So I was going by my local Fred Meyer's yesterday, and passed through their gun section... low and behold I noticed that they have their Savage Axis selection of rifles on sale for $255 each. Thinking to myself "Man, that's awfully reasonable for a brand new rifle in my choice of caliber". I know that Savage does have a good reputation in the accuracy department. Also I understand that the trigger on these rifles needs some work. One thing I noticed that I'm not sure I care for though is the plastic magazine. However, on the plus side I really did like the weight and feel of the rifle. Basically I have been looking for a good "use and abuse" rifle for varminting all the way up to deer, and at that price range I'm finding it really hard to resist. I'm also now doing the .243 vs .270 debate. At any rate I'm wondering what people's experiences have been with this gun. Is this a case of "you get what you pay for", or is it potentially a good bargain? Are better mags available? Also does anybody have any idea what the lifespan of the barrel would be for either a .243 or .270 round? Thanks!