Back in the day, I was highly considering one of these buggers. They are pretty cool. I have shot and used a Howa action before. With some trigger work, they are very smooth, accurate rifles. I have not used the Axiom stock, but have heard they work well. I guess its one of those things you have to get used too. The main reason I stick with Savage is the ability to work on them myself. If I could tune a Howa as easily as a Savage, I would go that route. But as to your question, go for it. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the quality of rifle.
As for the scope, give it a try. If you don't like it, use it as a target for the next scope you replace it with!
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