I recently attended the 2023 Viking Arms VIP dealer day, hosted at the West London Shooting School. This was an opportunity to test rifles from Vikings latest acquisition, Savage Arms.
The day starts with coffee and bacon rolls curtesy of Viking Arms before we headed over to the range to get the day started in earnest. After the safety briefing we were let loose on the range, I gravitated straight towards the new 110 Precision in 6.5 Creedmoor which is designed to be a crossover PRS and stalking rifle, the Savage barrelled action is fitted into an MDT LSS XL chassis which shot exceptionally well especially with the Lapua Scenar ammo and Leupold scopes that we had for all the rifles (except the 17 HMR, but I'll get to that later).
Next, I had a chance to try Savage's flagship rifle, the Impulse Elite Precision in .308 Winchester, fitted with Leupolds exceptional Mark-5 5-25x56. I was very impressed with the speed of the straight pull action which is also fully ambidextrous, the bolt handle being able to be switched from one side to the other.
This was followed by the new B17 Precision Lite in .17 HMR. It came fitted with an MDT LSS Rimfire chassis and a carbon fibre wrapped varmint barrel. This was incredibly accurate which became a running theme with all the rifles we had to test.
Having tested all of the precision series rifle I moved over to the brand new 110 Carbon fitted with a Proof Research carbon fibre wrapped barrel. This is Savages latest ultra-light weight hunting rifle and would be a perfect highland stalking rifle especially in a soft shooting calibre like the 6.5 Creedmoor.
After we had finished test driving the rifles at the 100-meter mark we moved on to the 200-meter firing point to really put the 110 Elite Precision through its paces and it did not disappoint. It proved to be one of the most accurate rifles I have ever shot consistently holding a sub 1" group at 200 meters.
Finally, we had a chance to play with another of Vikings recent acquisition's on the running boar range, the famous T-Rex rifle from Jurassic park, the Marlin 1895 SBL in .45-70. This was an incredible piece of kit that was smooth shooting, accurate and pointable that made it easy to place accurate shots into the moving boar target at 25 yards. I think I may have to put a variation in.
Overall it was a great day and I want to thank the Viking Arms team for putting on such a good day and I can't wait for their next one.