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Savage Impulse Rifle Review: American-Made Straight-Pull Bolt-Action

A Better Bolt Action: American innovation trumps European inspiration in the new Savage Impulse straight-pull bolt-action rifle.

Savage Impulse Rifle Review: American-Made Straight-Pull Bolt-Action

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Bolt-action rifles are an American past time, and a pillar of shooting and sporting culture in the United States. It was shortly after World War I that the lever guns responsible for winning the West began to give way to sporterized service rifles in the hands of hunters, but purpose-built bolt-action rifles followed soon after. For more than a century, these guns have remained our country’s most popular tool for hunting and precision shooting.

A leading American firearms manufacturer, Savage Arms enjoys a place among the country’s most tenured and popular gunmakers. Founded in 1894, the Massachusetts-based firm builds some of the market’s most accurate and...

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