Savage Edge Rifle Review

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The last few years has seen growth in the entry level rifle market. The Marlin XL7, Mossberg ATR and 4x4 rifles, T/C Venture join rifles that have been around for awhile like the Weatherby Vanguard, the Remington 710/770, and the Stevens 200 that we recently reviewed. Just shortly after reviewing the Stevens 200, Savage released a new entry level rifle called the Edge. Like the Stevens 200, it's made by Savage and is targeted as a value rifle. For this review we will be taking a closer look at the Edge and comparing it to Savage's other offerings.

The Edge comes in a few different options. First it is offered as either a stand alone gun in either black or "Next Vista" camo. Alternatively Savage is offering an Edge XP in black or camo that comes with a mounted and bore sighted 3-9x40 scope.

The Edge is offered in a long or short action. The long action offerings are 25-06 Rem, 270 Win, and 30-06 Springfield, while the short action comes in 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 7mm-08 Rem, and finally 308 Win. All models have a 22" barrel and a four round detachable box magazine. All non-scoped models weigh in at 6.5 lbs and are ready for scope mounts. Iron sights are not offered at this time.

The Edge in its most basic form has a suggested retail of $329, but will most likely retail around $290-$300. This price puts the Edge at or below all but the most basic offerings from most manufacturers.

Our review model is a short action black Edge in 308 win. For this review we will be comparing it closely with a Stevens 200 in 308 win, along with some comparisons to a Savage Weather Warrior 16 FCSS in 308 win.

Recoil Pad:
The Edge recoil pad is a better design and softer than the Stevens 200. The recoil pad rubber appears to be made of the same material as the Edge; however the Edge has a ventilated design that makes it more supple. The rubber on the Edge is not as soft as that of the Weather Warrior, so it probably won't provide quite the recoil reduction, but it should wear longer.


Close up of the indentations in the recoil pad.


The Edge (right) has a suppler design than the Stevens 200 (middle).
However it is not as soft as the Weather Warrior (left).

Bolt Assembly:
The Edge bolt design is a hybrid design somewhere between the Stevens 200 bolt and the Weather Warrior bolt. Savage tinkerers will be happy to see the same bolt face design as all previous Savage models of recent memory. There appears to be no change at all to the bolt face; however the rear of the bolt is changed. The bolt has a striker/cocking indicator, that allows you to see the bolt is cocked and when the hammer has been dropped, like the Weather Warrior. However unlike the Weather Warrior, the bolt is removed using the same side bolt release like a Stevens 200.


Bottom of the Edge bolt. No skeletonization.

The bolt handle is skeletonized which most likely reduces the weight a slight bit and gives it a look similar to higher end milled bolts, although the Edge bolt appears to be cast.


Top of the Edge bolt showing the skeletonized look.


Side view of the Edge bolt compared to the Stevens 200. Edge at the top.


The rear of the Edge bolt (left) is similar to the Weather Warrior (right).
Both have a striker/cocking indicator, which is seen sticking out.


The Edge bolt (right) is similar in design to the Stevens 200 (middle) and Weather Warrior bolt (left).


The bolt face of all three rifles is identical. Edge on the
left, Stevens in the middle, and Weather Warrior on the right.

Trigger Assembly:
The Edge trigger assembly is not available with an Accutrigger and the trigger design and use is more reminiscent of the Stevens 200. The trigger pull is similar to the Stevens 200, some creep, and relatively stiff especially when compared to the Accutrigger equipped Weather Warrior. The Stevens 200 trigger broke at 4.5-5 lbs. The Edge trigger broke at 5-5.5 lbs. It appears that the Edge trigger should be adjustable, but we did not attempt to do so for this review.


Right, bottom, and left hand sides of the Edge trigger assembly.


Comparing the receiver and trigger assemblies of the 200 and the Edge. Edge is on top.


Closer view of the Edge and 200 trigger assemblies. Edge is on top.


The trigger guard drops away from the Edge during disassembly, after removing the magazine.

Safety:
The Edge has a noticeably larger safety than either the Stevens 200 or the Weather Warrior. In fact its massive when compared to pretty much anything else on the market. Either way its easy to grab and see when the safety is or isn't engaged.


The safety and rear of the Edge bolt.


The Edge safety (bottom) is massive compared to the Stevens 200.

Magazine:
The magazine design is similar to the Weather Warrior, using the same metal box and follower. However the floor plate is plastic and locks into the stock via a plastic retaining clip. The Weather Warrior magazine locks in via a metal retainer on the magazine well of the stock. It's a good design, but again being plastic it will most likely wear out quicker than the all metal design of the Weather Warrior.

Like other short action Savage magazines, for cartridge chambering shorter than 308 Win (like for instance 223 Rem) the Edge magazine has a magazine block to securely hold the shorter shells.


The Edge magazine is nearly identical to the Weather Warrior magazine,
except that the floor plate and retaining mechanism is plastic.


The magazine release. Notice the plastic clip locks into a plastic retainer on the stock.

Stock:
The stock has a modern look with finger grooves molded into the hard plastic grip and channeling along the forend of the stock. Like the Stevens 200, the trigger guard is molded plastic, and the Weather Warrior is metal. The stock has a wide barrel channel allowing the barrel to sit free floated within the stock.


Side view of the finger contours on the Edge stock.


Finger contours on the sides of the Edge forend.

The recoil lug is a different design on the Edge. Rather than having the lug attached to the receiver, the edge has a groove in the bottom of the receiver, behind the barrel nut. This groove slides over a piece of metal that is embedded in the stock. The recoil lug is embedded in a piece of plastic in the stock that looks similar to the Stevens 200.


Top view of the recoil lug area of the Edge stock. The shiny
piece is the recoil lug embedded in the stock.


Side view of the recoil lug groove.


Side view of the recoil lug area of the Edge stock.

It's worth noting that the stock is not an Accustock and, other than the recoil lug assembly, is closer in design to the Stevens than the new Accustock. We discussed the Accustock in a previous review.


Underside of the Edge stock. Notice the new Savage emblem.


Top view of the Edge and Stevens 200 recoil lug area.
Notice the similarity between the 200 and the Edge.


Side view, comparing the Stevens 200 and the Edge.

Receiver:
The Edge receiver is similar in format to current Savage designs, except it is a closed rather than open top design. Bases that mount on any modern, round-back, Savage action should work fine on the Edge. The barrel nut assembly appears to be identical to all pre-accustock barrel nuts, although as mentioned above, the recoil lug is now a groove milled into the bottom of the receiver.


Bottom of the Edge receiver. Notice the groove, which you can see the barrel threads
through, that slides into and rests against the barrel lug in the stock.


The Weather Warrorier (top), Stevens 200 (middle), and Edge (bottom) side by
side. The Edge receiver is similar to the 200, but has a closed design.

Conclusions:
On the overall the Edge is definitely worth your consideration if you're in the market for an entry level hunting rifle. Initially we thought it would simply be a Stevens 200 in an updated stock; however Savage appears to have tried to improve some of the shortcomings of the 200 while keeping the cost down. The gun weighs in the same as most other entry level rifles and the ergonomic stock and more supple recoil pad is a nice improvement. Additionally since the bolt face and barrel nut have not been significantly altered, this should allow Savage enthusiasts to build home brew guns of their choice quickly and without a tool change.

On the downside, the trigger is not inspiring and feels like the Stevens 200, although one has to keep in mind that this is an entry level hunting rifle. Also, while the recoil lug design looks solid it is a new design for Savage and time will tell whether it will hold up to years of hammering. The detachable box magazine uses a plastic retaining clip in a plastic stock. While this is not necessarily bad, plastic on plastic abrasion with a mix of dirt and mud seems to wear out quicker than metal on metal designs. Furthermore if you're used to hunting in sub-zero weather, plastic tends to become rigid and brittle. Hopefully these retaining clips will stand up to such conditions.

For more information about the Savage Edge rifle, please visit Savage Arms.

Comments

numbnutz's picture

After re reading this review

After re reading this review and reading some comments on differnet pages on the site I think this rifle would be a great entry level rifle. I wouln't even mind buying one just for fun. For a price around $300 that isnt too bad for a 2nd or 3rd riflr to play around with. It seems to be a bit better constructed than it's cusin the Stevens 200. I might have to go look for one and hold one for myself. I have a remington710 which I admitt is a crappy made rifle but for thr price i counldn't pass it up at the time. It gets alot of bad pub but with mine I haven't had any problems, other that the sloppy action it shoot 1.5-2" groups at 100 yards. Great review.

Really Good For the Price

My wife bought me the Savage Edge 25-06 with a Bushnell scope (3-9x40) for Christmas this past year and I never got to use it till today when sighting in the scope. After about 20 rounds, I have to say that the rifle shoots great. The recoil is nothing like I expected and after just 10 rounds I was shooting a 1/2"-1/4" pattern at 100 yds. Moving to about 200 yds, I was still dead on. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something versatile, whether target shooting, deer or coyote (which is the main reason she bought it for me). Other reviews I've read talk about using it for bigger game as well (wild hog, elk, etc) with good success. Deer season is just around the corner so I'm looking forward to dropping one or two with this rifle.

BTW - very good review!

groovy mike's picture

But is this rifle worth buying?

Thanks for the review. 
Thanks for the review.  You did a great job highlighting the features and showing them to us but I still have several questions.  My question is - Is this rifle worth buying?

  For instance does the Edge recoil pad ‘better design’ and ventilation actually reduce perceived recoil ? Does that plastic magazine catch break off after a few hundred uses?  Does that free floating stock result in decent accuracy?  Bottom line - will the rifle go bang? Will it hit what you point it at? Will it feed fire and eject?  Is it worth even the entry level asking price? I  too am looking forward to some range reports

BKROWLANDS – Thanks for the field report !  Performance is a far better selling point than features to me!

 

hunter25's picture

After reading the review here

After reading the review here a couple of days ago I decided to check one out in person. I looked one over today at Wal Mart for awhile and have to say I ws very impressed. I have payed far more for a rifle that would not shoot well at all and if the reviewa are any indication with this one that will not be a problem.

You can be out the door with tax and everything for three hundred bucks plus whatever scope you want to put on it. I prefer the non scope package guns so I can choose my own scope any way. I do plan to buy one of these in the future to put away as a first rifle for my grandson before the prices keep going up. I know they will always be affordable compare to other brands but why wait when you can get the ddeal now.

Thanks for motivating me with this review.

Savage Edge 22-250

My wife gave me a Savage Edge 22-250 for Christmas (god bless her).

I live in Canada and have been using the rifle to hunt coyote during the month of January.

-25 temps and no issues (so far) with the plastic retaining clip on the magazine.

 

bkrowlands's picture

Great Rifle

I bought this rifle a month ago in 7mm-08, with a Simmons scope bore sighted in black, for $350. This is an amazing rifle, especially for the price. When I sighted it in it was shooting 1/2" groups at 100yds and was on target at 500yds with cheapy ammunition. Two days ago was opening day for whitetail in NY. I had no doe tags for where I was so I waited despite four large doe walking by me. A large 4 pt came around after the doe and was heading toward me. About 100 yds out it turned off to it's right. I put the crosshairs just behind the shoulder and squeezed off a Remington Core Lokt round. The recoil on this gun is light and I saw the bullet hit through the scope right where the crosshairs were placed. The deer dropped dead upon impact. I am thrilled with this gun. This gun shoots better than my father-in-law's $700 Savage 30-06. You cannot find a better rifle for the money.

numbnutz's picture

gread review

gread review

Savage Edge XP

This review was very informative and helpful.  I just purchased this rifle in .308 and am very pleased. What are thoughts on the package Bushnell scope?  

groundhog's picture

Savage

I had one of these guns in my hands a couple weeks ago and WOW what a gun for the price, I’m seriously looking at one for a second deer rifle!

Great review on them!

tuckster's picture

Savage Arms

I currently have the Savage Edge .223 and a Savage 110 7mm Rem mag.  I have been really impressed with the quality of both rifles.  Savage makes an excellent product and I have complete confidence in both rifles in the field.  Best bang for your buck!

 

jaybe's picture

Sounds Pretty Good!

That sounds like a pretty good rifle for the money.

Back in 1978 I bought my Ruger M77RS for $325 without a scope - but that's not comparing apples with apples.

The Edge would be a great choice for many beginning hunters' rifles.

It might even be something that they'd hang onto for life!

I like the calibers it comes in, too.

Not being a premium rifle, I see that it doesn't come in any of the magnum calibers, but that requires considerably more engineering to withstand the punishment that magnum round give out.

Thanks for the report.

It would have been nice to see some range results for this rifle.

 

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