So I won a gun at the NRA banquet on April 21 I chose a savage axis .308...does anyone own one of these? Know the ballistics where to find good reliable ballistics for this gun? Comments anything on this gun would b awesome always wanted one finally have one but now I need to learn it! Thanks guys safe hunting
Ballistics on bullets vary and the twist on the gun will determine what it likes to eat. Savage makes accurate rifles...deserves good glass.
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I just picked one up for my son, in 223. the Axis got a lot of good reviews and some people say that they are geting sub MOA out of the box with hand loads. My only complant about them is the trigger is a little heavy but there are some youtube videos on how to lighten it up. As far as ballistics you cant go wrong with JBM Calculator. If you have all your data right it will give you dead on D.O.P.E. Good luck and congrats on the new rifle
So pretty much I need to pick a bullet and figure out what ballistics will b? I can look online and get rough ballistics but shoot to get exact? Also as far as glass anyone have a suggestion? It comes with a scope but I doubt anything impressive since it was a raffle gun
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Lots of good glass out there. Hard to beat a Leupold VXII for the money IMHO. But Nikon, Burris and Redfield also have pretty good glass for the cash.
After you pick a bullet and check ballistics spend time at the range, That is where you really learn your weapon and the ballistics from your rifle. Ballistics charts get you close, range time gets you dead on.
Thanks for al the help guys really appreciate it can't wait to do some long range shooting how far is a .308 typically effective to? How far is is to far to b shooting it?
Not sure of effective range on a 308 exactly but i think the question is how far are you comfortable shooting. With the right round and good shot placement.... well you get the picture.
Max effective range of a 308 gun is about anywhere from 850-900 yds anything after that depending on atmospheric conditions and elevation is getting sub sonic.
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I have a Savage Axis w/ Mossy Oak finish in .30-06. Mine was a package deal with the Bushnell scope. I boresighted with one of those boresighters that you stick in the end of the barrel and adjust to. I was about 2" high and 1" left on my first shot at 100 yds, fired a couple more and adjusted and was getting near 1 MOA on point of aim (actually 1.5" high of bullseye so I should be right on at 200 yds) in about 5 shots. Shot about 20 more and recieved similar results. I love the rifle & it's about 10 lbs lighter than the Rem 700.
Savage makes good accurate rifles out of the box. That said most of the scopes I've seen on their package deals are junk. Buy a Leupold JMHO. Savage Axis is a 6.5 lb rifle with a 22" sporter taper barrel. It's not designed to be a distance rifle but it's a joy to carry. With a thin barrel after three shots it will loose it's accuracy becuase it will heat up quickly. I would consider this rifle in 308 to be good on deer size game out to 350 yards if you pratice and know the trajectory of the round your shooting. Bear and pig I'd keep at 200. 165 grain bullets are usually the most accurate in 30 caliber rifles with a 150's giving a slightly flater trajectory.
Glass? 100-300 yards reliable hunting optics: $100 to $300
100-600 yards: $450-$750
Past 600? If you have to ask you can't afford it.
I use Nikon pro staff 3-9's. I bought one for 2 and high change, then saw the same scope in a pawn shop for $100. I am happy with them, but I did make the mistake of looking through a nightforce scope on a fella's tactical .308 at the range. It was a higher power, like a 6-18 but oh my god was it clear. You could clearly see hits on white paper at 300 yards. It looked way better than my 80X spotting scope.
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If you pay more than $170 for a 3x9x40 Nikon pro staff new you have paied to much. opticplanet.com and swfa have them for $169 and opticplanet will ship it for free. IMHO the scope is a very good scope for the price but if you want to shoot 600 plus yards you will want more power.
I just purchased a Pentax Whitetails Unlimited 3-9x40 scope for my new 30-06. Ebayed it new from Scopestop for < $150 including shipping. Amazing glass. Bright & clear. Fully multicoated and fog proofed. It makes my old Bushnell lenses look solid black in comparison. Made in America instead of China/Philippines for those who care about such things.
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Good to here Rob P. I have heard good things about pentex scopes but never looked through one. My brother has some pentex binos and they are good glass. Thanks for the info.