My buddy wants to get into deer/bear hunting and he already has his mind set on a .308. The problem is that he doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a rifle since he only starting again, and I don't want to push him into buying a gun that he can't afford. He has narrowed down his choices to a Savage Axis or a Ruger American. He has held both guns, just doesn't know which is better. What are your opinions on the guns and which one would you buy if you were him.