This afternoon, eldest grandson Michael and I went out to shoot his new Axis. I think that this is going to be a great little rifle. We set up a target at 25 yards to get the scope looking where the barrel was pointed. First shot was a little low, and way off to the right. So, we started moving the crosshairs in to the bullseye and in about 12 shots, we had it hitting the bull.
I think that this is going to be a fine little starter rifle for him. And, it seems to shoot my standard .25-06 handload well. My standard .25-06 handload is 50.0 grains of Reloder 22 under a 117 grain bullet, either the Hornady SST, or the Sierra Gameking. Both of those have done well in our rifles, and now I have four of them to load for.
With that many rifles of a particular caliber in the family, I'm not going to segregate loads for each of them. If the boys want to learn handloading, we can tailor some loads to a particular rifle, but I'm not going to keep brass separate nor am I going to keep individual load data on each of those rifles.
When Michael was through shooting, I wanted to shoot one shot through my Model 700, in .308, so I loaded one round, knelt in a hasty shooting position, and rang the 100 yard gong. Very satisfying.