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Recommend a .223 BOLT Action?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CommanderCrusty, Jan 7, 2013.

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  1. CommanderCrusty

    CommanderCrusty Member

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    I'm looking for a fun gun in .223. Just something to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon at the range. Thinking of a Savage or Remington package with a factory supplied scope and rings, but I know very little about long guns.

    What do you recommend for a bolt action .223?

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    It's either that of a .308 Ruger Scout rifle, and I already HAVE plenty of .223 ammo.
     
  2. rcmodel

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  3. Auto426

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    I've personally been eyeballing Ruger's M77 African in .223. It's meant to be a trainer for the big bruisers you take on safari, but I would use it just for fun. It's one of what must be only a handful of .223 bolt actions with iron sights, and I for one would probably never out a scope on it. I would love to train with one to become proficient in shooting a bolt gun with iron sights.
     
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    How much do you want to spend? I have seen $300 rifles that shot better than $2000 guns.
     
  5. I6turbo

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    I agree. I love my 527 in .223.
    Honestly, if the OP isn't experienced with long guns and isn't already a rifle freak he might not appreciate the 527 as much as those of us who have several bolt action guns and really love the 527, but still a great recommendation for a first timer, IMO.
     
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    Two wonderful suggestions.

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    The CZ carbine with detachable box magazine, in particular, looks very nice to my eye. However, I would certainly consider less expensive alternatives.
     
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    Cz 527.
     
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    Just ordered a 527 varmint, but it will take a few weeks at least for me write a review. :)
     
  11. I6turbo

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    One word of caution on buying CZs: For many people they have a tendency to multiply after you get the first one. I've owned a number of guns in my life but only bought my first CZ less than a year ago. I'm up to 4 now. :uhoh:
     
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    cz 527.

    I've not held nor shot every conceivable rifle out there, but picking one of these up in the store, I was really impressed. light weight, but well balanced. I can hold it perfectly steady standing, and am sure that I would have some work to do to be as accurate as the rifle. if I had $700 to blow on a new rifle I would get one of these in a heartbeat. I have heard of some having a slightly rough action at first, and noticed one like that myself (others felt nice), but have read that it is easy to clean up any rough edges if there are any. Everything else I read said a little grease and cycling it a few hundred times would clean it up, if it was bothering you.
     
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    I hate that I didn't buy two of these, one in .223, one in 7.62x39 when I first noticed them and they were a few benjamins cheaper.
     
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    Yes, they do seem to multiply. I'm ordering my 5th, and all are a joy to shoot.
     
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    This CZ is a Beautiful rifle

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    Hard to choose they all look nice, but I will still stick with my Savages.

    Jim
     
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    I would recommend a Tikka T3. Smooth, accurate, light weight, readily available.

    I got some inexpensive reloads at a local pawn shop, $17 for a box of 50 three weeks ago. Those days are over ;( Here is how they group out of my Tikka.

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    Wow, and I do mean wow. Never saw a collection like that outside of a museum. Given the number of American/Varmint models with no scope, looks like many have never been shot outside the factory either. Wow. :what:
     
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    If you can swing the CZ, I'd say do it. I don't have one, but have shot one. Well built, very nice looking and accurate with the handloads the owner had.

    If you want to go down in budget and way down in looks, buy a Stevens. Accuracy wise, they'll hang with the big dogs. But they are as ugly as that CZ is pretty. That one, I own. And it's no better looking in person.
     
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    The CZ 527 is the way to go.
     
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    Savage 25. Its action was designed specifically for .22 caliber cartridges, and it shoots!
     
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