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Posted: October 12 2017 at 12:05pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

I've always read Savage rifles are very accurate pieces. Recently, one of the big box stores had the Axis XP on sale and with a rebate offer, to boot.
Well, I had to give one a try. Mine is chambered in .308 Winchester and has a 22" barrel and black synthetic stock. The scope that came on the rifle is a low end Weaver, but it seems to track rather well.

At the bench I loaded three shots each of Nosler's 125gr. BTip, Hornady's 150gr. SST and Hornady's 160gr. FTX that was intended for the .308 Marlin Express.

All loaded over the same charge of 41gr. MilSurp 4895.
Now accepting that the shooting came at 25yds., these were the first nine shots from this barrel and all three groups could easily have been one inch groups at 100yds.



I think I like these barrels.



Mike

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Posted: October 12 2017 at 4:55pm | IP Logged Quote Yeti

It continues to amaze me how accurate these "budget" guns are these days.
Twenty years I would not have believed those groups. Today I am not
surprised.

Nice one!

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Posted: October 12 2017 at 5:11pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

Truly amazing. I've seen similar results at the range with
the Ruger American. The downside risks with these rifles is
low considering the low cost.

I like H4895 in my 308 also especially with the new Hornady
125 SST bullet. I've got my loaded down with 40 grains
which gives me about 2550 f/s. for light recoil. This is
still an effective hunting load out to 200 yards. Sighted
2" high at 100 yards I'm about 2" low at 200 yards allowing
me to hold center on a deer for 50 to 200 yards and stay
within the vitals.
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Posted: October 12 2017 at 5:32pm | IP Logged Quote Slick

Several years ago, I picked up a Savage 10FP on the cheap simply to see if I possessed the necessary skill to justify sinking $5K into a custom precision rifle.

That 10FP shot .6 MOA in 5-round groups the first time out. While I did wind up buying a GAP Crusader, that Savage is able to compete at a fraction of the cost.

While I could have gotten by with just the Savage, it made me feel much more willing to pony up the bucks for the premium stick.

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My Stevens 25-06 is better then the Remington 700 CDL in 25-06!
Smaller groups and higher MV......

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Shot this group a few years back. Picture says it all!
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Posted: October 13 2017 at 4:31am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Excellent choice Mike!

The Axis is likely the best boltgun for the buck around. Incomparable to many with even tripple the price tag. Simply put, a superb example of a rifle of field grade that produces custom results.
I'll be looking forward to more on your new rifle here.

Well done my friend. Well done indeed!

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Posted: October 13 2017 at 7:48am | IP Logged Quote M700

Nice shooting Paul!
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Posted: October 13 2017 at 10:47am | IP Logged Quote joed

I don't know much about Savage anymore.    Is that a throw-away
like the Rem 783?

Wondering how they can do the price tag on it.

Seems to like being shot.

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Sounds like you got a great deal... it really
is remakable what guns can do... once had a
stock Mosin Nagano ($70) which I out a millet
scope on... she was good for 6" groups out to
800yrds from a supported prone.. like I
always say... most cheap rifles have more
potential than the average shooter can live
up to.
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Posted: October 13 2017 at 6:03pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

It's a race to the bottom with rifle manufacturers today.
It's amazing some of the prices of these rifes that come
with a scope mounted and bore sighted. True the scopes are
low end but as long as a rifle is reliable if will serve
most deer hunters.

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Posted: October 20 2017 at 6:06am | IP Logged Quote joed

It makes me wonder how the manufacturers are making these rifles
so affordable.   And yet they don't seem to give up anything in
accuracy.    

I've owned 2 Savage rifles, a 10FP and a 12VSS.   The 10FP was
amazingly accurate, the model 12 had problems with stringing shots
and I gave up on it within 6 months.

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Posted: October 20 2017 at 9:41am | IP Logged Quote mikld

Modern machining methods and materials make these
"economy" rifles a bargain. I got a Ruger American in 308 for
way less than $400.00 and with some reloads (150 gr A-Max
w/4064) I was able to get groups hovering around 1" @ 100
with a few going down to 7/8", when I was having a good day


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Posted: October 20 2017 at 11:02am | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

This rifle was on sale at one of our local chain stores for $280 and tax. It came with a $50 rebate from Savage, too. When the rebate shows up in my mailbox the final price will be $255!

Since I hunt from stands 99% of the time and my shots are usually less than 100 yds. , I like a shorter barrel on my rifle. Sooo I cut the Axis barrel from 22" down to 18" and put a smooth finish on the muzzle crown.



With 42 grs. of MilSurp 4895 it still shoots OK!



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Posted: October 20 2017 at 11:32am | IP Logged Quote joed

Wow,prices are really coming down on gun related items. For $255
how can you go wrong?   You couldn't buy a used rifle for that.

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Posted: October 20 2017 at 1:44pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I have been hearing an awful lot of glowing reports about the Ruger American lately. All these new entry level package bolt rifles feel so cheap you just hate holding one, but they sure do seem to have figured out what it takes to make them shoot.

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We just bought a Ruger American predator 223 this rifle shoots great the price was also very nice.
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The only one I've not heard glowing reports on is the Remington 783.
It probably shoots fine but I have heard it's disposable once the
barrel is gone.

Even Winchester has a low end rifle.

Makes me wonder what the future holds for the higher end bolt
actions.

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Posted: October 20 2017 at 5:32pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Remember when the Springfields, 1917 Enfields and Mausers were the cheap rifles? I had a 25-06 on an 03a3 action back in the '50s. A Flaig barrel in the white was $25.00, a Weaver K series scope was about the same price and a Bishop stock was really cheap semi-finished.
How times have changed! Kansas had no deer season back then or deer for that matter but we did have P-dogs and coyotes. We used Hornady's 87 grain bullet with what would be a big overdose of surplus 4831 today. Oh yes, we bought surplus powder in large kegs for pennies a pound. All of that sounds neat but we never had any money either.
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I was handling one of the Mossberg 800 series in a shop the other day, the rifles they made in the '70s. They were lower end rifles then, but it sure seemed nice now. Good wood and bluing. All steel of course.

Probably won't shoot any better than the bottom wrung bolt rifles now. Maybe not as well.

The cheap bolt rifles are what killed the H&R Handi Rifles. If the average Joe who only wants to hunt deer a few days a year can buy a bolt action repeater for less than a break open single shot, he's gonna do it. At that point, the little H&Rs became niche guns for guys who really liked to tinker and/or the interchangeable barrels. Shame too, I really appreciated that little 5 lb .45-70 the other day and it is more than accurate enough for the kind of hunting I do.



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