Savage Arms Expands Axis II XP Line: Hardwood and Stainless


Savage Arms has been very successful with its Axis line of bolt action rifles. These series of guns is a value priced line that has appealed to hunters and others looking for an inexpensive way to shoot. Since its introduction, the company has added calibers, left handed models, youth models and scoped packages. The company also offers an upgraded version of the rifle, the Axis II XP.

The Axis II XP is a scoped rifle package that incorporates the company’s popular AccuTrigger into the rifle. Standard Axis models do not have the AccuTrigger. These guns have black synthetic stocks and have a bore sighted Weaver Kaspa 3-9×40 scope factory mounted.

New for this year, the company is expanding the Axis II XP line to include rifles with hardwood stocks and stainless barrels.


The hardwood models give the rifle a more traditional look and keep the standard blued barrels. The new stainless steel barreled models keep the black synthetic stock. There are no options to have a hardwood stock with a stainless barrel.

Moving from the base model to the hardwood model results in a weight increase of about 0.5 pounds. Additionally, it adds $26 to the price tag (suggested retail prices anyway). The stainless steel barrel adds no weight to the gun, but does jump the price up $95 to $580.

The new guns are available in the same calibers as the existing Axis II XP line:

  • .22-250
  • .223 Rem
  • .243 Win
  • .25-06
  • .270 Win
  • .30-06
  • .308 Win
  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • 7mm-08

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  • phauxtoe

    Is it just me who wants stainless and wood or a wood composite stock?

    • I M Simpleton

      Who wants an Axis for $600? I luv mine, $280 for a 308 at wally world, I couldn’t turn it down. $200 Leupold Rifleman scope and it’s a great truck gun.

      But for $600 I’d get another Remington 700. Just saying.

      • Hank

        Just did a quick search, and the street price of a stainless 243 was $434. That’s a bargain.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I can agree with that. You only get a stainless barrel in a value priced rifle for weather resiatance and if that’s your priority you don’t want wood.

    • Anonymoose

      I kind of like the stainless and wood look, but if I got one I would probably Cerakote the barrel and action to look more traditional. Properly treated wood is pretty weather resistant, and you can always refinish it.

  • Marcus D.

    Does anyone know how the barrels of the Axis line compare to those of the standard Savage line? Is there any difference, or are you “getting what you pay for”?

    • Baggy270

      I have one in .223 .243 and .30-06. All sub MOA guns. My brother’s .22-250 shoots 1/2 inch groups with factory ammo. If you buy one with the non adjustable trigger, clip 1 1/2 to 2 coils off big end of the trigger spring which improves things greatly. Also check torque of all screws especially scope mounts and stock screws. Sure you can pay more for a better looking gun but why? That wood stock looks like crap and probably isn’t walnut. It has no figure and no checkering either making it slick to hold onto. I also have a model 10TR with 24 inch barrel .308 and model 111 Long Range Hunter .338 in an MDT chassis. Also sub MOA guns. I likes my Savages.

      • Bonzaipilot

        Amen to that brother. The Savage Axis’s I’ve got, one in .308 and another and 30-06 both shoot under under 2 inch groups at 300 yards both have Bushnell elite 3500 4x12x50 glass when I’m on with CMP or factory match ammo. I average about 2 1/2 to 3 inches in general bench with factory ammo. You can ask for anything better than that!!! I like my Savages too.

  • Jeff Brown

    Anything has to be better than the synthetic flexistock.