• Savage 110 Model History - 1958-1989

    The following data has been compiled from the information contained within my extensive collection of Savage Arms catalogs. The following tables list all of the various different models of the Savage Arms Model 110 bolt-action rifle that were manufactured between 1959 and 1989.

    Please note that this list only contains those models which were depicted and detailed in Savage Arms annual U.S. catalogs. Any special model(s) that were manufactured for export or as special runs for a major distributor or retailer are not included in these tables. Based on my nearly 20 years of researching and studying the history of the Model 110 I have only come across one instance of such a special run having been produced prior to the mid-1990's, but that isn't to say there might be more out there that have remained under the radar all these years.

    In the 1960's Canadian Industries Limited (CIL) of Montreal, ONT. contracted with Savage Arms to manufacture at least two rifle models based on the 110 design for import and sale in the Canadian market. The first was a sporter model (Model 950) that featured a California Monte Carlo stock made by Sile of Italy - the same stock used on the Savage 110 P and 110 PE models from 1966-70). The second was a target model (Model 950T) which featured a single-shot action, heavy contour 26-1/2" barrel and a target style walnut stock made by Bishop. According to an article published by Petersen's Hunting in 2008, approximately 250 of the 950T's were made (200 RH / 50 LH) and were adapted for use with Parker-Hale sights. It is also known that a very small quantity (less than 50) of these target rifles were sold in the U.S. by one dealer.

    The features of the Model 112 V which would be introduced to the U.S. market in 1975 by Savage is said to have been based on the CIL 950T.

    A couple of interesting thing to note in the following tables is that....

    To start, it must be pointed out that those Model 110's made between 1958 and the end of 1965 are vastly different than those made from 1966 and on. The early guns are typically easy to identify as they have a bump or raised boss in the barrel to which the rear iron sight is dovetailed into. Additionally, the bolts were uniquely different in that the early bolt heads were shrouded and used a spring-clip style extractor. Parts between the pre-66 and post-66 rifles are generally not interchangeable due to these differences, and efforts were made by Savage during the redesign to make sure that many critical pre-66 parts couldn't be accidentally used on a post-66 rifle or vise-versa.

    Something else worth noting is that during the first two decades Savage only offered a few different variations of the Model 110. Each variation of the Model 110 had a specific feature(s) to it that justified the separate model. For example, the base 110 and 110L models were fitted with blind magazines and featured a classic-style stock with a flat comb. The Model 110MC and 110MCL ("MC" for Monte Carlo) were identical to the base models aside from the stock which featured a raised Monte Carlo comb. The 110C and 110CL models were fitted with detachable box magazines (commonly referred to as a clip in those days, hence the "C" designation) and chambered for standard cartridges, while the 110M and 110ML were chambered for magnum cartridges like the .264 Winchester Magnum and 7mm Remington Magnum.

    It wasn't until the mid 1970's that Savage Arms (and most every other gun manufacturer) would start offering more specialized models such as the Model 110S and 112V which were designed for a specific type of use such as competition or varmint hunting.

    The second point would be that from the introduction of the first left-hand model in 1959 through the mid 1970's Savage Arms offered a left-hand version of most every Model 110 variation they produced. These were the "Golden Years" for left-handed fans of Savage's Model 110 rifle as they could pretty much get whatever they wanted with the bolt handle on the proper side of the rifle. Sadly today's Savage Arms isn't quite as generous with their left-hand offerings, especially when it comes to the more feature laden or specialized models.

    Comments 9 Comments
    1. DogT's Avatar
      DogT -
      I have a 112 J in 220 Swift. I think it was made in the late 60's. Don't see too much about this one. Single shot varmint.
    1. J.Baker's Avatar
      J.Baker -
      No, what you have is a 112 V Series J that was made from 1975-1978. That was the first model Savage ever offered the .220 Swift in. After 1978 Savage didn't chamber any 110's for the Swift again until 1993.

      I have an article that will be published at 7am EST this Friday (Feb. 8th) that lists all the cartridges offered in the Model 110's from 1958-1999, the years they were offered, and what twist rates were used during what years.
    1. Turtle566's Avatar
      Turtle566 -
      Hi, l'm new here, have just purchased a Stevens model 110e in 243, serial number 13013X, would you be able to tell me approximately when this rifle was manufactured, it & l am in Queensland, Australia, & joined this group in the hope of learning more about the said rifle and to find out what would be the best upgrades l can do on a budget, regards, turtle.
    1. Dutch2A's Avatar
      Dutch2A -
      I'm a left handed shooter and have chosen Savage as my preferred brand in bolt guns because they seem to be the most interested in producing left handed offerings, plus the other quality features they offer in all their right hand rifles. I'm interested in picking up a nice wood stocked 110CL or 110DL but would like one in .308. I think they did produce some in .308 at different times but were spotty. I've notice a number of the 110CL and110DL in 30-06 and will settle for one of those if I need to. If anybody can provide any info on their .308 production back in those years it would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
    1. dillwt's Avatar
      dillwt -
      I have a 110CLD, the D was struck later on and is not aligned perfectly with the other letters. It is not clip fed but uses a bottomless clip inserted where a clip would go but uses the earlier 110L bottom metal and the later post 66 trigger. its kind of like they used whatever parts they could find. I have never seen a 110CLD mentioned in any literature and only know of one other person from this site who has one. Neither of us can figure out what the D means.
    1. Flint Wallace's Avatar
      Flint Wallace -
      New to this, but need a date of manufacture for a Savage Mod 110, ser#29020; Rifle says it was made in Chiccopee, Mass.
    1. PhilC's Avatar
      PhilC -
      Look for the oval barrel stamp containing 2 digits and a letter, the letter will ID the year. With a 5-digit serial number and Chiccopee Falls, Mass yours is probably 1958 ("J") or 1959 ("K").
    1. Jeff518's Avatar
      Jeff518 -
      Hello, I'm wondering about the transition of the 110 model manufacturing from Chicopee to Westfield. The early 110's ('58, '59) have 4-digit serial numbers, the featherweight barrels, and deep-set bolt face, and all examples I've seen have Chicopee address stamped on the side of the receiver. Westfield mfg have the address on the barrel.

      When 110 mfg started in Westfield ('60-'61?), it appears that's when they eliminated the protruding bolt face and the featherweight barrels that received them (?).

      I have an early 110 in 22-250, 4.5" short action with DBM, it seemed to have no serial number, but there is an RD69xx number stamped at the rear end of the receiver, hidden by the bolt shroud. I was curious if this might be an R&D rifle made as part of the Westfield factory set-up for 110 mfg.
    1. PhilC's Avatar
      PhilC -
      Actually, production on the 110 began in 1957 and the 4 digit serial numbers were mostly limited to those produced in '57 & '58. The shrouded bolt design carried through end of production in 1965 when Savage dropped that design and went to the traditional bolt/barrel arrangement still in use today. This why you'll read "pre" and "post" '66 when discussing the early 110s.

      Savage moved to the Westfield, Mass facility in 1960. The s/n should be etched on your bolt, have you checked it?

      The only reliable method of dating a pre-'66 110 is by the inspector's stamp on the barrel it left the factory with. This stamp is found on the barrel and will contain a 2-digit number (inspector's ID) and a letter. The letter will decode to the year of manufacture. This, of course, presumes the barrel is original.

      EDIT TO ADD - The detachable box magazine was introduced in 1966 when Savage switched to the new style action. A copy of the 1966 Savage catalog can be seen here - https://www.savageshooters.com/conte...-Print-Catalog