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Recommendations for lite weight hunting rifle for deer sized game...

DeanMk

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Pharmseller,

You mentioned you sold your Axis after you found out the safety didn't lock the bolt.
Why was that an issue?

Dean
 
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I have a Savage Axis which I haven't shot yet. The only thing I don't like so far is the bolt throw. With a scope attached, the bolt opens very close to the scope.
 
I have a Savage Axis which I haven't shot yet. The only thing I don't like so far is the bolt throw. With a scope attached, the bolt opens very close to the scope.
Pretty common for a 2-lug bolt. Remington 700s and Winchester M70s are the same.
 
Anyone have any experience with the Savage Axis rifles?
I was just looking at them and they are fairly light as well as being fairly inexpensive.

Dean
I picked up a used one in 308 for $200 and gave it to my son for Xmas. They're accurate shooters, the trigger sucks as$, he prefers my Win M70 and wants me to give that to him....
 
It’s not garbage. It’s an excellent small-game cartridge. Rabbits, squirrels, maybe nutria if you know you can hit them more than once.

Edit to add I read the “Pet Handloads” section and I’m calling B.S. on the velocities they claim. Huge steaming piles of B.S.



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If you switched up to a 280, you might be able to kill a coyote given a broadside shot and you don’t hit any heavy bones.
 
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Pharmseller,

You mentioned you sold your Axis after you found out the safety didn't lock the bolt.
Why was that an issue?

Dean

My mistake, it was a Ruger American.

I like a locked bolt. Most rifles won’t fire if the bolt isn’t down all the way. As others have mentioned, it doesn’t take much to lift the bolt a bit. Then in the heat of the moment you take off the safety, shoulder the rifle, aim for the gap between the trees and wait for the buck to cross the space, squeeze, tag soup.



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