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Backcountry Hunting Podcast

Jan 10, 2020


Review time! Savage's Axis II budget rifle in .280 Ackley Improved

• Listener lever-action questions & comments

• Mid-bore cartridges such as the .338-06 and .35 Whelen for backcountry hunting

• A six-pound, six-ounce, sub-$400 mountain rifle

• Discussing the Axis II action

• Barrel length, rifling twist rate, and type

• Axis II stock: Well-designed but flexible

• Mounting a bipod: Do or don't? 

• Accuracy: Will the Axis II .280 Ackley shoot sub-MOA? 

• Reliability and feeding smoothness

• Ergonomics: Feel, balance, and responsiveness

• Picking the right scope for the Axis II


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