Savage Axis...keep it or sell it?

I bought a Savage Axis in 6.5 CM. It was too good of a deal, $130 out the door. It is accurate as can be. But I want a better stock and the ability for muzzle devices. The barrel on the Axis is too small to get threaded. And if I want a better stock or chassis, I’m looking at $300+. I think I could sell the Axis for more than the $130 I paid. Question is, do I sell it or keep it? Is it worth putting money into? Or should I sell it and get something like a Ruger American Predator? It would be a bench gun, and I’m just starting to get into long range shooting (300 yards so far).

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@Savage636 I have the exact same thing. I really like mine. I use it for hunting and long range target and couldn’t be happier. I had to replace the stock because the front sling stud ripped out while shooting with a bipod. I replaced it with a boyds at one stock and it completely changed the weapon for the better. More comfortable to hold and shoot. Yes it was about 350 for the set up but definitely worth every penny

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@Savage636 I put a Boyd’s At-One stock on my Axis. It ran just a little over $200 and was well worth it. As far as a brake, have you looked into the clamp-on type?

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@DocA I have. Looking at reviews and reading other forums, opinions are all over the board when it comes to clamp-on brakes

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Buy a Boyd’s stock, in a couple of figurations and you will see great improvement in feel and fit of your Savage. Wit Machine clamp on muzzle brakes will also aid in control and recoil felt.

one of my Axis and I did put on a aftermarket barrel to add to the improvements. Well worth the extra cost, along with a trigger kit.

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For you guys with the Boyd’s stocks, did you bed the action, or just bolt and go?

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@Savage636 . I bought the bedding and a stainless trigger guard. They also offer an aluminum mag catch clip. But didn’t notice that until after I had already purchased. I am going to order that soon since I didn’t get it for my birthday. Lol. Pillar bedding is the way to go.

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@Rod Did you glass bed it also, or just pillar bedding?

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@Savage636 just pillar bedding

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@Savage636 I am interested in the glass bedding though. Just like you I am just starting to get into the long range thing and still learning about how to set it up. At the time of purchase I didn’t know of glass bedding. Just the stock and pillar bedding made a world of difference in how it feels and shoots. I live in indiana if you are close I would be more than happy to let you try mine to see the difference

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@Rod what part of the state are you in? I’m in SE Indiana right on the Ohio.

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@DocA. I live in richmond indiana. About a 1/2 mile from New paris. How about you?

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@DocA . Sorry. New paris ohio I should have said

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@Rod I’m in Vevay, about halfway between Louisville and Cincinnati.

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@DocA that’s just about 2 hours away I think.

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I’m thinking about doing a few cheap mods and keeping the Axis, for now. I’m looking into filling the fore grip of the stock with epoxy to stiffen it up and add some weight. Then I think I’m going to slap a clamp brake on it (leaning towards Witt Machine). And if I’m not happy with the epoxy stock mod, maybe I’ll get a Boyd’s stock or an Oryx chassis

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I bought the bedding kit and trigger spring kit from here and put them in my Axis 308. I went to the range and had my 3rd 3 shot group touching the bullseye at 100 yds and 2 were almost through the same hole. That cost me about $40.

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I installed the trigger kit, haven’t shot it yet since. Now I’m working on the epoxy job. First, I took a soldering iron and burnt some dimples in it, and drilled a small hole in the dividers. I did this so the epoxy doesn’t come out like ice cubes lol. This morning I poured the epoxy. Now to wait 72 hours to cure

Here’s the dimples


Here’s the epoxy

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I also filled the butt stock with epoxy. Now the rifle dressed with scope and bipod weighs in at 11 pounds. I’m glad this is a bench gun, I’d hate to carry that on a hunt lol

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Have you fired it yet?

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