Bolt action for Christmas gift?


December 8, 2006, 01:42 AM
Hello all, my mom wants to buy my dad a new rifle for Christmas this year. I know he has been wanting a bolt gun in either .222 or .223 for coyote hunting. I will be picking it out and purchasing it for her (please keep your thoughts about straw buys to yourselves on this one ;) ). My dad has no interest in anything tatical or the like, guns to him are for hunting so lets avoid suggesting urban sniper set ups and stick to blued steel and wood. I know nothing about bolt guns as I am a semi fan so I am looking for some suggestions here to point me in the right direction. The price range should be around $300-$500 dollars or as close to that as possible. Thanks in advance for any help.

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December 8, 2006, 01:56 AM
CZ makes the 527 series and they should be around your price range depending on what kind of wood you want to go with and what style rifle you want.

The 527 Lux comes in .223 and the stock is a good looking Turkish walnut. It has a European style stock which I personally like although some shooters don't care for it.

in fact, here is a CZ 527 American in .223 right in your price range. Even comes with scope rings.

December 8, 2006, 11:37 AM
savage/stevens 200 short action. its basicly a savage 110 with out the accutrigger. around 300$
synth stock, but thats for the prices sake. not the tacticoolness

Essex County
December 8, 2006, 01:31 PM
I have the 527 American in .223 and I'm totaly satisfied......Essex

December 8, 2006, 02:35 PM
Savage has a nice stainles/ or blued .223 with a laminated wood stock, and the accu trigger. I think the blued is about 500 dollars, but it would last him for a long time, and shoot well too.

one eye joe
December 8, 2006, 04:32 PM
Do you know what other rifles he has? That might give a clue as to manufacter's or stock styles he prefers. Either of the above are good guns, although I don't care for the Savage looks. They are known to shoot well. The Ruger has classic looks, and the ones I have owned shoot well, although most need trigger work. I have a CZ 550 that is a very nice rifle, so I would think the 527 would be also, although I don't care for their magazine. My advice would be to see what he has, and buy a model in that brand in .223.

December 8, 2006, 04:37 PM

December 8, 2006, 04:46 PM
Savage, Remington and Ruger all make blued steel/wood stock variants.
If you look around you can find a .223 in any 3 of them for around $500 or less.

December 8, 2006, 04:53 PM
Savage in 223. The CZ and the Ssavage are both good rifles, but i would go 223 because ammo will propably be more plentiful and less expensive.

December 8, 2006, 05:03 PM
I have a Savage/Stevens 200 in 223 and with it's preferred load it shoots into .5 all day...I got mine during the Stevens 200 in 223 famin of 2005 for 290.00 and its cheap enough to paint without caring if you screw up or not...I AlumaHyded mine and it is a pure a simple working gun.

December 8, 2006, 05:10 PM
Stick with .223. There is a lot of ammo for that. The Triple deuce is great and accurate but finding a lot of different types of ammo might be hard. You also have to look at the cost difference.


December 15, 2006, 06:43 PM
Well just to give you guys an update I picked up a Remington 700 SPS today. It seems like a good solid gun and I have never heard anything but good about the 700. Now its time to look into optics. I saw a good deal on a Nikon monarch, is this a good scope?

December 15, 2006, 07:26 PM
Nikon Monarch's are excellent scopes for the money($300ish for a 3-9x40). I have one on my A-bolt and it is by far the clearest, brightest scope I've seen for $300. Nice choice of rifle too.

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