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Thread: Savage Axis $240 Yea or Nay?

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    Sorry to run across this thread a little late, but my brother in law has had a couple of these rifles, and both had to go back to Savage. These were guns bought early in 2016. One was in .243, and the other a .270 if I recall. The .243 could not shoot a decent group no matter what was tried, ammo, scope etc. So it was sent back to Savage, it turns out, about halfway down the barrel, there was a gap of no rifling, about an inch or two in length, and then it was rifled again. It was like the reamer skipped and missed that section and then kept going.

    With the .270 I believe he never got that one corrected, I am not sure if he still owns it or what he did, but I know it would not shoot very well or consistently with a variety of loads.

    He now either hunts with a Browning .243 or his Mossberg Patriot in .300 Win Mag. He won't buy another Savage Axis. Never owned one myself, but I have had a Ruger American and they seem like a very good gun for the money.
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    Interesting, I've seen plenty at the range and no one seems to complain about them. They are ugly critters though. My Ruger American is brilliant I'll stick with that if I need to buy any more rifles.
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    Thirty minutes ago, I finished a "trigger job" on the Axis my neighbor bought as a truck gun and for his daughter to use deer hunting. I replaced the spring but that is one miserable junk trigger. There is no excuse for it. Arisaka rifles have better triggers. That is a shame as the action is about as smooth as anything I have ever handled.
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    Sighted one of these in for a guy the other day, his factory ammo and had 3 fail to eject the empty. Trigger pull from hell. Would not buy one.
    On the other hand, I have a savage 10 fp in .308 that is an excellent rifle.

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    Now if Savage would come out with a ten or fifteen round magazine for the .223 for those of us that play at the range .

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    I tried one from a fella doing that a couple years ago . The magazine worked fine with one style of case bullet and not another of the molds I had . It would feed jacketed just fine but that's not what I use that rifle for .

    He was very good about it , he took the magazine back and refunded my money without a problem .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonp View Post
    Saw a few on sale. 308/243/22-250. With the rebate they come out at $240.

    For a knock around brush gun is this a yea or nay deal?

    Anyone try lead in them?
    My Friends son picked one up.
    For under $300 he's putting 5 rounds of soft points under 2.5" groups with regularity. Has one of the Leopold 3x9 smaller scopes with simply cross hairs.
    He's taken a few deer so far with the longest shot a touch over 130 yards.
    What's not to like.

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    If a rifle had a flimsy looking magazine, I'd buy a few spares. I have two for my Patriot Walnut (although I don't forsee a problem with their plastic mags, they are pretty stout and I have bought quality metal Aussie made mags for my Ruger American and Tikka T3. The Axis Edge rifles perform well enough, but I ain't that poor that I'd buy an ugly rifle.
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