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Nathan FosterIt is interesting that this keeps coming up, overkill or added effect. A matter of curiosity and perhaps more recently a subconscious reaction to the Creedmoor.
Try to keep in mind that as we go up in bore diameter but down in velocity the two factors can cancel each other out to some extent. So for example, if I was to say that a certain .308 produces a high level of nervous trauma at 2600fps while a .44 load can at produce a similar effect at 1800fps, this does not automatically make the .44 better. The results are much the same. If we add velocity to the wide bore, then things begin to change. There is however a caveat to this, the limitations of bullet design. As an example, if we drive a 200gr .44 XTP at sizzling speeds, penetration tends to be limited. In plain terms, its a bummer. So to do this, we need a range of bullet options.
If you want to really see different results then go for it, do what you want to do. If you can find a conversion that works then go for it. But if you want to study 'change' then do add velocity to the equation. Too often we sell ourselves short in this regard. If you have a big case to begin with, you can generally soft load if need be. But if you have a small case, you cannot load extra fast.
I haven't heard any negative feedback on the Shaw barrels. Their stand was across from us at SHOT, customers seemed happy enough. You'll need to double check options as they state NO Axis on their fitting services.
Edit: There is a FAQ from Shaw that gives details for Axis options. So it looks like they do supply but possibly won't fit (see fitting section). I suggest you carry on this discussion with them and see what your options are and any possible mag options.
Edge/Axis Fitting Information - Original Savage "Edge" Rifles were renamed "Axis". Receiver barrel threads on these rifles are sometimes a little too small to fit 10/110 barrel. E. R. Shaw has dimensioned the threads on their 10/110 barrels so that they will fit Savage Edge/Axis receivers. However, you should remember Edge/Axis is otherwise a different receiver than the 10/110 series... It will not fit the same stocks for example.