My old man is going to get himself a cheap, first varmint rifle that he can use on Coyotes, Foxes, crows, ground hogs and he is undecided on what to get. He wont be taking shots much further then 300 on game but will if he has too. For targets he will probably stay within 500 yards. I wanted to try the 204. Ruger so asked him to get that, and he was sold on it until he realized he was going to get the savage axis cause you can never go wrong with a savage gun and the 204. ruger isn't offered in it so naturally i suggested the 22-250 to take its place. i was wondering what you guys thought on the savage axis as well as the 22-250 vs 204. ruger vs 223 remington?