Carbon meets perfection, on the Sauer 404 Synchro XTC

Launched back in 2017, the SAUER 404 Synchro XTC, is still one of the best ‘modern’ looking rifles around from the Sauer family. Although Sauer is known more of a ‘classic’ rifle type manufacturers, their excellence to perfection manufacturing firearms carries a long known tradition since 1751.

Sauer’s 404 actions are known for their smooth movement as manufactured on all the rifles at their Isny factory in Germany. Whether you are a recreational deerstalker or a head deer stalker of a prestigious estate, you truly understand how versatile the S 404’s modularity is. The possibility to Interchange the barrel to different lengths, calibers, thickness and finish for any application ones’ desire.

Sauer just had to launch a rifle which we could just get attracted to, by using the world’s most robust, lightweight and good looking material; that is carbon. We’ve seen carbon on other rifles, but when handling the Synchro XTC, it’s just like carbon was developed to be used on the S 404!

Sauer engineers with the expertise of aero-motive and formula one racing engineering specialists, who have been utilizing different twills of carbon, for various motor-racing applications. Doing a solid carbon stock and forend is not easy, a very delicate and cautious technique is used to retain the potent properties of carbon.

The Synchro XTC is also available with the revolutionary and innovative Ergo-Heat technology, that was also developed by Sauer in 2017-18. In fact, it is said that the Ergo-Heat system is more efficient to work on carbon, as the material is a better conductor of heat, thus reaches its higher temperature faster.

Deer Stalking on Lowther estates. Cumbria. Photos by Steve Thornton

Having a light-weight rifle is essential, primarily if you will be covering kilometers of ground and reaching higher-altitudes. Thus you need to move continuously inclined. Our team have done an in-depth review, were the Sauer 404 Synchro XTC was tested in the Cumbrian hills while stalking for Red Stags during the Rut, and a couple of weeks after we were hunting in an altitude of 1,800 meters, in the Slovenian Alps for Alpine Chamois.

Different hunters have different opinions, and that is why firearm manufacturers extend their product lines by having different finishes of rifles. Carbon obviously will be slightly more expensive than traditional wood and synthetic stocks. The advantage of it is not just being lightweight, but also water resistant and scratch proof.