Gun Review – Savage Edge/Axis Review


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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.

Group #2. Proving its consistency wasn’t a fluke with the first group.

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

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  3. Jeff says:

    Hey great review! I am planning on purchasing the Axis in .223 soon. I was wondering what you thought about the Nikon Prostaff you used? Right now I am thinking about going with the Nikon Coyote Special ( I noticed you reviewed that as well), and was just hoping you could give some advice on how the two compare and whether you think the Axis would pair nicely with the Coyote Special or not? Thanks!

    • Admin says:

      Jeff, great questions and thank you for checking out Haus of Guns!

      The ProStaff I mounted on the Savage was what you might call the right scope at the right time. I’ve had a number of Nikons and the ProStaff is what I would call a budget minded quality scope. I’d place it above any Simmons, higher level Bushnells, BSA, Trophy Ridge you name it on the cheapies, it outdoes them all. I would put it on the same plane with the new Redfield Revolution scopes, a low end Burris Fullfield II, and it may be a stretch but it’s right up there close with the Leupold Rifleman. Clarity is good but not great and the adjustments are clear and crisp. I like a strong “click” when adjusting my scope. SWFA.com was running a sale on them in December and I was able to pick it up for something like $134 plus a few dollars shipping. Killer deal on an almost $200 scope regularly. (LOL, I suppose I’m spoiling a review on the scope itself!)

      Anyway, the Coyote. I believe it would be an outstanding match for the Axis in 223 or even 22-250. I will say this though, I have a love-hate relationship with all budget BDC style scopes. Here’s why: Let’s say you sight the scope in at 4.5 power where the scope starts. But your target is a LONG way out so you roll on up to 14 power. The BDC measurements change. Your zero will be the same, but your second circle that would have originally been 250 yards is now just 187 or something bogus like that. Unless you pay big bucks for a Drop Compensating reticle that is on a single focus plane (meaning regardless of the magnification the yardage measurements are the same), you’ll deal with this in all main-line scope that have a drop reticle, Leupold, Nikon, Burris and even the new Bushnells.

      Hope that helps. Both are outstanding scopes, the circles on the Coyote are SUPER fast, but you need to know what you’re getting with that BDC otherwise you’re gonna be in for a lot of headaches trying to figure out why you shot over/under your target.

      Happy Shooting,

      Ebbs

      • Jeff says:

        Thanks for the response Ebbs. One follow-up question. In looking around online I’ve noticed a lot of people have had trouble finding the right mount/scope rings for the Savage Axis (I have been able to find a Picatinny style mount by EGW designed for the Axis – but that is retailing for about 40 bucks). Your review mentions that you used Weaver Rails and Luepold Rings for your set-up. Did you run into any problems with mounting your set-up? And is there any chance you could attach a link or clarify exactly what rails/rings you used? I just want to avoid buying the gun and scope and end up buying a mount that doesn’t fit. Thanks again for the review and taking time to respond!

        • Ebbs says:

          Jeff, I took a chance and picked up a cheap set of Weaver 2 Piece top mount bases from Walmart for a Savage 110. I knew the action of the Axis was based on it and it seemed logic would defy using an entirely different measurement for the new rifle. Here’s a link to what I’m talking about. But you can find the exact same thing at Walmart for about the same price.

          http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=576503

          The Leupold rings were probably some medium height single strap mounts I had lying around. They were free and fast but turned out to be perfect. Hope this helps.

          Ebbs

          • Wayne says:

            I bought the 2 peice weaver mounts from wal-mart as well, they fit right up, BUT my scope won’t fit between the rings no matter which way i turn them. I have a Barska 3-12X50 scope and it will not fit unless I use only 1 mounting screw on either the front or rear mount which as you can guess makes zeroing it in a NIGHTMARE. Anyone know of a CHEAP one peice mount I can get to fit this rifle so I can place the rings closer together.

  4. Chris Miller says:

    Ebbs: I got lucky with the 2 piece weaver style mounts at Walmart for mine too after your suggestion. Found that everything Cabelas had was either flat on front and back, or 1 flat, and 1 rounded and of course the Axis needs both rails to have a rounded bottom.

    After that I just used some left over Warne (favorite rings ever) “Medium” height rings to mount my new Sighton 4.5-14 x 50mm on top. Even with the bigger scope, those Weaver rails + the Warne medium rings lift it up high enough that I am still left with 1/4″ clearance between the scope and barrel.

    • Kato says:

      Hi Chris, this might sound like a silly question, can you tell me what diameter rings I should use? I assume as its a 1 inch tube I use the 1 inch rings?

      Apologies for my ignorance, just new to all of this.

      Ta,

      Kato

  5. Jon says:

    Savage Axis in 30-06 SS. Shot 1.8″ group at 200 yards (.9 moa). At 100 yards, it shoots all of my pet loads within the orange square of the Hoppe’s 100 yard target, including my 200 grain cast bullet. This is one of the best shooting rifles I have owned. I did do the trigger mainspring replacement job which produce an absolute perfect, no-creep, 2.7 lbs. pull. It is a very simple and reversable mod…I love the rifle…wish I had it 20 years ago. I saw a $13,000 rifle article in the last American Rifleman that could not match it for accuracy.

    • Ebbs says:

      Thanks for the update, Jon. I sure do love mine too. So much more value in something that performs on a budget, IMO.

    • WT says:

      I am thinking about buying the Axis in 308 win. This will be my first rifle and being former military I know some of the terms used here but I keep reading and all reviews of this rifle about the trigger mod. Could u please explain the mod and how much to expect to pay for it as money is a issue

      • Ebbs says:

        The mod I’m most familiar with for this is called a RIFLE BASIX model. You can expect to get the pull down to a minimum of #3 or so, but it won’t be an accutrigger system like what comes standard in most other Savage rifles. The Axis is what would be called a value rifle, so while the trigger isn’t of the accutrigger style, it’s still very smooth with a clean break right around 5 pounds. ALL THAT SAID if you choose to go with the RIfle Basix setup it’ll run you around $85 and it’s something you can install yourself.

    • brett says:

      where do i get the spring for the trigger and how do i put it in ??

      • Joe Jackson says:

        I know this is an old post, but I was looking throught all of them this morning and wanted to answer this question if it had not been already. I have a Savage AXIS in .270 and the original factory trigger sucked. I replaced mine with the Rifle Basix trigger and set it to 2.75 lb. pull. The part # for this is SAV-1.

        It works great and were easy to install. I purchased through riflebasix.com the cost was $84.95 and free shipping.

        • Travis Barber says:

          I’m getting into the post a little late too, but thought I could comment on the Axis’ trigger. Last month I purchased the Youth model ofthe Axis for my son’s first big game rifle in .243. Overall we have been very satisfied. However the trigger was so stiff that for each of the three times we visited the range, on the first shot attempt my son would complain that the “gun was broken”. He would check the safety, ensure a cartridge was chambered, etc. but it was simply a really heavy trigger. I dropped in a Timney trigger and I have a very happy kid shooting groups rather than spraying the target. I used Cabelas points so the $110 did not hurt too bad. Sounds like the Rifle Basix is a good buy too.

  6. bennett says:

    hi i am planning on buying a savage edge i am wondering if i should get a 308 or a 30-06 .probly for elk downto coyotes

    • Ebbs says:

      30 06 would be perfect for elk but pretty big for a coyote. However a 308 would be big enough for elk, but still big for a coyote. If it were me I’d do the 30 06, but can’t speak ill towards the 308 in the same breath.

  7. Chris Miller says:

    I’m going to start a fight, and tell you that I am a believer in the .223 for most anything. It will easily put down big game (of course shot placement is everything), and it’s perfect on small game / predators where you might want to save a pelt.

    The bigger calibers will destroy pelts of most of the fur bearers. If that’s not a concern, then I too recommend the 30-06

    • Ebbs says:

      It’s true here that Chris isn’t wrong. The 223 will kill almost anything, AND shot placement is everything. BUT, in adverse hunting conditions, adrenaline charged “buck fever” situations, the 223 is NOT the ethical choice. It’s a fantastic efficient and fast round, but it won’t hold its energy like a 30 cal will. Stick with the big boys, they won’t steer you wrong, ESPECIALLY if you’re not worried about the pelt.

    • Tom says:

      Anyone that say using a .223 for big game is reading too many websites and not hunting enough. That is totally irresponsible. Sure, I’ve killed lots of big game using even an arrow, and yes a .223 is more powerful. But what if the .223 hits a twig or stick? they are famous for their misses and bounce of anything. Now your shot placement is maybe several inches off and you wound a trophy. Or perhaps you hit a bone… To me, that show no respect to the animals we hunt. Why not use a real big game rifle like 308, 30-06, 30-30, 300 ? There is no reason not to. I’ve heard numerous people complain about the 223 in a hunting situation, so have you. Why risk the chance of missing the trophy of a lifetime because you aren’t using a proper rifle? Just doesn’t make sense…

  8. Alan says:

    Hey all! My Dad just won a Savage edge in a raffle, and gave it to me as a gift. It’s the Camo version w/o the scope. I’m great with handguns, but I’ve never owned a bolt action rifle before. The Savage came in .270 Win Calibre. How does that one hold up to the above arguement?
    I intend on setting it up as a “bug-out” rifle in case all hell breaks loose, and I decide to hit the boonies. I figure I could use 100gr bullets for varmint, and 130gr to 150gr for bigger beasties.
    Any comments?

    • Ebbs says:

      Hey Alan thanks for the comment. They’re all going to be excellent quality regardless of caliber. The 270 is a great multi-use round and won’t disappoint with accuracy while having milder recoil than say a 30-06 would. I don’t have experience with 100 gr bullets out of it, but I know for a fact and personal experience the 130s (particularly in Hornady A-Max) are absolutely dead nuts accurate.

      Any thoughts on what you’ll do with optics for the rifle?

      • Alan says:

        Optics? Ebay has the Nikon Buckmaster 3-9×40 for around $200. Its waterproof/fogproof/shockproof. For what I paid for the rifle (free), it won’t hurt to spend a little on good optics.

        • Ebbs says:

          Good choice. Nikon makes some of the best quality affordable rifle scopes out there. The Buckmaster is a great sample of their quality, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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  12. James says:

    Bought a .223 Axis at Cabelas. I was looking for a coyote rifle and boy I found it. I was lucky as they did not have the scope I selected and got a $300 scope for the price of my first $150 selection. Easily makes 300m shots with around 1.75″ groups. Granted, I use all high end Hornady ammo. I’ve taken 3 ‘yotes with it and none even had a chance. Awesome rifle, I might buy one in .308 just to try it.

  13. BAMBISLAYR says:

    My blued 223 shot 7/8 on the first 100yd 3-shot group. .388 on the second with hand load ballistic tips 55g. I did have a trigger job for $75. Think it’s around 3 lbs.
    Love my rem 700’s but savage is my new love affair!

  14. ndub says:

    Hey there, I bought an axis in 308 and I’m having some serious accuracy issues. I’ve never been able to get any consistency in grouping nor have I been able to get anywhere close to bullseye. I’ve changed rings and scope 3 times and tried all different kinds of ammo and I’m not having any luck with it. I’m beginning to suspect something wrong with the barrel, any advice?

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  16. Coyotehunter96 says:

    Question for anyone who ones this rifle. Is there any grittiness to the trigger. Just wondering because on other forums people say the trigger just sucks.

    Another good caliber too is a 22-250. You can get more velocity than a .223 and a litter bigger slug which will help shooting longer distances.

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  18. Daniel says:

    Thanks for the run through, I just got my Savage Axis 308 from Turner’s Outdoorsman. Gun shoots great and is very accurate out of the box. Turner’s claims to have bore sited the weapon at 100 yards (seeing that I got mine with scope) and I found that to be true, great grouping from every firing position. I was able to put 4 rounds on a 5 inch target at just over 110 yards from a standing position. I would recomend this weapon to any shooter, weather beginner or expert. Great price and even better product. Savage never dissapoints.

  19. Gabe says:

    Just bought an axis combo in .308 with Bushnell scope @ Cabelas for $360.00. I cant wait to get out to the sand pits and check this gun out it is my first bolt-action rifle, and after reading the review and comments above I am very excited. I will let you all know how it gos tomorrow night..

    • Eric Ebbinghaus says:

      Awesome, Gabe! Keep us posted. Anxious to hear about your results.

      • Gabe says:

        OK so hears the deal. I just got back from trying out my new .308 axis and I feel this gun was a great purchase. With just a cleaning, right out of the box with no scope adjustment i was shooting 2 1/2″ groups @ 100 yards. with some minor tweaks to the scope I was down to 1 1/2″. The trigger had a crisp break and the bolt was very smooth. Savage did a great job for such a reasonably priced rifle. I could not be happier and I am off to get some pigs I two weeks. Great site thanks for doing a great job on your review.

  20. Dan says:

    Has anyone experienced pulling the bolt back too hard and having the firing pin slip forward so you can’t close the bolt? I have to pull the bolt out and reset the firing pin before I can put the bolt back in the gun and use it.

    • graham shearin says:

      Yes and I had to send it back to the factory. Also the stainless steel chamber was rusted after less than one week of shooting. After savage returned the rifle, i shot one box and the next day I had some rust in the chamber. Not happy, the trigger pull is heavy and throws off the accuracy. If you slowly pull the bolt back it does not always eject the spent casing, leaving it loose in the chamber. The bolt is also stiff when trying to eject. Spend a little more money and get a Ruger M77-best preforming rifle for the money.

  21. Gabe M says:

    What is the major difference between the edge and axis, if any at all. I notice that Bud’s has both in stock. Which one? Get the Axis or Edge? I really wanted a 25-06, but decided against cause I like this caliber with a 24″ bbl. Going with the 7-08.

  22. grant says:

    hi there americans,
    im buying a savage axis 30-06 , my first rifle.
    since its my first rifle and all, id like to hear from you guys what breaking in the barrel is all about and any advise you can give on maintenance etc…thanks (hopefully the gun capital of the world will have some usefull info lol so ive come to the right place.)

    • Ebbs says:

      Hey Grant, thanks for the comment. Here’s the best thing I can tell you about breaking in a barrel: Everyone does it differently, some don’t do it at all, and most everyone who does it disagrees with how others do it. Here’s what I did on my Axis. Clean the barrel (patch with solvent, both sides, then dry patch, both sides) after every shot for the first twenty shots. THEN, clean the barrel every 20 shots until the first 100 is through it. Pretty simple really. I’m of the mind that whether or not it needs to be done, I’d rather do it and err on the side of caution than not doing it and regretting it.

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  24. cody says:

    does any body have the savage axis 270? im looking to buy one and wondering how it preforms.thatnks

    • Ebbs says:

      Can’t say I’ve personally handled the .270 Cody but I have shot the .243, 30-06, and 22-250 and they all handled wonderfully and accurately. Though you can imagine for a lightweight bolt gun the 30-06 needed to be held on to. I’ve also specifically heard good things about the .308 Winchester so it’s my assumption that all of these rifles are fantastic regardless of caliber.

  25. Mike Simons says:

    Jon

    Please give me more information on the “trigger mainspring replacement job”

    Thanks

  26. rick says:

    have a new 308 savage axis…i have attached a Tasco 3x9X40 to it…i had to use a set of HIGHER mounts because when trying to use the lower ones the bolt would hit the scope…i’m thinking i need a scope with a LONGER TUBE…so here’s my question: What should i do…should i remove the rails on the axis so i can use the Tasco scope or should i buy a scope with a longer tube…it just doesn’t feel right…any suggestions will be appreicated…thanks

  27. grant says:

    yes , i bought the savage axis 30-06.great gun, rugged and light weight yet shhots great..does the job.trigger is a bit hard but if you man handle the gun a bit its fine as long as it works right?
    personally even with a hard trigger i think its a attractive well made rifle that shoots as well as any more expensive gun.
    i wouldnt hesitate to recommend it to the casual hunter,,ph’s might want something more flashy but even so a good rifle,..

  28. Brock says:

    Hey I just recently purchased the axis .308 and wondering what brand/grain is best for this gun?

    Thank you!!

  29. Hammer says:

    I just received my Axis .308 a few days ago. I have yet to shoot it but out of the box, it felt great and very comfortable when sholdering it. I have seen much worse when it comes to kick pads too.
    What I have found so far is that the bold felt a little raspy when I opened it and closed it. After doing a little digging, I found one major part of the problem that was easily fixed.
    What I found is that Savage made a minor mistake when they stamped the serial number on the bolt. The last 4 digits were stamped into the bottom side of the right locking lug.
    This means that every time the bold is opened and closed, that side is riding on the burrs left by the stamp. Being careful, I started off with a small machininst file and smoothed the surface. From there, I used an Arkansas Hard stone and honed the surface. Once completed, I used Break Free oil and put it back together. This process reduced over 70 percent of the raspy feeling while leaving the remainder of 30 percent and that is due to the finish on the inside of the receiver, on the ways that the bolt rides on. It will wear in when I begin shooting it and then, it will be like any other model 110E Savage.
    Another thing I notice about Savage, like any other rifle, it will digest certain loads better than others. One has to work up the load and find out which is the most accurate. Use 3 rounds of each load and place them on paper. It won’t take long to find your particular rifle’s most accurate load and then, stick with it.
    If none of the loads hold the group you are wanting, check out your muzzle crown and consider taking it do a gunsmith and have him do a Target Crown instead of the standard Crescent Crouwn. I have known Savage owners who had this done with extreme results.
    As for the trigger, it takes a little know how and a good knowledge of triggers but the standard Axis trigger, at 5 pounds can be dropped to a crisp 3-1/ to 4 with little work.
    The sear and the trigger may only require a slight polishing to resolve your problem though so have a gunsmith look at it to make the final determination.
    I intend to take my .308 out this coming weekend for a first time firing. I will know for sure then what I will have to do to it, if anything.
    I have been a gunsmith for about 12 years now and a departmental armorer for our local sheriff’s department and have worked on a lot of different firearms, including the Savage 110Es which is why I have a lot of faith in my Axis as an all around good hunting rifle.
    I believe Savage is trying to stay competetive which is why the Axis came into reality.
    I hope this sheds a little light on the Savage Axis, regardless of caliber.

    • Ebbs says:

      Thanks for dropping a line, Hammer! AND for the tremendously detailed response. I’m sure you will not be disappointed by the Axis.

      • Hammer says:

        Thanks, Ebbs, I greatly appreciate it. I am looking forward to sighting my Axis in. I have always liked Savages and I have their .17 HMR, bull barrel, accutrigger and a red dot sighting app. which I love.
        Once I fire my Axis, I will post the results. I also have my M14 and my Russian 91/30 that needs sighting in as well so I think I will take down all three birds with one stone.
        I have another project that I have to get done ASAP a well which is I have to recrown my wife’s Taurus .38 Special. It has a burr at the muzzle and it would be impossible to shoot it out and retain any kind of accuracy. I may go with a target crown on that one too while I am at it.
        With a .357 bore, I will go with a .500 counter bore right at .062 deep as a starting point which should give a good depth.
        Getting back to Savages, they had a serious problem in the early years with them as they used to use Bronze extractors which I had to replace many. The claws were notorious for breakage. They went to metal after many complaints were submitted to them which was a good thing. Making them from scratch due to unavailability at the time was a little hectic. But my customers were happy with the end results. These days, we don’t have to worry about such problems.
        Take care and I shall talk moe later.

  30. Hammer says:

    I apologize for my grammar, it is off a little, mis spelled words and I meant to say 3-1/2 to 4 instead of leaving the “2” off.

  31. six says:

    Just bought the Savage Axis .223 as of today its had about 110 rounds put through it. Shoots straight as advertised. Trigger pull of the standard trigger didn’t bother me since it will be a field gun, not just a match shooter at the range.

    One issue with it is shells failing to eject properly. Has happened several times and at first I thought I might not be snapping the bolt back all the way. Now I’m starting to wonder. Will have to look it over closely as Hammer suggests there may be some small flaw? Might be the cheap casing of the American Eagle ammo it didn’t happen with Remington ammo. Overall it seems a bargain for the dollar, but I’ll have to spend more time with it before the jury is in on this one.

    Good friend has the Savage 110 .223 and it seems quieter and “feels right” with its wood stock vs. the Synthetic one the Axis uses. We both agree the Axis has less recoil but all things being equal a .223 doesn’t need the anti recoil measures of the Axis Synthetic stock. Had it been a larger caliber rifle it might be warranted. We also believe this creates the bouncy muzzle feel.

  32. Hammer says:

    Six, try looking at your ejector and test your springs resistence. Sometimes they are on the weak side and Savage is determined to install a detent ball and spring in every firearm the mfg. Sometimes, they hang a little or the spring is a little weak to kick the spent case. Also, while you are at it, check to see if the extractor, itself, can move freely within it’s track.
    This is one feature about Savage that I would have to rate as a negative. Their method of extraction is not the best design in the world. But, I never let this stop me when chosing a shooter.
    The Savage extractor has a shallow conical detent which the detent ball cradles in. The spring is supposed to be tuned so that the extractor can move relatively easy but with enough resistence to hold the case in place until it clears the ejection port.
    The extractor must latch onto the case and hold it firmly in the bolt face well tight enough that when the mouth of the case clears the port, it should “flick” the case away due to the gripping pressure of the claw. But, this is common knowleged among all firearms owners so I am not saying anything new but in Savages, it is even more important to keep this up front when dealing with Savage extraction problems.
    Remove your bolt, take a live cartridge and place it into the bolt face with pressure, ensuring that it is seated firmly agaisnt the bolt face and examine the claw to rim contact. You should have a a reasonable amount of claw overhang on the rim. Next, check the spring resistent. If you let the tip of your slug go, your cartridge should go flying.
    My loaded .308 cartridge will fly from knee level, while I am sitting down, to about 2-1/2 feet on the way to the floor. If it doesn’t, then you definitely have a extractor problem. (One small point, make sure there is carpet where the cartridge will land. Hard floors can cause the slug to slip back into the case and that could spell disaster for the firearm as well as the shooter.
    I have seen damaged firearms due to such problems.)
    Anyway, I have had to replace one or the other, or both, extractor and or detent spring in the past for this same problem you describe. But, if it comes down to having to remove the the extractor, be extremely careful as the ball likes to go flying when the extractor clears it. They are 1/8″ balls and hard to find locally. Most generally, you can’t. Brownells offers a wide veriety of parts and for the Savage. I am sure that Savage made the Axis with the idea that interchanging parts with the the 110s in mind, to a certain degree, so you might want to keep this in mind. Savage seems to like to standardize some of their components and features which is a good thing for us Savage owners.
    One other small point, use Break Free on your extractor as it is one of the best oils I have come across througout my years of working on firearms. Break Free contains Teflon which is excellent for stainless and hardened metals. I have been using this oil for years and one day, I called Benelli and asked them about this oil and if it would void their warranties. The response I got was extremely positive and they told me they have absolutely no problem with Break Free and that they would honor the waranties on their firearms if I used this oil so, now, I recommend this oil to everyone and it is a good moisture resistent. I stay away from oils and other products made by Hoppe. They caused me more problems than I would care to admit.
    Remington oils are OK and so are their cleaners. I have used them a lot.
    But anyway, Savage is a little particular so bear this in mind and use a high quality oil. I think this should help but if not, then it is definitely a components problems and the bad parts will need replacing.
    Good luck with your .223 and try giving some of what I mentioned a try and please keep me posted of the results, if you would.

  33. Six says:

    Thanks Hammer I’ll have to wait on the Break Free oil for now but will give it a try asap. I did try your quick flick test a few times. Results are the hardware checks out. I did a thorough cleaning and used Tetra oil on the Bolt. (its what I have on hand). Might be 10 days or so before I get to shoot again to verify the results. I tend to think it could have been sticky. Being new and all could very well be some factory grease, dirty ammo and GSR made it so.

    The spring feels ok on the ejector pin and does indeed flick a live round almost exactly 2.5 feet. I was confident of the results there.

    So next get it back out and shoot some more. Like I said it will be a while now. Thanks for chiming in its been a long time since I’ve broke in a new rifle.

    • Hammer says:

      You are most welcome, Six. Factory lube should always be removed and a good lube back in before a first firing so that could be your problem. Kind of my fault as I thought that you had already cleaned and oiled your shooter.
      Factory oils are basically preservative oils and don’t offer too much lubrication quality. But that is the nice thing about Break Free is that it offers a very strong resistence to moisture also.
      A number of years ago, I built a 3rd scale 1857 12 lb Napolean cannon that fires. I had a surface rust problem with it until I changed to Break Free. After 6 months of a wet season, there were still no signs of surface rust nor on any of my other firearms.
      It is good and offers almost an air bearing like surface for two metals rubbing together.
      All it takes is a drop on your finger, rub them together and wipe your components. That is all you need.
      This is another problem I found when repairing. Some folks thought that oil saturation to the point it was literally dripping off was the way to go. Yes, it was the way to go alright when it came to attracting ever type of dust particle and ever other foreign particle imaginable. The rule is: If you can see the oil vividly, you have used far too much.
      Anyway, I could almost write a book on this issue so I will stop here, for now.
      Please let me know how your next shoot turns out, if there are any further problems.
      As it sounds right now, you are on track and possibly the problem worked out.
      Talk to you later,

  34. Six says:

    I did change the trigger spring went from 2.5 or 2.6 kg down to 1.5 kg or roughly 5.51 lbs to 3.31 lbs using fish scale so don’t hold me to specifics. Used a spring from onhand box of plumbing/gas parts so cost nothing gain? Made me happy thats all that counts. Wanted to shim it a little but haven’t found thin enough washers of the correct size yet. Very easy to do without spending 70-90 dollars on an custom replacement results in an excellent mod. Plus one for Savage simplicity.

    • Hammer says:

      Hi Six,
      It really doesn’t matter where you find springs as long as they are the right diameter and strength to get what you want. I have made springs from many different sources including ball point pen springs. As for thin washers are concerned, a drill press, a sheet of brass shim stock from a hobby store and a pair of sheet metal cutters works wonders for extra thin shims.
      Sheet brass shim stock comes in a variety of thickness such as .001, .002, .003, .005. .010, .020. When I was a machinist, I used all of the above at one time or another. As for Hobby stores, you should be able to find some of the thinner sheets. I currently have been using on I bought about 2 months ago that is .010 thick. It comes, if I remember, in about a 4″ X 8″ size but regardless, there is enough to make many shims.
      If you go this route, make sure you pick up a good pair of cutters though, cutters that have a kind of knurled cutting edge on both blades. They make life so much easier than the cheap pair and you can be much more precise.
      After the washers are made, a fine toothed file works well for deburring and smoothing of the surfaces. I think you will fare well with this method of acquiring any kind of fine washer you could ever want. I have been using this method for many years to my complete satisfaction.
      At any rate, I am happy that you were successful in getting the trigger pull down to where you want it. Anything less than 4 pounds is good and 3.31 is excellent and should be about the lowest you would ever want to go on any center fire rifle.
      Keep up the good work, and Nice job!!
      I haven’t been able to get out and shoot my .308 yet, a little surgery got in my way but I will be back to normal, (HA! HA!) in another week or so. A little hernia operation due to my bull headed idea that I have to do everything the hard way. Think it would teach me a lesson but I do have somewhat of a hard head. Oh well, it will all feel good when it quits hurting. LOL!!

  35. Ken says:

    I bought my son the Axis .243 youth and can’t wait to shoot it. Still trying to find good option for bases/mounts. Looking at Picatinny and Warne but not sure yet. As for the trigger pull, the gun had about a 6-7 lb pull. However, there is a video on you tube that shows you how to trim the trigger spring just slightly and fix the issue. Take some wire cutters and trim about one turn/loop off the spring and you’ll have about a 3.5 lb pull. Worked for me and no need for new trigger.

    Any scope mount options would be great advise. GReat site.

    • Ebbs says:

      Glad to have you here, Ken. Thanks for the kind words.

      As for scope rings I think I just dropped about $12 or so on some mid height Weaver quad lock rings. They’re not awesome for lots of scope changing as the screw heads strip out very easily, BUT if you’re intending to leave them they’re rock solid and a great budget option on an already price friendly rifle.

      ALSO, if you haven’t already bought the rails for the rifle the Savage 110 rails mount just fine to the Axis receiver.

  36. Ken says:

    Thanks Ebbs. When you say Savage 110 rails is that made by a Savage?

  37. John says:

    Good review of this rifle bought one in .308 recently. Might I suggest though a good mount a full rail EGW mount they make for the Axis a full rail mount allows less flex in the scope also Warne medium rings their really solid and the Timney adjustable trigger. I also put a Redfield Revenge 4-12×42 scope on mine I highly recommend that scope. I was able to achieve sub moa groups at 100 yards just like I get out of my Savage 10 FCP-K. Savage doesn’t let you down even on their budget models I am Savage all the way!

  38. Six says:

    John, I thought about the replacement trigger but wanted to keep with the budget theme. Can you elaborate on the Redfield Revenge? From what I’ve gleaned the Revolution is reputed to use better glass. Am particularly interested in the ranging feature. Is it useful or is a good Ballistic Plex reticle more natural and faster targeting?

    Am considering another Axis in a 25-06 or 308. The 223 has a 4×32 Bushnell Banner but pretty serious about upgrading to either a low cost Pentax, Burris or Redfield. Leaning towards the Pentax 6×24-50mm Game Seeker 30 as it will mainly be used for chucks and gophers in the Bean fields. Typical shots are 200-250 yards.

    • John says:

      I didn’t really notice much of a difference in clarity when looking at both the Revenge and the Revolution their both pretty equal. I compared a simple similar Leopold to the Revenge and from what I saw the Revenge gathered more light even at higher focal power and with the small 42mm objective. What I did notice and liked over the Revolution was the larger turrets and turret caps which is good if you wearing gloves. The Revenge turrets have a very nice solid 1/4 moa click to them and easily zero resettable by just pulling up on the turret and rotating it to zero and letting it down. The magnification ring is also very solid and supper smooth and the image doesn’t get very dark at the higher focal ranges and also very long and not very picky eye relief even at the higher powers. Very solid feel to the scope as well just like the Revolution they didn’t sacrifice much in the way of quality with the Revenge. Haven’t been able to try the ranging retical yet but from what I know it works very well I found out about the Revenge through this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh1WzMFnKEk put out by Redfield. Over all really nice scope for the money and they offer it in a regular plex retical. The 6-18×44 Revenge would be perfect for small varmint.

      • John says:

        I also used a ballistic software in my phone that has the ranging retical in it and according to its calculations my holds in .308 match what they advertise.

        • Hammer says:

          John, what ballistics program are you using? I never thought about a program on my phone and have always had to lug around my laptop or printed off all the data I needed.
          Sounds like my phone would be so much easier and a very good idea.
          I bought the Axis .308 and love it. It serves my purpose quite well and the recoil is a lot less than I anticipated. The kick pad makes a big difference too. I have always installed either Limb Savers or Kick Eze on many different rifles and shotguns. Those have always been the most popular but the Axis looks like it just might be right in there along side those two.

          • John says:

            I use a program called Strelok there are three versions of it I bought the + version for $4 off the Android market it very accurate and has a large data base of reticles for different scopes so you can have a visual aid of hold overs. The + version also takes in focal plane for hold overs depending on your zoom. It has lots of features to it and its very accurate. I also gives you ajustments in clicks,moa,mrad and inches and also gives you a customized data table for the type of ammo you use.
            The Axis definitely had less recoil than I though it would and im use to shooting my Savage 10 FCP-k which is a very heavy sniper rifle and holds back the .308. The Axis definitely doesn’t let down on accuracy either like I hear some people claim. At 100 yards I can get the same groupings as my model 10 and that’s impressive for a $300 rifle.

  39. Hammer says:

    Thanks for the info, John, I will check it out. When I worked for our local gun shop as their gunsmith, I worked on Savages, usually strip and clean but once in a while, I would change out the kick pads and replace the old model extractors that were made of bronze. I replaced them with their steel replacements. I am happy to see that Savage has gone to steel as since they did, I have not replaced an extractor since.
    I am a Savage fan also and love the way they perform. I was a fool for trading my FP-10 off for an AR-15 a few years ago. That shooter was a real tack driver.
    I put a cheaper scope on it at the time to try it out, which was a Tasco Mag 4-50 with the BDC feature. I was really surprised how well it worked out and was consistant with sub MOAs at a 100 yards. I decked it all out with all the trimmings, bipod, sling, scope hood. I set the trigger for 3-1/2 lbs and set the zero at 200 yds. It was also a .308. Outside of the heavy bull barrel on the FP-10, I really can’t say which one I like better between it and my Axis.
    Now, I will have to do another comparison. I am building a bolt .308 out of a 1919-A6 machinegun barrel against a T38 Turkish Mauser receiver. I need to find a stock for it yet and drill and tap for scope bases.
    I want to put an old military stock on it for the moment to find out if it will be a respectable shooter before dumping any more money into it.
    I named it “The Beast” as I left the barrel as is, the large diameter on the muzzle for a barrel shourd along with it’s wrench pad.
    Without a stock, it weighs in right at 9.8 pounds. Recoil shouldn’t be a problem when finished. LOL!!

  40. John says:

    Oh yeah im probably going to lighten the trigger on my model 10 fcp-k I found its a little heavier compared to how I have the Timney trigger adjusted in my Axis although I might heavy that up a wee bit for safety. My 10 fcp-k comes in a mighty 13 pounds so it a bench and prone queen for sure plus the added mussel break burns off recoil along with a nice loud boom that some range masters where I live don’t like so I have a few good shooting spots as to not annoy them lol. I also recently topped it with a Millett TRS-1 with 0.1 moa turrets which seems like a good scope compared to my last one which was a Sightmark. Wish I could swing it for either a Nighforce or a Leupold Mark 4 but for now I will have to settle.

  41. Hammer says:

    Yeah, there is a mid point for trigger pull. One way too light becomes dangerous, especially when allowing another to fire your firearm as they are not used to the trigger pull. The lighter the better in competition, shooting matches but for conventional purposes, to me, about 3-1/2 pounds is as about as light as I ever want to go.
    Too heavy can cause shots to be thrown which is not a good thing either.
    I found one Ruger M77 MK2 that started with a raspy 8 pound pull that the customer was very unhappy with. I spent about 3 hours on that trigger job, polishing the sear, reducing some metal to reduce trigger travel and ligtening up the trigger spring. When all was finished, it was a very smooth and crisp 3-3/4 pound pull, right where I wanted it and the customer was ready to do back flips he was so excited.
    I wound up doing a lot of trigger jobs on Rugers that year. Lot of fun and interesting people. Exchaged a lot of stories about their firearms and trigger pull seemed to always dominate the conversation.
    I love the Savage AccuTrigger, it is a fantastic design and now, I noticed that Ruger is getting on board with this idea.
    I received a Field and Stream Magazine and the cover showed what I, at first glance, thought was the Savage Axis as I noticed the trigger which looked exactly like the AccuTrigger.
    I told my wife that if the Axis wasn’t as popular as some believe, then why is it on the front cover. Well, to my surprise, it wound up being the new Ruger American Rifle. I am glad I was sitting down.
    Ruger set it up just like the Savage and their synthetic stock bares a striking resemblence with only minor differences such as the forearm and grip patterns.
    But, as far as scopes are concerned, your choices are good. I would love to step up to the plate with a Leica but they are near $1000.00 and over.
    I will move up to a Leupold one day as they are my second choice of all scopes. I was brought up on the Leupold as my uncle swore by them and he is the one who started me off on my first centerfires when I was about 13 years old. Like the very first pistol ever strapped on my side was a S&W .38 Special.
    Muzzle breaks are fantastic and I designed one for my M14. I took the original flash suppressor off, replaced it with a commercial version which was non functioning and began laying out the hole pattern. I used .147 diameter drill and layed back each row of holes 15 degrees. The forward holes, I went up to .1875 and went to the field and fine tuned them. When I was finished, a child could hold the 14 with a 20 round magazine and empty it without ever losing control or a sight picture. Also, timing the shots fired actually stablized the muzzle to the point where it felt like it was affixed with a gyroscope on it as it felt like the muzzle locked into a pair of vice jaws. Crazy as it is, this is what it felt like. Zero muzzle climb and stablized windage motion. Very, very accurate now and a whole lot of fun to shoot. I drilled 5 holes per row which is all it needed. Muzzle breaks are relative easy to make as long as you have a threaded muzzle. They do need to be locked in though otherwise, they will shoot loose.
    I never stand beside one though, not without hearing protection and I understand why the range master doesn’t like them. But, he should wear hearing protection too, like all other shooters.
    I learned my lesson the first time a guy I know lit off a round beside me without thinking of where I was standing. Needless to say, my hearing in that ear was pretty shot for the next hour or so. I am surprised it didn’t break my ear drum.
    All in all, I hope you get the scope you want. To have a well balance shooter is about as good as it gets.

    • John says:

      Yeah definatly don’t want to be unsafe with the trigger. My mother bought a Ruger Amerian in .30-06 and it is a good shooting gun but Ruger has not very good customer service we found. Her first rifle was defective the reciever was milled wrong so the bolt reliece wouldn’t hold the bolt in when you cycled it if you treid to make a follow up shot th bolt would come out in your hand. We sent it back twice after a bunch of trouble with them not answering their phones. and not returning calls took 3 months to get a. replacement from them and een then got absolutly. nothing for all the trouble.

      • Hammer says:

        Hello John,

        Ruger sometimes gets an attitude problem when they learn that their manufacturing takes a nose dive on one of their models. I think it embarrasses them a little and they hate bad news. Could be that the person you dealt with could have taken the bad news a little personal. Normally, Ruger isn’t this way as I have had dealings with them in the past but not all of their people are good to work with. There are a couple that I think Ruger would be much better off if they would find replacements for them. I don’t remember their names and it has been a few years ago but I had a run in with one over a simple problem of a firing pin being broken right out of the box. The nose of the pin was missing which was odd. Ruger didn’t want to believe it at first until I told them that the break was as smooth as glass which means that it was put together that way which means that the lathe the pin came from either cut it wrong or the material was too short to begin with. A lot of machine shops use automatic machine tooling which would explain this problem. At any rate, after threatening to lodge a complaint against the person, the problem was resoved and a new pin sent for replacement at no charge. Should you ever run into a problem like that again, insist on talking to supervision. You will get better results as the employees don’t like this at all, it gets them into hot water a lot of the times.
        I got a bank employee fired one time for such arrogance, believe it or not.
        At any rate, I took my Axis .308 out for a test run today and was Not disappointed!! My loads run a little hot but not too hot to handle and right out of the box, I had to drop my elevation 3 clicks and it was a done deal. The windage was on the money so a few seconds to make the corrections and all is said and done. For a cheap scope, it will work for now until I get the scope of my choice on it.
        I am impressed as it delivers sub MOAs without a problem! I was able to cover all three shots with a quarter without seeing any part of the holes. I only wished my aim was good as this without a bench. My body just isn’t what it used to be when I was working steel. I was in a whole lot better shape then which tells me that I am getting a little too soft these days. But, for the overall performance, it is exactly what I could hope for from Savage. They did it again and I am a happy camper.
        I had more fun though as I was able to tick off a few rounds out of my M14 and my Nagant 91/30, both which are on the money as well.
        For being 109 degrees in the shade today, it was a good day.

  42. Six says:

    Hammer, Glad to hear ya got to shoot that Axis finally! I just got done setting up a bench hope to get to use it now! Picked up a nice used Leo VX II 2-7×-33 not sure what it will be mounted on for sure trying to talk my son into mounting it on his Remy 700 BDL 7mm mag should clear the iron sights easily. but… you know how it goes give a kid a cheap Leopold when he wants a mid high end Sightron!
    :::Shrug:::

    • Hammer says:

      Thanks,Six, I appreciate it. I think your VX II would work on your son’s BDL but if he gets spoiled to good scope, it is hard to go back to a lesser quality one. And, our kids love to have bragging rights on occasion also which doesn’t help matters much. I never had this problem though as I helped raise three girls and they didn’t like firearms too well as they were afraid of them and I couldn’t get them to overcome their fear after many times trying. Oh well, it wound up being a whole lot cheaper for me as I never had to worry about Christmas presents in this area. I have to chuckle a little here though. They cost me in many other ways so I guess it made up the difference.
      I started off on an old Busnell that came from a K-Mart store years ago and it served it’s purpose although it was really a piece of junk. It did stay where I set it though so it held consistent groups and it worked for the time being. I was only in my early 20s at the time.
      Later on, I tried a little bit pricer Simmons and it didn’t like the recoil of a 30-06 and locked up so I could never change the magnification after that. I did send it back to the factory after about 6 weeks of trying to find them and talk to someone in their service department. Luckily, I kept the receipt. They sent me another of the exact model and it did the same thing. I will never buy another, not ever.
      After that, I tried another scope that was the Tasco Mag 4-50 and it wasn’t all that great either. The first time out something inside gave way and it looked like a piece of string hanging down inside of it when I ran up the magnification which was annoying. My uncle finally let me have one of his Leupolds and I was a happy camper although it was a fairly basic 3 X 9 X40. It was in the $350 to $400 class though and it was the best so far. I still would like to try a Leica but they are over $1000.00 a pop.
      You might want to try Ebay for a scope, I have seen some really decent scopes for decent prices too. I have been thinking about that really hard here lately and saw a couple that I let get away from me. Don’t remember the details now but one of them was an upper line Leupold. The other, well it was a tactical sniper scope with all the bells and whistles and came with night vision capability but a little out of my price range. It was gone the next day as someone bought it outright. I think that setup went for about $1200.00. My wife would have killed me if I would have bought it. She loves to shoot but she isn’t willing to let me go hog wild on such pricey items.
      In the last year or so, she bought me a Nagant 91/30 and a wheel gun for backup. I feel lucky. LOL!!!
      Talk to you later and in the mean time, take care and stay safe while having fun shooting.

  43. John says:

    I had commented awhile ago about my Savage Axis .308 build I did. My rifle has a EGW mount, warne rings, and a Redfield Revenge 4-12×42. I recently dialed it in at 200 yards a despite a few pulled shots I was able to hold 4 shots in 1.25 moa at 200 yards using Federal Gold Medal 168 grain Sierra MatchKings.

    • Hammer says:

      Hey John, that is an impressive group, good job!! In the hands of a marksman like you, it also says a lot for the Axis. I am impressed with my .308. I love it and wished this guy had come around a few years ago when I was Deer hunting on an open hillside looking down into a draw. The Axis would have come in real handy at that time. We couldn’t get any closer than about 150 yards or so.
      As for Federal ammo, I hope they have improved since the last time I ran some rounds through another bolt I had. Out of a 20 rnd box, I had 4 that wouldn’t go bang. The primers were DOA. I have no idea what primers Federal were using but they were junk and very disappointing.
      The Gold Medals are, I think, about their top of the line. Is this correct?
      I have shot a lot of Nosler and Barns-X and the Barns are ones that I used for hunting.
      Right now, I am shooting 130gr SP that another guy and I loaded up. They are only slightly warm. We set them up for a little more velocity while retaining accuracy as much as possible. I have not put them on paper and extreme yardage yet but they cook off really well. We used RP brass and a H380 powder. I would have to look at the box to see how many grains was used but we have had some really good results with it. At the moment, I know that we ran the powder up to within 1/10th of a grain from the top.
      I will have to try a box of the Gold Medals you shoot to see how they react to my .308. Should be fun.
      But, right now, my wife and I are looking at a home to buy that is in the country with about 7 acres and an excellent place to set up our private shooting range.
      I can hardly wait for that day to come. Then, it will be fun time for sure.
      But, again, Job well done on your shoot, I am impressed!!

      • john says:

        Yes the Gold is their top I like it a lot with sierra matchkings I use 168 grains in my axis and 175 in my model 10fcp-k their very clean and I haven’t hand any issues with them so far. 168 do have a nice kick to them thoughin the axis because its light but not to bad and they cycle well.

  44. doug alexander says:

    I am looking at a savage axis 7mm-08 for my girlfriend for deer hunting what do you think….

  45. Ken says:

    I ended up choosing the Warne rings and two piece bases (one extended M902M and M904M) and a Leupold VX-1 3-9 on sale as Bass Pro for $179-. Seems to be a great matchup. Warne is great because you don’t have to worry about torquing them down and stripping them unlike Leupold rings and others.

    Will let you know after I take my son to the range.

  46. Tim says:

    great review on the savage ,would love to see one on mossburgs deer thug in 30-06,good reasion for you to buy a new gun lol.im buying a deer rifle soon and i cant decide if i should go savage or mossburg.The mossburg has a ajustabel trigger from 2 to 7 pounds and a fluted barrel. looking forward to any info you could give me before i spend the money. thanks much keep up the great work.

  47. Sid says:

    Is the Savage Axis in .223/5.56 Nato really chambered for the 5.56 Nato or is this a misprint. I haven’t seen any comments on shooting the hotter 5.56 rounds. There don’t seem to many factory bolt guns chambered for 5.56.
    Mossberg varmint predator is one I have seen.

  48. kris weller says:

    For anyone having trouble mounting their scope weaver 40A top mount bases worked perfect and match the reciever diameter , hole size and spacing. These are are offset mounts that get the rings on the tubes for five bucks a piece.

  49. Alex Miller says:

    I have just recently bought the axis in .308 and absolutely love it. i was considering putting in an improved trigger but after a few good days at the range i’ve grown to love the heavier pull. shot a nice 1.5 inch grouping of 4 shots at 100 yards with a 9x scope, i think this rifle is amazing for the price. i bought the Savage 110 mounts and they work just fine. excellent gun, would recoment to everyone

  50. Paul says:

    I have recently purchased an Axis in .223/5.56mm and am amazed by the accuracy of the rifle. I have had none of the grittiness, failure to eject or trigger pull problems I have read about, either. The only complaint I have is with the stock: It is too short for me (I am 6’4″ and prefer a 14.25″ pull) and the wrist is very small. I have searched the internet for such, but failed to find anyone who makes a replacement stock for this rifle. Am I wrong? Have I overlooked a source? My preference would be a varmint-style (I shoot coyotes, primarily) or a sniper style (I always use bipods). Thank you.

  51. Dave says:

    Savage Axis 30-06 original agenda was an old school reliable cal.,that will take care of business for any game and at a price that I could make some additions and still keep in budget. Added muzzle brake (Vais)w/cap. Reduced recoil to 85% felt recoil using 150 grn bullets. However it is loud . Added an axis rail, a 3x9x40 Barska scope, low cost and reliable. Total package under 6 lbs. perfect for the carry hunt. Now the best part @ 100 yards 4 shot group after sight-in to 3/4 moa consistent . Important choose the right ammo for your gun, every gun is different. Good luck it works. Note: you don’t have to spend a lot to get good. Results

  52. Chris says:

    I just bought the 308 savage axis.. Its a great shooting gun!! Deadly at 250yds with a 180 grain Remington Core locks!! at 300yds not sufficient going to drop down to 125 grain ballistic tips hand loads what should my range be then??

  53. Chris Kelpinski says:

    I bought a Savage Axis 30-06 two years ago and it is by far the best bang for the buck I’ve ever owned. Weaver mounts and rings, factory trigger, 3x9x50 KonusPro optics.I paid $160 for the optics,$317 for the rifle, $50 for the rings and mounts. I shoot 1″-1.5″ groups at 100 yards with factory 180gr Remington Core Lokt ammo..I dont believe in all that horribly priced ammo for hunting Whitetail and Black Bear in Michigan. So far I’ve put four deer down with this awesome set up and they all dropped in their tracks. 1 Heart shot at 90 yards. 1 heart shot at 35 yards. Shoulder to shoulder blow through on a beautiful buck at 110yards. 1 double lunger at about 100yards on the move. I love this weapon so much that this year I’m buying his little brother the .270.. Setting it up the same and sighting it in with 90gr. Remington ammo for coyotes. BUY SAVAGE!!!

  54. Paul OFallon says:

    My Axis in .223 is more accurate than my BVSS… giving me groups of less than an inch off a bench and rest. I am very well pleased and have mounted the Nikon Predator on it. For varmints it’s dead nuts; however, it prefers Nosler and VMax rounds, best.

  55. Greg says:

    Ebbs –

    Thanks so much for the video review & comments. Bought an Axis in 270 last winter and took my first buck with it 4 weeks ago (September 2013) using 130gr Winchester and a Simmons scope. He came into view at about 185 yards. Shot was a little high, but I got him & he went right down. Very pleased with this entry-level rifle. FWIW: my grandmother used a Savage 99 for the better part of 40 years & never had a lick of trouble before she passed away. I’m sold on this brand.

    • Ebbs says:

      Greg, just to be clear. Did you buy the Axis BECAUSE of the Haus of Guns review of the Savage Axis? If so color me impressed! IF NOT, still impressive. It’s a great, satisfying feeling isn’t it when your gear works out and comes through when you expect it to?

      Thank you for your follow-up comment.

      • Greg says:

        Ebbs –

        To be honest…yes I reviewed your site and this review on the Axis specifically. At the time, I was in the market for either the Stevens 200 (basically the same) the Marlin XL7, or the Remington 783. No one around here where I lived sold the Axis…only the 111. The forementioned rifles were ones I did have a chance to look at & feel. At the end of the day, the pricepoint and other reviews (including yours) is what sold me on the Axis. I then went to a local dealer & he ordered it for me.

  56. Roger says:

    I bought a Savage Axis. Took it home and started cleaning it. After reassembling it I started running some casings through it. The bolt jammed several times and it would not feed the casings. I tried the bolt several more times and it felt very rough, with a lot of play. I returned it to the dealer and asked to see another one, just in case the one I had was a fluke. After trying several and the bolts all feeling lose and hitting as it neared closing, I did not feel safe with the Axis. Returned and ended up buying a Remington 700 SPS just because the bolt action felt sooooo much better.

    • John says:

      The bolt is a little rought at first but it smooths out also if your feeding once fired casings theres your problem they have been expanded. I have had this one in .308 for over a year and I love how it shoots especially with my hand loads.

  57. John says:

    I have had this rifle in .308 for over a year and I love it. I have a couple good hand loads for it too.

  58. John says:

    I haven’t commented on here for a little while but for those of you who don’t like the Savage Axis stock being flimsy well your in luck. Boyds now makes nice wood stocks for the Savage Axis and they have metal trigger guards and they cost only $99 made to order. I might get one myself to compliment my already accurate Axis .308 which has a Timney adjustable trigger, EGW 20moa full rail, Warne rings, and a Redfield Revenge 4-12×42.

    http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/searchm.htm?type=merged&searcht=savage+axis

  59. John says:

    New Savage Axis II with Accutrigger!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsRUPO2ufqo

  60. Robert L says:

    I was looking to put together an inexpensive ‘coyote poker’ and bought a .223 Axis last fall (2013). I bought a cheap used scope & put it on then went to sight in with cheap Winchester 45g HP Varmint & Predator ammo. I got to 1 3/4 inch, seven shot group at 100 yards (not great but willing to believe that’s me for now) but had some scope adjustment issues.

    Next outing I could get a few shots to form a ragged hole then fliers 4-6 inch away, then seemed to go back to original POI!! I assumed the used scope was NFG so I replaced it with a Burris Fullfield II 4.5 – 14 x 42.

    Next outing I also had some 55g Hornady V-Max because that load seemed to be most compatible with the Burris Ballistic Plex reticle. I got so exasperated trying to adjust POA switching between these two loads. I finally ascertained that the POI for the V-MAX was several inches to the right than the POI of the 45g Winchester. I thought this was very weird.

    Last trip to the range was yesterday. Still had a few Winchester 45g, bought some more Hornady 55g VMAX and also picked up a box of 75g Hornady BTHP (the LGS didn’t have anything in between and Savage uses 69g for their test apparently). Got it shooting well with the 55g at 100 yds from both bench and bipod, then tried a few 75g with the bipod and 45g off the bench. The 75g hit 3-4 inches to the right and the 45g didn’t even hit paper! This thing seems VERY sensitive to particular loads! The horizontal offset of POI seems weird to me, any comments?

    I have checked for barrel free float but clearances could be better I think (I may start shaving some plastic in the barrel channel) and this cheap forestock torques too easy for my taste (my Vanguard 30-06 synthetic stock is great). I’m no precision shooter or firearms techie but wonder if barrel harmonics and minimal freefloat clearances are at play here. Comments?

  61. Greg says:

    Robert L. I’m inclined to agree with you on different shell brand and grain. Took my Savage back to the range twice with Winchester and Federal. The Win seemed like it had better accuracy at 130gr. I tried the Fed at 150gr with scope adjustment and the patterns were not as tight. Switched back to Win 130, readjusted my scope, and left it alone. Greg

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