American Hunter | Savage Impulse: A Straight-Pull Rifle Designed for American Hunters
With today’s release of its new Impulse straight-pull rifle, Savage is offering American hunters a high-performance option that puts a high rate of fire at the fore. Combining the company’s vaunted button guns and its groundbreaking AccuTrigger with a largely overlooked operating system, the Impulse will be launched in three model variants, each configured to take advantage of the action’s rapid fire capabilities in various special hunting scenarios.
• • Impulse Big Game– Kiui Verde Camo stick with green Cerakote metalwork; 22 or 24 inch barrel; .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win., .30-06, .300 WSM, .300 Win. Like.; 2 to 4 round magazine capacity; MSRP $ 1,449.
• • Impulse predator– Mossy oak terra gila camouflage with matt black metalwork; 20 inch barrel; .22-250, .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win .; 10-round magazine capacity; MSRP $ 1,379.
• • Impulse Hog Hunter—OD Green barrel with matt black metalwork; 18, 20 or 24 inch barrel; 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win., .30-06, .300 Win. Like.; 3 or 4 round magazine capacity; MSRP $ 1,379.
In addition to the individual design and technical data, all variants have the award-winning AccuStock and AccuFit functions from Savage, with which shooters can adapt their rifle to their personal preferences. Removable box magazines and a factory-fitted 20 MOA accessory rail are also standard.
The mechanical key to the Impulse is its proper Hexlock, which uses six hardened steel ball bearings that surround the head of the case. In the bolt-forward position, the bearings are pushed outward by a piston contained in the bolt body, which locks them securely into the barrel extension and places the pistol in the battery. When burning, the bearings hold even tighter due to the internal pressure. However, when the pressure on the bearings eases, the shooters can take the action with minimal effort. Unlike our well-known bolt actions, reloading does not require turning the bolt up and then down. Instead, a simple pull back on the handle opens the action and clears away the used shell. It is then thrown forward to take up a new round and chamber it. From the first magazine at our first practical range meeting, the impulse turned out to be extremely quick and smooth. And while our test didn’t include extensive accuracy tests, the Impulse Hog Hunter won in .308. stacked shots in very close groups.
Many beginners find driving straight ahead surprisingly intuitive, and in addition, they tend not to lift their heads out of the stock, as is often the case with turnbolt rifles. These efficiencies help make the pulse lightning-fast. It is a real treat to see a skilled straight pull shooter dial in on running goals, but the good news here is that such skills are within reach of just about anyone who really works on them.
While most Americans are unfamiliar with straight-pull rifles firsthand, they have been around since the late 19th century, and it remains a popular category in Europe where athletes particularly hunt wild boar and others powered rifles are sharp game. However, Continental owners, as well as owners in the US and elsewhere, also prefer their straight-pull rifles for deer, deer, elk, and other large game species. They believe the fast bike and head-down technique will help them keep an eye on their quarry throughout the shoot, moments after the shot.
Although our low collective exposure to straight-pull rifles has largely resulted in rimfire and military relics, the cult following of current big game models from Germany has nonetheless grown over the past decade. However, the pricing for such imported models limits their attractiveness. In the Impulse, Savage has developed its own extremely clever and extremely fast running system, built it into rifles equipped with the features and functions desired by today’s hunters, and now brings up the new line at less than half the cost of the category the market. leading imports.