Hardware: Savage Axis II XP

Savage offers a wide selection of “package” rifles that come out of the box with a riflescope already mounted and bore-sighted. Essentially, all you have to do is finalize the zero with your load and go hunting. That’s appealing for sure, but so is the price. One of the latest package rifles from Savage is the Axis II XP, and it’s a good example of both the convenience and the value such a deal offers hunters.

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Hardware: New Mossberg Patriot

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By Doug Howlett
November 16, 2012

Your child's first gun can influence whether he becomes a lifelong hunter or walks away altogether.

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Chris wrote:
July 18, 2014

Mine was a T/C Contender pistol with a 10'.22LR barrel. Still have it. Still shoot it. And still love it!

chuck wrote:
July 18, 2014

22 Mossberg, target rifle

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