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Savage Hunting rifles

Hunting rifles differ from target rifles in purpose, and this drives the differences in design.

Target rifles are designed for competitions, which most of the time requires firing many shots over a limited time span. In the process the rifle heats and, because of heat expansion, its geometry changes, causing deflection in the paths of subsequent bullets. To minimize heat expansion, most target rifles feature massive barrels which warm up much slower and radiate heat much better. They also tend to come with heavy stocks that help reduce the recoil while the bullet is still in the barrel, and as a result, reduce random deflection of the bullet due to rifle movement.

As a result they weigh quite a bit. Savage 12 F/TR, for example, clocks at 13 pounds. This is fine because while target rifles are fired a lot, they are carried very little.

Hunting rifles, on the contrary, are shot little, but carried a lot. Hunters rarely have a chance for a follow-up shot, and they never do a group of 10 shots on the game animal. In this scenario, heat dissipation is unimportant - the first couple of shots will be on target, and that's all that matters. The weight, however, is very important, as no one wants to lug around several kilograms of steel on one's back for miles and miles and miles on the hunting trail.

Because of this, the barrels are usually much thinner, the stocks much lighter, to save on the weight. Savage 11 Trophy Hunter XP, for example, only weights a bit over 7 pounds, and that's with the scope. The barrel profile does affect the group size: you should expect 1.5"-2" 5-shot group size from a hunting rifle at 100 yards. You will notice, however, that the first shot will still be dead on target, and for a hunting rifle, that's all that matter. This is because it is primary the heat expansion that affects accuracy, not the barrel's rigidity or "barrel harmonics".

Savage makes many wonderful hunting rifles. The ones that we carry in stock, we select for the following reasons.

First, in the state of WA, the minimum legal caliber for hunting medium to large game is .243. We stock rifles in .308 Winchester because it is a very popular caliber, and a wide range supply of ammunition is available in all price ranges. Also, it is a low pressure round, and so is easy on the rifle. If you decide to shoot the rifle for pleasure in addition to hunting, you can do it more with less wear on the bore.

Second, price, and price/performance. For many, Savage AXIS is a perfect beginner rifle. It is very inexpensive, light, and highly functional: given a deer, it will get the job done just as well as rifles several times as expensive. AXIS XP is a package deal that includes very decent Bushnell 3-9x scope, professionally mounted and boresighted, for only $30 extra. The equivalent scope and the rings, if you were to buy and install them yourself, would cost you around $100.

Savage 11 Trophy Hunter XP is a similarly great deal. A step up from AXIS, it is based on the same heavy receiver as Savage target receiver and comes with Accutrigger, so converting it to a proper target rifle by replacing the stock and the barrel is within reach for a home enthusiast. More importantly, it comes with Nikon BDC scope, which has Internet "street" price of around $200, so the cost of the rifle portion of the package comes to surprisingly low number.

Of course, in addition to the stock we maintain, many more can be ordered from our distributors for delivery within about a week, for a price that is usually much better than one you can find elsewhere. Please email sales@preciseshooter.com if you are looking for a rifle not listed below.

Savage AXIS Series

AXIS is a budget rifle that is specifically designed for hunting. It is lightweight yet accurate and integrates easy to install detachable box magazine. It is available in a number of calibers, and is available in blued and stainless metal, as well as with an installed and sighted in scope option.

While AXIS rifles feature a lighter receiver and lack AccuTrigger and AccuStock available on their more expensive sisters, the barrels are the same that are used on regular Savage hunting rifles.

Deal alert!

AXIS XP rifles are an especially good buy! They come with high quality Bushnell scopes professionally mounted and boresighted. These scopes sell for $75 online (for example, here). Accounting for the rings, scope bases, and professional installation, the rifle part of the package becomes less than $250.

Available calibers

  • 22-250 REM
  • 223 REM
  • 243 WIN
  • 25-06 REM
  • 270 WIN
  • 30-06 SPFLD
  • 308 WIN

Note: In the state of Washington the minimum legal caliber to hunt deer is 243.

Full details are available on Savage web site

Savage AXIS Heavy Barrel

This is an interesting cross between a target and a hunting rifle. Savage barrels are famously excellent, and even regular AXIS barrels are usually capable of producing sub-MOA 4-shot groups. The problem with the light, thin barrel of a regular AXIS is that it heats quickly, and so producing tight 5 shot groups is typically very, very hard. The barrel bends due to thermal expansion and the target starts to wander.

This is pretty typical for the hunting rifles, which need to be light and only need to place the first 1 or 2 shots on target.

Well, it is quite possible that the heavy barrel AXIS experiment, new from Savage, will bridge the target and the hunting world by producting a rifle which is light enough to be used for hunting, yet accurate enough for some range practice. The triggers on them are actually pretty decent as well - relatively light, and really crisp.

The barrel adds 1.5lb to the weight, which is still very much within the comfortable range for lugging the rifle around.

Please read our field report here.

At the moment, we them on hand in 308. Coupled with Savage's $50 rebate, they are really a fantastic deal!

Price: $334.95 (in stock))

If you are not in Seattle area, we CAN ship this product.

You can also email us at sales@preciseshooter.com or call 206 489-4907 if you have any questions.

Savage AXIS II

AXIS II is the 2014 variation on the base of Savage AXIS, bridging the gap between the budget AXIS series and classic Savage hunting rifles.

AXIS II adds famous Savage AccuTrigger and comes with Weaver Kaspa 3-9x40 scope, mounted and boresighted.

Available AXIS and AXIS II rifles

DescriptionSKUUPCAvailablePrice
SAV AXIS II 300BLK 16.125" 4RD BLK188190113561881999 (special order)$424.95
AXIS HB222120113562221214 (in stock)$334.95
Axis II XP 223REM 22" HDWD225490113562254989 (special order)$544.95
SAV AXIS II XP HRDWD 22-250 22" 4RD225500113562255043 (special order)$539.95
SAV AXIS II XP HRDWD 243 22" 4RD2255101135622551114 (special order)$539.95
SAV AXIS II XP HRDWOOD 7MM-08 22" 4R225520113562255287 (special order)$539.95
SAV AXIS II XP HRDWD 308WIN 22" 4RD2255301135622553513 (special order)$539.95
SAV AXIS II XP HRDWD 25-06 22" 4RD2255401135622554210 (special order)$589.95
SAV AXIS II XP HRDWD 270WIN 22" 4RD225550113562255598 (special order)$539.95
SAV AXIS II XP HRDWD 30-06 4RD 22"2255601135622556611 (special order)$544.95
Axis II XP 6.5CR 22" Hdwd w/Bushnell 3-9x40226780113562267853 (in stock)$564.95
SAV AXIS II 6.5CRD 20" VEIL2326401135623264921 (special order)$484.95
SAV AXIS II CMPCT 6.5CRD 20" VEIL23267011356232670177 (special order)$484.95
SAV AXIS II CMPCT 6.5CRD 20" VL BLEM232672 (special order)$439.95
SAV AXIS II CMPCT 300BLK 20" VEIL2326801135623268780 (special order)$484.95
SAV AXIS II CMPCT 308WIN 20" VEIL2326901135623269454 (special order)$484.95
SAV AXIS II XP COMBO 223REM 22" BBL570900113565709014 (special order)$469.95
SAV AXIS II XP COMBO 22-250 22" BBL5709101135657091827 (special order)$419.95
SAV AXIS II XP COMBO 243WIN 22" BBL5709201135657092539 (special order)$424.95
SAV AXIS II XP CMB 6.5CREED 22" BBL5709301135657093299 (special order)$374.95
SAV AXIS II XP CMB 6.5CREED 22" BLEM570931 (special order)$459.95
SAV AXIS II XP CMB 7MM-08REM 22" BBL5709401135657094926 (special order)$419.95
Axis II XP Combo 308 Win 22" 570950113565709568 (special order)$424.95
SAV AXIS II XP COMBO 25-06RM 22" BBL5709601135657096319 (special order)$419.95
SAV AXIS II XP COMBO 270WIN 22" BBL5709701135657097017 (special order)$419.95
SAV AXIS II XP COMBO 270WIN 22" BLEM570971 (special order)$459.95
AXIS II XP 30-06 W/BUSHNELL BANNER5709801135657098776 (special order)$409.95
SAV AXIS II XP CMP 243WIN 20" BLK5709901135657099413 (special order)$419.95
SAV AXIS II XP CMP 243WIN 20" MDYGRL5710001135657100765 (special order)$469.95
SAV AXIS II XP SS 223REM 22 BLK 3-9X40 4RD DBM571010113565710147 (special order)$509.95
SAVAGE AXIS II XP S/S .22-250571020113565710214 (special order)$509.95
SAVAGE AXIS II XP S/S .243 22"571030113565710383 (special order)$509.95
SAV AXIS II XP COMBO 6.5CREED 22" SS5710401135657104533 (special order)$504.95
SAV AXIS II XP SS 7MM-08 22571050113565710522 (special order)$509.95
AXIS II XP 308WIN SS W/ BUSHNELL BANNER571060113565710694 (special order)$509.95
SAVAGE AXIS II XP S/S .25-06571070113565710763 (special order)$529.95
SAVAGE AXIS II XP S/S .270 22"5710801135657108351 (special order)$519.95
SAVAGE AXIS II XP S/S .30-06571090113565710904 (special order)$509.95
AXIS II XP FDE 308WIN 4RD W/BUSHNELL SCOPE571740113565717482 (special order)$424.95
SAV AXIS II XP 6.5CM 22" 4RD FDE571750113565717557 (special order)$424.95
SAV AXIS II XP 30-06 22" 4RD FDE5717601135657176237 (special order)$419.95
SAV AXIS II XP 243WIN 22" 4RD FDE571770113565717794 (special order)$419.95
SAV AXIS II XP 270WIN 22" 4RD FDE571780113565717868 (special order)$424.95
SAV AXIS 223REM 22" MBL DBM SYN5723301135657233214 (special order)$334.95
SAV AXIS 22-250 22" MBL DBM SYN5723401135657234914 (special order)$334.95
SAV AXIS 22-250 22" MBL DBM SYN BLEM572341 (special order)$359.95
SAV AXIS 243WIN 22" MBL DBM SYN5723501135657235615 (special order)$339.95
SAV AXIS 6.5CREED 22" 4RD BLK/SYN5723601135657236324 (special order)$329.95
SAVAGE AXIS 7MM-08 22" MATTE5723701135657237016 (special order)$339.95
SAV AXIS 308WIN 22" MBL DBM SYN572380113565723879 (special order)$339.95
SAVAGE AXIS .25-06 22" MATTE5723901135657239418 (special order)$334.95
SAV AXIS 270WIN 22" MBL DBM SYN BLEM572401 (special order)$359.95
SAV AXIS 270WIN 22" MBL DBM SYN5724001135657240012 (special order)$339.95
SAV AXIS 30-06 22" MBL DBM SYN5724101135657241753 (special order)$329.95
SAV AXIS COMPACT 243WIN 20" BBL LH572420113565724244 (special order)$334.95
SAVAGE AXIS YOUTH LH 7MM-08572430113565724318 (special order)$334.95
SAVAGE AXIS YOUTH .223 20"572440113565724488 (special order)$334.95
SAV AXIS 243WIN 20" MBL DBM SYN CMPT5724501135657245572 (special order)$314.95
SAV AXIS COMPACT 7MM-08 20"5724601135657246210 (special order)$269.95
Axis LH .223REM 22"572470113565724794 (special order)$334.95
SAVAGE AXIS LH .22-250 22"572480113565724862 (special order)$339.95
SAVAGE AXIS LH .243 22" MATTE572490113565724931 (special order)$334.95
SAV AXIS 6.5CM 22" 4RD BLK LH BLEM572501 (special order)$359.95
SAV AXIS 6.5CM 22" 4RD BLK LH572500113565725092 (special order)$334.95
SAVAGE AXIS LH 7MM-08 22"572510113565725162 (special order)$334.95
SAVAGE AXIS LH .308 22" MATTE572520113565725232 (special order)$334.95
SAVAGE AXIS LH .25-06 22"572530113565725302 (special order)$334.95
SAVAGE AXIS LH .270 22" MATTE572540113565725474 (special order)$334.95
SAVAGE AXIS LH .30-06 22"572550113565725542 (special order)$339.95
AXIS XP 223Rem 22" w/ Scope572560113565725619 (special order)$364.95
SAV AXIS XP 22-250 22" MBL DBM SYN5725701135657257820 (special order)$364.95
SAV AXIS XP 243WIN 22" MBL DBM SYN5725801135657258514 (special order)$364.95
AXIS XP 6.5CR 22" w/ Scope5725901135657259222 (special order)$364.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP 7MM-08 22"572600113565726089 (special order)$359.95
SAV AXIS XP 308WIN 22" MBL DBM SYN572610113565726153 (special order)$404.95
SAV AXIS XP 2506RM 22" MBL DBM SYN572620113565726222 (special order)$359.95
SAV AXIS XP 2506RM 22" MBL DBM BLEM572621 (special order)$379.95
SAV AXIS XP 270WIN 22" MBL DBM SYN5726301135657263932 (special order)$364.95
Axis XP 30-06 22" 4RD5726401135657264622 (special order)$364.95
SAV AXIS XP COMPACT 223 20" 4RD BLK5726501135657265321 (special order)$359.95
SAV AXIS XP 243WIN 20" BL DBM SY CMP5726601135657266013 (special order)$384.95
SAV AXIS XP CMPCT 7MM-08 20" 4RD BLK5726701135657267790 (special order)$329.95
SAV AXIS XP COMPACT 20 223REM MOBUC 3-9X405726801135657268419 (special order)$409.95
SAV AXIS XP CMPCT 243 20" 4RD MOBUC572690113565726917 (special order)$414.95
SAV AXIS XP COMPACT 20 7MM-08 MOBUC 3-9X405727001135657270712 (special order)$409.95
SAV AXIS XP 223REM 20" CAMO COMPACT572710113565727143 (special order)$409.95
SAV AXIS XP 243WIN 20" MBL CAMO CMPT572720113565727213 (special order)$414.95
SAV AXIS XP CMP 7MM-08 20" 4RD MDGRL572730113565727383 (special order)$414.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP .223 22"5727401135657274515 (special order)$409.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP .22-250 22"572750113565727526 (special order)$409.95
SAV AXIS XP CAMO 243 22" 4RD MOBUC5727601135657276913 (special order)$414.95
SAV AXIS XP CAMO 6.5CM 22" 4RD MOBUC572770113565727761 (special order)$414.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP 7MM-08 22"572780113565727834 (special order)$409.95
SAV AXIS XP CAMO 308WIN 22" 4RD MOBU5727901135657279015 (special order)$414.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP .25-06 22"572800113565728066 (special order)$414.95
SAV AXIS XP CAMO 270WIN 22 4RD MOBUC572810113565728137 (special order)$414.95
SAV AXIS XP CAMO 30-06 22" 4RD MOBUC572820113565728208 (special order)$414.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP S/S .25-06 22"572830113565728377 (special order)$439.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP S/S .270 22"572840113565728443 (special order)$504.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP S/S .30-06 22"572850113565728513 (special order)$454.95
SAV AXIS XP 223REM 22" BLK/STS BLEM572861 (special order)$499.95
SAV AXIS XP 223REM 22" BLK/STS572860113565728684 (special order)$459.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP S/S .22-250 22"572870113565728753 (special order)$464.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP S/S .243 22"572880113565728825 (special order)$454.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP S/S 6.5 CM 22"5728901135657289987 (special order)$409.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP S/S 7MM-08 22"5729001135657290514 (special order)$399.95
SAV AXIS XP 308WIN 22" BLK/STS5729101135657291210 (special order)$464.95
SAVAGE AXIS II .223 22"5736501135657365047 (special order)$409.95
SAVAGE AXIS II .22-250 22"573660113565736674 (special order)$379.95
SAVAGE AXIS II .243 22"573670113565736749 (special order)$374.95
AXIS II 6.5CR 22"5736801135657368182 (special order)$349.95
SAVAGE AXIS II 7MM-08 22"5736901135657369830 (special order)$349.95
SAV AXIS II 308WIN 22" 4RD BLK573700113565737048 (special order)$379.95
SAVAGE AXIS II .25-06 22"5737101135657371110 (special order)$379.95
SAV AXIS II 270WIN 22" 4RD BLK5737201135657372899 (special order)$349.95
SAV AXIS II 30-06 22" 4RD BLK5737301135657373583 (special order)$349.95
SAV AXIS II 280AI 22 BLK SYN 4RD DBM573740113565737424 (special order)$379.95
SAV AXIS II COMPACT 223REM 20 BLK 4RD DBM573840113565738416 (special order)$374.95
SAVAGE AXIS II YOUTH .243 20"5738501135657385848 (special order)$374.95
Axis II Compact 6.5CR 20"573860113565738654 (special order)$314.95
SAV AXIS II COMPACT 7MM-08 20 BLK 4RD DBM573870113565738723 (special order)$374.95
SAVAGE AXIS YOUTH 6.5CM 20"574730113565747328 (special order)$369.95
SAV AXIS XP CMPCT 6.5CM 20" 4RD BLK5747401135657474940 (special order)$359.95
SAV AXIS XP COMPACT 20 6.5CREED MOBUC 3-9X40574750113565747563 (special order)$409.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP YOUTH 6.5CM574760113565747633 (special order)$364.95
SAV AXIS II XP COMPACT 6.5CM 20" 4RD5747701135657477063 (special order)$364.95
SAV AXIS II XP CAMO COMPACT 6.5CREED 20574780113565747874 (special order)$459.95
SAVAGE AXIS II .223 22" LH575140113565751428 (special order)$374.95
SAVAGE AXIS II .22-250 22" LH5751501135657515919 (special order)$294.95
SAVAGE AXIS II .243 22" LH575160113565751661 (special order)$374.95
SAVAGE AXIS II 6.5CM LH575170113565751733 (special order)$424.95
SAVAGE AXIS II 7MM-08 22" LH575180113565751803 (special order)$374.95
SAVAGE AXIS II .308 22" LH575190113565751972 (special order)$374.95
SAVAGE AXIS II .25-06 22" LH575200113565752033 (special order)$374.95
SAVAGE AXIS II .270 22" LH575210113565752104 (special order)$374.95
Axis II .30-06 22" LH BLK/SYN575220113565752272 (special order)$374.95
SAV AXIS II XP 350LEG 18" 4RD BLK5753901135657539535 (special order)$469.95
SAV AXIS II 350LEG 18" 4RD BLK5754001135657540151 (special order)$394.95
SAVAGE AXIS II XP S/S 3505754101135657541813 (special order)$509.95
SAV AXIS XP 350LEG 18" 4RD BLK5754301135657543218 (special order)$364.95
SAV AXIS 350LEG 18" 4RD BLK5754401135657544946 (special order)$334.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP S/S 350 LEGEND5754501135657545670 (special order)$419.95
SAV AXIS XP CAMO 350LEG 18" 4RD BLEM575461 (special order)$449.95
SAV AXIS XP CAMO 350LEG 18" 4RD MOBU5754601135657546324 (special order)$414.95
SAV AXIS LH 350LEG 18" 4RD BLK5754701135657547016 (special order)$369.95
SAV AXIS II CMPCT 350LEG 18" 4RD BLK5754801135657548717 (special order)$419.95
SAV AXIS II PRECISION 223 REM 22"575490113565754942 (special order)$894.95
SAVAGE AXIS II PRECISION .243575500113565755001 (special order)$904.95
Axis II Precision575510113565755176 (special order)$894.95
Axis II Prcision 6.5CM 22" 8rd575520113565755243 (special order)$894.95
SAVAGE AXIS II PRECISION575530113565755312 (special order)$944.95
SAVAGE AXIS II PRECISION .270575540113565755483 (special order)$914.95
SAV AXIS II 6MM ARC 22" 4RD BLK577690113565776965 (special order)$374.95
SAV AXIS 400LEG 20" 3RD BLK5812101135658121142 (special order)$334.95
SAV AXIS LH 400LEG 20" 3RD BLK5812201135658122831 (special order)$334.95
SAV AXIS XP 400LEG 20" 3RD BLK5812301135658123574 (special order)$359.95
SAV AXIS XP CAMO 400LEG 20" 3RD MOBU5812401135658124250 (special order)$409.95
SAVAGE AXIS XP S/S 400 LEGEND5812501135658125972 (special order)$454.95
SAV AXIS II 400LEG 18" 3RD BLK5812601135658126699 (special order)$374.95
SAV AXIS II XP 400LEG 20" 3RD BLK5812701135658127394 (special order)$419.95
SAV AXIS II CMPCT 400LEG 20" 3RD BLK5812801135658128050 (special order)$419.95
SAVAGE AXIS II XP S/S 4005812901135658129765 (special order)$509.95

If you are in Seattle area, please come to our store to purchase this product.

If you are not in Seattle area, we CAN ship this product.

You can also email us at sales@preciseshooter.com or call 206 489-4907 if you have any questions.

Savage 11 Trophy Hunter XP

11 Series rifles are a step up from AXIS. They feature the same receivers and the same Accutrigger mechanism as the much more expensive 10fp target rifles, but have lighter stocks and light profile barrels that are optimized for weight.

We recommend 11 Trophy Hunter XP because we believe they have the best price/performance ratio for a hunter rifle. They come with Nikon 3-9 scopes professionally installed and boresighted. These scopes alone sell $200 (http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-riflescope-buckmasters-3-9x40.html). This leaves the value of the rifle, the rings, and professional installation to be only $280 - an incredible deal for a rifle with an Accutrigger!

DescriptionSKUUPCAvailablePrice
110 LRH 300PRC 26"574950113565749545 (special order)$1,064.95

If you are in Seattle area, please come to our store to purchase this product.

If you are not in Seattle area, we CAN ship this product.

You can also email us at sales@preciseshooter.com or call 206 489-4907 if you have any questions.

Savage Stevens 200

Stevens 200 is an inexpensive Savage rifle which is built around the same exact receiver as Savage 10 series, but with a thinner barrel, cheaper stock, and no AccuTrigger. If you plan to substantially rebuild your gun, it's a fantastic starting point, because you are not paying for anything you will not be using.

And, of course, as any Savage, it would work superbly as a hunting rifle.

Savage has been working hard trying to discontinue its best value rife recently :-(, so these have become hard to find. We have one in 30-06 that we bought from a distributor who acquired the assets of a going out of busines gun store. We consider it "new old stock" - apparently unfired, but details of packaging may be missing (though it comes in the original box).

This item is currently unavailable and cannot be special-ordered. Please check back later!