Savage axis 30-06 question


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Countryboy1150
January 18, 2014, 12:22 PM
I can get this rifle local for $299.99 plus tax. It is new. It doesn't say what model it is besides axis 30-06. Does anybody have on or have more info about it ? Is this a good deal

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cammogunner
January 18, 2014, 12:33 PM
i think so as it is stainless steel.but i do not own one i have read many good things about them.and to my knowledge savage make a very good rifle i would go for it but thats just one mans opinion

IdahoSkies
January 18, 2014, 12:47 PM
The Axis is a savage without the accutrigger. I have not shot a savage, but the accutrigger is quite something from what I hear. Everything else about them are pretty much the same with the higher priced models. Though the "higher priced" savage models are not too much more. But they are straight shooters from what I hear.

J_McLeod
January 18, 2014, 12:58 PM
I have two, but haven't shot the .243 at all and the only about 30 rounds through the .308. I like them. It was nice a light while carrying through the Kentucky brush. When I got one, I got a lot of positive comments about them here. $299 looks like a good price for it. I got mine for about $350 with a Bushnell scope mounted.

Countryboy1150
January 18, 2014, 01:09 PM
The Axis is a savage without the accutrigger. I have not shot a savage, but the accutrigger is quite something from what I hear. Everything else about them are pretty much the same with the higher priced models. Though the "higher priced" savage models are not too much more. But they are straight shooters from what I hear.
It doesn't have the accutrigger. I read a couple reviews online about the accutrigger. From what I understand if you dont pull the trigger just right it will not fire. Some kind of saftey mechanism built into the trigger for drop purposes I'm sure.

hardluk1
January 18, 2014, 01:15 PM
Oh that's so much bull !! Accutrigger works fine and has for many years now. . First off the axis ain't a cheaper regular savage . All new rifle to them a couple years back But a ok rifle and Boyds now has laminate stocks for it and rifle basix has trigger upgrades for those that need or want it.

aubie515
January 18, 2014, 01:37 PM
The Axis is a savage without the accutrigger. I have not shot a savage, but the accutrigger is quite something from what I hear. Everything else about them are pretty much the same with the higher priced models. Though the "higher priced" savage models are not too much more. But they are straight shooters from what I hear.
Axis/Edge uses a completely different action, so it's not the same as other Savage/Stevens actions. That is why until recently, you could not replace the horrible factory Axis stock until Boyd's began offering replacement stocks.

The factory Axis stock is by far the worst stock I've ever owned. I did modify my stock from someone that did the same on SavageShooters.

I reinforced the front of the stock with metal rods/epoxy and it has stopped the flexing in the rifle stock. I also shortened LOP on my stock and filled the buttstock with "greatstuff" to give it more weight.

OP, I think your doing pretty good at $300 for a SS Axis. I paid $297 OTD from WalMart for a standard Axis.

Kp321
January 18, 2014, 01:44 PM
Although the Axis is a different action, it is still a Savage barrel, one of the best factory barrels out there. The factory bedding system is different from other Savage rifles, the reason the stock makers are just mow getting tooled up to make them.

sappyg
January 18, 2014, 01:52 PM
That is a stainless Savage Axis. At $299 this is arguably the best value rifle available. The trigger is on the heavy side but has a clean break. It should come with scope base already mounted. Extra mags are pricey but should be available if you look around. The stock also comes with swivel studs.
IMO it's a very good deal.

Mike1234567
January 18, 2014, 02:00 PM
I paid $335 shipped for mine plus $25 FFL fee. I had a buddy do a simple trigger job... cost $35 labor. Now the trigger is pretty nice with approximately 3.5 pound smooth break and zero over travel. I think it's darned nice for $395 modded and in my hands.

EDIT: BUT... be careful of the cheap plastic magazine bases because they break easily. Make sure to seat the rear of the mag firmly before seating the front... wiggle it in... don't try to tap it in with the palm of your hand. IMHO, the weak mag bases is the big issue with Axis rifles. I REALLY wish they'd fix that.

KansasSasquatch
January 18, 2014, 02:12 PM
I don't have any experience with high dollar rifles ($800+). A Ruger M77 .30-06 is probably the most expensive bolt action rifle I've fired. But for about $300 I think it's tough to beat a Savage Axis unless you get a good deal on a used rifle. I've had a good amount of trigger time with 4 of them, all in .30-06, and all of them has shot MOA in factory configuration with the "junk" Bushnell(?) scopes that you can with them from the factory. That's using Hornady 165gr SST ammo and 150gr SP handloads. No the stocks aren't the best, the triggers aren't "match" worthy. But the triggers are predictable, the stock is good enough for hunting, accuracy is pretty darn good, the actions are smooth, and the price is right. Others' opinions may vary. I keep hearing good things about the Ruger Americans and that they're the best rifle for the money, but around here I can't find a Ruger American that isn't at least $150 more.

Takem406
January 18, 2014, 03:22 PM
It's junk unless you can get past the 20lb trigger. Shot my buddies a few times in a dog town a couple years ago. I couldn't get past the trigger. However my buddy made a 600 yard shot with it. I think there are better budget rifles. I'd look at the Ruger American.

Mike1234567
January 18, 2014, 03:34 PM
^^^ Junk?? Twenty pound trigger?? It's maybe six from the factory and anyone with very basic skills can have it down to 3.5 pounds with zero over-travel with less than an hour work.

J_McLeod
January 18, 2014, 03:50 PM
I just came back from the range where I put 3 rounds on top of each other at 50 yds with a stock Axis, Bushnell scope that came with it, folded jacket rest and handloads. I'm happy with it. This trigger is not 20 lbs nor is it junk.

Takem406
January 18, 2014, 04:34 PM
Over exaggerated... My bad.
But this rifle's trigger was terrible.
Maybe they fixed them from the first years production. Another thing too in all fairness my 22-250 has a hair trigger. So when I got behind my buddies Axis after shooting my rifle all morning the heavier trigger surprised me.

Countryboy1150
January 18, 2014, 07:13 PM
Well I bought it so I guess I will find out if it will shoot or not. Thanks for all the info guys. I'm thinking a trigger swap and a new stock in the future. This is my first 30-06. I'll run a box of factory ammo through it and start on some handloads.

sayak
January 18, 2014, 08:07 PM
Oh that's so much bull !! Accutrigger works fine and has for many years now. . First off the axis ain't a cheaper regular savage . All new rifle to them a couple years back But a ok rifle and Boyds now has laminate stocks for it and rifle basix has trigger upgrades for those that need or want it.
I no longer have an Axis, but I'm glad to see that Boyds responded to market demand and has stocks now. I wonder how they got around the integral magazine situation... hmmmm...
Anyway, I noticed that every single model of Boyds stock for the Axis is "currently out of stock". Must have bee a real run on them. The weak stock has been the Axis' downfall.
The Ruger American is a much better rifle IMHO.

gdcpony
January 18, 2014, 09:15 PM
My daughter's Axis (.223) came with a heavy trigger. I was able to bounce the rifle by it without it going off (empty of course). A bit of work (I should put the pics up as a how to on it), and I had it down to reasonable.

The stock is not great, but for a cheap rifle it shoots great. Hers is sub-MOA. Better than my own Savage .243 that has the much over hyped Accu-Trigger.

Bobson
January 18, 2014, 09:24 PM
Well I bought it so I guess I will find out if it will shoot or not. Thanks for all the info guys. I'm thinking a trigger swap and a new stock in the future. This is my first 30-06. I'll run a box of factory ammo through it and start on some handloads.
You'll enjoy the rifle, I'm sure. It's not a luxury rifle by any means, but it is very accurate, and plenty durable, despite the crappy stock. The trigger is heavy but by no means intolerable. I shot an Axis ($300) side by side with my Winchester M70 Extreme Weather ($900) - both rifles chambered in .270 Win. I'm not a former USMC Sniper or anything, but I couldn't tell a single difference between them in regards to performance.

The Axis is inexpensive, but it isn't cheap.

Inebriated
January 18, 2014, 11:08 PM
I have one. I like it. It's accurate, light, reasonable trigger.

USAF_Vet
January 19, 2014, 05:59 AM
Bought one, hated it, sold it.

Zeke/PA
January 19, 2014, 06:38 AM
I bought one a few years back in .30-'06 for my Grandson but I topped it with a Nikon glass verses the furnished one. Shooting reloads and 180 grain Rem. Core-Lokts groups are around 1&1/4 " at 100 yds. It's a great rifle and all you could want in a hunting rifle.

Mike1234567
January 19, 2014, 10:11 AM
Some here hate Axis rifles. That's okay. I really like mine... and I hate Glocks. :)

NeuseRvrRat
January 19, 2014, 11:17 AM
I'm thinking a trigger swap and a new stock in the future.

wouldn't it be cheaper to just go ahead and get the Savage Model 10/110 from the start?

Matt1911
January 19, 2014, 11:26 AM
My wife just got one in 223, and my nephew in 243. Both shot excellent. The Boyds stock come with 10/22 bottom metal to get around the plastic one.these guys offer a stock as well http://www.sharpshootersupply.com/ . Now if Boyds will start offering a lefty stock.......

J_McLeod
January 19, 2014, 01:27 PM
My wife just got one in 223, and my nephew in 243. Both shot excellent. The Boyds stock come with 10/22 bottom metal to get around the plastic one.these guys offer a stock as well http://www.sharpshootersupply.com/ . Now if Boyds will start offering a lefty stock.......
Those stocks look really nice, but I just couldn't buy a $225 stock for almost anything, let alone a $300 rifle. I'd rather just buy another one. I don't have a .270, 30.06 or 7mm08 yet.

I don't like Glocks either.

Mike1234567
January 19, 2014, 01:42 PM
Yeah, the Boyd's stocks for $99 are a much better deal. And my "gut feeling" is they all come from the same Chinese company. They certainly "look" extremely similar and... you know how American companies do business these days.....

Onward Allusion
January 19, 2014, 02:06 PM
$299 is pretty much the going retail price for one without the inexpensive scope. The "package deal" goes for around $350. I personally did not like the sloppiness of the action. The trigger was average. The stock is a bit on the light off-balanced side. Overall it is an average starter rifle. The biggest plus is that it's a Savage barrel.

When I was looking for a starter 30-06, I'd looked into the Mossberg ATR, Savage Axis, & Remington 770. All felt cheap. I ended up buying a slightly used Savage 110.

GooseGestapo
January 20, 2014, 08:37 AM
I got one in Jan '13 with some Christmas money/gift cards. (.243win).
I had to tweak the trigger as it was stiff (~8lbs). It's now ~2.5lbs and crisp. Wasn't a job for a beginner, but basically the same as the old Savage trigger.

After ~200rds, The barrel started settling down and it's basically a 1moa shooter. With Hornady 65gr V-max over 42.5gr of IMR4064 its 1/2moa. (2.625"oal, Hornady brass Fed210 primer).
I finally got a deer with it. 100gr PriviPartisan 41.5gr IMR4350. Typical performance. One shot, high heart hit, ran ~40yds.

Only thing I don't care for is the grip area of the stock. Too small/slim and long. Not easily fixed.
I do like how light it is. Length of pull is "ok" as is. (I'm average ht.)
Its a "decent" rifle, but I prefer the Marlin X7 series (S,L) better. Same accuracy, better stock and trigger. About the same price.

savagegunfighter23
January 23, 2014, 03:00 AM
Savage is coming out with the Axis II which now includes the accutrigger. But I really like my Timney I have on my Axis .308 but I don't mind my accutrigger either on my Model 10 FCP-K .308 either.

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