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.