Well, here we go. This is the before pics and video of the Savage Axis that is going to undergo some Crash Testing.
The barrel is a Stevens 223Rem, 9 twist. Stock has light bedding done. Trigger tuned and bolt timing done. All cases used for cycling tests just have the bullet seated and no primer/powder.
Scope is a Sightron SIII 6-24X50 LRMOA scope in Burris PERP mount. It is overly tall but the only QD set up I had. works and I can just throw a towel on the comb.
Worked up a load using Hrn 75gr BTHP, Win cases, Varget, CCI 450. Looks like this 23.7gr load wants to shoot (100yds, about -3C but light winds). This group is 1/2" CtC. I will shoot it again to confirm but it meets the test requirement of 1/2 min and about I expect from a factory rifle barrel. It might be a bit tigher but I am not the worlds best shooter off a Harris. I am using this to keep consistent with the other videos and it is quick and easy to get on and off.
I might mount a rail and use the MPOD at a later time but the Harris does what I need for the testing.
The forend has been opened way up. yes, the forend flexes but with this much clearance, the barrel doesn't hit anything when fired.
The rear of the stock has been cut down and reshaped - kind of crude at this time with sand marks on buttstock.
Thought I would do a short video of the rifle function testing while it is new. Trigger, safety and function works just fine. I have been very happy with how well this rifle feeds and cycles. As fast as you can run the bolt.
I am going to start thinking up a range of tests and will post them as they get done. For sure, we will do a drag test, frozen test, sand test, toss test, and maybe others I can think up.
The goals are to see how this rifle will stand up to very rough but not destructive use. How will this plastic fantastic survive being in the field under rough conditions?
The rifle will be tested for accuracy after the impact tests to see if there has been any degradation. BUT in light of safety, the rifle will never be fired with a bore obstruction of any kind. AMMO will not be fired if dirty or wet. Cases used in the cycling tests will not be live.
The scope will not be part of the abuse which is why I needed the QD mount.
The bore will be swabbed after each test so cold bore shot may be out of the group. This will be marked on the target. At 100yds off a Harris in calm air, the rifle baseline accuracy is 1/2min. Be interesting to see how much, if any, accuracy changes.
The rifle is considered "a fail" for a test if:
- it has a major component break,
- it cannot cycle, stay cocked or fire. Safety no longer functions
- safety must be functional at the beginning of every stage.
For safety sake, an empty case will be chambered and the muzzle taped - we know all too well what junk in the bore does and I like my body parts just where they are.
So stay tuned as we get this show on the road....
PS Disclaimer - I do not sell any firearms as a dealer. This is my personal rifle and I am just abusing it for S&G's. Do not attempt any of these tests as they can damage your rifle or render it unsafe to use. Follow all manf safety useage and handling