The new Savage Axis II XP is a ready-to-go package complete with a 3-9x Bushnell Banner scope.

Let’s get right to the point. If you need a hunting rifle that’s ready to go out of the box, check out the new Savage Axis II rifle. Offered in a variety of calibers, it includes a Bushnell Banner scope as part of the package. Obviously, there’s a lot more to understand about what’s under the hood, so let’s take a look.

The new Axis II rifles offering some interesting features, especially considering the price point. The thing you’ll notice first is that the stock has been re-shaped from the original and focuses on ergonomics and (I think) slenderness.

savage rifle forend

I particularly liked the forend shape. Support hand thumb and finger naturally fell into place with the recessed grooves.

The grip area is slim yet comfortable. There’s enough there to offer control but I can’t imagine that anyone with smaller hand sizes would have any trouble with this rifle. There’s a healthy recoil pad at the butt with plenty of flex to offer comfort when shooting the larger calibers in the family.

Up front, you’ll feel inset grooves where your thumb, index, middle, ring, and pinky fingers naturally come to rest. Especially thanks for the forend design, the rifle easily settles into a stable hold. Inset flush with the bottom of the forend is a four-round removable box magazine.

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