I just reread my previous post and realized I did not say thank you to Slipperman for responding and helping me to clarify my situation.
The axle will slide out far enough for me to see the area where the axle bearing rides and a little further so I can see that the axle bearing hasn't rubbed any ridges or grooves into the axle. When the axle is pulled out as far as I can get it, to the point that it will almost not turn from the pressure I look into the differential and I can still move the axle around on that side to some extent. I hooked up a chain to it with a slide hammer to no avail yet I need a better way to stabilize my concoction and I will be looking for an axle puller that might help... I have read there is a such thing for some vehicles...