Springfield Armory’s 2020 Waypoint rifle is their first bolt-action rifle in over a century and is purpose-built for the hunter looking for premium/semi-custom features and a cross-over design.
What do we think about Springfield’s new bolt-action rifle? Read on for our 2020 Waypoint review.
Springfield Armory 2020 Waypoint Rifle
Springfield’s first bolt-action rifle with premium features.
Springfield 2020 Waypoint Background
Springfield Armory, long known for making semi-automatic rifles like their M1A (M14) and AR-15 variants, has finally brought back their bolt-action rifle production with a new rifle called the 2020 Waypoint.
Over 100 years ago, Springfield Armory made the 1898 Krag and Springfield 1903 rifles. Since then they haven’t made a bolt action rifle… until now.
The 2020 rifle, which seems to keep the Springfield naming convention of keeping the year in the name, is a really big start for Springfield getting back into the bolt-action game.
When we first heard that Springfield Armory was making a bolt action rifle for hunters, we were expecting to see a MUCH simpler and budget option. We were wrong – it looks like Springfield Armory swung for the fences on this one – but did they knock it out of the park? We’ll have our full review up soon.
With “Waypoint” in the name of the 2020 model of this rifle, we’re hoping that it refers to it’s lightweight features and hunting-focus. Why? If we’re right, this means that other 2020 rifles might be available someday with the same action with different purposes – for example, a tactical 2020 and/or a large magnum long range version would be neat to see.
Springfield 2020 Waypoint Specs
|Calibers||308 Win, 6.5 CM, 6 CM, 6.5 PRC|
|Price (MSRP)||$1,699 – $2,399|
|Barrel Material||Fluted Stainless, Carbon Fiber Wrapped|
|Length (Overall)||41.5″ – 45.5″|
|Barrel Length||20″ – 24″|
|Weight||6 lbs 9 oz – 8 lbs 2 oz|
|Trigger Pull||2.5-5 lbs|
|Stock Material||Carbon Fiber|
|Capacity||5-rd Detachable Mag|
Springfield Armory 2020 Waypoint Rifle Features
1 Precision Machined Action
Wire-EDM raceways, fluted bolt, Rem 700-style rail with recoil pins, and dual cocking cams.
2 Trigger Tech Trigger
Trigger Tech triggers are, hands down, our favorite bolt-action rifle triggers.
3 Carbon Fiber Barrel
Available with a carbon fiber wrapped around a fluted stainless barrel.
4 Carbon Fiber Stock w/Adjustable Comb
Carbon fiber stocks, with an adjustable cheek-piece as an option.
5 AICS Pattern Detachable Mag
Detachable magazines for the AICS footprint.
6 Threaded Barrels w/Brake
Factory threaded barrels with included muzzle brake.
Springfield Armory 2020 Waypoint Review
The easiest way to explain this rifle is this: the 2020 Waypoint rifle is a factory rifle from a major manufacturer with features normally found only on custom rifles.
Let’s cover the rifle part by part.
Although the barrel is where the accuracy really comes from and the trigger is responsible for much of the shooting experience, the action is the heart of the rifle and we are very happy to see that Springfield is using a premium action design.
To me, a bolt action rifle action needs to be smooth and consistent. Too often manufacturers make an action that looks cool but has a bolt that binds or that isn’t truly set up for accuracy. A binding bolt drives me crazy because it ruins the reloading process and speed (for me) and it shows that the rifle was not designed with the input of a shooter (see the Daniel Defense Delta 5).
The action is wire-cut EDM (this means it is super straight and smooth) and includes an integral recoiled lug (more effort and cost for Springfield and more ruggedness and consistency for you), and more features.
The 2020 Waypoint action looks like custom actions found on premium rifles and we have high hopes.
The 2020 Waypoint comes with two barrel options: a stainless fluted barrel and a carbon wrapped barrel with a fluted stainless barrel underneath.
We’re excited about the carbon barrel because of its unique design. Our favorite carbon fiber barrels are from Proof Research, however, Springfield is using a unique design wherein the carbon is not wrapped around the steel but is floating around the steel inner barrel with a gap of air in between the two. This allows Springfield to tension the barrel and also provide some temperature insulation – we are excited to see it’s performance through long-term testing.
Both barrel options are threaded and come with a factory muzzle brake installed.
Currently, the Waypoint version of the 2020 (we’re hoping for other versions of the 2020) comes in 4 calibers options: 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5mm Creedmoor, 308 Win., and 6.5mm PRC.
There’s only one trigger I recommend for precision bolt-guns: Trigger Tech. We are so happy to see Springfield choose these triggers (as just about every premium rifle manufacturer uses).
Springfield Worked with AG Composites to build the cross-over style stocks.
AG Composites makes excellent stocks and are the secret behind the now discontinued Forbes Rifles and Fieldcraft Rifles.
The cross-over style blends some of the best features of a lightweight and slim stock for hunting but also with features that make for easy accurate shooting from tactical/target style stocks. Also, there are 5 QD swivel points available.
If the rifle will strictly be for hunting for you, I recommend picking the option without the adjustable cheekpiece as this just adds weight and is a failure point. However, for target shooting, the adjustable cheekpiece is a nice option.
The bottom of the stock has bottom-metal for AICS pattern detachable magazines meaning it is easy to reload the rifle (and unload the rifle when you’re done with your hunt).
Also, as a plus, the stock looks gorgeous!
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