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26 LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY JUNE/JULY 2019 F IR E A R M S TA C T I C S to be hauled around the backcountry. It has a 22-inch tapered barrel and Savage's improved synthetic stock. There are three things I like about Savage bolt guns. First, the user adjustable AccuTrigger. This allows a competition light feel, with a crisp, no creep break, and a reliable margin of safety against firing when dropped. It can make a person with average shoot- ing skills like me into a better shooter. Second, their buttoned rifling is prov- en. Third, I like the price. The AXIS II XP does have one thing we have to keep in mind•it is a rifle designed for field use, which means it is rather light for the shoulder tap of the 6.5 Creedmoor. The synthet- ic stock is designed just as much for carrying the rifle as it is for shooting it. It does not have benchrest ameni- ties like an adjustable cheek or a meaty forend. This is not hard to fix. If you like the Savage action, as I do, Modular Driven Technologies, distributed by Brownells, makes a stock designed for tactical use. The Accutrigger on a Savage rifle is one of my favorite out- of-the-box triggers. Most law enforcement products run 160 to 180 grains; .308 bullet weights run between 150 to 200. For example, Federal Premium Tactical Bonded Tip in .308 is 168 grains and has a muzzle velocity of about 2,700 ft./s. 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges are a little lighter, running from around 120 to 170 grains. The Federal Premium Gold Medal cartridges, loaded with Sierra MatchKing bullets I tested were 140 grains and have a muzzle velocity of about 2,700 ft./s. My .308, using the 168 grain Federal rounds, could keep up with the 6.5 Creedmoor at 200 yards. When we got to 500 yards, the 6.5 couldn't be touched. Although the .308 rang our steel torso louder, we could hit it more The 6.5 Creedmor has a 30 degree shoulder. The neck allows for the longer, and usually higher ballistic coefficient, bullets. Shown here are the Federal Premium 6.5 Creedmor cartridges with 140 grain Sierra MatchKing bullets. Request information at

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