This article contains a growing collection of frequently asked questions we see on the forum pertaining to modifications and Axis/M110 parts interchangeability for the Savage Axis rifles.
Q: Will a bolt handle from a Savage 110 work on my Axis?
A: No, the ramp for the primary extraction is built into the Axis bolt handle whereas it's built into the rear baffle on the 110. Mounting a 110 bolt handle on an Axis would result in zero primary extraction and would make opening the bolt on a fired case difficult.
Q: Is the Axis action compatible with any of the 110 stocks?
A: No, the screw spacing, magazine and trigger arrangement are totally unique to the Axis and are not compatible with any of the various 110 action configurations.
Q: Will barrels from a 110 fit my Axis?
A: Yes, so long as they are small shank barrels as all Axis rifles (as of 2013) are and have been small shank.
Q: Does the Axis use the same bolt heads as the 110's?
A: Yes - All Axis rifles use short-action 110 bolt heads.
Q: What is the action screw spacing on the Savage Axis?
A: All Axis models have the same overall action length and have a screw spacing of 4.800". Those chambered for S/A cartridges use a S/A length magazine and trigger guard piece while those chambered for L/A cartridges use a L/A length magazine and trigger guard piece.
Q: Who makes stocks for the Axis?
A: As of March 1, 2013 - nobody. If you want a stock other than factory at this time you will have to make it yourself or modify a stock made for another rifle to fit the Axis.
Q: Has anyone had the plastic retaining latch on the magazine break on them?
A: As of today (3/1/2013) and with the Axis having been in the field for over two years now, I have yet to hear of or see a single post in reference to anyone breaking the plastic retaining latch on the Axis magazine.
Q: Who makes a better trigger for the Axis?
A: Currently Rifle Basix and Timney Triggers both offer an adjustable replacement trigger for the Axis.
Q: Does anyone make an extended or hi-capacity magazine for the Axis?
A: At present, no. The retaining latch being part of the plastic bottom plate on the Axis magazine prevents one from being able to use the extended magazines designed for 110 DBM magazines with the metal bottom plate.
Q: Who makes scope bases for the Axis?
A: At present there are three scope base options - Evolution Gun Works (EGW), DNZ Products GameReaper, and the factory-type 2-piece Weaver bases that come mounted on the Axis from the factory. The EGW mount is a 1-piece picatinny rails and is available in your choice of zero and 20 MOA taper. The DNZ GameReaper is a 1-piece base with integral rings, is available in several heights, and can be had in a matte black or silver finish.