There I was in Walmart Sunday afternoon, minding my own business. Dutifully picking up motor oil, socks, and a pair of Wranglers for my son...all of a sudden, the floor starts to tilting and I find myself sliding, unable to regain control of my path. Heels dug in to no avail...sporting goods coming at me like a train. Unable to stop the slide, I slammed into that gun case head first...the case burst open and a Savage flipped out of there and into my lap. Axis...? What the heck is an Axis? Sorta ugly looking, but Savage makes accurate rifles...and the price was falling. Well, the guy at the counter said that I could either leave the store now or buy that Axis. It was chambered in .223. Can always use one of those...why not. Dug a set of rings and a BSA scope out of the cabinet and stuck them on there. Heavy trigger pull, but very crisp break. 14" pull...???? Who's idea was that, you Savage beast? May have to consider a replacement butt pad in place of that .338 Win Mag size recoil pad on there. Took off to the pasture yesterday evening. Laid that thing across the hood of the truck and dialed the scope onto the bull. BSA scope seems to get a bit squirrelly when it gets down to the fine tuning stage. Anyway, was getting dark quick, so I cranked out 4 more rounds. Very odd group. Two holes all but touching in the bull and two holes in exactly the same attitude and all but touching 3/4" to the left and high. 4 Shot group was 1.1" overall at 100 yards. I hope that a good part of that was me and the truck hood bench, but still acceptable. Also hope that BSA scope is not getting flakey from the recoil of a .223. :eek5: Maybe with a bit of break in on the barrel and a good bench rest, she will shoot like a Savage. Back at the house, I took a few pounds off that trigger and gave her a good cleaning. Cannot wait to get back out there and give it another go. Not a bad rifle. Actually, a real good rifle for the price. Anyone have similar observations? Didn't mean to insult the looks of the Savage Axis. The rifle is fine, especially that matt black finish (vice the gloss bluing). Just need to get used to that Luke Skywalker looking stock. Wish Savage had just stuck with a traditional classic stock design like the one on the Stevens.