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Which cheap .223 bolt rifle should I pick?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by atakawow, Mar 24, 2009.

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  1. atakawow

    atakawow Member

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    Hello,

    I've been wanting to get a bolt action rifle, anything larger than a .22lr (i know :eek:). I think I've narrowed down to a .223 for the price of ammo. Question is, which rifle should I go for? I'm getting this rifle for fun range shooting and will eventually hunt with it. Is the .223 round capable for hunting? Like deers and such.

    These are the criteria:
    - Inexpensive ($300-400 is my budget, but anything less is perfect).
    - Somewhat accurate/reliable for my bucks.
    - Good for hunting.

    I'm also open for other caliber suggestions as I am quite a newbie when it comes to rifles and hunting.

    Thanks.
     
  2. t165

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    I bought a Stevens 200 in 223 about 2 years ago. No accu-trigger but I adjusted the one that came with it so it's not too bad. And the stock has sharp edges. Other than these minor gripes it appears to be a lot of gun for the money. I paid $275.00 and put a Bushnell 3200 3x9x40 on it.

    The 223 gets used on deer a lot but I'm not going to stick my neck out and recommend it. This subject has started plenty of keyboard fights in the past.
     
  3. BENELLIMONTE

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    I would agree that Stevens 200 or a used 111 Savage would be sufficient.
     
  4. sarduy

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    Stevens 200, or a Saiga .223, the saiga is not a bold action but is as reliable as any AK ;)
     
  5. jpwilly

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    Stevens/Savage are cheap rifles that will shoot good. But in many states 223 cannot be used for deer.
     
  6. bessemerbob

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    Well I just made a huge mistake with this very same subject. I was looking at the 400-600 range and ended up a bit higher and got the Remington VTR. A week later I think Im going to trade it in.( its a great varmit, stalking gun not a great bench wrest gun) Probably a $200 mistake on my part! So with all that said the Stevens is a nice gun, Savage are great guns might be hard to get it at the price you want to spend. Stevens is a Savage just no bells and whistles.....
     
  7. stormspotter

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    If you do get a Stevens, get a newer one with the center/straight-line feed. Some of the staggered box-fed ones had feeding problems, due to the smaller case size.
     
  8. jjk308

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    "think I've narrowed down to a .223 for the price of ammo." ????

    .223 is outrageously expensive today thanks to military purchases. And it's no good for anything bigger than a coyote.
     
  9. bessemerbob

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    I just got a box of .223 American Eagle for 10.50, which is 50cents a round... I dont think your going to find much cheaper then that...
     
  10. ArmedBear

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    If I go buy ammo at Wal-Mart, I can shoot my .30-06 for only a little more. The AR is gathering dust. Okay, it's in a safe, so it's not actually dusty, but figuratively it is.:)
     
  11. Ghost Tracker

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    Savage models once were a very good value in rifles. Now they are a very good rifle...period. What's your reason for selecting the .223? Sounds to me like your deer hunting urges match-up better with a .243, etc.
     
  12. ArmedBear

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    BTW you can hunt deer with a .223.

    Just don't shoot the deer.:D

    Seriously, it's illegal in some jurisdictions, and considered unethical in most others.

    There are places with tiny deer, though. A .223 is probably a legitimate round to use on them. On our muleys up here? I would not consider the round to be ethical.
     
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  13. bensdad

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    I have a Stevens 200 in .223. I just posted this somewhere else, but I'll say it again. If they would have let me take it for a test-shoot before purchase, they could have asked two or three times the price. I would have paid it. It's a sub-moa gun with multiple recipes.

    ETA: I would not hunt deer with it (even though I can in MN, as of last year).
     
  14. jimmyraythomason

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    The Steven's Model 200 is the best match for your criteria. As far as using the .223 for deer, if you can't hit a vital area with a .223 you probably can't do it with a .458 Lott either. 55 grains of bullet in the heart,lungs or brain is every bit as lethal as a pound of lead.
     
  15. Jerry D

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    A .223 60 grain partition creates similar wound channels to a .30-30.

    A .223 with a good shot can be used on deer, max range I'd say would be 100 yards though.
     
  16. gotime242

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    Stevens 200 hands down.
     
  17. HOLY DIVER

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    stevens 200 would make you very happy i'm sure
    223 deer hunting i'm not crazy about the idea but if thats all i had and i was hungry i'd use a 223 for deer lol
     
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    Bought 200 rounds of Federal 223 at walmart today for $80.
     
  19. Deer Hunter

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    Here in Texas, .223 is LEGAL and perfectly adequate for hunting deer.

    Hunting is more about shot-placement than how big or fast your bullet is.
     
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