223 Bolt Action

RRCowboyStar

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Since I can't find any 22-250 ammo, I was thinking about a 223 (since ammo is readily available). There are a lot of Prairie Dogs that are getting a stay of execution.
But I want a bolt action and not an AR platform, doesn't seem like there are many options on the shelves. Any suggestions?
 

CFMuley

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Depends on how much you want to spend. You could get a cheap Ruger American or Savage Axis if you aren’t wanting to spend a lot. Both are proven shooters, and should work great for prairie dogs.
 

RRCowboyStar

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Thanks, That gets me started, I went to Sportsman Warehouse today and they did not have any bolt actions in stock, weren't much help.
 

Captain_coues

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Just about everyone out there makes a 223 bolt. If I bought another one, it would be Cooper. My 223 bolt is a Remington 700. It’s my favorite rifle. I shot it 6 days straight so far in the calm mornings we’ve been having. If I could shoot it every day I would. Make sure you use Nammo Lapua Oy brass.
 

CFMuley

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If you’re in Utah, or another state with a Scheels, go see what they have in stock. They should have a handful of options, and they’ll price match anyone else.
 

RRCowboyStar

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Just about everyone out there makes a 223 bolt. If I bought another one, it would be Cooper. My 223 bolt is a Remington 700. It’s my favorite rifle. I shot it 6 days straight so far in the calm mornings we’ve been having. If I could shoot it every day I would. Make sure you use Nammo Lapua Oy brass.
Thanks

don't think I want to spend up to a Cooper for this one. I don't reload, what is the upside of Nammo Lapua brass?
 

Captain_coues

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Nammo Lapua Oy is a really good brand of brass. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, Ruger, Savage, Tikka should be good. While not a bolt, you could consider a New England Handi rifle, the NEF handi. You could get those real cheap.
 

Zeke

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GradAGun has them in stock (Ruger American).
Easy to order and have it shipped to a local FFL dealer in your area ....if you cannot find something locally.

I just worked up a load for one (Ruger American) and painted the stock. Pretty impressive accuracy for a cheap rifle. It's for one of my buddies.

I use a Howa Mini and its even more awesome(r) because the fit and finish is better IMHO.

Lots of choices out there.

Zeke
 

Zeke

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........Oh, and the Ruger American uses any and all AR-15 magazines from 5 rounds to 30 and beyond.
 

RRCowboyStar

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Stopped by the Feed Store (Big R) They had a HOWA $579. can't say I liked the Green Plastic Sock. I will run by Scheels tomorrow.
 

nfh

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Ammo is there. 22-250 does seem to go fast but shelves starting to fill. A freind sent me this pic asking if I was looking. But last year I bought 400 rounds of the hornady before they starting capping how much you could buy

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Bigfoot 1

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Stopped by the Feed Store (Big R) They had a HOWA $579. can't say I liked the Green Plastic Sock. I will run by Scheels tomorrow.
I have a HOWA in 300 mag, that thing is decades old. From what I understand the Japanese made the HOWA at one end of the factory and most of the Weatherby Vanguard at the other end. I have no complaints with that HOWA.
 

Gator

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When Walmart put them on a sale out. I picked all 25 boxes 22-250 they had left at 8 dollars a box.
I didn't own a 22-250 and still don't, BUT I have a few nephews back home that use them for Coyotes, fox, coons, skunks, some other things too.
 

RRCowboyStar

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For years Walmart had American Eagle $15 for 50 rounds. I thought when I was buying 5 boxes at a time they I would have an endless supply.
 

HntHrdr

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Since I can't find any 22-250 ammo, I was thinking about a 223 (since ammo is readily available). There are a lot of Prairie Dogs that are getting a stay of execution.
But I want a bolt action and not an AR platform, doesn't seem like there are many options on the shelves. Any suggestions?
Hands down ruger American predator, that line of rifles is about as good as it gets at that price point. Picked one up a couple years ago for the yotes, and because the ammo is cheap(er) and plentiful. Thing is a tack driver.
 

RRCowboyStar

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Pulled out the Ruger 10-22 this morning to shoot a rabid skunk.
(10:30 this morning and he was walking in circles in the front pasture) Hadn't shot it in a while. I am thinking about putting a quality scope on it and seeing what kind of range I can get out of it.
 

Tomichi

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The Ruger American Ranch rifle has the Wilde "spelling"? Chamber so you can shoot the M 16 guy then shoot his 5.56 Nato. All the bulk 5.56 "we" hoarded shoots chew can lids at 200. The Superformance groups quarter's..im glad mine is old style with a flush Ruger magazine. Even 10 rd mag pols are tall off your pack. If any body knows of some SHORT 5rd AR style let me know. I have my ranch rifle with me 98% of the time. I might forget my bill fold and reading glasses but I can kill what needs it...get the Ruger Ranch..they are scarce.
 

RRCowboyStar

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I found a couple of boxes of 22-250 at Bass Pro this week. I have enough to put a hurting on some PD's this weekend. But I am ordering a Ruger Predator in 223, should have it in a couple of weeks.
 

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