The McMillan stock allows the Savage 10FCP to be manhandled into position and rested on whatever is available. For this reason, the stock selection is as important as the optic when it comes to law enforcement tactical incidents.
The stock felt "dead," meaning it did not readily transfer vibrations to the barrel or action. Its extra front lug loaned itself readily for a bipod or target sling. If we were to change anything, we would have added a short patch of rubber on the bottom, just forward of the action, for better sandbag contact.
For shooters who throw hundreds of rounds downrange daily, Savage was planning ahead. It obviously was designed for easy gunsmithing, like rebarrelling and rechambering. Part interchangeability is probably why this rifle is so cost effective — Savage has designed a platform that can be used for many types of shooting. For example, the same AccuTrigger can be found in their muzzleloader line and their precision target model line.
The rifle did not seem particularly heat sensitive. We spent one range day firing 100 rounds, one after another. Usually a rifle exhibits vertical stringing, where bullets tend to print higher as the barrel gets hotter. Every rifle exhibits some sort of temperature sensitivity; the Savage 10 FCP showed a consistent and predictable shift which was rather unnoticeable within 200 yards.
At the conclusion of our testing, all shooters agreed — this is one of the best values in law enforcement precision rifles offered today.
Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer who teaches at Hartnell College in Salinas, California.