Savage model numbers: what are the differences?


February 19, 2003, 03:31 AM
I know the two digit models are short action and the three digit are long action, and all models have certain features designated by their letter suffixes, which are listed on the Savage site.

But regardless of letter codes, what makes a model 10 different from a model 11, 12, or 16?


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Steven Mace
February 19, 2003, 05:04 AM
Here's some basic information on the various Savage Model number designations:

12/112 or 10/110 - Varmint/Target series...only drilled and tapped for scope mounts, no open sights, 24" or 26" barrel, blued or stainless depending on specific variation

11/111 - Hunter sights & drilled and tapped for scope mounts, 22" or 24" barrel, blued only

110/111xxXP3 - Package sights, comes with 3-9x32 scope mounted, 22" or 24" barrel, blued only, wood stock/leather sling installed or synthetic stock/nylon sling installed

16/116 - Weather Warrior sights, only drilled and tapped for scope mounts, 22", 24" or 26" barrel, stainless steel only

There are also some oddballs like the 10FM Sierra, 10FCM Scout, 114U Ultra, 114CE Classic European and the 116SE Safari Express but this should give you a basic idea how Savage classifies their rifles. Hope this helps!

Steve Mace

February 21, 2003, 02:52 AM
Thanks Steven.

Other than long vs. short, are the various actions pretty much identical, mechanically? The different barrel lengths, types of steel, sight options, finishes, and so forth would seem to be covered more by the letter codes, and less by the model numbers (and there's some redundancy between the two, also).

Another way to ask the question: Is the 12FV ( nothing more than a 10FP ( with polished bluing and a longer barrel? And if it is, why not just call it a 10FV?

I'm probably applying more logic than I should, here. It's happened before. ;)

PS- does Savage jewel some of their bolts, such as with the 12FV above? I think I've seen some jeweled, but I don't know if that's factory or aftermarket work.

February 24, 2003, 12:51 PM

December 28, 2008, 11:02 PM
I own Model 70's, M77's a 742 & nothing confuses me as much as the muliple designations Savage gives to it's many similar models. I even broke down and bought two Model114CE's(Euro Classic Long Action) @ Cabelas. They were marketed as NAC's (N.Amer.Class.) wrong! These Euro Classic's came w/a hinged floorplate, Williams open sights, Monte Carlo stocks, & a high luster finish. As of 08 or 08 1/2? The Euro Classic's have a box mag., a jeweled bolt and a lower luster blue finish. I guess the thing w/Savage is, if it looks good at the time, feels good, it's in the Cal. you want, & the price is right, buy the darn thing & don't ask questions. The two 114's I bought shoot great & look good, no complaints. Oh by the way, the Model 14 American Classic & Euro M14 Classic are Short Action's. The 114's stand for Long Action's. Were not even getting into the L designations on the same rifles.

January 20, 2009, 10:00 PM
AK -Adjustable Muzzle Brake
B -Laminate Stock
C -Clip (Detachable Box Mag.)
F -Synthetic Stock
G -Hardwood Stock
L -Left Hand
LE -Law Enforcement
ML -Muzzleloader
NS -No Sights
P -Police
SE -Safari Express
SS -Stainless Steel
U -Ultra High Lustre
V -Long Range (Heavy Barrel)
XP -Package Gun
Y -Youth

Example - Model 111FLC
F = Synthetic Stock
L = Left Hand
C = Clip

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