New Savage Axis


December 31, 2011, 11:15 AM
Bought my new Savage Axis in .223 last night. Walked in to Scheels with $350 and walked out with the rifle and 21 cents left and a free hat. So far it seems like a nice little rifle for under $350. The scope wasn't mounted the best so I redid it myself. The rear ring was turned diagonally so it wasn't even holding onto the base and it was too far forward to look thorough comfortably. The only issue I have so far is that the bolt is incredibly hard to rotate up. I will have to take the rifle off my shoulder and turn it so I can get a better grip and turn it harder. Had no problems handling several in the store, but they were display models so maybe they had been used alot and were broken in. hopefully it gets better after I shoot it a little or it will have go somewhere to get looked at. Will try and take it out next week to shoot it and see how it shoots and if the bolt gets better. Anyone else have one and have problems with the bolt?

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December 31, 2011, 12:09 PM
check that the front or rear scope mount base screws aren't protruding and touching the bolt. That can cause that issue. I've used jewlers rouge to slick up some actions then clean it out very well. Don't use it to lap the bolt lugs too much but that works like a charm on tight actions.

December 31, 2011, 08:49 PM
The screws aren't catching or anyting to specify i guess it is really hard to cock then if i close it and open it again it turns really easy until the end when it unlocks. The bolt slides forwards and back really nice and it closes withought any problems. Its just when I open it it doesn't want to unlock smoothly. If you all can get what I'm saying lol

December 31, 2011, 09:15 PM
Lube it up with a generous dose of gun oil, then work the bolt. if you feel adventurous, blacken the bolt lugs with candle soot, and if its rubbing, you'll be able to see where and better diagnose the problem.

Dmitri Popov
December 31, 2011, 09:24 PM
Mines the same way, I figure it just needs a little break-in time...
I am preparred to provide lots, and lots, and lots, of break-in time. :D

Mr transformer
January 1, 2012, 04:05 AM
The force you guys are feeling is the force required to reset the firing pin. The savage resets the firing pin when you open the bolt. If you have already opened the bolt once and re-closed it then you won’t feel that resistance when you open it again because it’s already been reset. You will feel a hard spot just before the bolt opens because the pin rides just over the tip of the ramp.

Pull the bolt out and look at it near the handle. You will see a black button right at the end of a triangle cutout. The button is part of the firing pin. It is the part that the trigger releases when you fire. The triangle cutout forms the ramp that the firing pin rides up when you open the bolt. When you have the bolt out, the button sits at a notch at the very top of the ramp. The spring tension is pushing it to the bullet end of the bolt.

When you insert the bolt and close it. The trigger will catch the button and hold it back as the bolt is rotated. When the bolt is closed it will be in the 90 degree corner of the triangle. When you fire the weapon, the button on the firing pin will be at the bottom corner of the triangle (toward the bullet end). When you open the bolt, the button stays stationary in reference to rotation, which causes it to be pushed up the ramp.

So, basically, you are feeling the firing pin spring pressure, in addition to the friction of the moving parts being loaded with that pressure. Namely the locking lugs and the ramp surface.

The resistance will drop somewhat as the parts break in and wear smooth.

If the opening resistance drops drastically one day and your gun has problems with weak primer strikes, or doesn’t fire at all, then your firing pin spring has broke.

Just a note to people, from a fellow savage bolt action owner. Don’t prod and push that button out of it’s notch that it’s setting in when you have the bolt open. It will pop out of the notch and drop to the end of the triangle (fired position). Considering that the gun resets the pin when you open it, you get into a little pickle. The bolt won’t close because the nub won’t line up with the slot. And the spring pressure is to great to push it back into the holding position with your thumb power. You have to either take the firing pin spring out to reset it, or use a wood object to assist you in pushing the button of the firing pin back into the holding position so that you can close the bolt again.

January 1, 2012, 08:36 AM
Ok thanks i'm aware how a bolt action works I was just wondering if this was normal for a new rifle as I've never shot one this hard, but then again I've never owned a brand new one. Guess I'll sit around and cycle it for a few days till I get out shooting and see if it helps break it in.

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