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6x45mm

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 Wow, it's hard to believe a couple of years have gone by since I started this.
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I completed the build on my varmint 6x45mm.
It's a Stevens 200 action (Savage Model 10)
with a Timney trigger, oversized bolt handle
and a Choate Varmint stock.
 
  Another 6x45mm, a walkaround rifle, has been started.
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Savage Axis in Skull Camo

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This is my Savage Axis rifle, presently chambered in 223 Remington,
soon to be a 6x45mm. I have a Shilen select match barrel coming.
 
What do you think of Savage's skull camo?  Yes, it does look silly.
 
I had an idea.
Boyds has a new stock called the AT-ONE.
I ordered one to try out for my Stevens 200,
chambered in 243 Winchester. 

If I like it, I'll order a second for the Axis.
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Boyds AT-ONE laminated stock

Okay, it may not be the prettiest piece of wood you've ever seen, but the stock is fully adjustable for length of pull, cheek height, and it's laminated.

 The colour scheme is called "zombie hunter". It's funky green.

A tip of the hat to the cartridge's military roots.

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 How this Journey Began
 
Once upon a time, I bought a 223 Remington rifle. It was a Remington 700 SPS Tactical with a 20 inch barrel, Hogue stock and an X Mark Pro trigger. It went down the road because it wouldn’t shoot.

So I bought another 223. This time, it was a Stevens 200, made by Savage. The Stevens was simply a bare bones Model 10 with no adjustable trigger. And you know what? It could shoot! On top of that, the price tag was less than half of the Remington!

The Stevens 200 was much more accurate than the Remington 700. It grouped from three quarters of an inch to no worse than one inch at 100 yards with almost every bullet I tried. Even so, it didn’t spend much time as a 223. About a year later, it became a 6x45mm. I made the decision to rebarrel, restock the receiver, change the bolt handle, add a bipod and swap the trigger. My utility rifle would become a hot rod.
 
I’d gone through two 223s, but bought another.  I chose a Savage Axis, and like the Stevens 200, it chewed up and spit out the Remington.  But the rifle looked silly. It had skulls stencilled all over the plastic stock.  No doubt, its appearance and low price was targeted specifically at the young, zombie hating male.  But hey, the Axis grouped well and carried better – despite its looks.

Still, there was trouble with this 223 as well, but it wasn’t its accuracy or anything mechanical. The problem was that I had two 222s.  Where I live, there is absolutely nothing that a 223 can do that a 222 couldn’t do better.  So, the Axis got pushed to the back of the gun safe, alone and unloved for about a year.

But the little rifle’s fortunes changed.  In the spring of 2017, I was cleaning up my gun safes and selling off rifles I no longer needed.  I pulled out the Axis and decided that I needed a 6x45mm walkabout rifle.

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