The new Savage B.MAG rifle is a completely new compact rimfire bolt-action gun designed specifically for the new .17 Winchester Super Magnum cartridge. Â The .17 WSM is a rimfire round that is capable of speeds to an amazing 3,000 fps. Â Click here for more on this new cartridge.
The B.MAG is an entirely new rifle, not merely a warmed-over existing rimfire gun. Â According to Bill Dermody of Savage, there are “exactly zero” parts on the B.Mag that interchange with the company’s other rimfire rifles. Â In fact, Dermody suggested that the features of this new rifle more closely resemble their centerfire cartridge rifle line than the rimfire line.
This rifle uses a short action bolt with rear locking lugs for additional strength to handle the higher pressure .17 WSM. Â The rifle also has a “cock on close” action and hidden action screws.
Savage B.Mag Specifications
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The B.MAG uses a thread-in headspacing system that is very similar to the more expensive centerfire rifles in the Savage catalog. Â According to Savage reps at the SHOT Show, this headspacing system significantly enhances accuracy.
The B.MAG comes with the extremely popular AccuTrigger, which is a user-adjustable trigger that Savage uses on most of their rifles above the entry-level, budget guns. Â It does not require special tools for adjustment by the owner.
An eight-round, rotary magazine is standard on this rifle. Â The magazine is detachable and feeds from the center of the mag. Â It should be a relatively simple thing to make a larger capacity magazine, but there are no announced plans to do so. Â An extended magazine might be of some benefit to varmint hunters who are eliminating large numbers of pests at long range. Â I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like the Hot LipsÂ magazinesÂ for the 10/22 from Butler Creek.
A black synthetic stock is standard with a matte blued finish on the metal parts. Â A soft rubber butt pad caps the end of the stock. Â The B.MAG doesn’t have a lot of recoil, but the rubber butt pad is still a nice addition.
The B.MAG has a 22″ barrel. Â According to one Savage rep I spoke to, the total weight of the guns should be less than 4.5 pounds when the guns ship. Â Specific information on the barrel (twist rate, etc.) has not yet been announced. Â At the time of this writing, the gun is not yet listed on the Savage website.
Considering the speeds, and therefore pressures, the new .17 Winchester Super Magnum is generating, I am not surprised that this rifle might more resemble a centerfire gun than a rimfire. Â The Savage B.MAG certainly appears to be built with safety and durability in mind.
According to Dermody, the Savage B.MAG is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2013. Â Talking to Winchester Ammunition reps, they were certain the guns and ammunition would be hitting the shelves by the first week of April. Â The suggested retail price of the rifle is $349. Â While a bit more than many rimfire rifles, the price is certainly more affordable than most centerfire cartridge rifles.
Update July 2013 – The Savage B.Mag is now shipping, as is the Winchester .17 WSM ammo. Â This article has been updated with additional information and the specifications table.