View Full Version : Thoughts on Savage Axis XP Rifle Package .308

04-13-2012, 9:11 AM
Im looking for a good starter combo deer rifle. I've read some good reviews and I like this rifle. Fits my budget right now. What do you guys think? Should I buy this rifle?

04-13-2012, 10:09 AM
I own one in .270 and it's a good rifle. I topped mine with a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40. I use it as a backup rifle for hunting.

04-13-2012, 11:45 AM
It is a solid rifle and will do you well. "I" would put a Leupold 3X9X40 scope on it and not look back. Savage rifles tend to outshoot others right out of the box and are solid performers. It will last you your lifetime and then some.

04-13-2012, 1:03 PM
It doesn't have the Accu-trigger, and the final outside finish is not to normal par. But that is on purpose to keep consumer cost down. It still has the Accu-stock and all the inherent accuracy of any other Savage rifle.

A decent 'smith who knows his way around a Savage trigger, can easily bring the weight down and smooth it up. Or, simply get a drop-in trigger from Sharp Shooter Supply or Rifle Basix.

04-13-2012, 1:17 PM
I love mine.

04-13-2012, 1:53 PM
I got to one in 223 and one 308 stainless steel love. Both hardware trigger jobs on both trigger now is adout 3 1/2 lb for the price would not trade them. The only complaint. I had was trigger but know there taken care of.

04-13-2012, 3:42 PM
You can't go wrong with a Savage. The axis is not as fancy as their higher priced rifles but if youre not using it as a precision rifle then you're good to go. It's solid and accurate.

04-13-2012, 4:00 PM
Savage is pretty good. i got a savage .22 and it shoos great. never shot the .308 though

04-13-2012, 4:24 PM
I'm impressed with the feedback on the rifle. Is the rough trigger something you can possibly adjust yourself? If so any recommendations?

04-13-2012, 4:45 PM


I like mine. I'm able to get 3-4" groups with Federal American Eagle 150gr FMJ at 300 yards with the stock trigger before the barrel heats up.

I plan on getting the Timney aftermarket trigger (http://www.timneytriggers.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=85) and using match hand loads to shrink the groups.

It's fun to shoot. There's a new Axis SR (only in .223 Rem) with a threaded barrel being offered.

04-13-2012, 8:36 PM
I also was looking at the Savage until I picked up a Marlin XS7 Stainless. It was the trigger on the Marlin that swayed me. After 200 rds it has performed flawlessly and accuracy is better than I. 1" groups at 100 yds no problem with the Redfield 3-9x40 and Leupold rings.

Hard to go wrong with any of these entry level rifles, might try the Marlin and see what you think.