Review: SAVAGE PC 10 bolt-action rifle

SAVAGE ARMS is currently the world’s largest manufacturer of bolt-action rifles (single shot and repeater). In total, the company produces roughly 400,000 weapons per year in its factories at the US company headquarters in Westfield, Massachusetts, and the Canadian city of Lakefield, Ontario. They include the repeater model 10 PC (Precision Carbine).

Magazine of the SAVAGE precision carbine 10
The four-round magazine on the PC 10 falls into the shooter’s hand after pressing the retainer on the magazine well.

The PC uses a repeating bolt action system and is only available in .308 Winchester or .223 Remington

We received a .308 to review. The bulky 51 cm barrel with 10″ rifling can accommodate a brake or suppressor thanks to the threaded muzzle. The rifle comes with the proprietary SAVAGE trigger named AccuTrigger, whereby ‘Accu’ stands for accurate. The system has an additional middle blade to block the trigger bar if it is not pressed at the same time as the – in our case crisp – blade itself. The AccuStock with aluminum pillar bedding is also reputed to improve precision. In this system, a steel ring extending downward between the barrel tube and the receiver acts as a recoil lug. The bolt moved smoothly through the receiver without any problem. It locks with two pairs of front lugs arranged in a row: the front pair is fixed in place, while the rear pair moves freely. Savage calls the system the ‘Floating Bolt Head.’ The slide safety on the side of older model 10s has been replaced in the newer versions with an almost noiseless three position safety on the neck of the stock.

Floating Bolt Head
Savage calls its four-lug action the ‘Floating Bolt Head.’ The rear pair of lugs (arranged in parallel here) rotates freely and is mounted on the support with bearings.
Sight of the SAVAGE precision carbine 10
The slide of the three-position safety on the Savage precision carbine 10 sits on the neck of the stock.
Trigger of the SAVAGE Precision Carbine 10 
The middle blade in the AccuTrigger of the Savage precision carbine 10 offers additional manual safety.

The Savage PC 10 is a versatile rifle suitable for sporting purposes or use in law enforcement, and is available at a MSRP of €1,199.

Possible uses for the Savage precision carbine 10

The PC 10 ticks all the boxes for a sports and hunting rifle and is also suitable for use in law enforcement or tactical settings.


An Overview of the Savage precision carbine 10

Model:Savage Precision Carbine 10
.308 Winchester
Capacity:4 + 1 rounds
Barrel length:510 mm (rifling 1:10″)
Total length:1.029 mm
Trigger pull:720 g
Weight:3.620 g

Features: Floating Bolt Head, universal synthetic stock in Digital-Camo, AccuTrigger, AccuStock, enlarged bolt handle, drilled and tapped for mounts.

Range Test: Savage precision carbine 10, .308 Win

Factory cartridge
Group size
150 grs Hornady GMX22 mm
150 grs Norma Nosler BST73 mm
168 grs RWS Target Elite21 mm
175 grs Remington MK BTHP43 (21) mm
184 grs RWS Evo Power Bonded42 (38) mm

Remarks: Group size = five-shot groups, shot in a seated position using a bench rest at a distance of 100 m, expressing millimeters, measured from bullet hole center to bullet hole center. Values in parentheses after elimination of one outlier.

Abbreviations/bullet initials: BST: ballistic tip, BTHP: boat tail hollow point

Rating for the Savage precision carbine 10

Rating Points
Precision (max. 50 points)50 points
Stock (max. 10 points)8 points
Trigger (max. 10 points)9 points
Magazine/handling (max. 5 points)5 points
Sights (max. 5 points)3 points
System/function (max. 10 points)9 points
Finishing (max. 10 points)8 points
Total score (max. 100 points)92 points
Test ratingExcellent
Stars****** (6 out of 6 stars)

You will find further information on the website Savage Arms.

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