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Posted: 8/4/2022 10:12:09 PM EDT
I've said for years that one of the most underrated rifles is a bolt action .223 rifle.

You have range and power yet little to no recoil and an inexpensive cartridge to shoot.

The argument can be made "what about an AR?" True the AR can pretty much do exactly what a bolt action .223 can do. However the vibe of shooting a bolt gun is very different than a semi auto.

Additionally they're great for younger shooters and women since it has less recoil than a .308 or other full power cartridge.

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Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:13:53 PM EDT
[#1]
Great topic.  I want one.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:18:34 PM EDT
[#2]
Ruger Hawkeye with Boyd's stock....
The most accurate rifle I own, sub .5 MOA with reloads.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:20:35 PM EDT
[#3]
Agree....got a Remington 700 PSS in 223 and  Ruger lightweight. I'd like to get a couple more of something, but watching the budget.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:21:01 PM EDT
[#4]
I went the other way and bought a bolt gun in 7.62x39. Superbly accurate little carbine.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:22:54 PM EDT
[#5]
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Originally Posted By troutbum86:
I went the other way and bought a bolt gun in 7.62x39. Superbly accurate little carbine.
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I have a Howa .223 would love to have a 7.62x39 to go with it.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:23:41 PM EDT
[#6]
My RPR in 556 is a fun gun to shoot, low recoil and accurate.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:23:47 PM EDT
[#7]
I had one and rebarrelled it to 300 aac. I was really hoping we were going to get steel case subsonic
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:23:49 PM EDT
[#8]
You would be right!

My goal has been to get good with 80+ grain projectiles to have a low recoil, quiet long ranger.

Some of the most fun you can have behind a trigger. Along with a 20” AR
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:25:25 PM EDT
[#9]
I'm debating the Ruger American Ranch or the longer barrel American. I'm putting together a 20" DMR but all my other ARs are 16" or shorter and I don't have any larger caliber rifles. Any thoughts on which I should get? The Ranch would get a red dot or 1-4 and the 22" would probably get a mildot 3-9 Leupold like my DMR.

Does anyone have a list of aftermarket stocks for the AR mag Ranches?
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:25:33 PM EDT
[#10]
Every time I see one I am simultaneously reminded that I want one and why not scope an AR.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:25:47 PM EDT
[#11]
My Savage Model 25 might be my favorite rifle.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:26:00 PM EDT
[#12]
I picked up a Savage Stevens 200 bolt rifle in .223Rem at the Big Lake Gun Show in April and although it is not a "precision rifle" for the money I'm impressed with it's accuracy.  I wish I'd picked up a bolt-action .223 years ago.
Plus it makes a handy final "case gauge".
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:26:39 PM EDT
[#13]
When I burn out my .308 in the AI chassis, it's getting a. 223. I think a can on there would be super fun.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:28:06 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:28:50 PM EDT
[#15]
done.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:29:46 PM EDT
[#16]
I have a Winchester Model 70 Coyote Heavy Barrel.
It is accurate as hell - but I don't shoot it much as I have moved on from .223.

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Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:30:37 PM EDT
[#17]
good  i guess but for light recoil and superb accuracy, 6mm benchrest, 6mm dasher or 6mm gt.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:31:33 PM EDT
[#18]
Couldn’t resist…

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Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:31:51 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
I have a Winchester Model 70 Coyote Heavy Barrel.
It is accurate as hell - but I don't shoot it much as I have moved on from .223.

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/20962/Win70HBL_jpg-2477342.JPG
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Damn, beautiful rifle..
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:32:18 PM EDT
[#20]
There are better cartridges than 223 for bolt guns. Like 22-250.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:32:34 PM EDT
[#21]
OP is correct. Forgive the shitty pic...

Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:35:02 PM EDT
[#22]
Nah...
I don't shoot much 5.56 as it is.
I have plenty of AR's in 5.56, including a free floated 20".  That 20" was taken to the range once....and never fired again.
I don't live in a place where I can shoot varmints and several states (including mine) don't allow .223 to be used on deer.  I don't think too many people would use bolt action .223 on hogs.

Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:38:27 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By troutbum86:
I went the other way and bought a bolt gun in 7.62x39. Superbly accurate little carbine.
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Same here. Ruger American Ranch in my case. Slapped a Redfield 4-12 on it and it's still less than 8 lbs.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:40:00 PM EDT
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My CZ 527 American .223 with a Burris Predator Quest scope.  It's a tack driver.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:40:04 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By panthermark:
Nah...
I don't shoot much 5.56 as it is.
I have plenty of AR's in 5.56, including a free floated 20".  That 20" was taken to the range once....and never fired again.
I don't live in a place where I can shoot varmints and several states (including mine) don't allow .223 to be used on deer.  I don't think too many people would use bolt action .223 on hogs.

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You would be wrong on the last, plenty of cartridge for hogs. A Remington mdl 7 is an excellent hog gun.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:40:18 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:42:36 PM EDT
[#27]
I'm really happy with my Ruger Ranch in 7.62x39; way more accurate than I expected when I bought it. But I'd like to have one in 5.56 as well.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:43:30 PM EDT
[#28]
Meh. Been there done that. Absolutely unnecessary. Spare AR with a scope fills the same role. Its .17 hmr, scoped AR, bolt 6.5. Around here but I did nwco for 30 years and carry a rifle daily on our farm wtf do I know.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:46:07 PM EDT
[#29]
I took out a Ruger American Predator in 223 to 500 yards last week.  Good fun and not expensive to shoot.

Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:46:10 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By panthermark:
Nah...
I don't shoot much 5.56 as it is.
I have plenty of AR's in 5.56, including a free floated 20".  That 20" was taken to the range once....and never fired again.
I don't live in a place where I can shoot varmints and several states (including mine) don't allow .223 to be used on deer.  I don't think too many people would use bolt action .223 on hogs.

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I hear you,  but OP said, 223.
My Hawkeye will not chamber. 556, and in Illinois you can use them on anything but deer.
I have used a .22 mag on feral hogs in the Kaskaskia river bottoms a few times. ( hunting with locals) , and wished that I had more range for ` noggin shots.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:49:31 PM EDT
[#31]
I’d rather have an X39 bolt gun.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:49:52 PM EDT
[#32]
i just bought a unitah precision in 223
seems pretty cool so far
guess i need to get a scope and shoot it
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:50:49 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By larkinmusic:
My Savage Model 25 might be my favorite rifle.
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Mine is one of my favorite guns.

I was maybe 23 or 24... Local range had a couple of brothers that shot nice Savages. They took a liking to me, shooting a Marlin 60, and let me shoot their rifles. Hadn't ever done that before.

My first bolt was a Model 25 that I still have.  That was what I could afford but damn it's accurate. One of those Simmons Whitetail Hunter I think it is that was really popular many years ago sits on top.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:51:14 PM EDT
[#34]
Howa .223 (threaded) in a Oryx chassis.  Got it last year, and it is sweet to shoot with my YHM Turbo K.
Only shortcoming - mags are flimsy and proprietary..and fairly pricey.

Factory pic...mines just like it:

Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:55:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Firestarter123] [#35]
I have a Bighorn TL-2.

Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:56:45 PM EDT
[#36]
I agree which is why I bought one of early Ruger American Ranch guns so I could switch it to AICS mags and have a fun little blaster. Jokes on me the old guns don't do well with AICS mags and I'm stuck with a rifle + Magpul stock and mags that don't work.
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Originally Posted By guyina4x4:
I have a Howa .223 would love to have a 7.62x39 to go with it.
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I kick myself for not snagging one of the Howa Mini 223's my cabelas had for around $400 maybe $450.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 10:58:25 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Troll_toes:
There are better cartridges than 223 for bolt guns. Like 22-250.
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True.

But if you are young you could find yourself in need of such a rifle as you might have, and should, a shit to of ammo for guns you might not want out in the open in the event the current communist take over of America being carried out by the left and supporters of globalism is not put to rest as quick as most lovers of freedom would prefer.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:01:18 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By McKenna10:
Howa .223 (threaded) in a Oryx chassis.  Got it last year, and it is sweet to shoot with my YHM Turbo K.
Only shortcoming - mags are flimsy and proprietary..and fairly pricey.

Factory pic...mines just like it:

https://www.sportsmans.com/medias/howa-oryx-blackod-green-bolt-action-rifle-223-remington-1618446-1.jpg?context=bWFzdGVyfGltYWdlc3wzNzk3M3xpbWFnZS9qcGVnfGltY­Wdlcy9oZWUvaDhmLzkxMTI2MTQ5OTM5NTAuanBnfDZkYz­JlNWI1M2ZhNGQ2NzJjZDg5YWRhOWEyM2JkNzRlNmQ4MTZ­mN2MxNTYyNmEwNTVhZTFjMjQ2MDA1ZjRhMDk
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The mags aren’t proprietary as it uses AICS pattern magazines as far as I know. There are probably a dozen companies that make them.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:01:29 PM EDT
[#39]
My intermediate bolt gun is a 7.62x39 cz527.  I like ARs too much so I have one for every occasion in 223.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:02:15 PM EDT
[#40]
$39 Walmart clearance special.
Haven’t even ever shot it but you can’t pass that kind of deal up.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:02:23 PM EDT
[#41]
I wouldn't mind a PRS/NRL .223 rifle that weighs about 20 pounds.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:03:31 PM EDT
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I agree in 700 5R.

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Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:04:14 PM EDT
[#43]
I have a 22-250. Does that count?
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:05:40 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By DmacRTCo:
$39 Walmart clearance special.
Haven't even ever shot it but you can't pass that kind of deal up.
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You really should. I'd start with a 45/50 grain bullet
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:05:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Seven-Shooter] [#45]
Agreed.  I love mine:


CZ 527 FS in 5.56 (factory verified that 5.56 is fine, anyway) with a 1:9 twist, topped with a Trijicon Accupoint 1-4x24 Green Dot German #4 optic.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:08:02 PM EDT
[#46]
I don't disagree with OP, but ...

.243 is not much more recoil and provides better terminal ballistics than .223 and better external ballistics than any SA 6.5 cartridge, not to mention .308.  It is also common with easy to find components and ammo.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:08:08 PM EDT
[#47]
Got it after a couple of years looking.

Fires 223 only.  Now looking for a Ruger American for 223/556, or whatever would use both. A Tikka?
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:10:12 PM EDT
[#48]
Yep.  They are fun.  Have not shot it suppressed yet, but it is accurate.

Piked up a Savage 10FP-SR with Vortex scope and a Harris bipod for Tree Fiddy a while back.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:10:20 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Seven-Shooter:
Agreed.  I love mine:

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/129976/E8F7633E-24AB-4C43-81D0-B32300D2C6B2-1953330.jpg
CZ 527 FS in 5.56 (factory verified that 5.56 is fine, anyway) with a 1:9 twist, topped with a Trijicon Accupoint 1-4x24 Green Dot German #4 optic.
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Thread winner.
Link Posted: 8/4/2022 11:14:10 PM EDT
[#50]
I have a Savage Axis 223 nib heavy barrel, next time the wife and i go to the range we will try it out

It has a cheap camo stock on it, wanted to buy a Boyds but thought they were kinda over the top with the amount of personal information they wanted to just buy a stock and never ordered.

the only other thing i dont like about the rifle are the mags, where to find and why not 10rders..?

cant wait to shoot tho, i have a savage 22mag bull barrel that i love and believe this 223 rifle will be a favorite in no time at all too
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