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    How widespread is the Axis light primer strike issue?

    First Iíve heard of this issue was checking in to this forum recently. Iíve got 4 of these rifles now and really like them. Theyíre hunting guns, so only 100 rounds or so through each rifle. No misfires so far. Super accurate and lightweight. The 2 older ones Iíve hunted with since 2012.

    Minnesota had their first statewide youth hunt this year and half the photos I saw with a rifle in, it was an Axis youth model. Same thing Iíve noticed nationwide. The issue canít be that widespread I wouldnít think, or they wouldnít still be selling like mad.
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    I just know that mine has not had the problem. Two years old now and over 2000rnds through it.

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    I'm having that problem with my Axis. I may have narrowed down the problem to an area in the bolt body rubbing on the FP. Polished the area and so far, that seems to have solved the issues popping primers in empty cases. Still have to try actual rounds at the range to confirm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaCop View Post
    I'm having that problem with my Axis. I may have narrowed down the problem to an area in the bolt body rubbing on the FP. Polished the area and so far, that seems to have solved the issues popping primers in empty cases. Still have to try actual rounds at the range to confirm.
    GC,

    What did you use to polish it?

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    I have put over 200 rounds through mine in the month I have had it with zero issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prdatr View Post
    GC,

    What did you use to polish it?
    Polishing compound and felt buffing wheel.
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    Never had a single issue with either of mine.
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    I have 2 of these rifles, one an Axis II in 223. Rem.. The other a 308 Axis XP. The 308 shot fine unless using Military ammo but that all changed this summer... This precipitated me to disassemble the bolt. No dirt grime but the spacer and springs both of them had become tangled up so I untangled them put them back in same light strikes..

    So I disassembled the bolt and built (machined) a much better brass washer to put between the two springs I also built a spacer to go into the rear threaded bolt cap (.125" ) to increase the spring tension in the FP... Now military ammo or anything else fires fine... Btw when this problem developed the rifle had around 1200 rounds through it... I don't like the washer between the 2 springs at all with the loose fit of the spring inside off the bolt and the fit of the spring on the FP I can't believe that this doesn't happen more frequently..

    The Axis II in 223 has never had any problems.. YMMV..

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