimal height and forward cantilever for AR-platform rifles.

All five tested factory rounds produced average groups measuring an inch and a half or smaller, at 100 yards, which is perfectly acceptable for the vast majority of hunting situations this rifle might be used for. Two of the rounds produced one-inch average groups, and three loads put bullets into sub-MOA best groups. The single-best group, measuring 0.69 inch, was turned in by Hornady’s Precision Hunter Black 168-grain A-MAX load. With a change to a lighter, upgraded trigger, I’m convinced that I could shoot even tighter groups with this rifle.

The Savage MSR 10 comes with a 20-round Magpul P-Mag magazine and a one-year limited warranty. For more information, contact Savage Arms Co., Dept OT: Tel.: (800) 370-0708; Web:

Savage MSR10 Hunter 308 Win.

LOAD                             AVG. MUZZLE          AVG. 100-YARD         BEST 100-YARD                                         VELOCITY (FPS)      GROUP (INCHES)      GROUP (INCHES)

Federal Fusion MSR                         2809                   1.39                   1.22

Federal Premium Gold                      2495                   1.31                   0.71
Medal Match 168-gr. BTHP

Hornady Precision Hunter                 2549                   1.01                   0.69
Black 168-gr, A-MAX

Hornady Precision Hunter                 2469                   0.99                   0.83
178-gr. ELD-X

Winchester Match                            2624                   1.56                   1.27
168-gr. Matchking BTHP

Note: Velocities measured with Competitive Edge Dynamics M2 chronograph. All groups fired in wind 8-14 mph at 100 yards.