I've had a huge gap in my arsenal for decades and finally decided to do something about it this year. That gap was a powerful rifle in a caliber that can really reach out and touch with authority. The caliber was an easy decision for me - .308/7.62x51. While debates go on forever that there are better choices I couldn't ignore how popular it is, that it's 30 caliber and does everything well. Barrel life is very good, accuracy is great and it doesn't hurt that you can buy 20 rounds for $10. I do have 30 caliber rifles: 30-30 and 7.62x39 that don't reach out with the authority of .308 and the powerful 7.62x54 but it isn't a modern round in a modern rifle. With .308/7.62x51 settled it was tempting to go to the AR-10 family, especially since I'm a big AR-15 fan - but there are two disadvantages: weight and cost. Semiauto fire is a big plus but honestly I didn't need to fire one round per second. So I decided on bolt action. There are a lot of excellent choices but I narrowed it down to the Savage Axis and Ruger American, two very similar rifles. Both are accurate, cheap and have a removable 4 round box magazine. I chose the Axis XP with a Bushnell 3-9x40 scope and Next G1 camo polymer stock that Cabelas had on sale for $309 after a $50 rebate. I decided to move that scope to an AR-15 and today bought a Nikon Buckmasters 4-12x40 Cabelas has on sale for $142 (with military discount). The rifle worked all right with the Bushnell scope but I think that scope limits the rifle so wanted something better. I'm expecting the Nikon with the BDC reticle zeroed to 100 yards will do exactly what I want. Anyway, here are some pics!