Thinkin about an new .223

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  1. thumbs

    thumbs Well-Known Member

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    I am thinkin about getting another .223 bolt action. Who makes a good accurate rifle with a reasonable price?

    Thanks for the help
     
  2. Gary Kaney

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    I bought a FN TSR about 2 years ago. I couldn't be happier. It's the first rifle i've owned with a 20" barrel. In fact i just bought the same rifle in 308. I'm currently working up loads for the 308. With my reloads the 223 is shooting under .4 MOA. On the 223 i have a Luepold MK4 with the TMR reticle. I will have to admit i was a little skepticle of the overmolded stock, but it's not an issue. In fact i've come to really like it.
     

  3. Mike 338

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  4. thumbs

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    Thanks guys
    These things are a bit out of my price range. I'm sure they are great rifles but.........
     
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    I got a stevens 200 on my college budget... they skimp on the stock and dont include accutrigger.

    mine shoots less than 1/2 inch at 100yrds with handloads and less than an inch with store bought stuff.

    when you have more spending you can upgrade trigger and stock.
     
  7. Mike 338

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    I've heard some decent things about the new Ruger American Rifle. MSRP is 449.00 but I'm sure the street price is less. Apparently calibers start at .243.
     
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    I am a big Savage fan and they have rifles priced very reasonably that will shoot right out of the box. You can get anything from a bare bones tupperware stock model and upgrade as funds allow or start with one of the better models in a laminate Boyds stock or HS precision.
     
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  10. Travis C

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  12. JesseJames

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    What about the Mossberg MVP? I read a review on them and they seemed to be good shooting rifles. They are a bolt gun that feed from AR magazines.
     
  13. lightflight

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    You would be limited to the overal length of an AR magazine.
     
  14. SidecarFlip

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    +1 and make it an axis.

    Not sure about any Ruger. Most Rugers have very clunky triggers. I know, I have a few and all need addressing, especially the pistols.

    I also happen to have a Ruger Mini 14 Target accurized by ACS. I realize its a gas operated blowback semi auto but it's a sub MOA shooter and it's not particular about type of ammo. You can single shot it by turning the gas down via an socket head setscrew on the gas block if a single shot blows your dress up, or crank it up with a 20 round magazine. your choice.

    A friend and I were out shooting at the range for fun (100 yards), he was shooting his Tikka and I had the Ruger. He jokingly remarked that the mini wasn't a 'tack driver' like the Tikka was. I proceeded to 'drive the head of the tack' holding the target on the board at 100 yards, first shot hit it, second shot blew the head off... and the target fell off......

    So much for that......:)

    .223 is my favorite round. It's cheap in factory loads and had plenty of variety. Brass is plentiful and cheap, takes small rifle primers and not a gob of powder so powder goes a long way. The cases don't grow excessively with repeated firings and the bullets, being .22 caliber are inexpensive, even ballistic tipped ones, to buy. I have literally thousands of reloaded rounds in different flavors and lots of factory loads too.

    ....but then an outing usually involves expending a couple hundred rounds.