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    by Published on 12-09-2016 07:48 PM
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    The NightForce brand of optics has been a well-regarded premium brand for quite some time now with their Competition and NSX lines. In recent years they have added new lines that were designed to be use specific such as the ATAR (tactical) and Benchrest lines.

    In 2015 NightForce added another new line specifically aimed towards long-range hunters called the SHV (shooting, hunting, varmint). Their goal for this line of rifle scopes was to provide a more cost-friendly
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    Did you know that Savage Arms was the first firearms manufacturer to make a dedicated left-hand pump-action shotgun?

    Prior to 1960, if you were a left-handed shooter and wanted a repeating shotgun that didn't spit shells out in your face you had very few options. Aside from break-actions, the only real option available was the Ithaca Model 37. ...
    Published on 11-30-2016 02:37 AM
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    Stevens by Savage Arms is pleased to announce its extension of 555 over-under shotgun product line by adding four upgraded and laser engraved models priced less than $865. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

    Stevens has dovetailed performance and value in its new 555 over-under shotgun. Its light aluminum receiver is scaled to gauge and incorporates a steel insert that reinforces the breech, minimizing weight and maximizing strength. The fast-handling 555 Enhanced features upgrades that include Imperial walnut stock and forearm, auto shell ejector and laser-engraved Filigree ornament receiver. ...
    Published on 11-30-2016 02:35 AM
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    Stevens by Savage Arms is pleased to announce its extension of 555 over-under shotgun product line by adding three compact models priced less than $695. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

    Stevens has made its 555 over-under line even more versatile with the new 555 Compact. The stylish shotgun has a mid-length forearm and a compact, 13.25-inch length-of-pull, making it perfect for smaller-framed shooters. Like the original 555, it features a light aluminum receiver that’s scaled to gauge. A steel insert reinforces the breech, minimizing weight and maximizing strength. ...
    Published on 11-29-2016 02:40 AM
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    Savage Arms is pleased to announce a lineup of 15 new scoped-rifle packages featuring Bushnell Trophy Scopes with DOA reticle, priced less than $685. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

    The combo features a factory-mounted and bore-sighted Bushnell Trophy scope on a model 11 rifle. Trophy riflescopes have been heralded by hunters as the ideal scope for deer in heavily wooded areas. The specialized, drop-compensating Bushnell DOA reticle can be utilized with different ballistics. ...
    by Published on 11-04-2016 10:10 AM
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    About a year ago I found myself in need of a new powder scale. At that time I decided to try one of the electronic dispenser/scale combo’s, but I found that it was just too cumbersome and slow for my tastes and I made the decision to sell it and go back to a simple and convenient beam-type scale.
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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: 1716 
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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

    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: 2550 
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    Why aren't there any magnum Axis rifles? 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 07-06-2016 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. ...
    by 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 ...
    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. ...
    Published on 04-24-2016 12:27 AM
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    The 22 Savage Hi-Power was the product of the inventive genius of Charles Newton and first appeared about 1912 in the Savage Model 99 lever-action rifle. The cartridge was first called the “Imp,” and in Europe it is known as the 5.6x52R. The Hi-Power was created by necking down ...
    Published on 04-23-2016 04:01 PM
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    Savage has had an interesting history, as their development occurred about the time of the introduction of smokeless powder which revolutionized rifle cartridges. The history of the company indicates that the original Model 99 Lever Action High Power Rifle, invented by Arthur Savage, continues to be the dominant product in the arms production of the Utica plant.

    The company was quick to take
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