Bargain Hunting: Savage's New Axis Series Bolt-Action Rifles

Just a few days ago Savage went on a long gun binge and dumped a ton of new products on us, from big rifles to little rifles, shotguns, and left-handed bolt guns; something for everyone.  Now they’re reintroducing their Edge entry-level rifle series with notable improvements, starting at $275, and they’re calling them their Axis rifles.  The most expensive rifles in the series: $350, with a stainless finish and with an optic mounted and zeroed at the factory.

savage axis hunting rifle

They’re not leaving a lot of ground uncovered with these Axis rifles, which are chambered in .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 7mm-08 Remington, .308 Winchester, .223 Remington, .243 Winchester, .25-06 Remington, and .22-250 Remington.

There are currently eight models, the Axis in matte, stainless, and camo, with and without Bushnell 3-9x40mm scope (XP versions have the scope) as well as two youth models in .243 Winchester and 7mm-08 Remington, with and without the scope.

savage axis rifle with scope

Granted, they don’t have the AccuTrigger or AccuStock, but the redesigned bolt was made to be easier to manipulate, and going from Simmons to Bushnell is a good step up for the scope.  And really, for under four bills for the most featured rifle, well, it’s hard to beat that buying mil-surp after refinishing it and adding an optic.

The rifles weigh 6½ pounds (7 with a scope) and have 22-inch barrels, save for the youth models, which weigh 6.2/6.7lbs and have 20-inch barrels.

savage axis rifle with scope in camoflauge

Having the good sense to include a few youth models for a budget line is just genius.  They better get a stomp on some lefty-friendly rifles, but just the same, we think that these are going to be a lot of people’s first rifles, kids and otherwise.  Priced as they are, even if you have a decent bolt-action, they kinda make you want to stock up on more…

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