I used my Axis XP (.308) to deer hunt this past week. I'll agree, the trigger pull is heavy, but the bolt is smooth, even not having a lot of range time with this rifle. On a deer drive, I killed a coyote that was on the run at somewhere around 75 yards. In the stand, I killed a doe at around 150 yards. Fatal shot; shot and she dropped.
The rifle is somewhat heavy to carry for long periods. Santa will have to bring me a sling.
I'm not a real technical shooter; I'm ignorant but I can tell you the results - this gun will put them down. I'd say for the price, it's a good deal. I'm very pleased with it.