Are you in the market for a good rifle but on a pretty tight budget? Get invited to go hunting tomorrow but have no rifle to go? Look no further with the complete package, in the Savage Axis. Seriously one of the best, if not the best entry-level rifle on the market. If you don’t believe me just go out and buy one so that I can say that I told you so. This platform is Savage’s introductory line obviously and chambered in, 22-250, .223 Rem, .243 Win, 25-06 Win, 270 Win, 30-06, .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 7mm-08. The no bullsh*t stock offers good ergonomics so that you will not feel cramped. A 22-inch-long barrel sits inside to bring the whole rifle to a total length of 43.875 inches. This beast weighs in a 6 and a half pounds, empty, and not much more fully loaded seeing as the detachable magazine only holds 4 rounds. There are some mods, however, floating around the inter webs from people who made 10 round versions of the magazine. Lastly featuring a 2.8-pound trigger pull. Which is nothing but crisp and light.
I paired mine with a Nikon Prostaff 3-9×40 Matte BDC. The guys at the shop zeroed it at 25 yards and I let them fly at 100 yards to be astonished at a group of three sitting in about an inch and a half circle. I used some no-frills Winchester 150 grain ammunition too. The easy trigger is to thank for this for darn sure.
An easy access safety makes things easy whether you have gloves or not. I’ve never had a problem staying lined up trying to release the safety. Easy to read too as a nice red circle appears to let you know things are hot.
The Only Problem
My only complaint about this rifle is the bolt. When racking there is a bit of a hang up on the upstroke when unlocking. Nothing a little muscle can’t fix but it is a bit of a nuisance. At a base price MSRP of $368 you really can’t go wrong. Savage offers a couple other variants including one with a threaded barrel. For those who want some added flare, you can buy some with Savage’s accutrigger or drop it into a rifle that does not come standard with the A-class trigger. Just buck up and get. You won’t be disappointed.
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