Two years ago, Mauser's M18 was the hottest release in bolt-action rifles, and that trend continues in 2022 with its latest iteration, the Mauser M18 Savanna. The Savanna tan composite stock offers hunters a bit of extra cover, and comes with grip inserts that allow shooters to fit the rifle more precisely, but this is otherwise very much built on the same footprint as the much-sought-after black-stocked original model.
Speaking of the original, part of what made that initial release so popular is that the M18 offers the storied Mauser precision in a stripped-down, no-frills, affordable package. (Other models of Mauser rifle can retail in the multiples of thousands; the M18 series runs approximately $1,000-$1,800 U.S., depending upon model.) This newest M18 is expected to retail in that range as well.
The German-engineered and precision-manufactured Mauser M18 boasts the same legendary accuracy and ruggedness as its far more expensive cousins. It's also backed by the same sub-MOA performance guarantee and 10-year factory warranty. Although it's a "basic" Mauser, it does offer the user some significant customization options. There's a threaded barrel for a muzzle brake or suppressor, and there's an adjustable trigger that lets you set your own preferred pull weight from 2.25-4.25 pounds.
The 60-degree oversized bolt with three locking lugs and two extractor pins allows for quick and smooth cycling of cartridges from the standard five-round magazine. Ten-round magazines are also available.
The Mauser M18 Savanna accepts Remington 700 LA-style mounts and is available with a 1/2 x 28 threaded barrel in .223 Rem, .243 Win, .270 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, and 7mm Rem Mag chamberings and a 9/16 x 24 threaded barrel in .30-06, .300 Win Mag and .308 Win. Mauser.com.