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Which .223?

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Old 12-13-2008, 08:31 PM
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Re: Which .223?

I looked at custom rifles before I bought the 12LRPV also (they don't get much better tho). Here's how it would have worked out, but I probably would have babied it too much. It's still an option tho, thinking about 6 NORMA BR.

Savage target action $400
Hart barrel $600
Sharpshootersupply stock $200-$400

Red mist. It's an addiction!
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:45 AM
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Re: Which .223?

Its so tough to not buy a Stevens at $300. from gunbroker.com. They usually shoot just fine for most. If not, replace the barrel with a pre-setup and ready to shoot $269. one holing McGowen barrel.

I have taken a number of $400. Savage target actions, put a Barrel on, slap a stock on and I am shooting little bitty shoot with anyone groups for the price you quote.

I have several of Fred's triggers from Sharp SHooters Supply. They are very nice but would not swap out my target Accu-trigger for one. Have been great triggers for switching my Strikers to rear grip though!
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:11 PM
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Re: Which .223?

I have a Stevens 200 in .223 I picked up for $200. I ended up putting a Bell and Carlson Duramax stock on it( a little work but worth the $90), cut and recrowned a factory Savage varmint barrel to 20" and put a Sharp Shooter trigger in it. That's one of the best shooting guns I have. I think I've got around $450 in it without the glass.

If it were me I would buy a Savage 12FV and put a better stock on it. You can't go wrong with any of the Savages. That's my .02 cents.
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:26 PM
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Re: Which .223?

I really like my Rock River Varminter. I have shot a buch of 1 inch groups at 300 yards with Black Hills factory ammo(50 grain V-Max). This is one great varmint rifle. And would be great for faster shooting in the prarie dog fields. Tom.

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Old 12-19-2008, 07:45 PM
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Re: Which .223?

Absolutely awesome!

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Old 12-20-2008, 01:03 PM
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Re: Which .223?

i have a ruger varmint barrel 223 and i reload i would take about half the money he wants
to spend and buy some reloading stuff before we cant get anything my ruger was 550.00
but that was a few years back. good luck
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Old 01-02-2009, 04:22 PM
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Re: Which .223?

Stevens are a very good value.

My factory stevens 223 with handloads, bedded action and slight stock mods shot .4 at 100.

Th stock is pretty chinsy. But it is double pillared.
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