• Manufacturer: Savage Arms
  • Model: 10FCP McMillan
  • Caliber: .308 Win (7.62x51mm NATO)
  • Barrel: Savage Factory Heavy Contour
  • Barrel Length: 24" (610mm)
  • Twist: 1:10" RH
  • Magazine: 4 round detachable box magazine
  • Trigger: Savage Accu-trigger
  • Stock: McMillan A5 Fiberglass Stock, black finish
  • Metal Finish: Matte Bluing
  • Weight: 10 lbs (4.55 kg)
  • Overall Length: 46.5" (1181mm)

I remember back in the mid 1990’s walking through a gun show and coming up to a Timney Trigger booth and asking them if they had a replacement trigger for a Savage 110FP I had at the time. What was the response? They literally laughed. To them the Savage was not a real rifle. A lot has changed in the past decade or so. Not only does Timney have a replacement trigger for Savage rifles, but Savage has become a legitimate player in the main stream firearms market, especially now that Winchester is no longer making rifles. Savage has been around for a very long time but their model 10 and 110 rifles have always been considered a “budget” rifle though one with surprisingly good accuracy. Now the argument can be made that Savage is the company that is perhaps the most in tune with the shooting public and the modern trends as they have been quick to release products outside the norm like their recent long range varminter with a .22-250 barrel with a 1:9″ twist in a factory rifle. Remington still only puts 1:12″ twists in their 308 rifles, let alone anything besides 1:14″ for a .22-250. But we are not here to talk about Varmint rifles, we are here to talk about Sniper rifles. Savage has been making the 10 and 110 FP for many years, but a few years ago they introduced the 10FP McMillan with a McMillan A2 stock. Around 2006-2007, I’m not sure of the exact date, they upgraded that offering and created the 10FCP HS Precision and 10FCP McMillan which now has the excellent McMillan A5 stock. This is the rifle that we are reviewing here. I would probably consider it the top of the Savage line for Tactical Rifles.


The Savage 10/110, and their Stevens 200 sister rifles, have been going through some action changes over the past few years. The rear portion of the action used to be flattened like the Remington 700 actions and in fact you used to be able to use any set of Remington 2-piece bases on a Savage action, but a few years ago they changed that so that the rear portion of the action is rounded just like the front as you can see in the picture above. While you can no longer use the same rear base as the Remington 700, you actually can now use the same exact base for the rear as you do for the front of the Savage when using two piece bases. I suspect not having to mill down the rear of the action saves labor and time, which means money, though the added height kind of gives it a tall or bulky look to the rear, but it is certainly still functional.


Another change, even more recent, with the Savage actions is that they switched to a center feed magazine design which should help with reliable feeding, but it is a completely different floorplate and inlet design which pretty much rendered all of the after market stocks useless. This, in my opinion, may have been a mistake as a good aftermarket industry tends to help the longevity of a rifle, especially in the precision tactical world where stocks tend to get changed out. Of course, we are a very small market share and it was probably a calculated decision and risk they had to take. But be aware, B&C and other stock makers have not all switched to the new design, and some are holding off. If you are building a custom rifle like our sub $800 project outlined in the members area, you may need to hunt for an old style Stevens or Savage action. For this rifle, it has a detachable box magazine that holds four rounds. The DBM floorplates are unique but I don’t know that anyone would be swapping out the excellent A5 stock too soon.


The magazine itself is well enough made and functioned without a problem for us. It is a center feed design which seems to work quite well. Another round or two capacity would not hurt though.

The barrel is Savage’s standard heavy weight barrel of 24″ length. It is a nice heavy profile and provides some weight out front to help tame recoil and muzzle flip. The crown is a standard Savage recessed crown. The twist on the Savage 308 heavy barrel rifles is 1:10″ which will stabilize all the heavier weight bullets. The barrel is free floated all the way back to the receiver as well. Of course, the Savage barrel nut is there as well and some say that is one of the reasons why the savage rifles tend to shoot so well, it allows for a good tight head space from the factory. The theory there sounds logical to us and is somewhat ironic that a cost cutting measure would actually help improve accuracy.


Of course, the stock is excellent. It is a McMillan A5 stock with the standard McMillan black paint applied and the typical 3 swivel stud arrangement, 2 in the front, 1 in the back. The A5 is the most popular McMillan stock and for good reason, it is a fantastic design. It is very comfortable to shoot and it really helps line up everything well for the shooter. There really isn’t much to be said about the stock design, it speaks for itself. But, I will mention a few things about the stock on this rifle and the execution. The stock on these FCP McMillan rifles are not glass bedded and there are no pillars as you can see in the picture below:


It is the same slightly rough finish that McMillan provides with their inletting. It is perfectly setup for glass bedding, but there is no glass bedding. Yes, these are factory rifles and not custom rifles and I actually did not expect for them to be bedded though that is the first thing I would do if I were purchasing one of these rifles, just go ahead and schedule the job with your gunsmith of choice as I think there is some easy accuracy to be gained. The stocks are not “sniper fill” either from McMillan, which is a denser fill to add weight and strength to the stock, and without pillars you will want to be careful not to torque the stocks down to the 65 inch-lbs that is so common. You’ll probably want to be around 40 or 45 or risk crushing some of the stock.

Because of the lack of glass bedding or pillars in the stock, I may recommend the 10FCP HS Precision for utilization right out of the box. They have the aluminum bedding block and the HS Stock Savage uses is the very nicely designed vertical pistol grip version which is very nice as well. But dont get me wrong, the A5 is great stock and the one we would probably prefer in the long run, just after it was glass bedded.


The trigger is the Savage Accu-trigger which kind of caught the shooting world by surprise when it first came out and was one of the innovations I was talking about that Savage seems to be leading the industry in. The blade that protrudes from the center of the trigger seems a bit odd at first but in reality you quickly forget it is even there and in regards to the target settings on the heavy barrel rifle triggers from the factory, it is very light. We measured this trigger at just a tad over 1.5 lbs. That is lighter than I like tactical triggers as I personally prefer 2.5 – 3 lbs on tactical rifles. But the light trigger is very good for target shooting. This trigger does not have any take-up besides the little blade and it broke rather nice for a factory trigger.

For the range session we mounted a New Hawke Frontier 6-24x50mm that we were reviewing at the same time in a set of Burris Signature Zee rings on a set of two piece weaver bases (the same front and back). We used medium height rings and everything mounted up without any problems.


Well, it is January in Montana so you can expect the conditions to be a bit chilly, but if you shoot year around you learn to deal with it. As you can see from the photo above, there was snow on the ground as there usually is this time of year and it was a nice frigid 10 degrees F (-12 C), which we were glad we were at least in positive numbers as compared to a day or two before. The only downside to cold weather shooting when trying for accuracy is that you are bundled up fairly well which prevents good solid shooting fundamentals because of the thick jacket and the requirement for gloves. But we bundled up and headed out to see how we could do with the Savage.

The rifle functions well enough, typical Savage action which is not as smooth as a Remington but still smooth enough. Everything fed and cycled fine from the magazine and in fact it was a non issue to single feed even with the magazine in, which actually surprised us. The lighter than we are used to trigger took some time to adjust to, but it was nice. With the thick jacket on, heavy weight of the rifle, long barrel and 308 match loads, which are fairly mild, the recoil was very tame with almost no movement off of the target when a shot was fired. Rapid follow up shots were very easy. The A5 stock also figures into that because of the way it is designed to help direct recoil straight back helping to minimize barrel flip.


The accuracy of this out of the box rifle was good for a factory rifle. Even when contending with the weather conditions, we were able to get some good groups with Federal Gold Medal Match 168gr ammo. The average group size was .682 with a best group (the one pictured above) of .568″, just a tad over .5 MOA. We did fire some HSM M118LR 175gr and the groups opened up a little. We also extended the range a bit and fired at a bit over 400 yards with no problems at all and accuracy at that range was good as well, but we did not measure groups. We normally like to take the evaluation rifles out to our long unknown distance range, but we were not able to this time.

To conclude, the 10 FCP McMillan is a very solid rifle. It does need glass bedding and I would expect accuracy to improve with a nice bedding job, and I would even venture to say that the 10 FCP HS Precision may be a tad more accurate “out of the box” because of its bedding block. But the A5 stock is great and the rifle is very nice to shoot. The large bolt knob is nothing fancy, but very functional and a nice feature on a tactical rifle. The trigger aides in getting good groups, but I personally would adjust it a bit heavier for field work, even with the safety of the depression blade on it. All in all, Savage has done a good job of pushing the envelope for factory built rifles in terms of features and innovation and we hope they keep it up.



Stuart stephens

I have Savage american classic w/bushnell banner 3×9 hav’nt been much impressed with it over 10 yrs best group 1-3” barrel free floated .

Mel Ewing

Yeah, the thinner sporter barrel versions of most hunting rifles are not typically the most accurate.

Tyler M

Such a good article. Really informative. Thank you Mel Ewing, you swayed me to buy a Savage.


can you do a review of savage 300 win mag hs precision. there is a lot of talk about 300’s now and i was wanting to see a few of your test on them. great reviews, and i hope to read something soon. (i’m in the market for a 1000yd + gun)

Robbie D

I bought one. Best Buy I have ever made. I paired it with a Triji accupoint 5-20 with the green mil-dot and a Harris compact bipod. 500 yards is a breeze. Zero kick back. It’s amazingly smooth action and the trigger is f&@$£>¥ fantastic. And not going to lie. It looks really cool too. Beautiful actually. Honestly I want the same exact gun in a 22-250 for a new coyote and prairie dog slayer. Just don’t plan on hiking around or shooting off hand haha

D Massey

I have the Savage Model 10 in .308. Best group so far is 5 shots .75 at 100 with 168 gr. match. I filled the stock with Rockite and fishing lead. Put PVC, lead and expanding foam in stock to stiffen it up. I love busting clay pigeons at 300 yards first shot.
Love this rifle, bought mine at Dicks Sporting Goods!!

chris Kyle sucked

just get a Remington 700 P in 300 win mag with a swfa super sniper scope and be done with it at $1400 1/4 MOA groups all day long on factory match grade ammo

Mel Ewing

Well, .25 MOA might be a bit optimistic, but yes, a 700P is a good solid rifle

Heath H

I have the original FCP-SR with 10 round detachable box magazine. Totally impressed with the gun. It shoots better than I do! I saw they started making them again after a 2 year wait and totally messed it all up. Savage made their best gun ever only to change it to a (my opinion ) sub par product? Mel, have you used a 3d bedded stock from savage? I am curious to what you may think of them.

Victor R.

Regarding the Savage rifle reviewed above: I understand that they may make the barrel in various lengths but do they have it in several finishes?

I already own a savage and love the matte finish on it. I would love to get the 308 McMillan but will like to avoid getting one with a blued barrel. It’s just personal preference.

Someone let me know if that is an option with this one.

Mel Ewing

The FCP McMillan is only made with the matte blue metal finish. Though you could certainly have an aftermarket metal finish applied such as cerakoting or Green-T, etc. But it is not offered from the factory

michael crouse

Great article,I am a savage owner/shooter.have you tried the rifle with federal 175gr.bthp match ammo(gm308m2)? That shoots best in my rifle.thanks.


I have recently purchased this rifle and shot it twice. I have found the action to be a bit stiff and wonky with an occasional failure to feed issues. Did you notice the same thing? What would you recommend that I could do to smooth this out a bit?

Mel Ewing

The savage action, due to its modularity, tends to be a bit more notchy than a tikka or remington. They do smooth out some over time and they can be worked a bit to help.


I have a savage 110E in 30.06 and a mod.10FXP 270 WSM both were bought new I installed the Tasco scopes and with factory or reloads Ill put either up against any gun out there deer kills in 325 to 600 yd ranges


Can you use this rifle for hunting purposes as well or do you only suggest this for tactical / target shooting use? I ask bc I love the look of this gun but want to be able to hunt with it. Thanks for any feedback or suggestions in advance.

Mel Ewing

You bet, it would make a fine hunting rifle. But the down side is that these tactical rifles weigh a lot. So if you are okay lugging a 12 lb rifle through the woods, then it’ll certainly get the job done.

Dan Isaac

I have had my Savage 10fcp Mcmillan for about 5 years. I had my gunsmith pillar bed it and my groups have dropped by a minimum 1/4″ I can now shoot 5 rounds in between 1/2″ and 1/4″ with my handloads. In all fairness, the limiting factor on this rifle so far has been my poor marksmanship. I would buy it again in a heartbeat, despite the range commandos who sneer at my Savage rifle and my Vortex optics.

Mike Hatfield

I bought a Savage Model 10FP some years ago. The action is bedded on pillars, 24″ heavy bbl with the Accu Trigger. Internal box magazine and installed a Nikon Buckmaster 6-18x scope on the rifle. I can get .5 to .6 3 shot groups at 100 yards with .308 reloads. (Hornady 150 and 165gr SST’s and 178gr A-Max bullets. Some may say this is a “budget rifle” but who cares?
This rifle out of the box still out shoots both my 700’s (22-250 and 264 WinMag)


I bought the newer model 10FCP-SR the first thing I did was put a Accurate mag bottom metal and mag in it, I believe this is what the original had in it, It shoots 1/2 MOA no problem with my hand loads, Good shooter for sure But do get a lot of savage hate for some reason, They all act like my rifle will fall apart or something, I don’t get it, Its accurate and that’s all I excpect out of a rifle

Scott Wright

I am loading for this rifle and with every shot I can hear and feel a series of vibrations that last 4 to 5 seconds, No matter what factory ammunition or what bullet weight it does the same thing , can not get accuracy under 1.5 mos at 100 yds. Any suggestions ? Thanks ,,

Anthony Vespo

I received this rifle as an anniversary gift from my wife I think it’s a piece of crap I don’t like it the way it handles is too bulky the stock is way too long and I think this cheap magazine is going to fail. If I hadn’t gotten it for a gift I would probably throw it away for use it as a boat oar. Guess I’ll have another rifle to stick in the back of the safe and hopefully she’ll forget about it so I can get rid of the thing. Savage should be ashamed of themselves charging that much for a piece of junk.

George Peterson

I bought a 10 FLCP in 308 with the Accustock and installed a used Leupold VX3. I use a Rugged suppressor and the rifle consistently shoots 0.5 MOA groups at 100 yds out of the box. My $8,500 custom McWhorter rifle with McMillan stock and Vortex Razor HD scope shoots 0.6-0.8 MOA groups at 100 yds. Yes, the McWhorter is smooth as silk but I will take a little sloppiness on my $500 Savage without complaints for that 0.5 MOA accuracy. Best rifle for the money that I have ever had. I wish Savage had more offerings in left hand. I would buy one of each!

Jeff B Young

Great article. I was especially interested in your take on after-market stocks. The latest rage seems to be the modular AR-looking aluminum stocks. If you’ve used these, I’d
like to know what accuracy improvements (if any) were seen.


Yes, we have used them (though not full reviews). No, we have not really noticed any accuracy improvements. But you do get the benefit of no need for bedding (like we mentioned in the McMillan review). Personally, I like the 10/110 FCP HS Precision version best.


We have reviewed the original BA rifle, but not the new BA Stealth Evolution (yet). The hard part is that for all these new rifles (remington included) it is the same barreled action inside of a different stock. So the reviews are mostly a rehash except for when we discuss the stocks. We might start doing smaller “sub reviews” that only discuss the stock and then do the shooting tests. They would take less time and pretty much provide all the necessary info.


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