Our Savage bolt handles were designed and tested on the Savage 110 platform, not the Axis.  However, many of our customers have been successfully using them on their Savage Axis for almost three years.  Swapping handles from the Savage 110 model to the Axis is not in any way dangerous and, in our customer’s experience at least, will provide increased leverage and improved bolt cycling ergonomics.  The following questions are the most frequently asked by customers interested in using our handle on their Savage  Axis rifles.

Q.   Is your Savage 110 bolt handle compatible with the Savage Axis?

A. Yes. We’ve sold dozens for customers who have installed them on their Savage Axis.  So far, not one has ever come back. They’ve also reported flawless feeding, extraction and ejection.

Q. Has Glades Armory tested the handle in the Savage Axis?

A. No, we have not.  Our opinion is strictly based on customer feedback.

Q. Are you aware that the Primary Extraction Cam design is different on the Savage 110 vs the Axis and swapping the handle means that no primary extraction would be offered?

A. Yes, we are aware. However, it is important to note that primary extraction is not part of every rifle design.  Millions of rounds are fired every year through rifles that do not have a primary extraction cam or device(lever, pump, semi auto rifles) including some high pressure, straight wall, turn bolt designs (Savage B.Mag).  None of those weapons offer Primary Extraction.

Q. You are saying that Savage designed something on the Axis that will never be used?

A. No. Never say “never.”   Primary extraction cams are used to facilitate bolt lift and initiate the extraction of a shell jammed inside your rifle’s chamber. That being said, not having a Primary Extraction cam does not mean your rifle will not extract.   A stuck shell is not a “normal” condition, but something that has become rare and preventable for the most part. With modern loading equipment, state of the art tooling, consistent powder and primer batches, stuck shells are mostly due to shooter negligence trying to push the envelope. If you use common sense at the shooting range, properly clean and maintain your rifle and use safe reloading procedures, the possibilities of a stuck shell are very minor when compared to the conditions present a century ago when turn bolt rifles were being sent to battlefronts by the thousands.  Stuck shells were very common back then. Today they are preventable for the most part.  

Q. So, if I happen to get a shell stuck in my Axis’ chamber, what happens?

A. Nothing.  Same thing as if you got a shell stuck in a Savage B.Mag, Marlin 336 or Blaser R8. None of those have primary extraction.  In fact, we have witnessed some shooters using factory parts that can’t lift their bolt’s handle because of excessive pressure was created in the chamber. A Primary Extraction Cam, even though available, did not help them because they could not initiate bolt lift to the degree needed for the cam to engage.   On the Axis, the bolt lever may need to be forcibly lifted, but it would be much easier to lift a 4" lever than the factory lever. However, once you lift the bolt handle and release the lugs, it is very likely that the extraction cycle will complete by pulling back on the bolt handle.  You may need to tab it a little bit to release the shell.   Worst case scenario you may need to push the shell out using a wood dowel or brass rod but this is highly unlikely.   In 35 years of shooting thousands of rounds, I have never experienced a jammed shell. Hard bolt lift and flattened primers yes, stuck shell never.  Lastly, we are of the opinion that if you find yourself getting stuck shells repeatedly, there is a problem which is most likely being created by something you should stop doing before you injure yourself or someone else.