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After having good luck with several Savage Trophy Hunter rifles in different calibers I brought home a preowned .223 Savage Axis from the pawn shop to put together for a varmint gun. The trigger had a heavier pull than I care for so I installed a trigger kit and put together some hand loads and headed to the back yard range. Knowing my lack of ability at the bench I am happy with the results.
I have taken a couple of coyotes with this combo so far.

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Nice video and some good shooting. Thank you for sharing it.


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I bought a Axis .223 on a lark, Academy Sports had them for just a little over $200 after a rebate. Trigger was not good, but an hour or so of careful stoning ans spring clipping got the pull weight down to a solid and safe 3#. Chamber has a very long throat, me-thinks Savage chambers these guns with 5.56 reamers, since they know folks are going to shoot 5.56 in them anyway. First 10 3-shot groups with all the different factory 5.56/.223 loads I had on hand averaged .75". Federal 50 grain VT shoot amazingly well, wish I had bought more when PSA had them for $6/box. Shoots H335 & Hornady 50 gr SP very well also. Carry it most days when the dogs and I walk around my lake in case something needs shooting.

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I’ve been happy with how the Savages perform.

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Each of my kids has one, and all three shoot better than my Ruger American. Half-inch groups for three shots are common.


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I'm glad that it works for you.

The Savage Axis are capable of shooting good groups, but I heartily dislike the stock ergs so much that I've been happy to trade some accuracy potential for a better fit and feel.

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Varmint2: That is great shooting with a 4 power scope.
Keep up the good work.
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Good video, thanks for posting.

60 gr V-Max with a max book load of Tac is another good load in mine. Not crazy about the Axis stock and was considering a Boyd's Classic but I'll probably leave it as is, hate to mess with something that shoots this good. The only thing I've changed on it was installing an M Carbo trigger spring. I've had a lot of 223s and never had one that shoots any better.

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Originally Posted by HuntnShoot
Each of my kids has one, and all three shoot better than my Ruger American. Half-inch groups for three shots are common.
you should probably go buy a lottery ticket...

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Nice job on the video. I enjoyed watching it. Those Savage axis rifles my be the best bang for your buck, as far as accuracy goes. I have worked up loads for a few people that had them and they always amaze me how well the do for an inexpensive rifle.
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