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Most accurate .223 bolt gun for $500?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BMW2, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. BMW2

    BMW2 Well-Known Member

    Well my SKS should be here in a week or two and I've been thinking that I'd like a bolt action .223 for target shooting/varmints. Any suggestions on the best new or used options for under $500? MOA at 100 yards would be nice, doable in that price range?

    I just read an article on the savage model 25 but no one has one locally yet and I'm not sure what actual retail would be. I'll be going to a gun show in a couple of weeks so any suggestions on a good older models to look out for would be good too.

    Last edited: Mar 26, 2008
  2. YodaVader

    YodaVader Well-Known Member

    I picked up a 700 SPS Varmint at Dick's on sale with 4X-12X scope for $479 plus a $30 rebate at the time - last Oct. Should still be able to pick a SPS at a shop for $500 , maybe a little more. The accuracy of mine has really been impressive!
  3. squirrel sniper

    squirrel sniper Well-Known Member

  4. ROAshooter

    ROAshooter member

  5. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

  6. skinewmexico

    skinewmexico Well-Known Member

    I can't imagine any 223 from a reputable manufacturer not shooting MOA for $500. I know my Stevens 200 shot about 3/4 out of the box. I don't like the Savage 25 because you can't change the barrel yourself.
  7. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    Howa (from Legacy Sports or Weatherby Vanguard series, depending on which stocks and options you like), Savage, CZ 527.

    As much as I like the Howas, and as accurate as they are, I'd lean Savage or CZ due to their excellent factory triggers. Savage Accu-Trigger can be adjusted down to the ounces range, and CZ's have single-set triggers.

    Howa triggers are user-adjustable and mine breaks clean, but it's a hunting rifle trigger (single stage, adjustable from about 3-6 lbs.). For varmints and targets, a super-light trigger option can make accurate shooting less fatiguing and more fun, and with the Savage and CZ, you don't have to go aftermarket to get it.:)

    The only downside to the CZ is that AFAIK the 527 requires high scope rings, even with a smaller scope. If you're going to use a 50mm objective anyway, then that won't matter.
  8. tblt

    tblt member

    I have a winchester model 70 in 270very,very good shooting gun.
    Don't know what the price would be.
    Don't know if they make it in 243
  9. Essex County

    Essex County Well-Known Member

    CZ or Savage. I own both and either will make you verry happy. Essex
  10. Schleprok62

    Schleprok62 Well-Known Member

    The Stevens Model 200 is more or less a Savage 10/110. No accuTrigger, but you can install a Rifle BasX trigger to fix that and still stay in your $500 budget.
  11. BMW2

    BMW2 Well-Known Member

    Well, if a Stevens 200 will do what I want for that kinda money, I can't see buying a used gun. What will a used CZ 527 run anyway? Obviously there are a lot of variables that will affect the price but whats a ballpark number?

    Essex- What models do you have from CZ and Savage?

    Thanks guys.
  12. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    I don't have a number to give you for the CZ527. Mine's a left bolt anyway, so that skews things right there. Just buy it.

    As soon as CZ releases a 550 in LHB, I'm gonna own at least one.
    (Mommy, mommy, listen to da funny mans! He said he'd get just one!!) No, you malignant little brat, I said at least one!!

  13. deadasslast2004

    deadasslast2004 Well-Known Member

    Howa ( Weatherby) w/ Leupold scope 549.00 last fall

    I got one of these in heavy varmint barrel , synthetic stock with miunts/rings and a Leupold 4x12 scope for 549.99 last fall. It was a package deal on a website on here.
  14. ChefJeff1

    ChefJeff1 Well-Known Member

    I was just about to start a new thread but I'll say it here first. Yesterday I went to Sportsmans warehouse nd looked at a cz 527 american that was on the counter set up with a scope as a package deal. The guy came over and told me about it and then showed me a 100 yard 3 shot target with only one hole in it. He swears it was real and not a hoax so there you go. Once at my local range I witnessed a guy put 2 shots in one hole with a Howa at 100 yards so there ya goagain.
  15. skinewmexico

    skinewmexico Well-Known Member

    Two shot groups don't count. Neither do three.

    I'd sure like to see a link to how to adjust a Howa trigger, both of mine stink. Probably the only two guns of mine that aren't sub-MOA. And the 25-06 is my favorite gun in the world; I've made my best shots with it....mule deer @ 412, Sika @ 350.
  16. marksman13

    marksman13 Well-Known Member

    Howa, Savage, CZ, and Remington all make reliable accurate rifles. That said, I lean towards CZ. I just bought a CZ 527 Laminated Varmint from a fellow THR member. As soon as it comes in and I get a chance to shoot it, I'll give you a full report.
  17. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member


    You can buy a trigger here, pick the pull weight: http://www.jardinc.com/weatherby.htm

    Timney makes one, also.

    As for how to adjust the factory trigger, it's in the Weatherby Vanguard manual. I guess Howa doesn't tell you. I'll see if I can find the manual; I can't find an on-line PDF.
  18. AnthonyC.

    AnthonyC. Well-Known Member

    What about a Tikka T3 in .223? There are many differant models but I don't think any of them come with a scope. There is a Hunter model with a very nice looking wood stock and those are selling on gunbroker for about $550...there is also the T3 lite synthetic stocked version that can be found for about $480 just some ideas...
  19. bensdad

    bensdad Well-Known Member

    Yet another vote for a Savage or a Stevens. I have a Stevens 200. It's very accurate (sub-moa with ammo it likes). I have a Savage Mod. 12. Almost as accurate. It's a little more picky about ammo than the Stevens. The Savage cost quite a bit more, is a fine gun for the price, and is less accurate than the Stevens. IOW, the Stevens is a steal.

    But what's in a name? I have a Savage 111 .30-06 that is mediocre at best.
  20. Greenspartan117

    Greenspartan117 Active Member

    Tikka T3 in .223 comes with a 1 m.o.a. at 100 yds guarantee :) and it's just a tad bit over $500. Super smooth bolt and detachable mag too :)

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