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Old November 30, 2010, 09:04 PM   #1
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savage axis

Does anybody have or know anybody that has a savage axis.
Im curious about the gun , I know its cheap I dont have a big budget,is it accurate,how is the scope
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Old December 5, 2010, 01:14 PM   #2
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I just purchased a youth .243 for my son's first deer hunt. I was genuinely impressed with the Bushnell scope, lack of recoil, and lightweight. For the money not bad and it allows you to get something now and save up for something nicer down the road.
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Old December 5, 2010, 01:20 PM   #3
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You cant go wrong with a Savage. Even the low end rifles are hard to beat for out of the box accuracy.
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Old December 5, 2010, 02:36 PM   #4
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I have been considering an Axis in .308 myself. See a review of an Axis in .243 here...

The only thing I would add is the accutrigger, but that would up the cost somewhat.
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Old December 5, 2010, 02:39 PM   #5
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I bought one in 7-08. I was able to get consistent 1" groups out of it, but not right out of the box. I like project guns though. Out of the box, it was a 2 to 3" shooter. Not bad for $267.

It had some issues though.

1. The factory trigger is heavy, but can easily and safely be adjusted to about 3.5 lbs by a gunsmith or anyone experienced with trigger work. Mine is very smooth and quite acceptable for a hunting gun now.

2. The scope mounts on mine did not align well and I had to buy Millet dual windage adjustable weaver style rings. That was the biggest headache.

3. I am 5'9" and of average build and the stock was just too long for me. I find a lot of new guns are like this for me though.

4. I do not like the extra joint in the stock caused by the removeable trigger guard piece. I epoxyed mine to the main stock and this reduced the flex in the stock considerably.

Overall the action and barrel are Savage through and through and rock solid. Again, for $267 and with a few simple modifications, I have a gun that shoots 1" groups with 150 grain Nosler Partitions. Accuracy was decent for that money right out of the box and if I had done more load searching, I think it would have been in the 1.5" to 2" range. So other than the irritation of the slightly mis-aligned scope mounting holes, I have no complaints.
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Old December 5, 2010, 03:02 PM   #6
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You know I don't like them and wouldn't buy one ever. They are the Rem 710/770 of the Savage line IMO. That said even the M770 and the Axis are better than no rifle at all. I just feel you would be better off to save a little extra and pick up a M10/110 or Marln XS/XL 7 series of rifles. Or better yet be patient and watch for deals in the used racks on used rifles to get down to the NIB Axis price.
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Old December 9, 2010, 10:45 AM   #7
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"Savage originally called this rifle the Edge. After recently discovering that the name Edge had already been trademarked by another manufacturer, Savage has changed the name of this rifle to the Axis."


Great gun for the money, unlike the Remington 710/770 aka a "disposable rifle."

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Though the pricing is somewhat similar to the Stevens 200, The Stevens platform is a superior platform if you are planning to make modifications to the gun, a sturdier platform to shoot from. The 110 or 10 action with full recoil lug, larger barrel nut, provides a firmer and better platform to shoot from.
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Old December 9, 2010, 11:09 AM   #8
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Here is a comparison of the Stevens 200 and Savage edge/axis.

Around here you can get a Stevens for under $300. The Stevens is basically the preaccutrigger Savage 110. So parts such as aftermarket triggers and stocks are already available if you want to upgrade. The stock trigger of he Stevens can be adjusted. I am not sure about the Edge.

Both are supposed to be accurate out off the box. I have held both and I liked the way both feel. I own a preaccutrigger 110 Savage and it is my go to deer rifle, so the Stevens feels like an old friend.
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Old December 9, 2010, 12:02 PM   #9
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Great gun for the money, unlike the Remington 710/770 aka a "disposable rifle."
Talked with Kevin Rayhill (Stockade Gunstocks) a few days ago about T&T a couple of my rifles. Afther I mentioned they were Stevens actions he gave me a 10-15 minute rant on the Axis his biggest complaints were the recoil lug in the stock and not attached to the receiver which he said could be fixed, but then the action will not fit in any other stocks Savage stocks currently made. Then his other complaint was about the trigger assembly, how it housed and it attacted to the receiver.

His opinion was that Savage screwed up big time with this rifle and should have kept running with the Stevens line. He said as well he will not do any modifications to any Axis/Edge rifle, he does not want them in his shop. He said that Savage is supposed to be dropping the Steven 200 altogether in the future.

All the reviews I've read on the Axis/Edge have read more like paid advertisements. I imagine that they can shoot well, but I've seen a few M710 rifles that will hold sub MOA groups as well as I have a couple of friend that bought them. I like Savage Koolaid as well but not this flavor.
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Old December 17, 2010, 12:19 AM   #10
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I decided to buy an Edge in 223 cal. back in May. Some folks don't like the looks of any Savage and they probably won't like this one either. Some don't like the feel either I guess. Basically I was looking for a truck gun that I could not have a major investment in and yet would be dependable and hopefully accurate.

The rifle surprised me in several ways. First, it felt really good to me and was light and easy to handle. It mounted to my shoulder right and just seemed to be an extension of me. That was surprising for a rifle that was less than $300 including tax and shipping. The action initially felt a little rough or grainy, but that has now smoothed out really well.

What surprised me most was the way the rifle would group. It was a .5 moa rifle right out of the box with handloads and would shoot everything from 50's to 75 bthp's well. I did put a Rifle Basix trigger in it in August, and I seldom shoot a group that isn't sub .5 moa. I have shot several groups with 69 smk and 75 Hornady bthp that were in the teens. I didn't expect that kind of accuracy from a light (6.5 lbs) rifle with a 22" barrel.

The guys here have sold a bunch of them just based on my targets they posted in the gunshop from this little rifle. Anyway I am more than happy with mine. Each to their own choice. I did have more copper fouling initially than I liked but that smoothed up after about 100 rds and some scrubbing with Rem. X40. That's my report for whatever it's worth to anyone considering buying what is now called the Savage Axis.
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Old April 6, 2011, 05:09 AM   #11
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I was looking for a cost effective varmint rifle and opted for a new Axis chambering .223 Remington about a month ago. Had the scope dialed in on the 5th shot then placed 2 groups of three touching at 50 yards. Not bad for a factory finished rifle BUT it dropped all of the spent casings on top of the magazine. It was returned to the dealer and the dealer returned it to the factory for repair. The factory polished the chamber, supposedly test fired it and returned it to the dealer as "fixed". Guess what? It still drops the spent casing on top of the magazine.

Anyone else experience this with the .223 caliber Axis? If so, has it been fixed and how was it fixed?
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Old July 28, 2011, 08:49 PM   #12
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Savage Axis 30-06 Lyman #314299

I shot this group at 200 yards recently with my new Axis...One of the most accurate rifles I own. I did do this trigger mod which made a huge difference with no permanent modificatins to the rifle. It ended up with about 3.5 -4 lbs trigger pull.
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Old July 28, 2011, 09:24 PM   #13
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Bought the Savage Edge in ought six in March LOVE IT!...
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Old July 29, 2011, 03:26 PM   #15
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my money would be on a stevens not the axis just a little better gun
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Old July 30, 2011, 12:56 AM   #16
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I can't really comment on the Axis but for basically the same money, I wouldn't hesitate to go with the Stevens.
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Old December 16, 2011, 07:13 PM   #17
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I looked at the Axis in .243 today, liked what I seen, But I like Savage Rifles. I was debating on the Stevens 200, for $269. then they put the Axis on sale for $279. and I like the looks of the Axis much better... I found the lowest price online foe $240. ans $244. for the camo..I'll have one before the year is done..Of course the trigger will be changed out to the Sav 2...Rifle Basix.. and good Optics.. Just in time for some Yote hunting this winter..
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Old December 16, 2011, 09:08 PM   #18
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I was fortunate enough to pick a .30-06 up at a Whitetails Unlimited dinner for a $10 raffle ticket. The Bushnell scope went on a TC Omega Z5 for a friend. Put a Nikon ProStaff scope on the Savage, love the rifle. Total outlay=$179. The trigger is a bit heavy, but reasonably crisp and smoothing out rapidly.
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Old December 17, 2011, 08:52 AM   #19
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The Axis trigger really loosens up after 500 rounds.
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Old December 17, 2011, 09:10 AM   #20
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My first was a 223 Edge. Would out shoot about any thing on the range(which dissapointedl lots of people). As other post stated,,trigger loosens up after a few rounds. I know the shooter is the key here,but i would put that 223 up against any rifle out ther costing 10 times as much and out shoot them in a heartbeat. Traded it in only to get the FVSS model.
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