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Savage 19165 AXIS 223 SS
by Jody W Date Added: Friday 23 March, 2012
My Favorite Hobby is Groundhog Hunting. I normally use my trusty Savage 12 / 22-250 HB , but I was looking for a light weight carry around gun for shorter distances. I had read the reviews about the Axis on the Internet dealing with Accuracy and most were pretty good.

Two Issues :
1 - Factory Trigger is terrible. Mine came in at 9 pounds. I replaced mine (Example: RifleBasix) and it was a drop in job. There are other "fixes" out there but chose not to for safety reasons.
2 - No after market stock currently available. They all come in Long Actions but that is not a big deal for me.

I got the Stainless version over the Matte finish. Just easier to wipe down and keep clean. I've seen the Matte finish and to me they "nick/scratch" easily. It has a round receiver and it's not a Heavy Recoil caliber so cheap Weaver bases and rings work just fine and keeps the weight down. Factory Ammo that I tried (Federal 55g sp) did not shoot well. My Handload of 55 gr V-max grouped .75 @100 yrds. I have about 50 rounds through it. Took it out and shot 2 GroundHogs at 233/190 yrds and dropped them. I'm sure if I keep working on a handload for this Gun it will shoot sub .5 @ 100 easily. This gun shoots better than ones I have paid 2x as much.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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