I plan on buying a new 243 bolt rifle in the next 2-3 weeks. I currently own a Marlin X7 in 270 and it consistently prints around 3/4 MOA with cheap and good ammo (Federal blue box and Nosler Trophy Grade Accubond). When I started looking for a new 243, I naturally went looking at the Marlins. But, my wife picked up a Savage Axis and said she liked it more. This rifle is going to play double duty as my secondary rifle and her primary rifle, so her input is important. Granted, the only thing she based her likes on is that he Savage is lighter and easeir for her to shoulder off hand. She will never be taking an off hand shot, so I still want to look at the Marlin. Here is my list of pros and cons: Savage Pros: Savage has a reputation for accuracy, detachable magazine, light weight. I can get one for about $30-50 less over the Marlin Cons: the action is UGLY. Forums suggest the stock is weak and flexes a lot. Marlin pros: pretty for a budget rifle, I KNOW they are accurate. Cons: wife thinks it is too heavy, cost is slightly more over the Savage (barely). So, Savage owners, tell me about your Axis. Hows the stock and is the ugly sucker accurate?