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Old April 13, 2007, 09:51 AM   #26
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The .223 Scout

Steyr recently announced a .223 Remington (5.56 x 45 mm) version of their Scout Rifle. Because of its diminutive cartridge it is fast becoming known as the "Cub Scout" probably to the chagrin of the marketing folks. It should make a handy rifle for those who's main shooting is at varmints and small game.

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Old April 13, 2007, 10:16 AM   #27
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For brush hunting varmints or even whitetails, I would suggest you consider a Marlin 1894 in 357 mag, 41 mag, or 44 mag. These are lever action rifles and really point nicely. Everyone that has one loves them. Go scopeless for true brush hunting.

My other choice would be the Ruger Mini-14. They are fast pointing, fun to shoot, accurate enough, and are light enough for toting in brush. They have essentially minute-of-coffee-can accuracy normally.
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Old April 13, 2007, 12:41 PM   #28
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I see your dilemma there, if you look at the compact M77 there is a version offered in .223 with stainless/laminate and only has a 16.5 inch barrel. The ultralight version has a .223 with a 20 inch barrel and would likely fit you better than the compact.
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Old April 13, 2007, 08:54 PM   #29
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Sounds like you need a Howa. I have one in 22-250, inexpensive, short barrel 22", easy to manuever, and did I mention, very, very accurate?
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Old April 15, 2007, 08:23 PM   #30
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My choice

I think that if you have not ever tried one before you should try a Ruger 77/22 Hornet , they are accurate and very light weight . I have one and they do a fantastic job on the exact type of hunting you are talking about. I use Rem. 45gr. soft points and they are very accurate and work perfectly.No matter what you use it's where you hit that counts.
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Old April 16, 2007, 07:58 AM   #31
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Get the Evil Black Rifle if you want it. Who cares if someone's sensibilities are offended by you hunting with one? If someone is visually threatened by seeing one afield, that THEIR problem.
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