Opinions on Best .223 or 22-250 rifle under $600

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by deuce2, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. deuce2

    deuce2 Member

    Oct 17, 2010
    Using to shoot small to mid size game and using factory ammo.

    Looking for overall best accuracy and reliablity with personal experiences out of the box.... THanks!
  2. lewwetzel

    lewwetzel Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    deuce: You'll probably read the word "Savage" a lot in replies, and I can't argue with that, although they aren't my cup of tea. In .223, you can probably find a C-Z 527 American for a little over your limit if you shop around, try www.budsgunshop.com. ; a Varmint model, or a 550 in .22-250 will be more. I also own a Remington SPSS (stainless action/jeweled bolt model of SPS Varmint sold only at Cabela's) in .22-250 that shoots well with factory ammo; think it wasn't over $550, maybe less on sale. One can add a better stock and/or trigger as funds allow. Also, a Howa might be worth loking at, although I've never owned one. FWIW: varmint rifles can sometimes be found at a discount this time of year. Good luck!
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010

  3. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Yes, the Savage is very good, as is the CZ. Another is the Tikka. In general, those are the most accurate for under $600. But rifles differ in many ways. You pays yer bucks, and takes a chance.
  4. lazsar556

    lazsar556 New Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    I bought a .223 Savage Stevens 200 in the summer. Paid $325.00 for it. It shot a 3-shot group that measured 0.115" at 50 yds. I was shocked. Best bang for the bucks. Was breaking it in with Remington 55gr FMJ. Mounted a Bushnell 3200 10x40mm scope on top. What I like was trigger very crisp, barrel can be easily change and tigger can be upgraded (no accu-trigger). Probably will change trigger, barrel and stock in the future.
    Also like the Howa 1500, heard good things about it. Was going to get stainless barrelled action in .308 to make tactical rifle.