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Best .223 rifles

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by rection47, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. rection47

    rection47 Well-Known Member

    What are the best bolt action rifles chambered for the .223 round that cost less then $1000?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member


    If you get a Remington, Howa, Weatherby, Tikka, Savage, CZ, Browning, or Ruger, you won't be disappointed with any of 'em.

    What are you looking for?

    Varmint hunting? Plinking/field practice? Competition? Accuracy shooting?
  3. rection47

    rection47 Well-Known Member

    accuracy and target shooting, possibly varmint in the future.
    I have looked at Browning A-bolts and found one that seemed good but im not sure if it actually is, the composite stalker.
  4. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Typically, accuracy and varmint shooters favor heavier guns with heavier barrels. They don't get hot as fast, and they don't change POI with heat as much. Heavier guns sit more steadily on a rest. 8-10 lb. or more, without scope, is typical.

    The lightest guns are favored by people who hunt on foot, especially in hill country. Hence, you have guns sold as "Mountain Rifles" by Remington and others, with trimmed-down barrels and other weight-saving features. Big game hunters don't need a gun to stay dead-accurate for more than a few shots without cooling, usually just one or two. 5-7 lb. without scope, lighter for some wacky custom jobs.

    In between, you have guns that split the difference. These are your standard hunting rifles, which weigh in at 7-8 lb. with a scope.

    For what you want, a heavy gun sounds best, assuming that's what you REALLY want. They're typically a tad more expensive than basic hunting rifles, but not that much. They're usually sold as Varmint, Target, Tactical, or Heavy Barrel models, and they are often sold with accuracy-enhancing features like better triggers (maybe single-set like CZ and some Remingtons), better bedding, laid-fiberglass stocks (not "synthetic" molded).
  5. hessy

    hessy Well-Known Member


    I have a Tikka T3 lite in .223Rem. :p The rifle is a tack driver out of the box, I can shoot factory 55 or 62 gr loads sub-MOA without problems. The gun is not the prettiest, but one of the most accurate and practical available. Cost is less than $500. And yes, the fast 1:8 twist; you can use up to and including 80 gr bullets.
    I think this is the best factory rifle for .223 Rem shooting. You need to consider Varmint or Tactical variants, too.
  6. Simple Man

    Simple Man Well-Known Member

    If you want a bolt action .223 that shoots like it's a $1500 rifle but only costs around $500 then look no further than a CZ 527 American or Varmint. It is the best bolt action .223 out there by far for that price range. Of course this is MY humble opinion. You not only get a rifle that will shoot sub MOA at 100 yards but you get a fully adjustable trigger that also has a set feature that allows you to set the trigger by pushing it forward and then the trigger pull is around a crisp 1 pound. You can adjust the pull weight to your liking though.

  7. michael_aos

    michael_aos Well-Known Member

    The Tikka T3 Lite Stainless has been catching my eye lately also.


    They also have a "varmint" version.

  8. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Another nice thing about the CZ is that it's got a stock made out of walnut, not el cheapo injection-molded plastic, for that price.

    Correction... CZ available in maple, various laminates also. A good deal!
  9. michael_aos

    michael_aos Well-Known Member

    The Remington Model 799 is also an option, if you're OK with the 1:12" twist.


    I like the Remington 700P LTR in general, but I like the idea of a shorter-action for .223. 1:9" twist though.

  10. salty

    salty Well-Known Member

    "Best" for what purpose ? No way to provide a short answer to that open ended question - it is like asking what is the best scope ? W
  11. rection47

    rection47 Well-Known Member

    i did reply earlier that it would be mostly used for target shooting and possibly varmint.

    and thanks for all the ideas ill look into these :).
  12. rection47

    rection47 Well-Known Member

    decided to put this message under a different thread.

    Edited 9:03pm
  13. Cueball

    Cueball Well-Known Member

    I have a Savage Model 12 that works great for me. Personally, I would go with Savage or CZ. They both have good triggers and are very accurate out of the box. I don't think you would go wrong with either one.
  14. hoghunting

    hoghunting Well-Known Member

    I also recommend the Tikka T3 Varmint 223. Extremely accurate, wonderful adjustable trigger, very smooth action - what more could a person ask for?

    You might also check www.thegunsource.com for prices as they have very good prices for most of the rifles you will be looking at.
  15. rection47

    rection47 Well-Known Member

    Yea i started a new thread on CZ 527 kevlar. if anyone has information on it itd be appreciated :)
  16. Simple Man

    Simple Man Well-Known Member

    The CZ 527 Kevlar is a very nice rifle but FYI - it is a 1-9 twist instead of a 1-12 twist like the American or varmint.
  17. FPrice

    FPrice Well-Known Member

    I don't have a lot of experience with bolt-action guns but this one has been very good for me. A Savage Model 16. Savages have always seemed to be quite accurate out of the box in my limited experience. Especially for the money.

  18. Houser52

    Houser52 Well-Known Member

    I have a heavy barreled, laminated stock, New England Firearms .223 that I keep on the 4 wheeler all the time. It's an inexpensive ( $175 +/- )
    single shot break down barrel that will shoot sub MOA with factory WWB and my handloads.
    It's pretty much stock with a little trigger work done by Joe Goforth, a local riflesmith. I also have a Sightron I 3X9 scope on it.
    My Remington 22-250 VSSF sits in the safe most of the time since I got the NEF .223
  19. 45crittergitter

    45crittergitter Well-Known Member

    +1 for Tikka.
  20. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    if going strictly by accuracy, the cz will probably smoke 'em all. but if you want something that is accurate, and you can bang around in the field without crying, I would go savage.

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