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For you 223 bolt guys.......

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by viking499, Jul 13, 2010.

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  1. viking499

    viking499 Member

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    Looking at picking up a 223 bolt gun. Already have an AR, just looking for something a little lighter, easier to handle in and out of the truck, on and off the tractor etc. Used for varmit, paper and overall cheap shooting.

    Wood or synthetic. Probably a detachable mag, maybe not. Don't want junk, but not looking for a safe queen. Not real picky, just want a good gun for the money

    What do you recommend?


    I know that the 223 is not the best in the ballistic dept, but I already reload for the AR. Any good, accurate bolt action loads out there? Something that makes the 223 shine over standard factory ammo?
     
  2. DIM

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    Check Tikka T3 either lite or varmint model, great guns detachable mags, 1:8 twist barrel guarantee to shoot MOA or better... Then TC either ICON or Venture, both use mags, both guarantee to shoot SUB MOA .
     
  3. Geno
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    I would suggest an M700 SPS Tactical if you want a 1-9 twist. It has a heavy, free-floated 20" barrel. If you want a 1-12 twist, you could opt for a Weatherby Vanguard Varmint Special. It has a heavy 22" barrel.

    Geno
     
  4. fireside44

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    Savage.
     
  5. Heck

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    I'd look at the tikka or one of the CZ's.
     
  6. alsaqr

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    I have several Remington rifles in .223. A few years ago I bought a CZ 527 American: That CZ shoots just as well as my Remington 700 heavy barrel varmint gun. The CZ is much lighter and smaller than my Remington guns and it comes with a set trigger.

    http://cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-527-american/
     
  7. PT1911

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    cz 527 varmint....

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    GET ONE!!!

    all joking aside... a hell of a rifle..
     
  8. Grey Morel

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    There a TON of good bolt guns out there in .223.

    For the same price range as many AR-15's (1,000 - 1,100) you have a TON of high end options:

    CZ 527 Lux, Remington Tactical, TC Icon, Kimber M84, Vanguard SUB-MOA, A-bolt Medallion, and others. The Kimber is easily the lightest in the group.
     
  9. DIM

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    and don't forget Tikka T3 Tactical ;-) $1K+

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    .223 bolt actions I have shot and liked: CZ 527 American, Tikka T3, Remington 700 BDL. Lots of good ones out there, most of which can be very accurate with good ammo.
     
  11. Art Eatman

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    My ruger 77 Mk II light sporter is a half-MOA critter. Great prairie dog gun. I did put a Timney trigger in it, but that merely made the groupings easier, not tighter. :)
     
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    I like the new Ruger Hawkeye M77 for what you're doing. With wood, not plastic.
     
  13. TOU

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    Another vote for a CZ 527...I am so enamored with these that I have them in 8 variations of the 527 in 7 calibers and have sold all other small caliber brands. (I'm just about to have two more built in wildcat cartridges.) My CZ 527 Carbine in .223 actually out shot my CZ 527 Kevlar Varmint regularly...by a hair. It is an amazing rifle. I recently sold the Kevlar & kept the Carbine. My kids love it to & I love having iron sights as a a back up. I think if I didn't have it, I would go for the classicness of the Full stock. And I LOVE the single set triggers as well as the removable magazines. Their have been some other great suggestions but I think you will be hard pressed to find a better more featured rifle for the money. JMHO.

    http://cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-527-carbine/


     
  14. ocharry

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    i use a TC contender in rifle configuration for my truck and tractor gun,,not a bolt i know but it is short and easy to handle,, and it is a sub moa gun

    if you are shooting at yotes or foxes you are only gona get one shot anyway,,lol,, well most of the time,,,and you should only need one shot ,,,LOL

    my .02

    ocharry
     
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    I have a couple of Ruger M-77's and they both shoot great. I also have a Remington Model Seven and a 700 LTR. The M7 was a youth model that I put an adult stock on. It shoot great and has a 1/9 twist for the heavier bullets. I would recommend all of the above.
     
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    viking,

    The Howa line from Legacy Sports has the rifle you describe, they come with 20" tube it is their Ranchland model and they come with Houge stocks, detachable mags, check 'em out!

    The Weatherby Vanguard series are Howa actions
     
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    Based on your specs, I'll enter another vote for Tikka T3 lite -- Has a factory guarantee of 1MOA, about the lightest thing out there, detachable mag, and I've seen it for sale below $400. Just be careful to put a similarly lightweight scope on it or it gets top heavy.
     
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    I don't think the CZ-527 American has a 1 MOA accuracy guarantee.

    But between my hunting pard and myself, we have 3 of them in .223 & .204.

    None of them have ever shot 1 MOA.
    All of ours shoot closer to 1/2-3/4 MOA with handloads off a bench.

    rc
     
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    CZ 527 Varmint or Tikka T3.

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    I have savage 12 in .223, I love it (plastic stock, internal mag)
    Mine has a 24" bull barrel, and you can find them for under $400
     
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    There are a lot of decent shooting rifles in .223 today. If you want a light weight option, especially with iron sights, I would go CZ carbine. If you are looking to scope it I would go with either the CZ 527 American or a Tikka T3 lite. The Ruger 77 Mk II could also work as well as a Remington SPS or a Savage 11 FCNS. Most all should shoot well. I am a fan of the CZ myself, but I really like their trigger, both in the set mode and not. It is the best trigger of that price range from my perspective. Others are good, but that one is great.
     
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    CZ 527 carbine for light, handy and accurate.
     
  23. Grey Morel

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    I would build on that to recommend the Hawkeye Ultra Light, topped with a Leupold Ultra Light; a drop in trigger is gravy.

    Even with the fancy scope and aftermarket trigger, you would still come in with a lower bill than some of the other options, and you would have built a rifle lighter and more handy than nearly anything else.
     
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    Tikka T3 Lite.
     
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    Its not a bolt gun like you asked for but I have an H&R Handi that stays in the 1" area and cost $250 OTD. No open sights on it so I put a Leupold 3x9 VX1 on it. Its a $450 rig you don't mind banging around. Plus its only about 37" long.
     
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