The Savage Axis rifle is an extremely affordable entry-level hunting rifle; especially in the venerable .308 chambering. I purchased this rifle, on sale, for $240.00.
The bolt has two large lugs that lock the bolt closed. This rifle has a 22" blued barrel, blued receiver, tang safety, and comes with 1 detachable, 4-round capacity magazine. The rifle holds 5 rounds at full capacity. (1 chambered round + 4 in the magazine)
The black synthetic stock is adequate, with sufficient length of pull for my arm length and build, has a rubber recoil pad and installed sling studs. The Savage Axis rifle comes without open sights. The receiver is drilled and tapped for weaver style scope rails.
Bolt removal is complicated and clumsy. The safety has to be disengaged, and the trigger has to be pulled while simultaneously depressing the bolt release lever and extracting the bolt. The bolt action is smooth and feeds/ejects shells very well.
The trigger was no great shakes; my rifle's trigger was mushy, had creep, and broke at about 6 lbs. To take full advantage of the rifle's accuracy potential, the trigger is going to need work, or replacement with an aftermarket adjustable Timney trigger. Yes, the triggers of these rifles ARE that bad.
The removable box magazine has a plastic base, and is held into the rifle with a plastic tab. To release the magazine, the plastic tab is pulled back towards the rear of the rifle. It's adequate, and the magazine base has to be lightly tapped with the heel of my hand to ensure it's properly seated and locked. Spare magazines run about $45.00 each; even on eBay. I recommend you pick up a couple extra magazines for your rifle.
Rifle accuracy is very good, delivering 1 3/4" to 2 1/8" groups from a bench rest at 100 yards, with Federal 150 grain soft point loads.
The Savage Axis rifle is an excellent entry-level, budget hunting rifle; even with the heavy trigger. It has everything you need, nothing you don't. It's a very good, reliable, accurate shooter that'll get you there with unnecessary flash & fanfare.
Besides, deer aren't too picky nor concerned if they're shot by a fancy, embellished Browning A-Bolt Medallion or a Brown Bess flintlock musket.
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