“Bill, I have a question for you and I need a direct answer. Are you guys practicing the dark arts up there in Massachusetts?” Although my question to Bill Dermody, marketing director for Savage Arms, was obviously facetious, it was based on my recent range experience with one of the company’s newest rifle offerings—the Model 110 FCP HS Precision in .338 Lapua Mag.
Bill laughed and told me that he was not that surprised by my question, but asked me why I posed it. “Well, I just shot a 10.7-pound .338 Lapua Mag that gave me sub-MOA results and kicked less than many .308 rifles I have shot. Oh, and all for a retail price of $1,499. So, you can see why I thought you were magically bending some unbreakable laws with this one.”
In fact, in my mind, this rifle bent many of these rules, namely those of physics and economics. To be honest, I was not excited about shooting this gun at first because I did not see how a gun that weighs less than 11 pounds in this chambering could be anything but a beast. I learned very quickly that this was not true. In addition to making a lightweight .338 Lapua Mag that is a pussycat to shoot, Savage did it in a package that matches or exceeds the performance of rifles that cost two to three or even four times as much.