I bought one of the Axis 06's to haul around in the boat and on the 4 wheeler sense it is something I don't have to worry about scratching up and I just can't believe how well that damn thing shoots for a 300 buck rifle. I think I got the Axis for 279 on sale at Dicks a couple years ago, and for the way that thing shoots,,what a bargain. I think I'm going to put one of the Accu-Trigger groups on it though, the one they come with isn't that great.
I've probably had 10 Savages, or more, over the years and I've never had one that didn't shoot great, they really are great guns for the buck. Not stylish or fancy like lots of others are, but there job is to get a round on target, and on that count,, they get it done very very well.
I'd almost be willing to bet that the Savages are the best shooting guns off the rack as anything else on the market right now unless you get into the big buck guns, and the Savage,,any Savage,,, would give even them a run for there money.