I want to know where that Walmart is lol. I would clear them out and all the nieces and nephews could have a Savage Axis to build off ofCouple of thoughts, if the barrel suddenly lost accuracy at 50-75 rounds then the barrel condition may or may not have caused the change. With all the torques having been checked that may leave another mechanical problem or the scope itself. Another common reported problem in the axis has been defective firing pin springs causing light strikes & ftf.
Shipping it back might cost you $30-$50 on your dime, with no guarantee you will get it back in time to get it ready for hunting season.
That shipping money would give you a head start on purchase of another one. Recently heard of Wallyworld selling them for $125.
If you could purchase a second one then you might have more time to research the old one. The pitting is not good but as others have said it looks better than most savage barrels. I have seen some really ugly rust pitted barrels shoot 1 moa or better.
Just some thoughts.
You have to have a good shooter for your son before hunting season!
Have you had barrels with pitted up crowns that shot well?
I don't want to make any modifications to it because if it won't shoot well enough then I'd like to sell it or have savage replace the barrel under warranty.
I understand savages have a great reputation for shooting well despite having gun drill marks and other rough patches in the bore, but I don't think that it would be typical QA/QC procedure at savage to let a barrel go through that has a pitted muzzle and crown. This gun hasn't seen any moisture and has always been stored in low humidity with oil in the bore, so I know it's it from me.
Except it shot fine for 75 rounds and now shoots over 2". That is not a Teslong issue. If scope mounting, stock screws are tight and scope has been swapped out to eliminate that as the cause then I stnad by what I sauid, needs to go back to Savage to get sorted out.Does Savage have a pristine looking barrel warranty? Asking for a friend... I have never seen a good looking Savage barrel. I have lost count of how many I have had. I have never had one that would not shoot. The more I see this kind of stuff the more I think the Teslong is the biggest hindrance to new shooters actually getting out and learning to shoot.
Yes, the infamous Begara thread comes quickly to mind. You are right that scopes are more often the issue than the gun. It is like diagnosing no start on a vehicle. Spark, fuel, compression. Go from simple to complex. Stock, stock screws, mounts and rings, scope swap. If those aren't the issue,send gun back.Maybe I missed it but you did not mention what the cartridge is. You did not say if the scope was swapped. Out the last 100ish times people have specifically asked this question that I have been involved in like 95 of them have been from scopes or mounting. Dozens of those were even after "all mounting was checked". If you send the rifle back to Savage I would be willing to bet they will put another barrel on it as opposed to actually try to find an/the issue. If it is the barrel great. If it is not you will be stuck pulling your hair out.
Hard to beat the the Venture for the $$. I have a .204 that shoots bug holesSend it in.
If you let it go, it will always remain a low-value, inaccurate gun.
In the meantime.....
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Yup... I followed that thread!Yes, the infamous Begara thread comes quickly to mind. You are right that scopes are more often the issue than the gun. It is like diagnosing no start on a vehicle. Spark, fuel, compression. Go from simple to complex. Stock, stock screws, mounts and rings, scope swap. If those aren't the issue,send gun back.
I know this is often the case with many other barrels, but I thought it was pretty common for people to clean their savage bores about as often as I do due to the barrels picking up so much copper so quickly. I would think that the group size would settle down by 15 or 20 rounds after cleaning... They're still as erratic at the 15-20 round point as they are at the 5 round point :/ I didn't clean it last week after shooting so that I could see if there's any change next time I go. We'll see if that works!One thing I'd do is stop cleaning it every 25 rounds, let it settle in and run it but if your worried about it send it in and get it done ASAP!