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    Converting an Axis to a magnum cartridge isn't hard, but it's not as easy as a normal Savage parts swap. The problem lies with the Axis' single piece firing pin, which is only long enough for a standard, short action bolt head. Savage Arms does not make a magnum bolt head short enough for the pin. Lengthening the pin is out of the question for a garage gun tinkerer like me, but shortening a magnum bolt head shank is a relatively simple bit of metalwork requiring some basic tools and patience.
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    While there are a plethora of upgrades for the bolt handle on a 1X/11X rifle, Axises have far fewer options. It's true that 1X/11X bolt handles will fit on an Axis bolt and seem to work in the short run, but the Axis' unique primary extraction setup leaves them at a mechanical disadvantage. At least one manufacturer makes threaded Axis bolt handles, but, for dedicated gun tinkerers like me, another solution—a cheaper solution—lies within the parts of the rifle itself.
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    by Published on 07-21-2016 09:22 AM  Number of Views: 480 
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    I masterminded this build after lots of conversation on the ride home from Wyoming in June of 2015. In July 2015 I ordered the action in a box for 2016. Finished weight had to stay below 12Lbs as I planned to use this pistol to shoot in the Hunter Class at the 2016 MOA event.

    After I received the new action I thoroughly cleaned it with Break-Free and lubed it well with TW25. I then opened & closed the bolt maybe 2-300 times. Wow this thing turned out exceptionally smooth, I was surprised.
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    by Published on 07-20-2016 09:35 AM  Number of Views: 534 

    The most frequent complaint I have encountered about the Savage Axis is in regard to its trigger, and I would wholeheartedly agree. The Axis II remedied that somewhat with the inclusion of the AccuTrigger, as did the introductions of aftermarket replacement trigger options for the Axis.

    Throwing money at a problem could be an effective solution, and I've tried and can recommend both Rifle Basix and Timney triggers. However, the Axis originally stole my heart as a cheap budget oriented platform so I chose to pursue a more cost-effective solution.
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    by Published on 07-09-2016 06:40 PM  Number of Views: 717 
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    Why aren't there any magnum Axises? I had seen this question a few times on the forum, but it was never paired with a sufficiently satisfying answer. Mainly there was speculation about the Axis' flimsy stock and its integral recoil lug or differences in heat treating. A closer look at the rifle led me to uncover the two design philosophies underlying the Edge and Axis design: build a rifle cheaper than the 110 so the 110 will look more like a prestige model, and use a manufacturing method that out-110s the 110. ...
    by Published on 07-07-2016 04:13 AM  Number of Views: 605 
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    I built a couple new rifles in the last week that I had been collecting parts for over the last year. I pursue long range precision practical/tactical shooting in a fairly 'budget minded' manner because of all my other hobbies. :) I tend to use Savage actions for my bolt action rifles because I can do my own gunsmithing.

    This saves money but mostly TIME.

    I wanted to try a 7mm cartridge, but also I wanted to use a short action so the .284 Winchester seemed like the best choice. With the Savage short-action and aftermarket magazines I am limited to 2.99" COAL for magazine feeding. ...
    by Published on 07-07-2016 03:43 AM  Number of Views: 685 
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    I built a couple new rifles in the last week that I had been collecting parts for over the last year. I pursue long range precision practical/tactical shooting in a fairly 'budget minded' manner because of all my other hobbies. I tend to use Savage actions for my bolt action rifles because I can do my own gunsmithing. ...
    by Published on 07-06-2016 05:23 AM
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    Over the past thirty five years I have had the opportunity to field test and evaluate a great deal of long range precision rifle equipment. Some have been high quality, solidly built and well thought out, and others – not so much. As a current member of the Savage Rifle Team, I have been very lucky to get my hands on some really good kit and outstandingly accurate rifles. However, I don’t think I’ve ever been luckier as a precision long range shooter than getting to field test Ashbury’s SuperSport MOD-1 Alloy Series modular rifle chassis. ...
    Published on 06-06-2016 01:52 PM
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    One of the greatest mysteries for shooters has always been the condition of the bore in their rifles. How clean am I getting my barrels? Does my barrel have a carbon ring developing? How much throat erosion do I have? Is there any pitting in my barrel? All are questions that are impossible to answer without a bore scope, but most don’t want to or can't justify spending the money to purchase a professional quality bore scope given their cost. Lyman saw this gap in the market and decided to do something about it, and the resulting product is the BoreCam Digital Borescope that we are ...
    Published on 04-29-2016 02:14 PM
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    Ask ten hand loaders what they use to prime their cases and you will likely get and equal number of different answers. Some folks like hand priming tools, others like bench priming tools, and then of course there are those who prefer to use the priming tool built into their reloading press. Each will have their justifications and reasoning as to why they prefer that style and method, but sometimes circumstances force you to change your process and adopt new methods. That's the situation I found myself in earlier this year and is the reason behind my recent purchase of the new Lee Auto Bench Prime priming tool.

    First, lets briefly ...

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