Savage released the Axis II rifle at SHOT Show this year. The original Axis was introduced by Savage as a bargain market entry level rifle, and has success in that competitive market. Now Savage takes the Axis II and moves beyond the basics to provide a very nice mid-level rifle.
The Axis II includes the famous Savage Accu-Trigger, and will come in combination with the Weaver Kaspa 3-9x40mm scope (a $150 MSRP value) that will be mounted and bore-sighted at the factory. In other features the Axis II will match the Axis, but the shooter is getting a lot in the two new additions.
Last year the Savage model 42 reintroduced the break-open combo gun to the company’s line up. Â It was a .22 LR and .410 combination gun. Â For 2013, Savage brought out a new version of the model 42 chambered in .22 WMR and .410 bore.
Both versions of the model 42 break open at the receiver for chambering and extracting ammunition. Â The top chamber and barrel is for the rimfire round, while the lower chamber and barrel is for the shotshell. Â I should note that the .22 WMR, also known as .22 Magnum, is not capable of safely firing .22 LR ammunition.
The new Savage B.MAG rifle is a completely new compact rimfire bolt-action gun designed specifically for the new .17 Winchester Super Magnum cartridge. Â The .17 WSM is a rimfire round that is capable of speeds to an amazing 3,000 fps. Â Click here for more on this new cartridge.
The B.MAG is an entirely new rifle, not merely a warmed-over existing rimfire gun. Â According to Bill Dermody of Savage, there are “exactly zero” parts on the B.Mag that interchange with the company’s other rimfire rifles. Â In fact, Dermody suggested that the features of this new rifle more closely resemble their centerfire cartridge rifle line than the rimfire line.
This rifle uses a short action bolt with rear locking lugs for additional strength to handle the higher pressure .17 WSM. Â The rifle also has a “cock on close” action and hidden action screws.
Savage B.Mag Specifications
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The B.MAG uses a thread-in headspacing system that is very similar to the more expensive centerfire rifles in the Savage catalog. Â According to Savage reps at the SHOT Show, this headspacing system significantly enhances accuracy.
The B.MAG comes with the extremely popular AccuTrigger, which is a user-adjustable trigger that Savage uses on most of their rifles above the entry-level, budget guns. Â It does not require special tools for adjustment by the owner.
An eight-round, rotary magazine is standard on this rifle. Â The magazine is detachable and feeds from the center of the mag. Â It should be a relatively simple thing to make a larger capacity magazine, but there are no announced plans to do so. Â An extended magazine might be of some benefit to varmint hunters who are eliminating large numbers of pests at long range. Â I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like the Hot LipsÂ magazinesÂ for the 10/22 from Butler Creek.