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Old February 7, 2011, 10:06 AM   #1
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Best .223 bolt action for the range?

I am looking to get a new .223 to use mostly at the range, but will use it for some small game also. I want one with a heavy barrel, because I plan on shooting it quite a bit. I am interested what others favorite .223 bolt action rifle is? If you have one, what are your likes or dislikes with it. The two that have my interest are the Tikka Varmint and the ruger M77 Mark II target. The max range I will shoot is probable 300-400 yards it that matters.
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Old February 7, 2011, 10:30 AM   #2
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Stevens 200 as a base rifle is hard to beat for the price. Plus it's interchangeable with nearly all after-market Savage stocks and options.



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Old February 7, 2011, 10:45 AM   #3
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Savage model12 FVSS. Awesome rifle,Very much a tack driver.
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Old February 7, 2011, 11:12 AM   #4
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Between the Tikka and the Ruger, I would choose the Tikka.

Outside of those choices it would be a Savage 10 or 12 series first and foremost.
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Old February 7, 2011, 01:38 PM   #5
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Howa

Howa may be another option for you too. Coop204
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Old February 7, 2011, 02:21 PM   #6
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savage definetly worth a look, the cz 527 varmint as well, both have good triggers, savage with accutrigger and cz with single set..
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Old February 7, 2011, 08:02 PM   #7
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Love my Remington sps tactical!
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Old February 7, 2011, 08:17 PM   #8
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SPS Tactical
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Old February 7, 2011, 08:31 PM   #9
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R700 has an aftermarket of similar size as the Honda Civic
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Old February 7, 2011, 08:31 PM   #10
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If you get a chance to compare rifles side by side, you will probably pick the Ruger Hawkeye. Very well built and good looking. Looks like a traditional American rifle should look. No offense to anyone, but the new Remington SPS just looks cheap.
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Old February 7, 2011, 08:42 PM   #11
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If you want a heavy barrel, go with a R700 sps tactical. I have the .308 version and its great.
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Old February 7, 2011, 09:13 PM   #12
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Take a look at CZs 527 series in .223 with a varmint barrel. I own a 527 American in .223 and it's plenty accurate at the range and in the field. They are priced right as well.
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Old February 7, 2011, 09:36 PM   #13
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My choices would be 700 SPS tactical or Savage 12FV. I'm not a big fan of the SPS Varmint primarily due to the stock. The SPS tactical with the 20" bull barrel and Hogue stock looks pretty good. I think Bud's has them for $550.

Between the Tikka and Ruger I would lean towards the Tikka.
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Old February 7, 2011, 10:18 PM   #14
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Tikka of the two mentioned. Check Savage with the accu-trigger (they probably all have it by now) and one model is TOTALLY camoed Mod 10??
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Old February 7, 2011, 10:30 PM   #15
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Winchester 70 Heavy Varmint. Accurate and affordable.
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Old February 7, 2011, 11:16 PM   #16
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noone mentioned SAKO
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Old February 8, 2011, 12:23 AM   #17
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VSSF

Find a pre-loved Rem 700 VSSF Varmint Special Stainless Fluted. My buddies refer to mine a The Scalpel...
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Old February 8, 2011, 01:03 AM   #18
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u did not say if there was a price range but for the money the stevens but if its not that big of a deal the savage would be mine
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Old February 8, 2011, 01:29 AM   #19
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I just sold a Howa 1500 target model to a customer and was quite impressed at the accuracy at 250 yards, in a solid vise, needless to say, the were all touching. CDNN sports has them on clearance right now.
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Old February 8, 2011, 01:40 AM   #20
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there good guns to for not that much
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Old February 8, 2011, 03:49 AM   #21
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+1 for Savage 12FV. I love mine.

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Old February 8, 2011, 04:24 AM   #22
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Of your two choices I'd go with the Tikka, but I'd look hard at the Savage.

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Old February 8, 2011, 08:11 AM   #23
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Tikka all the way

For out of the box accuracy you cant beat a Tikka also has the best Trigger out of any production rifle made. Tikka's are made by Sako and I am pretty sure they have the same accuracy gaurantee "sub MOA with 5 shots (not 3) with any production ammo (not match ammo like some others) and thats even the light barrel sporters with 5 shots. Tikka's are very popular here in Australia and for the amount that are out there you never hear of any problems and if so it's very rare.
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Old February 8, 2011, 08:14 AM   #24
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Thanks for all the replies, I will check out the savage now too. I have looked at the Reminton 700 tacticle and it seemed weired with the short 20 inch barrel, I would probable get use to it. The problem I have is no place around here in MN has many 223 with heavy barrels to compare side my side.
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Old February 8, 2011, 08:34 AM   #25
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I'd go for a Remington Varmint model, but chrome-moly receiver. Chrome moly actions stand up better to a lot of use than stainless, which is softer metal.
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