Gun Review – Savage Edge/Axis Review
FINALLY! Yesterday I got a chance to get my new Savage out and put it through some paces. I was very careful to go through a 10+ round break in period with some cheap over the counter 100 grain Federal just to remove any doubt of accuracy/clean barrel/etc. I know many are more religious about breaking in every barrel for 20-100 rounds but I’m just not that way. With soft shooting and good cleaning I’ve never had accuracy issues from any rifle I own.
One of my favorite things about this rifle and the way it performs is what I spent on it from beginning to end. The gun, the optics, and mounts cost me approximately $420. For the kind of accuracy you’ll see in the video, this is very exciting. The first 3 shots out of my initial 4 shot group printed under 1/2″ accuracy at 100 yards. I had to look close to find the third hole as it nearly matched the first I shot. The fourth shot, a flyer, drew the group out a bit but still kept it right around 1″ MOA. I used the 1 1/2″ camera lens cap as a reference for the group size. The second 4 shot group did not disappoint either all consistently forming a diamond shape well within my 1″ group hopes.
Group #1 below. First 3 holes all nearly in 1 and the second slightly right.
Not only did it give me more confidence in the gun itself, but it proved the rifle’s ability to perform aside from weather conditions and the shooter (me). It was 25 degrees Fahrenheit (just to clear up confusion from our Canadian friends) and windy, blowing about 15-20 mph North to South as you can hear affect the audio of my footage.
Probably above all suspicions I was most worried about the trigger. I hadn’t really heard any complaints, but this is my 3rd Savage rifle and the first WITHOUT ACCUtrigger. Our friends at Savage Arms did prove however that they can build an outstanding rifle even without their pet ACCUtrigger installed. I had the boys at Sportsman’s Warehouse put their trigger scale on my rifle before I left with it and it broke at an even 5 lbs like most others I’ve heard. I guess best of all is that it’s a simple quality that performs well. The trigger is rock solid. It has no play in it whatsoever with ZERO take up and breaks cleanly against the back wall with a nice squeeze. In my opinion, it’s a great hunting trigger.
Here are a few more high points on the rifle:
Durable matte finish/free floated barrel
Trigger breaks clean at 5 lbs, solid wall, no play
Lightweight, low recoil
Smooth and solid bolt throw, lock-in
VERY practical and well placed safety
Scope mounts located same as Savage 110
SUB MOA accuracy!
A few lower points:
Though solid and well built, forend feels cheap
Trigger is not ACCUtrigger
Muzzle jump because of weight
Light play in extracted bolt
All in all, keeping in mind this is a BARGAIN rifle and not a fine collector or piece of art, it’s an outstanding value for a great shooter. Any rifle that shoots under 1″ groups consistently is worth 2 or 3 times what you’ll pay in this setup. Total cost of this setup was:
Savage Edge – $280
Nikon ProStaff – $134
Weaver Rails – $6
Leupold Rings – $0 (had on hand)
Total cost = $420 completely set up