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Savage Axis:is it a QUALITY rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Muzzlelover, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Muzzlelover

    Muzzlelover Well-Known Member

    As you all know I am supposed to be recieving a savage axis in 243 or 223(yes i said 223 I decided to keep my 270)but when I told my dad and showed it to him he said"that has to be a piece of junk if it's only $280"so that made me think(for once in my life)is it really a econo-rifle or is it a piece of junk.so I am looking for some insight from those of you who have one or has shot one.Is it a good econo-rifle or do i need to forget it and get a handi rifle?thank ya.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012
  2. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    It's an inexpensive rifle, but it's not exactly junk. I'd recommend that you take a look at the Marlin X7, which is an amazingly good rifle for the money.

    The Remington 770, now that's junk.
  3. bodam

    bodam Well-Known Member

    I like my Axis (.308)
  4. MichaelK

    MichaelK Well-Known Member

    Do you drive a Toyota or a BMW? What is quality? Is it fine wood, perfect fit, and deep, deep bluing? Or is it a good shooter? Will the Axis shoot straight, yes it will! Just like everybody can't afford a BMW, the Toyota will still get you where you want to go, you just won't be that eye catching. The Axis will kill what you want it to kill and hit what you want it to hit, it just won't do it as glamourously.
  5. almherdfan

    almherdfan Well-Known Member

    I can say that I am very pleased with the .223 Axis I purchased. Very accurate & trouble free shooting. A good value rifle.
  6. RustHunter87

    RustHunter87 Well-Known Member

    They are cheap but not junk, my 223 can shoot 1 inch groups at 100 yards, maybe even better with someone other than me behind it.
    The stock is all plastic and the trigger is not that great out of the box but I got over the stock because its lite, and smoothed and shimmed the trigger and Im pretty happy with it.
  7. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    axis has a good barrel and action but a cheap stock and marginal trigger. It is not a disposable gun like a Remington 770.
  8. matt 7mm

    matt 7mm Well-Known Member

    my dad bought an axis in 308 and i gave him a hard time about buying a cheap peice of junk gun but after shooting and handling his that is the first thing i would buy if in the market for a hunting rifle.for under 300$ you cant go wrong.his shoots great easily shoot 1.5 moa with 3 different factory loads we tried.
  9. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    Yes. It's a quality rifle. It certainly isn't beautiful like a nice blue/walnut CZ or 700, but the gun just works, is a tack driver, and the bolt feels very smooth.
  10. lefteyedom

    lefteyedom Well-Known Member

    Savage=good value
  11. ssyoumans

    ssyoumans Well-Known Member

    Check out the action and trigger on the Marlin XS7, I think it is the best I saw on a sub-$350 rifle. Beats the XMark Pro trigger that came on my $1,000 Remington 700 by a long shot.
  12. Rem.222

    Rem.222 Well-Known Member

    I picked up one in .223 yesterday for a pickup gun, trigger is heavy but shoots great. Only big dislike is the mag but have never had a bolt with a mag I've liked yet (Rem 788). Can work on trigger issue myself. I tell you how it is working out in 20 yrs. Pdogs and other varmints will hate it I'm sure.
  13. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    Never owned an Axis, but have owned six Savages and I love them all. Simply put they are the best value in high powered rifles bar none, not as nice as some of my other guns but performance for $$$ they cannot be beat. My best friend has access to any of my collection of rifles, he chooses to hunt with my 110 30-06 and he has to fight his wife over it, that is her favorite too :)
  14. mnhntr

    mnhntr Well-Known Member

    Cheap yes. Junk no. He may have confused it with the 770 Remington. That is fist class garbage. The Stevens 200 I feel is a better rifle than the Axis but they are both decent for the money.
  15. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    On a super tight budget I would prefer the Stevens over the Axis simply because of the aftermarket, the Stevens can use all the Savage 110 parts the Axis cannot.
  16. langloisandy

    langloisandy Well-Known Member

  17. Tempest 455

    Tempest 455 Well-Known Member

    Ditto, they are "inexpensive" but shoot awesome.

    I filled the rear of the stock w/ expandable foam and the front w/ epoxy. Changed the trigger and it's one of my most accurate rifles.
  18. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    My Axis 223 has a heavy trigger, very accurate. Came with a 3x9 Bushnell scope. After 800+ rounds, still works fine. Likes handloads with Hornady 68gr match bullets. Out of the box, scope base was loose. No modifications.
  19. JR47

    JR47 Well-Known Member

    ASs Savage has made some changes over the years, the statement that all Savage 110 parts will fit the Stevens Model 200 is not accurate.
  20. Centurian22

    Centurian22 Well-Known Member

    I have the axis in .308 and love it. Could not be happier with my first centerfire rifle. 1" at 100 yards with factory ammo. Not even in the same category as the Rem 770 junk! The trigger is heavy but that can be improved very easily.

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