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Old 12-23-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a rifle that's moderately priced with good accuracy. I have a younger brother who is interested in precision shooting but has out ranged his .22. So I want a little more ass but without all the recoil so he can focus on the fundamentals.

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Old 12-23-2012, 02:46 AM   #2
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Not sure if you have checked the used or consignment at your local gun stores.
It seems one in my old neck of the woods always had something. Win, Rem etc.

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When you say precision shooting you can expect to spend some money. A nice shooting rifle with a budget scope will be more in line for a new shooter. I would look at some of the Savage offerings. If you want to spend a little more the CZ527 is a fine minie mauser offering.

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what's your budget? you can get a savage axis in .223 for under $300 most places. mine shot less than MOA at 100 yards out of the box, when i did my part. the gun is more accurate than i am

other options in the entry level category are the marlin XS7, mossberg ATR, and ruger american. not sure if all of those are available in .223 so you may have to do some of your own research on that

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A Savage 12 in 223 is a very precise/accurate rifle. I've had an older-Pre Accutrigger Model 12 for many years,it's one of the most accurate rifles that I've ever owned.
The smallest 5 shot group that I've ever shot with it was .168",at 100 yards,and that was with 60gr VMax handloads.

If you don't handload,your groups will be only as good as the ammo that is used,and how well the particular gun likes to shoot that ammo. You will also need to get the correct barrel twist for whatever bullet weights you want to shoot.
A 1-12 twist is for lighter weight bullets,a 1-9 is a good general purpose,it will shoot up to 75gr bullets.A 1-7 twist will shoot the heavier bullets,but these twist rates are mainly used by people that handload,there's not too many choices of factory loads for the 75gr and up match bullets.
I prefer to use a 1-8 or 1-9 twist with a 223 caliber.

There are several great brands of rifles out there. Just make sure what the barrel twist is on the rifle before you buy one,then you'll know what type of ammo that it will shoot before you find out you got the wrong twist rate.

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the Savage's that were suggested are good and the Savage's are fine rifles. another one to consider is the Marlin XS7VH in 223. the only budget priced bolt action with a heavy varmint barrel. i have the XS7VH in 308, very accurate and very well made. just another option for you check out.

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Remigton 700 is a good choice.

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what's your budget? you can get a savage axis in .223 for under $300 most places. mine shot less than MOA at 100 yards out of the box, when i did my part. the gun is more accurate than i am

other options in the entry level category are the marlin XS7, mossberg ATR, and ruger american. not sure if all of those are available in .223 so you may have to do some of your own research on that
Budget around 800
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Budget around 800
$800 for the rifle or rifle and scope?

i paid about $370 for my Marlin XS7VH in 308. that would leave you with quite a bit left over to buy a realy nice scope.
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Be mindful of twist rate. Many bolt action .223's are 1/12. General opinion is this is fine for 55 gr up to maybe 60 gr bullets. If you want to get into the heavier bullets look at a 1/7 or 1/9 barrel. They are out there you just have to pay attention.

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