Among the inexpensive bolt-action rimfire rifles, those produced by Stevens have been some of the most successful. The new Model 305 in .22 Magnum is a durable, no-frills rifle that can be expected to give troublefree use for a great number of years.
The Stevens Model 305 represents a lot of gun for the money. A full-size .22 that is sturdy and dependable, it sports a highly polished, medium-weight free-floating 530mm barrel that’s pinned to the receiver. Chambered for the .22 WMR cartridge, the barrel is straight tapered from 17.30mm at the receiver to 15mm at the dished muzzle. A set of basic iron sights are fitted – a post front sight and U-notch rear with a ladder for elevation. Such sights are superfluous on a .22 magnum which really requires a scope to allow the shooter to utilize its full potential.
The nicely proportioned synthetic stock has a rounded forend and buttstock with a straight comb with minimum drop at heel which locates the shooter’s eye perfectly behind a scope. There’s checkering on grip and forend and plastic grip cap and buttplate carry Savage’s indian head logo. The trigger guard is molded as an integral part of the stock.
Ahead of the trigger guard is the rifle’s magazine well that accommodates a detachable, stamped steel box magazine with a 5 shot capacity. When fully seated, the magazine body extends beyond the belly of the stock. The magazine release lever at the rear of the magazine well is easily manipulated by the forefinger of the shooter’s non-firing hand.