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Old October 3, 2012, 10:36 AM   #14
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223 is a good round for a relatively inexperienced shooter to move up to centerfire. The only things I would be concerned about would be report/muzzle blast and recoil. For recoil, a slightly heavier rifle will tame the recoil. Muzzle blast is an issue with many bolt action 223s, they are often light and handy with 20" barrels, which really makes them bark. When I shoot my 223 with a 20" barrel next to my brother who has a Rem 700 VLSS with a 24" barrel, you can really tell the difference, the longer barrel really is quieter. Still loud, but not as loud for the shooter.
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