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SPRINGFIELD MODEL 2020 WAYPOINT
On The Fast Track

The Model 2020 Waypoint reviewed here is a sleek, hightech bolt gun with a feature set that reflects the trends in
Precision Rifle Series and tactical competition, but that is
aimed at long-range hunting. Marketing materials describe
32 possible variations depending on fixed or adjustablecheekpiece stock options, finishes (altitude-oriented
Ridgeline or timber-centric Evergreen camouflage) and either
carbon-fiber or stainless steel barrels chambered in 6 mm
Creedmoor, 6.5 mm Creedmoor, 6.5 mm PRC or .308 Win.
Prices range from $1,699 to $2,399, and while that's a far cry
from those of the inexpensive bolt guns that dominate the
mass market, it's nowhere near the cost of exotic offerings,
whose actions alone can fetch as much. Rather, Waypoint
offers an optimization of features, materials and styling that
make it instantly competitive among more established contenders. Specifically, it is likely to appeal to the long-range
precision shooter who hunts, who is not tied to tradition and
who appreciates the nuances offered by high-end production
rifles. As Reese framed it, "Waypoint sets the standard for
precision manufacturing, performance and accuracy from an
American-made, custom-grade rifle."
Bold marketing claims are one thing, but after an
early review sample in 6 mm Creedmoor arrived at NRA
Headquarters for test and evaluation in late August they

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became easier to accept as facts. When I pulled the rifle
from its shipping case, the overall first impression was that
of a field-ready, purposeful tool devoid of gimmicks or frills.
And that sense was only strengthened by the Leupold VX-6
HD 3-18X 44 mm scope mounted to it using that company's
Backcountry rings. The all-U.S.-made outfit made for a
presence in the hand that belied the 9 lbs. displayed a few
minutes later as I placed it on an electronic scale. It simply
seemed lighter, especially considering that only a sling and
five rounds were needed to make it hunt-ready. In fact, the
lightest version of the Waypoint comes in at 6 lbs., 9 ozs.
without rings and a scope. Also, as I would later come to
understand, the rifle's excellent weight distribution-with a
balance point just behind the front action screw-is ideal for
carry at the side. That can be important for a rifle intended
to be toted up and down irregular terrain for hours or days
on end in search of game.
Without a doubt, Waypoint's carbon-fiber stock and
barrel contribute most significantly to its appearance and
weight. The point of using such material, of course, is to
achieve a high strength-to-weight ratio. Supplied by manufacturing partners AG Composites and BSF, respectively,
the pair form the majority of the Waypoint's clean lines,
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The Model 2020's action is mated to its AG
Composites carbon-fiber stock using aluminum
pillars (inset, above l.). Its Trigger Tech Field
(above) is adjustable from 2.5 to 5 lbs. pull.
Construction is straightforward with a onepiece bottom-metal assembly (below).

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