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Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint Bolt-Action Rifle — First Look

Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint Bolt-Action Rifle — First Look
The Waypoint promises to be the first of Springfield’s new Model 2020 rifles. It’s available in two camouflage versions (Ridgeline shown here), a choice of Cerakoted stainless steel or carbon-fiber barrels and either a standard or adjustable stock.

Springfield Armory is jumping into the hunting rifle market with the new Model 2020 Waypoint, the first in what the company says will be a full line of guns built on the all-new Model 2020 action. We’ve got a test rifle on the way, but in the meantime, here are the basics.

The Model 2020 action is a two-lug, push-feed design. The bolt body is fluted for light weight and dependability in the worst conditions, and the lug raceways are EDM-machined for smooth bolt work. The nitride-coated bolt also features dual locking cams and a removable oversize handle for easy operation.

A zero m.o.a. Picatinny rail with two recoil pins sits on top of the Cerakote-finished receiver, and if you don’t want to use the rail, the receiver will accept Remington 700-pattern bases. The action’s recoil lug is machined integral with the receiver, not a separate piece.

The Cerakote-finished barrels on the stainless-steel models (Evergreen camo version shown here) are fluted. All Model 2020 barrels sport a radial muzzle brake that’s removable.

The rifle feeds from AICS-pattern single-stack magazines. Mag capacity for the 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win. is five rounds; for the 6.5 PRC it’s three rounds.

The trigger comes from TriggerTech. It’s adjustable from 2.5 to five pounds. The Model 2020 also promises a super-fast lock time—1.9 milliseconds—which Springfield says is 45 percent faster than the competition.

Barrels include a carbon-fiber model from BSF Barrels or a fluted stainless barrel. The BSF barrel has a roll-wrapped carbon-fiber sleeve and is loaded under tension. The sleeve doesn’t contact the barrel for 95 percent of its length, creating a cooling space between barrel (which is also fluted) and sleeve. Both barrel options are threaded 5/8x24 and feature a removable Springfield radial muzzle brake.

The Model 2020s feed from a single-stack AICS-pattern magazine. Magazine capacity for the 6 Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester chamberings is five rounds; the 6.5 PRC version has a three-round mag capacity.

The hand-laid carbon-fiber stock is from AG Composites and offers pillar bedding. The overall design might best be described as sporter/tactical, with a vertical-style pistol grip. An adjustable cheekpiece is available as an option. Paint schemes are Evergreen or Ridgeline camo.

Instead of the standard sling swivel studs, the 2020’s stock has four QD pockets: two located high on the side of the buttstock; one in the traditional bottom position on the buttstock (where you’d normally find a swivel stud); and two on the sides of the fore-end. The fore-end also sports reinforced M-Lok slots at the front for attaching a bipod.

Weight of the standard stock is one pound 15 ounces; the adjustable cheekpiece version weighs two pounds 11 ounces. With the standard stock and the carbon-fiber barrel, overall weight on the Waypoint can be as low as six pounds nine ounces. That is a great carry weight, especially for a stock design of this kind.

Features like the hand-laid stock construction, pillar bedding and fast lock time suggest the rifle should perform well, and Springfield is guaranteeing the Model 2020s to shoot 0.75 m.o.a. Suggested retail prices are $1,699 (stainless barrel, standard stock), $1,825 (stainless, adjustable stock), $2,275 (carbon-fiber barrel, standard stock) and $2,399 (carbon-fiber, adjustable stock).

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