In essence, Savage’s new Impulse is a full featured, mid-weight hunting rifle owning a fully ambidextrous straight-pull bolt, Savage’s vaunted 110 barrel, a modular (adjustable) stock, and all the features that make Savage rifles accurate and value-packed including including its patented AccuStock, AccuTrigger, integral rail, and barrel nut method of barrel attachment. First editions of the Impulse line include the Hog Hunter, Big Game and detachable 10-round mag Predator models. Although each is geared toward a different pursuit, the rifle’s concept remains the same.
I hate to sound like an advertisement for Savage because Savage is paying me zilcho, but frankly, I love the Impulse rifle and can’t find a notable flaw in it. I commend the American company for finally building a modern rifleman’s rifle with just about every feature I desire, and at least one I didn’t know I needed! At around 8 ½ pounds, it isn’t a lightweight to be sure, but the thing just shoots. With a Zeiss scope and Hornady’s ELDX 6.5 Creedmoor ammo, I recorded .70-inch groups–and dinged steel targets to 1400 yards–with this $1,400 rifle, out of the box. If I had to have one rifle for everything–from whitetails and hogs, coyotes and elk and even long-range targets, the Impulse in 6.5, .308 Win. or .30-06 would probably be it.
For more information, check out JJ’s full review in an upcoming issue of Petersen’s Hunting online.