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6/6/22 @ 7:24 PM
Bassmaster+recordracks 2
Bassmaster+recordracks 2
PRO MEMBER User since 7/24/20

Could not find the what have you bought lately so here is another. Pretty excited. Pellet gun additions. The dan Wesson 2 1/2 in and the 347 crossman vigilante. 

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3/11/23 @ 9:27 PM
Bassmaster+recordracks 2
Bassmaster+recordracks 2
PRO MEMBER User since 7/24/20
Congrats hockey.

3/11/23 @ 8:10 PM
User since 8/24/07
I've wanted a Marlin Model 60 .22 since I was 12 years old. I'm now 47. And today I finally got one!  I passed on one a couple months back at the local pawn shop because the barrel was rather rusty. When I stopped in last weekend to look around I noticed this one and thought "wow...didn't sell it yet." Then I looked closer and realized this one was in really good condition!
I know it's nothing special, but I'm a pretty happy guy knowing there's one more gun under my roof   

2/28/23 @ 8:44 PM
User since 12/7/05

I guess I would let your rifle tell you what it likes and go from there. Are you a blood trail guy that likes a hole in and hole out, or an energy dump guy that wants to deliver as much energy to the animal as possible? If you want to increase the likelihood of an exit hole, I would opt for a heavier bullet (165 gr). If you want to deliver energy and your rifle shoots them well, I would shoot a 150 ballistic tip (something like the Deer Season XP or Hornady Superformance SST). I do not personally own a .308 but have plenty of experience shooting one and several of my hunting buddies use them. It is a great woods cartridge for large midwestern whitetails, especially in a light, nimble rifle like the Axis II. A buddy of mine has a Browning BAR .308 carbine and used to shoot 180 Remington Core Lokts. 4 years ago he shot a nice 8 point buck...5 times, inside 80 yards. It just kept walking. We recovered 3 bullets under the hide behind the off-side shoulder that appeared unfired. Zero expansion other than the round nose had been flattened on them. We came to the conclusion that the lower muzzle velocity of the 180 gr. bullets out of a .308 combined with the short 18" barrel reduced the velocity to the point there wasn't enough to expand the bullets without hitting heavy bone. I don't like 180 gr bullets for deer-sized game anyway, but seeing as the .308 has lower muzzle velocity than a .30-06 or .300 Win Mag, I would opt for a lighter, faster bullet in the .308 unless your shots will be close or your rifle won't group lighter bullets well. He now shoots Federal Fusion 150 gr. and has had great results.

I will share my personal experience with the .308's long action, slightly faster cousin, the .30-06 SPRG, which I have killed a pile of deer with. I have a couple different rifles chambered in .30-06...one is a Remington 760 Gamemaster pump that I currently shoot 165 gr. pointed soft points out of. I used to shoot 180 gr PSP's, but found the 165's have similar performance with less recoil and obviously shoot flatter if need be. This is primarily a 'woods' rifle as well and does well in that role. A long shot with this rifle would be 125 yards. Most are 50-75. My bolt action .30-06 is a Remington 700 Mountain Rifle that I shoot 165 gr. Hornady Superformance SST's in. With the added velocity of the Superformance line, I get 150 gr trajectory with a 165 gr bullet. I shot a mule deer in Montana in 2018 at 380 yards heavily quartering away from me. The 165 SST entered 4" in front of the hind quarter and was lodged against the leg bone in the off-side front shoulder. Retained weight was about 120 grains after going nearly end-to-end through that buck. I was pretty impressed. I have shot the 150 gr SST's in the past, but found them to be pretty frangible if they hit bone inside of 150 yards. It would be a great bullet at standard 2900-ish FPS muzzle velocity, but at  3100+, it is a grenade!

I would see how 150 gr. Hornady American Whitetail or 150 gr Federal Fusion / Power Shoks shoot in your rifle. I prefer the American Whitetail line in my .270 and have had great luck with Hornady ammo when it comes to consistency. Federal and Winchester would be close seconds. I once had issues with a box of Remington Core Lokts not firing (6 rounds in a box of 20 failed to fire in 3 different rifles). Bad batch of primers? Perhaps, but it left enough doubt in my mind and other manufacturers have similar products that have performed very well for me at the same price point. If you want a pretty ballistic tip, the Deer Season XP line has served my brother well in his .30-06, even at close range. You may lose a little more meat with them, but the blood trails are VERY short, if even required. He has shot a half dozen deer since switching to them and had to track one about 30 yards. The .308 is such a mild-mannered rifle, don't take a light rifle like the Savage Axis II and turn it into a bully at the bench with heavy bullets. 150's should serve you well out to 300-400 yards. At the distances you will be shooting, there is no need to shoot premium  ammo/ballistic tips in my opinion, but to each their own. The InterLock bullet in the American Whitetail line is a mechanically bonded bullet that holds together pretty well. They are $22-26 per box in most stores and accuracy has been very good in my rifles. Whatever shoots well in your rifle, buy a case if you can find them, or at least several boxes with the same lot #. This will eliminate the need to re-zero when one box runs out. Grab another box from the safe that was loaded at the same time and you will be good to go.

EDIT TO ADD: I second the MCarbo trigger spring kits in the non-Accu-Trigger models (I personally despise those bladed triggers). I put the MCarbo kits in a pair of 350 Legend Axis II rifles and took the trigger pull from just shy of 9 pounds to just over 3 pounds. It also includes shims to remove the side-to-side slop in the trigger as well. It takes 5 minutes to install and is the best $20 upgrade on an Axis rifle. Also, do yourself a favor and buy nice scope mounts (DNZ, Talley or similar). That aluminum garbage they include with those package rifles are TRASH!

2/28/23 @ 12:27 PM
User since 4/8/13
Tails,  I've had no issues and am happy with the Axis II. It is a solid rifle especially for the price. A few suggestions: remove scope and mounts, clean all threaded holes, use blue Loctite and torque screwdriver when replacing screws. Tighten bolt that connects the chassis to the receiver. Bore sighting the scope will save time and $$$ when you sight in at the range. The OEM stocks are fine. I upgraded to Boyd's stocks for two of mine and really like the improvement. Trigger is fine but will have side-to-side "wiggle". I purchased and installed a kit Savage AXIS Trigger Upgrade Pro Kit - Savage AXIS Spring Kit (mcarbo.com) that made it much better. I know this may seem like a lot of work but it really isn't. Your option how much you want to do with it once you get it home. I like to tinker with stuff, you might be satisfied as is. The Axis II is a good entry level rifle as are some others such as the Ruger American and Mossberg Patriot. I have a habit of tweaking them to suit me.

2/28/23 @ 9:21 AM
PRO MEMBER User since 2/9/14
Hard to go wrong with a 308 Winchester, great cartridge! I have/use a Winchester M70 Extreme Weather in 308 Win, very easy rifle to shoot. My new to me old rifle is a Remington 722 in 300 Savage. Haven't shot it yet and haven't quite decided on what to scope it with, but it will be a lower power with a wide field of view. Nice set-up for my wooded property in SW Door Co. Loaded up some different ammo to see what it likes when I do get out to the range with it, bullet I'll be using is the Hornady 150gr SP Spitzer. Lots of nice guns listed here, enjoy!

2/27/23 @ 5:12 PM
User since 11/29/19
Mopes I am thinking I'm going to go with the Axis II 308 have you had any issues?

2/27/23 @ 7:35 AM
User since 4/8/13
Tails, I have a Savage Axis II in .308win. Also have a 110 in .30-06 and two .243win's in the collection. I've found that my .308 likes to eat and spit out Rem Core-lokt tipped in 150gr. The two .243's, one likes Hornady 100gr, the other likes Federal Fusion 95gr. The '06 will digest anything in 150 or 180gr. Point being, each one is different. It takes some experimentation to find the load that works best for you. 150gr for your .308 is a good place to start.

2/26/23 @ 8:00 PM
User since 5/12/16
tails go with 150 grain.

2/21/23 @ 7:36 PM
User since 11/29/19
Master Piker, I have decided to go with the savage 308 what weight bullet and configuration would you recommend for wisconsin whitetail. It will be a bolt action due to the majority of my time spent in a stand. When I would go to make drives I would go back to the old trusty 870 just for the comfort of snap shots. I put this out to you because you seem like a guy I could talk to about this everybody has an opinion and I have gotten many already. TIA

2/13/23 @ 8:05 PM
User since 8/29/06

Finally found the rifle I was looking for. An IWI Zion 15 with a 16" barrel. I put a Vortex StrikeFire II red/green dot on it. It's not glamorous, but it's very solid, and does everything I'll need it to. Can't wait to get it out and zero it in. I paid well below MSRP for it, so that made it even better. Any ammo recommendations for a first time AR15 owner? I figured on buying some match grade ammo to sight it in, and some FMJ Nato stuff for range time. Thanks.

2/12/23 @ 9:12 PM
User since 1/27/09

I picked up the savage axis II youth in 6.5 creeedmore  for my soon to be 8 year old at Cabelas on Black Friday. After the points for a new club card it was around $275. It’s a sweet little gun! You’re right, real accurate. I want one now. 

1/19/23 @ 3:57 PM
PRO MEMBER User since 6/16/03

Hockeyguy, Savage Axis is all I can see. I bought combo gun/scope. I ended up putting better scope on both of youth guns.

1/18/23 @ 10:35 AM
User since 8/24/07

Huntfish, which model are yours?  

1/18/23 @ 7:35 AM
PRO MEMBER User since 1/12/14

Anyone on here familiar the Smith & Wesson revolver model 65-2 357 mag? It has a 3" barrel which I was told is rare. 

1/17/23 @ 6:31 PM
User since 10/3/12

I been you tubin several vids on Rugers Marlin lever guns.  There well liked and impressive but no calibers so far outside of 45/70. Unless you want it for shooting bear 45/70 not good for much else/.  Wouldnt mind a "308 leever"

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