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Accurate plinker in .223

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by makarov, Apr 4, 2003.

  1. makarov

    makarov Well-Known Member

    I have decided that I would like to get some type of .223 plinker. I have lots of .22 LR target type rifles and would like something with more range and a little more bang. Prefer accurate, cheap, quality... But who doesn't.

    Thinking about:

    CZ Heavy Barrel model
    Possibly an AR type (Bushmaster)
    Ruger Mini-14

    Leaning more towards the bolt guns as they will be more accurate. Any particular suggestions? Any other guns to consider that are a great bang for the buck type deal. A makarov in .223 type rifle.
  2. Quack

    Quack Well-Known Member

    never really heard of an accurate Mini-14 :rolleyes:
    a bolt action CZ or Savage would be your best bet.
    AR-15's are pricey.

    i bought a Savage 10FP .308 and couldn't be happier. i did change the stock though.
  3. swingset

    swingset Well-Known Member

    I just bought a Savage 12FV in .223 for $399. Couldn't be happier. It's very accurate, the new accutrigger really is a great trigger and it's cheap to feed. It seems to like even the nastiest ammo. The only downside was the fugly synthetic "ramline" style factory stock but I sanded and repainted the stock and now it's much better.
  4. Sactown

    Sactown Well-Known Member

    They were plenty accurate for BA, Face, Murdock, and Hannibal. They always hit the ground they were aiming for. I pity tha foo who talks mess about the Mini!!

    CZ's and Savage .223 are great bolt actions. I especially like the set trigger option for the CZ. Good idea to get a heavy barrel. I used my CZ for target shooting and the thin barrel would lead to wandering groups. I replaced it with a Savage 12BVSS with a Sharpshooter Trigger. The Savage is a tackdriver and the stock is excellent for target shooting/plinking.

    As far as AR's, can't comment as they got banned in Kali before I could get one.
  5. geekay

    geekay Well-Known Member

    .223 plinker?

    I've had a CZ 223 for several years now and am entirely satisfied with it. It gets used for targets out to 200 yards and game out to 150 with 55grn pills. My son has a Savage 110E in 223 of the same age and finds it very accurate on game out to 200 yards, his eyes are better than mine.
  6. PJR

    PJR Well-Known Member

    Take the Mini off the list. From the bench I was lucky to hit an 8" pie plate at 100 yards with five shots.

    The CZ I owned was a thin barrelled model and it was compact, accurate and generally neat but I could never get the set trigger adjusted to my liking and the magazine lips were very sharp and gouged the brass beyond recovery.

    No experience with the Savage but if bang for the buck is the objective I wouldn't rule out Tikka. A little more money perhaps but mine was very accurate and very smooth to operate.

    After owning a handful for .223 rifles I finally settled on a Sako Model 75 and want no other.

  7. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    The bolt gun won't be more accurate than the AR15, but it will be cheaper. A great bargin if you can find one is a Remington 788. I have owned two of them in .223 and both were very accurate. Check out this page: http://www.charm.net/~kmarsh/788.html
    This used to be the economy model of the Remington line, but they are very accurate rifles.
    I also have a Tikka in .223 which is also a very good shooter, however it is going to be more expensive than the Savage or the used Remington.
    I have never owned a Savage, but I have heard nothing but good things about them. From all accounts, it is a great rifle for the money. Actually from what I am hearing, it is a great rifle for any amount of money.
    The Mini-14 I owned, was very mediocre in the accuracy department. A friend of mine owns a very accurate Mini, but he put a lot of money into it. Something in the neighborhood of $1000.
  8. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, for a cheap accurate plinker, I'd go for the Savage. The CZ will be what, about $200 more but will have the better stock and probably a better trigger.

    Either the Savage or CZ should work out for you.

    The Howa Varminter would be nice too but only comes with a laminated stock - no cool crackle poly kevlar job.
  9. yzguy

    yzguy Well-Known Member

    love my savage 10fp in .308!!
    (I did change the stock though...)
  10. TheLastBoyScout

    TheLastBoyScout Well-Known Member

    Bushmasters are expensive, but mine is more accurate than I am, when shooting unsupported. At typical plinking ranges, there isn't going to be that much of an accuracy difference between a good AR (maybe 1-2 MOA) and a bolt gun.
    I'm just hopelessy addicted to semis though. The only time I use a bolt is when rules or laws require it, i.e. work and small game hunting.
  11. JBP

    JBP Well-Known Member

    Have you considered a single shot? The NEFs are accurate, reliable, and cheap. And you can swap out the barrel for other calibers if you want to.
  12. AK103K

    AK103K Well-Known Member

    Whats cheap and whats accurate?
    Armalite M15A4(T) 100 yards prone/bipod Nosler BT's/4895
  13. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    The best to be expected from the average Mini is around 1.5 to 2 MOA, which isn't exactly target accuracy.

    I fell into a Ruger 77 MK II, good used and reasonably priced. With its original Tasco 3x9 it shot 1/2 MOA. I swapped out for a Leupold 3x9 I had lying around, and installed a Timney trigger. Lightweight, accurate...

    :), Art
  14. Sir Galahad

    Sir Galahad member

    I have a CZ 527 and it's great. You can remedy the sharp mag feed lips with a bit of fine grit sandpaper. Takes 5 minutes tops. I shoot mine with the iron sights on it and find it to be quite accurate. The set trigger is great!
  15. BusMaster007

    BusMaster007 Well-Known Member


    You mentioned 'bang for the buck' in .223 and a bolt-action...

    The Remington XP-100R in .223 fits that description.
    It's a literal blast, and even more fun as the sun goes down.
    I'm talkin' serious fireball here.
    It's one of the most fun to shoot guns I've ever had.
    4+1=FUN. :D

    Shown with its stablemate in .308.

    Attached Files:

  16. bad_dad_brad

    bad_dad_brad Well-Known Member

    I really like the versatility of the .223 and have an AR15 Bushmaster 16" Shorty which is, as they say, way more accurate than I am. I also have a Mini-14 ranch rifle SS with plastic furniture that I like to plink with - not as accurate as the AR, but it will do the job it is intended to do.

    I also would like to get a bolt action in said caliber. I would like a Ruger 77, but they are pricey. I have heard good things about the Savage.
  17. BusMaster007

    BusMaster007 Well-Known Member

    ANOTHER post boondoggle RANT...

    I received the alert that posts can only be edited for '5760 minutes'... how long is that ...? LONG.
    My other post wasn't THAT long ago.
    I imagine the error occurs when one must go back and retrieve a previously posted image, and when THAT occurs, the current post is wiped out.
    This site cannot detect the difference between the photo that was posted more than '5760 minutes' ago and the last post a few minutes ago...?
    Oh, yeah, and emoticons go the END of the line, instead of right where you wish to use them. :rolleyes:

    ANYWAY, here are more XP-100&100R's to look at.

  18. BusMaster007

    BusMaster007 Well-Known Member

    An error has caused my previous (2 posts ago) post to appear as OTHER than how I re-wrote it.
    It was a response to another thread from a while back.
    I changed some of it. It has been changed back to its original text by ???

    I stand by my recommendation of the Remington XP-100R. ;)
  19. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Yep, the Savage is the best bang for your buck.
  20. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    Hedge your bet and get the AR. There's still a chance that the new and improved EBR ban will pass.

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