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Old November 25, 2019, 01:15 PM   #1
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Thoughts on Savage Axis II

Thinking about trying out a Savage axis II. Looking for thoughts / experiences with this rifle. I am always looking to add to my cabinet and my LGS is having a sale. Wanting to get a few opinions before I tell my wife what I am going to do lol. Thanks
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Old November 25, 2019, 01:50 PM   #2
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Thinking about trying out a Savage axis II. Looking for thoughts / experiences with this rifle. I am always looking to add to my cabinet and my LGS is having a sale. Wanting to get a few opinions before I tell my wife what I am going to do lol. Thanks
It just depends on your level of expectation. I have several axis 2. They are accurate. They function fine. They are somewhat ugly. The only thing I dont like about them is its dang near impossible to low mount a scope. They are solid rifles for their price point. I actually prefer the Axis over the 2. About 30 minutes and 50 cents give you a far superior trigger in the 1.
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Old November 25, 2019, 04:44 PM   #3
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I have only a savage axis 2 that was made in hb 223 for big box stores . I didn’t like the feel of the stock so I put a Boyd’s on . It’s a great shooter though


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Old November 26, 2019, 10:40 AM   #4
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It is advisable to use a one piece base on a Savage long action rifle. Even then you have to pay attention to the length of scope you intend to mount. As reynolds357, said mounting the scope is a pain but it is possible. ( I paraphrased reynolds357’s commits).
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Old November 26, 2019, 10:41 AM   #5
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It is advisable to use a one piece base on a Savage long action rifle. Even then you have to pay attention to the length of scope you intend to mount. As reynolds357, said mounting the scope is a pain but it is possible. ( I paraphrased reynolds357’s commits).


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Old November 26, 2019, 12:07 PM   #6
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I learned my lesson on a 30/06 114 classic . 3 scopes and 2 mounting systems later




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Old November 26, 2019, 01:46 PM   #7
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An Axis wouldn't exactly be an addition to a gun safe. Even though it's very hard to beat any Savage for out of the box accuracy. There's no need to fiddle with scope mounts at all. You can buy an Axis with a factory mounted scope. Not all of those scopes are not entry level optics either.
The Axis is an entry level hunting rifle with a synthetic stock(increases the felt recoil) and detachable mag. MSRP starts at $375(without a scope or sights). The Axis II comes with the adjustable Savage Accu-trigger and a Bushnell Banner 3-9x40mm scope. MSRP is $495.00.
Same rifle with a hard wood stock(looks like birch to me) runs $515.
Don't think there are different action lengths. That's a Remington thing.
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Old November 26, 2019, 02:02 PM   #8
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I noticed a axis combo with a engage scope from bushnell on it . With my eyes on something like that I need at least a 4x12x 40, other people may vary


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Old November 26, 2019, 02:59 PM   #9
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An Axis wouldn't exactly be an addition to a gun safe. Even though it's very hard to beat any Savage for out of the box accuracy. There's no need to fiddle with scope mounts at all. You can buy an Axis with a factory mounted scope. Not all of those scopes are not entry level optics either.
The Axis is an entry level hunting rifle with a synthetic stock(increases the felt recoil) and detachable mag. MSRP starts at $375(without a scope or sights). The Axis II comes with the adjustable Savage Accu-trigger and a Bushnell Banner 3-9x40mm scope. MSRP is $495.00.
Same rifle with a hard wood stock(looks like birch to me) runs $515.
Don't think there are different action lengths. That's a Remington thing.
Savage says there is a short action and long action Axis. The action is in actuality the same length. The short action simply has the magazine moved forward and the bolt stop set shorter.
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Old November 26, 2019, 08:29 PM   #10
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I'd never add a Savage Axis to my safe, I don't care how well they might shoot. I buy cheap rifles for the action most of the time, so I'll only buy a Savage 10/110. The biggest issue I have with the Axis is the stock sucks, and I don't care for any of the aftermarket options.
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Old November 26, 2019, 08:33 PM   #11
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I'd never add a Savage Axis to my safe, I don't care how well they might shoot. I buy cheap rifles for the action most of the time, so I'll only buy a Savage 10/110. The biggest issue I have with the Axis is the stock sucks, and I don't care for any of the aftermarket options.
It serves its purpose.
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Old November 26, 2019, 09:39 PM   #12
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Never said it didn't, I just can't leave things well enough alone.
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Old November 27, 2019, 11:31 AM   #13
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Thoughts on Savage Axis II

Unless it’s the bull barrel axis I really liked the Stevens 200 better


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Old November 27, 2019, 12:19 PM   #14
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Axis II is a fairly good entry level rifle. The XP version comes with an entry level scope that Savage says is boresighted at the factory. If you buy the XP and intend to use the scope, be sure to take it completely apart so you can torque everything properly as you reinstall the scope; their factory boresight is poor at best anyway. The wood stock model is a plus over the Tupperware, but a Boyd’s stock is better than either of them in my opinion. I have one in .223 that I put a Nikon 4-12x40 on and a Boyd’s stock; shoots 1/2” at 100 if I do my job. She is no beauty queen, but a good functioning accurate rifle! Accutrigger gives a good trigger out of the box. Mags are half polymer/half metal, overpriced but functional. They can be found pretty cheap right now; way under MSRP. Some would probably disagree, but in my opinion the Axis II is good competition for the Ruger American.
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Old November 28, 2019, 11:52 AM   #15
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I really liked the Stevens 200 better
You weren't the only one!
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Old November 28, 2019, 11:54 AM   #16
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At it’s time I thought that was the best entry rifle . It was basically a 110 before the acutrigger and a proven platform with many options


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Old November 28, 2019, 07:12 PM   #17
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It was competing with the 110 is the reason I think they they dropped it.
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Old November 28, 2019, 09:50 PM   #18
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It was competing with the 110 is the reason I think they they dropped it.
The Stevens 200 was a 10/110, there was no competition with it other than price between it and any other Savage rifle based on the same action. Savage cut manufacturing costs with the Axis rifle plain and simple. So they no longer had a reason to continue the Stevens 200 rifles.
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Old November 30, 2019, 01:41 PM   #19
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Nothing wrong with the Axis rifles. Ugly, yes. Accurate, yes. A very capable hunting rifle especially if you find a handload it likes. I like the overall light weight of the rifle. My dad uses a older Axis in 30-06. He did end up installing a muzzle brake due to a neck/shoulder injury is flaring up again. Now that thing kicks like a .22mag
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Old November 30, 2019, 06:37 PM   #20
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It’s a shooter but the action isn’t the best. Have one in 270 and it’ll put a couple
Around 3/4 of an inch at 100. You have to figure out what it likes but mine liked Deer Season XP. Not the smoothest action but it’s a shooter for sure
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