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Unread 04-22-2013, 08:42 PM
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Re: Thinkin about an new .223

I bought a savage Axis as primary night hunting coyote rig. I am a believer in the sierra 60gr HPs and mid west coyotes. I clipped the trigger spring so it breaks at 3.75lbs (still kind of squishy). I was surprised with the load I use in 60gr HPs, I can hold a 2" group at 400yds. I am in the .6s at 100yds. I used it in the WY Pdog fields and was having very good results with it at 300yds. The winds were playing havoc with it at 400 though using only hold over and hold off. I know I would have faired better with a dialer at 400. that being said, the Axis is a very accurate rifle in 223. I have also made some very accurate loads in Axis rifles chambered in 22-250 and 25-06.
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    Unread 04-23-2013, 09:31 AM
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    Re: Thinkin about an new .223

    Swifty,

    The .223 is a fun rifle to shoot. I finally got my scope mounted so
    it will reach out to a 1000 yards. I shooting a Marlin X7VH .223
    with 69 gr Sierra BTHP, pushed with 25 gr of H4895. That will
    get there. The rest is up to me and how well I am shooting
    that day.
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    Unread 04-28-2013, 10:20 AM
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    Re: Thinkin about an new .223

    You really cant go wrong with tikka at all but last year i picked up a T/C venture predator and love it! With a 55 grn gameking and 26.9 grains of varget i am averaging under 1/2" groups at 100 yards and just at an inch at 200. I drew first blood with it yesterday on a groundhog at 250 yards and that sierra really does a good job on impact and is really accurate to boot.
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    Unread 04-28-2013, 03:24 PM
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    Re: Thinkin about an new .223

    Motown,

    I suspect there is more than a couple of dollar spread between the Tikka
    and the TC Venture predator.

    Depends totally on the buyer what the use will be. The .223 has a wide
    variety of uses depending on Barrel twist, length of barrel and Choice of sights.
    Any thing from plinking, predator hunting, deer, small game and serious
    Target shooting.

    Hopefully, we will soon get back to the recreational shooting we all enjoy.
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    Re: Thinkin about an new .223

    The price spread is really not big at all.The venture predator can be found for around 550-600 and the same can be said for a tikka t3 depending if you would want it blued or stainless.
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    Re: Thinkin about an new .223

    Quote:
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    I bought a savage Axis as primary night hunting coyote rig. I am a believer in the sierra 60gr HPs and mid west coyotes. I clipped the trigger spring so it breaks at 3.75lbs (still kind of squishy). I was surprised with the load I use in 60gr HPs, I can hold a 2" group at 400yds. I am in the .6s at 100yds. I used it in the WY Pdog fields and was having very good results with it at 300yds. The winds were playing havoc with it at 400 though using only hold over and hold off. I know I would have faired better with a dialer at 400. that being said, the Axis is a very accurate rifle in 223. I have also made some very accurate loads in Axis rifles chambered in 22-250 and 25-06.
    You sure are right about the soothing sound of ringing steel a long ways out.
    I had the 500 yard gong going pretty good last Wednesday.
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    Re: Thinkin about an new .223

    RUGER AMERICAN - 100% made in USA

    I just bought a Ruger American in 22-250 and mounted an old Burris Fulfield 6-18 X 40 target scope on it. I'll report back on accuracy but ALL the accuracy reports I've read or heard on the Ruger American of any offered cartridge are very good.

    Yeah, Ruger may have copied the Savage Axis stock design but everything else is innovative Ruger design. Great trigger, bolt and hammer forged barrel. And then there is the truly innovative V-block bedding system.

    For the money and features AND accuracy the American is very hard to beat, even by the nice Savage Axis.
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