I got a new Savage Axis in 30-06 last weekend and took it to the range for the first time today. Now, I've read all the reviews online about how ugly it is but very few people commented on how it shoots. Well, I am happy to say it shoots much better than I would have thought for a $350 dollar gun. It is after all, a Savage. The paper work with the gun recommended 165 gr bullets. So, I got a box of those and a box of 125s. My first shot was dead center at 100 yds. Literally. Dead center. Yep, it was probably a fluke since I couldn't do it again but I'm going to blame that on all the clothes I was wearing. It was 14 degrees at the range! Anyway, the majority of my shots were inside 4". There were a few fliers but I attribute those to rushing the shot and jerking the trigger. Speaking of, the trigger is pretty stiff so that is getting replaced before too long but for the price that was to be expected. The 125 grain Remingtons I shot were all high and to the right but at least they were consistant. I figure when I get new glass for it I'll sight it in using 125s for coyote. It came with a Bushnell 3x9 but I don't care for it on that gun so it's going on top of a .22. I'll probably replace it with a Nikon. Now I know some of you are thinking, why not just save your money and get a better quality gun? Good point. Had I been saving for a centerfire rifle that's what I would have done. Except, I traded straight across for this and the gun I traded had been a gift so it literally cost me nothing. The only money I'll have in it will be the new trigger and optics. I would like to say however that for an entry level gun I think this one is worth the money. If you only had 350 bucks and wanted to get a new gun, this would be the one to get. But if you can afford it, I'd say save a little a more and spring for the TC Venture or Ruger American. I feel like I should add that Scheels has this gun/caliber for $399 and Bass Pro has it for $320. Not sure why such a price difference but since mine was already home in my safe, I didn't care to ask.