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308 Axis Load??

So my brother inlaw bought a 308 Savage Axis. I don't have much luck with these, but can any of you share some load data that produced some accuracy?? I would like to help him out a little. I will start with some bullets that I already have. Hoping someone here has found something the Axis "prefers". Thanks.

He intends to hunt deer and groundhog with it. Not long range, but hopefully out to 300yds at least for groundhog.

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Re: 308 Axis Load??

I can't speak of the AXIS but I have always had good luck with BLC2, TAC and 748. I always use a magnum primer when working with ball powders. I would stay in the 150-165 grain range of bullets.
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Re: 308 Axis Load??

I have some great reduced loads for my daughter, 125 grain SMK with 40 grains of Varget and a CCI BR2 primer. Prints really small groups out of a factory gun
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Re: 308 Axis Load??

Thanks. 150 to 175gr bullets is the ballpark I will work in. Will just have to get at it.

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Re: 308 Axis Load??

I would never be without a .308.My favorite all time load that has been accurate in several .308's and deadly on deer is 45gr varget behind a 165gr accubond.
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Re: 308 Axis Load??

Every rifle is going to be different. What works for one rifle may not work for the next.

I'd say if he's having issues it's probably the cheapie stock as it's by far the worst stock Savage has ever offered.

I spent a lot of time modifying my Axis stock. The forend flexes...I used epoxy with steel rods to strengthen the forend.

He should look at dropping $100 and getting a Boyd's stock for the Axis.

I'm a fan of the 178gr Hornady Amax.
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Re: 308 Axis Load??

I talked him out of putting any money into it. He bought it without much forethought or advise. He should be able to get out of it what he has in it now. An Axis will not do what he is wanting to do. Good budget rifle for the average deer hunter. He just learned the first lesson in the long range game. Thanks for all the advise.

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