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somedayrider 06-28-2012 08:37 PM

Bolt action 308 vs 223
So am months away from picking up a bolt action gun and stuck on which calibers . My dilemma here is I like the price off 223 but want the big bang of 308. Another upset is there isn't much more than 150 yards there's one or two 200 yard shooting ranges but very few . So my problem is really a toss up it would be nothing more then target shooting so looking for all inputs?

mountainman13 06-28-2012 08:46 PM

Welcome to the forum. I would say If it's just for punching holes in paper go for the cheaper caliber.

TLuker 06-28-2012 09:07 PM

Go with the .223 for paper. You'll like the price of .223 ammo a lot more as well!!!:)

hardluk1 06-28-2012 09:15 PM

If you don't have a quality rimfire maybe a 17HMR would be a good place to start?? Accurate as heck to 150 yards.

After than get a 223 rifle or the mossberg MVP thats a 5.56 chamber . Or a savage or stevens that can be upgrade as time goes buy. The .223/5.56 is good to 500 yards. More dollars to spend up front a savage 12 target series rifles.

somedayrider 06-29-2012 12:52 AM

Thank you for the welcoming and I've got a 22 but I want some center fire besides my handguns and I was down between these two in a cheap bolt action soon in a savage axis but still in the air ..although i am liking the idea of the 223 but 308 sounds so fun

HOSSFLY 06-29-2012 01:07 AM

A LOT of difference between a 223 & 308- If you just want to punch paper & not hunt go with the 223-

ZeusEcho 06-29-2012 10:41 AM


Originally Posted by HOSSFLY (Post 852813)
A LOT of difference between a 223 & 308- If you just want to punch paper & not hunt go with the 223-

^^^which is one reason it's really fun to shoot a 308! :D

HockaLouis 06-29-2012 11:22 AM

For mostly anything but medium/big-game hunting I'd have to go with the .223.

somedayrider 06-29-2012 01:59 PM

Now do you all think the 223 can give me the enjoyment factor similar to a 308?

elfmdl 06-29-2012 02:25 PM

The savings in ammo will give you plenty of enjoyment. I have a savage .223 and I can hit milk jugs at 300 yards with no problem. If you are only going to be shooting a max of 200 yards it would really be a waste to have a .308. Look at the savage axis it is extremely accurate for an affordable price, but you will need a replacement trigger as mine breaks at 7.5 pounds.

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