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Platform for .204?

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Unread 02-10-2008, 04:28 PM
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Platform for .204?

I have decided it is time for a .204. I have a heavy single-shot Swift and a .17 HMR and I need something in the middle. The Swift is heavy and loud and the 17 just doesn't quite get there for coyotes or longer ranges on fox. It seems like the .204 answers the call though. I am looking for a lighter rifle that will be very accurate. I like everything about the Savage Predator hunter but the stock. Savage stocks are abysmally bad plastic pieces of crap. I do want a good synthetic stock though as this will be a working rifle particularly for calling in the winter. Is there a good aftermarket option for a stock and I should just go with the Savage or is there something I am not considering but should be? I am certainly willing to spend more than the Savage if I get the right solution. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Unread 02-10-2008, 05:43 PM
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I just bought a Howa 1500 w/ hogue stock and Nikko Sterling 4-16x44 w/dot. Love the gun love the accuracy. Working on loads now have not taken it to the field yet will let you know. Only paid 499 for package great deal. This gun has factory contour barrel 22 inch.
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Unread 02-11-2008, 09:47 PM
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I suppose it would help if I were a little more specific about my wishes for this gun:


Very good trigger

Decent stock

Not too heavy
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Unread 02-24-2008, 08:15 AM
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I have a Savage Model 12 VLP and it is deadly accurate although it may be a little heavier than you want..

It once put 3 holes under 0.4 inches @ 322 yards.
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Unread 02-24-2008, 12:38 PM
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A couple of good options. 527CZ I know you said synthetic (They have a synthetic in the heavier barreled units) The set triggers on these is sweet and the accuracy is good enough to wack prairie dogs out to 500 yards with relative ease.

Savage/Stevens offers a few good options. This unit started out as a plain jane Stevens 200 but with a little work to the stock it too is good to 500 yards with ammo it likes.
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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Unread 02-25-2008, 11:20 PM
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i would try and get a AR-15 platform, with a heavy barrel. preferably a D-Tech custom =]
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Unread 02-29-2008, 07:53 PM
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I`ve got a CZ 527 with the pincle barrel and it`s a real tack driver with the 32 gn. Sierra`s, but the 32 gn. Sierra`s are to thin skinned for coyote. I don`t think they would shoot through a fox. My CZ shoots the 39 Sierra`s pretty good, but after the luck I had with the 32`s and Sierra told me the jackets were the same I quit shooting at coyotes with it. I hear the 35 Berger match bullets are the way to go. I personally have alot more faith in my .17 Rem. for coyotes than I do my .204.
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