Savage AXIS or marlin XL7

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  1. BiG tRaV aus

    BiG tRaV aus Member

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    what would be your preferences and why?

    I have never had much to do with marlin bolt actions or savages for that matter, used plenty of winchesters, remingtons, a few howas and others in my time. Just wondering how the marlin and the axis stack up as entry level rifles.
     
  2. callingthewild

    callingthewild Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I just bought a Savage Axis in a 25-06, though it has a shorter 22 in barrel, I've read some great reviews of it shooting 1/2 inch groups or slightly less right out of the box @100yrds.

    I've not had a chance to zero mine in, I just got it in yesterday (Order,left hand)
    So I need to mount the scope yet.
    I'm very happy with it so far, the money for this rifle was a great buy, I wasn't sure about the stock, but after getting it, I'm pleased with it as well, solid tough and not flimsy like I had thought.

    I'm mounting a Mueller 4x16x50 Tactical Scope on mine, and will let you know how it shoots in a few weeks, sorry I can't be of more help at the moment.


    CTW gun)
     

  3. WYcoyote

    WYcoyote Well-Known Member

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    I really like my Marlin XL7C in .25-06, but this buck didn't.

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  4. WYcoyote

    WYcoyote Well-Known Member

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    I like the trigger and the stock design better on the Marlin.
    Both are pretty good value rifles, you will find many happy with both.
    Look them over and pick the one you like the best and go with it.
    PS, if it is the Marlin, try to find one with a JM stamp on the barrel near the reciever. (Pre- Remington)
     
  5. ntg

    ntg Well-Known Member

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    I just recently got an X7 in 7mm-08, sans JM stamp. I too think the trigger and stock are much better. I'm still working loads for it, but it looks to be a shooter. Don't get either if you're expecting a fine polished gun. If you want an accurate, inexpensive, reliable option, go with an X7 (I have no hands on w/ an Axis, but did look at them).
     
  6. bullfrog

    bullfrog Well-Known Member

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    Trigger and stock are much better on the Marlin. Plus it looks more like a "normal" rifle to me.
     
  7. Tjurgensen

    Tjurgensen Active Member

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    Between the two I would go with the marlin. The bolt is smoother trigger crisper and lighter. If your not deaf set and have some flexibility in price I would look at the weatherbys, tikkas, and the different models savage makes. What are you going to be using the gun for and what caliber will it be in?
     
  8. Jinx-)

    Jinx-) Well-Known Member

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    Try Stevens, it uses same action as Savage 11 - 111, so down the road you can use it as a donor if you decide to upgrade its barrel, also there are many aftermarket parts which are made for Savage 11 and they will also fit Stevens.
     
  9. 4bycamper

    4bycamper Well-Known Member

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    Here's another vote for the Savage Axis.

    Needed a truck gun for coyotes. $300 bucks at the gun show got me the Axis in .223. 60 and 69 grain Sierra's go into a quarter at 100 yards almost every time, unless I screw up the shot with that heavy trigger. Reliably drops coyotes.

    Darn thing out shoots my more expensive hunting rifles most of the time. :D
     
  10. nateisw

    nateisw Well-Known Member

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    I've never used a Marlin, so I can't comment on it.
    As far as the Axis goes, it is a bargain, and will work fine for most people, but if you're lookin for an entry level bolt action from Savage, I would steer you towards the Stevens 200. For only a little more, you would be getting a much better gun.
     
  11. snox801

    snox801 Well-Known Member

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    I can can say both axis I have sighted in have been spot on. The 243 shoots 3/4 inch groups @100 yards. 223 is very close to that. For entry level they are great. No experience with the other sorry.
     
  12. sniperjwt

    sniperjwt Well-Known Member

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    Never owned a XL7 so I can't comment on it but I do have an Axis in 223 and it shoots great. I was so happy with how it shot I started using it in our local competition shoots for factory sporter class. Almost always shoots a perfect score at 100yds and have shot less than 1/2 MOA out to 300. The guys I shoot with all use guns that cost over 2 X as much and they don't shoot much better.
    That being said if you ever think you might want to upgrade I also would recommend the Stevens 200
     
  13. BiG tRaV aus

    BiG tRaV aus Member

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    stevens 200 I believe is discontinued at least in australia. I would just be looking for something accurate but inexpensive for general vermin removal such as goats, pigs, foxes, dogs maybe deer such as fallow or reds and the odd sambar. it would be basically a truck gun as you call them in the states. probably in 25.06 or 270. The marlin looks more attractive to me, The bolt handle on the axis looks a bit weak and I really don't like the stock. another one I have seen locally is the zastava m70 at around the same price, they appear by the pics I have seen to be built around a mauser action (similar to a parker hale 1200 santa barbara action) and are a more attractive rifle by far but once again I have never had one to know What they are like.

    Basically I am just getting back in the game so to speak after a long period of not having any firearms and just need something to get me started again.
     
  14. BiG tRaV aus

    BiG tRaV aus Member

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    Nice pic of the buck