August 9th, 2007

Savage 6.5-284 F-Classer Is Shipping

The new Savage Arms Precision Target F-Class Rifle, chambered in 6.5-284 Norma, is now reaching dealers and distributions. Brian Herrick, Savage Marketing Director, told us on 8/8/2007: “The first units have shipped and we expect full production flow by the end of August.” The F-Class rifle, shown below, has a gray laminated stock with a 3″-wide ventilated forend, and 30″ extra-heavy barrel. The stock is straight from the base of the grip back to the buttplate with a flat on the bottom. It is currently available in Right Bolt, Right Port, but Savage might ship Right Bolt, Left Port versions in the future if there is sufficient demand. MSRP on the 6.5-284 Savage F-Classer is $1,211, with “real world” selling prices just under $1000.00.

The production version of the 6.5-284 rifle features the new triple-pillar Precision Target Action (RB/RP) with a “match” Accutrigger that adjusts from about 6 ounces to 2.5 pounds. The F-Class rifle is currently chambered only in 6.5-284, but Savage may consider other chamberings in the future.

Savage also makes an F-TR rifle chambered in .308 Winchester. Weighing 12.65 lbs. with a 30″ heavy barrel, the Savage F-TR features a more conventional-style stock with a narrower fore-end for use with a bipod, and more drop in the buttstock. The F-TR (MSRP $1142) also ships with two polymer cheek-pieces (high and low), similar to those used on Choate stocks. Herrick commented, “The F-TR has been popular–we’ve shipped over 1000 units already.”

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August 9th, 2007

Glen Harrison Launches New Action-Making Company

Glen Harrison, originator of the Nesika Bay actions, is starting a new action-building company. His Nesika Bay operation was integrated into Dakota Arms two years ago, but Dakota Arms is now in Chapter 11 re-organization. It looks like Glen is moving back out on his own, separate from Dakota/Nesika, to produce an action with a new name, produced by a new company. Harrison has partnered with industry experts and financial backers to form a brand new company. The actions will be available for custom hunting rifle makers as well as upscale rifle builders. The company is being formed with Harrison’s input. The new company plans to debut its new bolt actions at the 2008 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

Harrison, an active benchrest competitive shooter, has been building precision bolt actions for over 15 years. His actions are renowned for tight tolerances and outstanding accuracy. Harrison-designed actions have won numerous Benchrest, Palma, Silhouette, 1000-yard Benchrest, and Tactical matches throughout the world.

Below is a beautiful Palma rifle built with a Harrison-designed action and Robertson Composites stock. Be sure to Click Here for large photo.

Chad Dixon Nesika Palma

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