From what I have read and seen, not a bad deal? Before the advent of "specials" like the Edge/Axis, Dick's used to have the Savage synthetic M116(?) "package gun" each fall, for around $315, with prices increasing a bit over the years.
Detachable mag, 3x9x40 scope (bore sighted) and a sling. They had gotten up to around $349 or more, by a few years ago.
IIRC, last fall Dick's also had a synthetic M700 "package gun" for roughly $100 more. Pretty much all of these guns come with an inexpensive 3x9x40 scope. Now Gander Mountain, Cabela's and Dick's all have some kind of synthetic package guns on special each fall, both Savage and M700 variants.
Several years ago, one of my Tioga kinfolks won such a M700ADL synthetic rifle, that came with a mounted/bore sighted Simmons. He had intended to replace the cheap scope with a better one, but he's still killing deer with it, just the way it came new.
I bought one in 223 when they first came out because I got tired of waiting for Marlin to bring out an xs7 in 223. Typical savage accuracy. The trigger is really heavy and I haven't tried messing with it yet. I am a big savage fan but I would not buy another Axis/Edge. It feels really cheap, even for a Savage
i bought an axis in 223 about 2 months ago, i am yet to find a factory or handload that shot worse than 1 inch groups... they are amazing. you might be better off getting one at walmart for $269 and putting your own scope on it. thats what i did and i love it.
Re: Dicks AXIS COMBO in .223 opinions trigger pull
I softened the trigger pull on my old(1999ish) savage 112 220 swift but it's not something I would recommend doing yourself. It takes lots of trial and error. Better to buy an aftermarket trigger. But....ugly or not they really shoot well.