savage axis

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Travis896, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. Travis896

    Travis896 New Member

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    Thinking about buying an axis in .308. I would appreciate some pros and cons of the rifle and caliber for whitetail hunting. Thanks.
     
  2. firelt

    firelt New Member

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    I can't speak to .308, mine is chambered in 30-06 Springfield. This rifle is a tack driver. It's light, so you need a steady hand or a shooting aid (bi-pod, etc) to shoot consistent sub-moa groups. The trigger is a little tight at about 7 lbs, I suggest investing in the accu-trigger Savage makes. I have had 1 bothersome issue with mine- the action has occasionally failed to strip a round out of the magazine and has on more than a few occasions has caught only a portion of the case it's trying to feed resulting in a double feed or a jam. I'm going to try to expand the follower spring to have it push a little harder while I wait for the replacement magazine to arrive, I'll let you know how that works.
     

  3. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    The stock is well crap, the trigger is heavy as hell, easy fix, trigger tthat is, the action is not real smooth, the guns shoot great an for the price, well cant go wrong just dont expect a 1000$ gun an u will be happy. Look at marlin x7s in 308 before u jump on a axis, its a way better gun. The fit an finish on it is great the stock is good, the trigger is awesome an adjustable.
     
  4. longunner

    longunner New Member

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    I just got one not 4 days ago and it sure is a hoot to shoot. Mines in .308 and if there was one thing to change it would be the trigger its too heavy for me but idk how to adjust it lol
     
  5. EMan2008

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    I have a .308 axis stainless and i couldn't be much happier! The ONLY thing left to be desired is a accu trigger but Timney makes a 100$ trigger adjustable down to 1 lb and im sure you could find one cheaper. Its a very well made gun i haven't never once had any jamming issues or the bolt failing in any way nor the magazine. Maybe i got lucky but then again maybe i didnt
     
  6. Muliemaster

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    You cant adjust it but u can change the spring to make the pull much lighter. Its as simple as unbolting the action remove the c clip on the trigger pin, take the spring off the bottom of the trigger an either replace it with a spring from a bic pen or cut 2.5 rings off the spring. If u change the spring u need to put a short screw 6/32 through where the spring was stuck through the threads on the trigger. An wa la u have a good trigger for less than 2$
     
  7. firelt

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    Update- today I dis-assembled the magazine and gave the follower spring a light stretching, which increased the tension and solved the issue. I was able to cycle 20 rounds through it without any issues.
     
  8. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Awesome good deal, its cool what a guy can do with a few min an some thinkin huh
     
  9. lukeisme

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    I bought one for my son in .308. I love that gun. Trigger is not so hot but what a shooter. It handles everything from the 165 gr sst that we hunt with to the 160 cast we practice with. It almost keeps pace with my 700 sps. I would not hesitate to grab another one if I come across it.
     
  10. Travis896

    Travis896 New Member

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    Havent been on this site in a while but i thought i will update. I bought the gun in. 308 and love it. Have absolutely no complaints ad it shoots great with heavy 180 grains. (I use 180s because i only shoot out to 100 yards for hunting.)
     
  11. huffmanite

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    The .308 for white tail is a good choice.

    As to the Axis, I own one and am not one to recommend it.

    Disliked its stock design. Caused my scope horizontal crosshair to move up to one inch on a 100 yd target. Have a 24 power scope on the rifle and easy to note crosshair movement on a 100 yd target. Just pressure on trigger when pulling it caused stock to flex when shooting from a benchrest. It was not me, not my benchrest. Had other gents take rifle to their bench to shoot from their rests and they noticed the crosshair move on target while pulling trigger. Stock will flex at wrist in area where rear of trigger guard butts against stock. I solved my stock flex problem by cutting out the receiver portion of the stock, flattening its sides and building a wooden stock around it. Altered the trigger guard piece to reuse it as it is needed to hold the magazine in place.

    Trigger pull. Factory trigger leaves alot to be desired. Figured mine was around 7 lbs. Oh, its easy to do a trigger job on it and get it down to a 2 1/2-3 Lb trigger, which I did. Or you can buy a replacement trigger for it.

    Spacing between scope mounts are wide. Be prepared to put a long scope on it, or buy extention rings/mounts.

    On my particular Axis, have a rather poor ejection of fired brass. I need to yank back hard on bolt to get brass to dribble out of receiver. Unlike my two Stevens 200s, I can't slowly pull back on bolt and expect it to partially eject enough for me to grab brass. Brass will fall inside receiver.

    Rifle does shoot fairly accurately for me. Own a couple of Marlin X rifles, prefer them over the Axis.
     
  12. Travis896

    Travis896 New Member

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    It sounds to me like you possibly got a lemon because mine has a bolt as smooth as a lot of 700 bdls i was looking at. Also the mossberg atr 100 had a way floppier bolt. IMO i think the axis is really worth the money.
    By the way i bought a redfield revenge 4plex reticle. Any opinions i could hear from you guys would be great..