I bought a new Savage Axis 223 back in the Spring of 2012. Have put 20 rounds through it without issue Trouble is, many Internet comments by owners indicate the factory stock is flimsy and needs stiffening. The fore stock does have a little lateral flex if you press hard, but in my mind that's entirely acceptable. (The barrel is solidly mounted and floated.) So - is stiffening really needed? Will the stock someday literally come to pieces withou it? My gut feeling is that the Internet guys are too demanding of a rifle that was designed for civilian application.