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Range Tested: Savage Impulse Bolt-Action Hunting Rifle

This may be the bolt-action that finally turns American hunters on to the straight-pull rifle.

Although various forms of the design have been fielded for nearly 150 years in other countries, the straight-pull bolt-action rifle has largely been ignored by hunters in the United States.

We're used to lifting the handle before cycling the bolt and pushing it back down at the end of the cycle. That's just the way a bolt-action rifle works, right? Well, it doesn't have to.

A straight-pull bolt need not be rotated to move lugs in and out of recesses during cycling; just pull the handle straight backward to remove the bolt from battery, and push it directly forward to achieve lockup.

The primary benefit of a straight-pull rifle is speed in cycling because...

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