.223 bolt action

Rie bread

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when i was a teenager i used to shoot a bunch of bench guns at long range and finally have a good paying job to afford such a thing. I always like the Savage LRPV back then but with all the high quality guns out there now it’s over whelming.

considerations: gonna shoot heavyweight rounds 69-90grain so a 1-7 or 1-8 twist would be ideal? not set on the single shot or a bench gun. not looking to get into a custom situation, so stock out of the box.

why .223? iv got a .270 and 30-06, 22lr and .17hmr. seems to fill the gap well and ammo easier to find? open to other small calibers. iv shot .220 swift, 22-250 and some others i’m sure but most important is the option for the heavier bullets.

MM be my magic 8 ball. what are other high quality bolt action .223 to consider?

next week ima ask for where the deer are at and maybe write a disappointment thread. ;)
 

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My 223 is my favorite bolt action of all time. Right now, it has the 1-12 twist so I only shoot 52 and 55 grain bullets and have no complaints. I’m well on my way to shooting out the barrel so I will get the 1-9 twist when I get it reworked. Im not into the super heavy 22 cal bullets like the 75 -90 grain, I think I want to stick with 55-69 grain since it’s kind of a compact cartridge and I still want velocities at or over 3000 fps. As far as brand names go, it will be all over the place with genuine recommendations. Mine is a Model 700 with a 26” barrel. If I was to buy another one, it would be Sako, Cooper or Christensen.
 

Rie bread

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thank you for the reply. i say i want to shoot the heavier round but it will depend on the rifle.

going back and forth between a real high accurate “shoulderable” rifle and a bench type gun.

iv got a project .270 rem 700 which is why i’m lookin for an out of the box gun. truthfully iv never shot anything new other then my buddies tika.
 

Rie bread

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My 223 is my favorite bolt action of all time. Right now, it has the 1-12 twist so I only shoot 52 and 55 grain bullets and have no complaints. I’m well on my way to shooting out the barrel so I will get the 1-9 twist when I get it reworked. Im not into the super heavy 22 cal bullets like the 75 -90 grain, I think I want to stick with 55-69 grain since it’s kind of a compact cartridge and I still want velocities at or over 3000 fps. As far as brand names go, it will be all over the place with genuine recommendations. Mine is a Model 700 with a 26” barrel. If I was to buy another one, it would be Sako, Cooper or Christensen.
have you shot smaller deer with this gun ?
 

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I haven’t. It’s more a Target/Varmint with the heavy barrel. We used to shoot prairie dogs but those are gone. I have a sling and carry it on occasion to varmint stands but that’s the only hunting I do with it. I know a person that hunts Coues with a 223 with a heavy bullet, but I will stick with my 270 or 280 AI. I really like it at the range. I usually shoot targets and after that I scan the 200 and 300 yard berm for small, golf ball size rocks and pick them off. Lately that seems to be the most fun I have, it’s really a blast. I feel like I could do that for hours at a time. I don’t have a problem with the heavy bullets, it seems like there’s some real good ones out there like Berger, Sierra, and Hornady A-Tip. I would try the A-Tips first if you’re into the heavy bullets and then the Bergers.
 

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Here it is. Leupold 4.5-14x50 vari-x 3. Not too remarkable of a rifle but still my favorite to shoot.

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I'd take a look at a Ruger American for a bolt gun.

Here's a sample of those guns

Here's Josh's video on now to make it more bench shootable.

I personally have one in 270 win I've kept stock that is just a great gun. They really do come with quite nice triggers straight out of the box.

I bought mine new for $300 on the classifieds and put a used Nikon 4-20 something scope that also cost me $300. Pretty incredible set up for $700 total with the mounts and sling.

Anyway, seems worth a look in 223 if that's your go to.

Cheers, Pete

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Rie bread

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iv been looking at the rugars cause of the new trigger they got. they’v got a couple of models that seem reasonable and accurate.

savage’s trigger is what has been appealing to me for years.

truthfully i’m looking at nickle sized groups off a bench/sandbag set up

appreciate all the reply’s. iv just got limited experience with newer guns these days
 
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Rie bread

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I'd take a look at a Ruger American for a bolt gun.

Here's a sample of those guns

Here's Josh's video on now to make it more bench shootable.

I personally have one in 270 win I've kept stock that is just a great gun. They really do come with quite nice triggers straight out of the box.

I bought mine new for $300 on the classifieds and put a used Nikon 4-20 something scope that also cost me $300. Pretty incredible set up for $700 total with the mounts and sling.

Anyway, seems worth a look in 223 if that's your go to.

Cheers, Pete

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iv been looking at the sugar american ranch in the 5.56 nato. suppose to be amazing moa out of the box
 

Captain_coues

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any custom work?

Just glass bedding and a Timney trigger. When I get the barrel changed I will go with a Sako extractor along with the usual blue print of the action and bolt face. I may go with a jewel trigger and side bolt release if I do that. I have one jewel trigger on another M 700 and I really like it. I haven’t made up my mind yet on the trigger. The Timney is fine, but part of me wants the jewel.
 

Rie bread

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the trigger seems to really make a rifle shoot drastically better.

any 22-250 shooters out there that can comment on the 1-12 twist or 1-9 twist?
 

Rie bread

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Just glass bedding and a Timney trigger. When I get the barrel changed I will go with a Sako extractor along with the usual blue print of the action and bolt face. I may go with a jewel trigger and side bolt release if I do that. I have one jewel trigger on another M 700 and I really like it. I haven’t made up my mind yet on the trigger. The Timney is fine, but part of me wants the jewel.
you got a slick looking rifle.
i’m not familiar with the timney but have lots of time on a jewel and will defiantly be dropping one in the .270
 

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If you can track one down Tikka made a run of the T3X in 22-250 with 1:8 twist. If you really want to shoot heavy 22cal bullets from a factory rifle I’d go this route.
 

Rie bread

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tika is high in the list since iv shot a t3 in 308 and would have some $$ left over to get a nicer scope compared to the savage LRPV.

slowly it’s morphing into maybe getting two rifles mwahaha
 

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May not be as 'fancy' as you are looking for but I bought a Mossburg MVP a few years back and it is a great shooting gun. Just as good as my Coopers. It shoots 50 grain Nosler Varmageddons and Barne's 53 TSX with a load of CFE.

Haven't shot a deer with it but wouldn't hesitate as long as the range was under a couple hundred yards.-------SS
 

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