This is a discussion on Savage axis sr 308 within the Bolt Action forums, part of the Gun Forum category; Felt like Ineeded a short, light carbine type 308 and stumbled across the Savage Axis SR 308 today which was $300 at Academy Sports.
A friend of mine has an Axis in 308 that came with a Nikon scope. It is much lighter than my Model 10 also in 308. We were shooting 168gr PRVI match for his break in. Little more felt recoil with the lighter weight and lots more muzzle jump but easily remedied since that model has a threaded barrel. I didn't get quite the accuracy as with my model 10 but I wasn't familiar with it either. For the price they are great rifles IMHO.
Well even though I loved the Savage Axis, I traded it today for a 1903A3 that has been in my family since 1956. Glad to have it back even though it is not stock. New 1943 Remington barrel. New Boyds C stock. Lyman rear and redfield front sights. This is a shooter so I will glass bed it and work up some cast boolit loads.
I just took in two of the Savage Axis rifles in trade,
new in the box / unfired without scopes,
a .223 camo and .308 with the accutrigger in black synthetic..
I traded for a scope I paid $ 350 for,
so basically I got one rifle for free.
I have not shot them yet, but both handled well, the accutrigger felt good, and my previous experience with accuracy of other savages has been very VERY positive.
I did not take [ nor did I want ] the cheap Bushnell scopes that come as a package with these rifles. I currently have a few extra made in Japan Bushnell Scopechief VI scopes looking for a place to hang, and I see the 4X on the .223 and the 3 - 9 X with BDC and Rangefinder on the .308.
the two piece ?Weaver? bases that came with the rifles look pretty light and fragile.
Does any one know of a one piece Picatinny rail that will fit the axis?
[ currently without an M14 OR an AR 15, so playing with the SAVAGES instead.
I haven't shot the Axis but do have on their Edge models in .308. Frankly, I can't tell the difference. The Edge is a great shooter and with its 1:10 twist barrel, it really likes the 175g SMK loads I used for 600yd HP shooting. For long range, I can use the same elevation and wind dope I used with the M1A.
Sure, the stock is cheap and the barrel thin but it is a functional/useable carry rifle - not one to hang on the mantle or shoot 20 round strings in a match. Extra mags are ridiculously expensive so I just settled on not losing the one that came with the rifle. Topped mine with an old Weaver K4 and performed so well that my son took it away from me. :)