the Savage Axis is a very good budget priced rifle with very good accuracy and well made. i have shot a few of my friends, and can say that they are impressive, considering their price. topped with a quality scope, they are a fine hunting rifle. IMO, worth every penny spent. my only complaint from them is simple ergonomics, the Marlin X7 series shoulders better for me that the Axis, but all in all, a very nice budget rifle, that doesn't look or perform like a budget rifle in the least. so in short, i would definately recommend it.
Purehavoc, the M770 isn't anywhere near the rifle the Savage Axis is. i owned one M770 in the past, and was glad to get rid of it!