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:
- .223 Rem
- .243 Win
- .270 Win
- .308 Win
- 6.5 Creedmoor