A History of Savage Arms & Tips on Mounting a Scope to a Savage Rifle

September 25, 2023

A History of Savage Arms & Tips on Mounting a Scope to a Savage Rifle

Savage Arms, Some Call it "The Working Man's Rifle."

I learned to hunt in the 80s with my dad and his friends, all laborers working in the iron trade. They worked and survived through the inflation of the 70s. The word Savage came up a lot around the campfire. Savage Arms has a long tradition of producing firearms that are reliable, accurate, and accessible to everyday hunters.

They produce a wide range of rifles nowadays, from utility hunting rifles to high-end precision rifles. They also make popular shotguns and handguns as well. 

Savage Arms: Over 100 Years of History

The history of Savage Arms is quite interesting and dates to the late 1800s. It was founded as Savage Repeating Arms Co. in New York by Arthur Savage. The company was established in 1894, but Arthur Savage received patents for rifle designs well before that, including a hammerless design in 1893.

Today, Savage's most well-known model is likely the Model 99, originally known as the Model 1899. Based on Savage's earlier Model 1895 design, the Model 99 featured a hammerless lever-action design and rotary magazine and was produced for 100 years.

In 2002, Savage introduced the Accutrigger, a great improvement to triggers found on traditional hunting rifles at the time with creep and hard pulls. The Accutrigger was developed to have a crisp break and no creep, be user-adjustable, and, on top of that, safe. I must say that I am quite impressed with the Accurtigger.

Savage continues to manufacture rifles as well as shotguns and handguns today. The company is now based in Massachusetts and has operations in Canada.

hunting with a savage rifle and warne scope mounts

Savage Arms continued to innovate, introducing other successful firearms like the Savage Model 10 and 110 bolt-action rifles, known for its accuracy and versatility. The company's commitment to quality and innovation helped it establish a strong reputation in the firearms industry. Savage Arms is recognized for producing a wide range of rifles, shotguns, and handguns, including their version of the 1911, catering to hunters, sports shooters, and enthusiasts worldwide. Its legacy of innovation and craftsmanship continues to make it a respected name in the firearms industry.

The Savage Model 10 and 110

Savage Arms had several popular hunting rifles in its lineup, and the popularity of specific models can vary by region and hunting preferences. However, one of their popular hunting rifles is the Savage Model 110 series. The Model 110 is a bolt-action rifle known for its accuracy, versatility, and reliability. It has been available in various calibers and stock options to suit different hunting needs.

savage rifle with warne scope mounts


The Savage Axis Affordable Quality.

To continue the tradition of affordability, Savage produces the Savage Axis. The Savage Axis is available in various popular calibers, including .223 Remington, .243 Winchester, .270 Winchester, .308 Winchester, and more.

While the Axis is considered a budget-friendly option, it maintains decent accuracy. It often produces satisfactory groupings, especially when paired with good ammunition. 

left-handed savage axis

Scope Mounts for Savage Rifles.

Savage has made some changes to their model number system. It used to be the model 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 Short Action and 110, 111, 112, 114, 116 Long Action. Then they simplified it into “110 Long Action” and “110 Short Action.” Either way Warne has a mount for your Savage rifle.

Warne makes mounts for just about every Savage Rifle including scope mounts for the Savage rimfire rifles. Use Warne’s part finder to find the exact mount you need for your Savage Rifle.

A shooter should fully utilize their rifle's accuracy by installing quality scope and quality US-made scope mounts. Quality scope mounts are very important because the recoil shock wave goes through the rifle, scope, and scope mounts.

Warne has USA-made scope mounts to fit everyone's budget, from our affordable Vapor line our tougher than nails Maxima Steel line, to our elegant lightweight but still as durable premier Mountain Tech series. Warne has the scope mount to give you confidence in every shot. 

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Mounting a Scope to Your Savage Rifle

If you seek "confidence in every shot," correctly mounting your scope is key. Warne makes precision mounts, so having the correct even torque with quality rings is the foundation of keeping your scope zeroed.

One thing to note when selecting a base or rail for your Savage Rifle is that Savage switched from 6-48 to 8-40 screw size. If you are unsure of your screw size contact Savage with your serial number and they will be able to advise you. 

Warne makes one-piece Picatinny bases and two-piece bases for most Savage rifles. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. To learn more about one-piece versus two-piece, read One Piece vs Two Piece Scope Bases: Which is Right for You?

To learn how to install a two-piece base set to your Savage rifle, check out this video. Watch this video for steps on mounting a one-piece base. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more news and tutorials. 

Vapor Picatinny rail for savage rifle

A Wide Selection of American-made scope Mounts for Savage Rifles.

Warne Scope Mounts are engineered, designed, and made in the U.S. See all our Savage bases and rails here . When mounting a two-piece base like the M902/936M Savage Pre 2003 Bolt Action Flat Rear , you must install a pair of rings to secure it properly. Check out our  complete catalog of scope rings here.

When you need the right piece for the job, Warne will always give you a precise, reliable fit. All Warne products come with a lifetime warranty. No receipt, no warranty card, no package – no problem! Designed for shooters, by shooters, Warne Scope Mounts allow you to get confidence in every shot.