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Buffalogun
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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

Edited by Buffalogun on October 12 2017 at 12:55pm


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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.

Edited by joed on October 13 2017 at 10:51am


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Posted: October 13 2017 at 4:52pm | IP Logged Quote Atavist

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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