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03-30-2018, 04:47 PM
Just completed my late 2017 Savage Axis Short Action WIN .308 build and hitting the woods with it shortly after this post. I documented the entire build in a 20 page MS Word "how to" pictures included tutorial for anyone that may be interested in a copy.

Coyote Colored Boyds 'At-One' stock with Oversized Target Palm Handle & Forearm Grip, Boyd's Steel Trigger Guard and 'V3 Precision' Magazine Catch Plate. I also glass & pillar bedded the action to the stock along with bedding Boyds new Steel Trigger Guard to make it perfectly flush with the stock.

SightMark Core SX 10-40x56 Riflescope w/ 4" Sunshade & Butler Creek Scope Covers
Weaver Tactical 6 Hole Low Profile 30mm Rings attached to Weaver 20 MOA Base Rail
Timney Trigger polished and set to a crisp 2lbs.
10 Round Extended Capacity Magazine
Glades Armory Bolt Handle
Witt Machine Slip-on Muzzle Break
STNGR 5-Slot M-Lok Aluminum Picatinny Rail
2 - TipTop Tactical Rifle Bipod Quicklock EZ Pivot & PAN 9" - 13" & 13.5" - 27" Picatinny Mount Quick Action, Extendable, Folding, with Sling-attached Hole
Wicked Lights W403iC & ScanPro iC Red Night Hunting Light and Headlamp Combo Pack for Predator, Varmint & Hog Hunting
Blend-in Ultimate Grip Anti-Slip Quick detach Rifle Gun Sling (Black)

03-30-2018, 11:27 PM
Nice lookin build.

03-31-2018, 09:16 AM
I like long legs and shes got 'em. Nice looking rifle.

03-31-2018, 02:33 PM
Looks nice!

03-31-2018, 06:30 PM
Appreciate the kind comments!

Like I said, I documented the entire upgrade process that I did personally for the those that may be interested. I converted MS Word document into a .PDF file that's 24 pages and approximately 3meg in file size. It includes a complete 'step by step' with photographs in what I did along with all the products and tools used. Just understand if one decides to go this route, all your warranties pretty much become null and void from the manufactures. That being said, the rifle performs far better than it ever has with regards to consistent accuracy over the original parts, that includes the original synthetic stock. I'm very pleased for what I have in the rifle and it truly exceeded my overall expectations once I completed it.

Savage truly does produce a great barrel and action for the cost in my humble opinion.

Thanks again!

04-02-2018, 10:25 AM
Looks great.

04-02-2018, 11:40 PM
A closer view of the final product of my rifle build.

As soon as the weather clears out around here, I'll be doing a more extensive testing with it at the range and then I'll follow up with my final results. My preliminary resighting in of the riflescope and then field testing it was in between the raindrops the other day. I shot 10 rounds of 'Federal Gold MatchKings' 168g in a somewhat rapid succession and the results from that was quite impressive. So I'm chomping at the bits for good weather here soon!

04-03-2018, 01:00 AM
Your build just keeps looking better and better!

Itís been a journey. As an update, I have been working through an RMA process with Glades Armory for about 5 weeks now (starting March 2nd 2018). After tracking down their physical location, they are now aware of their customer service issues. They have claimed the issue is outsourcing, but have offered to follow through on their return processes. I will post results when applicable, but now may be the time to email the company if you have any issues.

Update!!! 4-14-2018:
It took some time, but Glades Armory did make good on their word. They resent the proper parts and anything that didnít fit or work was issued a full refund. After several lengthy e-mails back and forth with the owner/manager, Glades has discovered a hole in their e-mail notification system.
Appearently this was outsourced and became a blackhole for all forms of RMAs and communications. They have been fixing their major issues and I have been able to get e-mail responses back multiple times in the same day. They also stated on planning to add a phone system to take live calls in the future, but that will be some time out. They have redeemed themselves in my eyes and as Iíve said before; now is the time to e-mail them if you have any issues.
Itís a bummer when bad technology bogs down a good company, but theyíve discovered the problem and are working to fix it. Their product is good and they went above and beyond to make things right.

Last post, I swear! No more hijacking this thread.

04-03-2018, 07:36 AM
Thanks for sharing and I'm sorry to hear about your troubles with them. My experience was nothing like that at all.

I never ordered anything before from them and I must have been one of the lucky ones I suppose. I can honestly say it was a simply online order through their website as if I ordered something through Amazon. If was simply and easy. I received the product in less than a week in a professional manner and I was emailed with a tracking number. The product was professionally packaged once received. After I pulled the handle out of the box, it appeared to be perfect in appearance, structure and quality. I had no issues installing the handle and I'm thrilled with it over the originally part. I placed some 'Loc-tite' Blue on the bolt handle threads to keep the bolt nob from becoming loose and that was about it. Very simply install and upgrade. I couldn't of asked for more from them.

04-04-2018, 12:21 PM
Meanwhile, as I wait for better weather around here still, I went ahead and made another modification to my rifle last night that I care to share in case anyone else may be interested in saving a little bit of money with their build.

First off, I am a fan of the 'TipTop' bipods. I own two of them at different lengths (TipTop Tactical Rifle Bipod Quicklock EZ Pivot & PAN 9" - 13" & 13.5" - 27" Picatinny Mount Quick Action, Extendable, Folding, with Sling-attached Hole) that I purchased prior to my Boyds stock upgrade. I appreciate the ease of changing them out or removing them on the fly if need be, plus the quality and performance for the price suited me quite well.

So, instead of purchasing the "Boyd's 'At-One' Bottom Cap with Picatinny Rail Section" for $61.00 plus shipping, I choose to purchase a STNGR 5-Slot M-Lok Aluminum Picatinny Rail Section Accessory (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075H2GT8W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) through Amazon Prime for $14.99 with free shipping.

Once I received the new rail, I went ahead and made a few modifications to that and my Boyd's 'At-One' "Oversized Forearm Grip" as a solution for my quick disconnect 'TipTop' bipods. Basically about 20 minutes of physical work and enough time to allow some bonding epoxy to set up. Then a little cleanup afterwards.

Tools and products that I used was a Dremel with carving & grinder bit, exacto knife, allens, some masking tape, Brownell's release agent, some decent epoxy compound mix and a little bit of patience. I've attached a few photos for your review.

All in all, I'm satisfied how it turned out. I can easily take the rail off at anytime, which I really don't intend to. Now I can easily change between the two different bipods that I have depending on what I intend on doing with the rifle that day, hunting or target shooting.

Again, I wanted to share as a possible solution for anyone else to save a little money and still get the same results if not better. Don't hesitate in contacting me if you have any questions about anything that I did for my Axis rifle build. I'd be happy to help out if I can.

04-05-2018, 07:13 PM
I really haven't done any extensive testing of my most recent rifle upgrade due to bad wet weather over the past week. This afternoon we had a little break in the clouds, so I snuck out to shoot up some paper. The temperature was a cool 42 degrees and sunny, but with gusty west winds from 7-19 mph. I laid my target stand sideways due to those gusty winds.

Each target received 1-10 round 168 grain full magazine of the Federal MatchKing Golds at a distance of 200 yards. I had a crosswind in my face while I laid in the prone position shooting off of my 6"-9" 'TipTop' bipod.

From left to right, the first target was to get my scope setup for the conditions and distance. The second target was after my scope was zerod for the current conditions and distance. I took my time and gave it my best on the second target. Mirage was a factor due to the sun was warming the area up quickly. The third target was shooting 10 quick rounds in a rapid succession, approximately a few seconds between trigger pull.

Between each target shot at and 10 rounds spent, I cleaned my rifle barrel and let it cool down a little. In the middle of my second target test, the wind blew over my target stand and I had to walk down to the target location and setup it back up again. I had to place a large stone on the leg so it wouldn't blow over. Kind of broke my rhythm when that happened.

A total of 30 rounds shot;

Target #1 - 8 hits out of 10
Target #2 - 10 out of 10 hits with half sub MOA
Target #3 - 10 out of 10 hits with more than half within 1.3"

Considering the conditions, I am very pleased with these results and the rifle performed flawlessly throughout this test today. Now I'm setting up for my next coyote hunt that will hopefully take place either this Friday or Saturday, right after the 4-8" snow storm we're supposed to get. https://www.ohiosportsman.com/styles/default/xenforo/clear.png

04-06-2018, 02:15 PM
Nice work!

04-06-2018, 06:22 PM
Yes. Very nice.

04-06-2018, 08:18 PM
Thank you all for the nice comments!

Looks like the weather forecast has changed over the past 24 hours for the better. Now we're only suppose to get just a snowdust covering overnight. I'm going to be up early and hit the woods first thing with the rifle and see if I can put it to good use. That was the original intention when I first purchased the rifle. I couldn't be more pleased in how it turned out and the overall performance. I believe I'll be looking into another build in the near future. The next one will be a competition level type rifle. I'll keep you all posted when I get into that project.

Thanks again and please don't hesitate in contacting me if anyone has any questions about this specific build.

04-07-2018, 09:15 AM
For those that may be interested in my "how to" tutorial on upgrading a Boyd's 'At-One' stock, click the following link below where I published the document online. Again, please understand that I'm not offering no guarantee of any kind should you take on such a project, it would be completely at your own risk. With that in mind, I'm offering to make myself available to answer any questions and try to help out in anyway that I can. Good luck!

'Pulled the Trigger' - https://view.publitas.com/wildlifeohio/pulled-the-trigger/

04-07-2018, 11:50 AM
I book marked that for later. Thanks

04-07-2018, 12:58 PM
I book marked that for later. Thanks

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04-07-2018, 02:08 PM
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Is that the boyds classic?

04-07-2018, 02:28 PM
Yes it is . I am not really a thumbhole guy or anything real radical. Going to do my Stevens 200 next . It really takes the cheap feeling out of the gun

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04-07-2018, 03:49 PM
Yes it is . I am not really a thumbhole guy or anything real radical. Going to do my Stevens 200 next . It really takes the cheap feeling out of the gun

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