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Old June 27, 2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Thinking of a FN TSR 223 cal for long range varmint hunting

Don't know much about the rifle other than seeing one at a local shop and one of the employees bragging it up ! It did seem a bit heavy but I guess for long range shooting this isn't a big deal.....most likely with bipod and scope attached it will weigh close to 11 lbs or so ! Anybody got one to share some light on the rifle ? Thanks !
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Old June 27, 2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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Have an FNAR which is a precision rifle from the same manufacturer. Fit, finish and function were all 100% and supremely good for the price point. Accuracy is very very good. Have an FNX-40 which isn't my favorite handgun but is certainly extremely well manufactured.

Sorry, not the exact rifle you are looking for, but know that what they produce are winning products.

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Old June 28, 2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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No doubt , the FN TSR did look and feel well made ! Arggh ,I just got to handle a Kimber montana in 223 cal. as well.....it is way lighter than the FN TSR USA 223 cal. and sure seems to be a quality rifle ! The only thing I wonder is if a lightweight barrel can as accurate for longer range varmint hunting and I personally have not had any experience with Kimber products either !
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Old June 29, 2012, 10:55 AM   #4
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Kimber rifles don't have an amazing reputation, but the firearm world is a lot like High School - the most damning gossip is usually bull****.

That being said assuming equal manufacturing quality, the lightweight barrel profile'd Kimber will be a little less accurate off the block and the heavier barrel profile of the FN will take over in accuracy as more rounds are fired at any one session. It's a thermal thing. I'd say decide whether weight or accuracy is more important to you.

For what it is worth, if I had to make an informed guess, I'd say that the inherent quality of the FN is higher without reservation.
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Old July 5, 2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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tough call !

Since I don't know much about the Kimber or the FN , I'm thinking of trying to find a Sako hunter stainless with laminated stock in 223 cal. sort of a compromise in weight vs barrel thickness of the other two models ! I know Sako's are getting ridiculously expensive but having owned previous ones ( mostly bought used ) I trust them for being pretty accurate and well made ! I would want one with the 1 in 8" twist rate for shooting heavier bullets which they offer !
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Old July 5, 2012, 08:55 PM   #6
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"Long range" sorta varies with the shooter. Generally, a "good, stiff breeze" will move a .223 bullet about six inches at 300 yards.

My Ruger light sporter in .223 is a half-MOA critter. I've had no trouble with prairie dogs to 300. (Ample enough numbers that there was no need to look further.) It's not too heavy to use as a walking-around rifle. And I'll admit I look with favor on weights below eight pounds.

Heavy barrels make sense for long and fairly rapid strings of shots. They are no more precise than a light barrel for the first two or three shots, so the usefulness varies with what's intended.
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