Originally Posted by Lessdragon
I recently got the advice to get a bolt in 223. I have never thought about getting a 223 in bolt because of the availability of ars. So 2 questions. 1. What are the basic bolt vs semi auto in 223, and 2 what are some good entrance to middling quality built rifles. As of now I own no 223s of any kind and when I was at the shop yesterday the salesman showed me a "great" option, a tikka for 650ish. Conveniently though it was the only bolt 223 in the building so was he just trying to sell a product or is that a good buy. Also advice on a good piece of glass would be greatly appreciated
The Tikka T3 is an excellent rifle.
First off,What type of shooting do you plan on doing with it,and what type of budget do you have?
Depending on what your planned uses are,will depend on what style of rifle I'd suggest.
You will also want to get a rifle with the correct barrel twist rate,and in 223's there are several twist rates offered by different gun makers.
I prefer a 1-8 or 1-9 twist rate on my 223 caliber rifles,but they also come in 1-7 and 1-12 twist rates. The twist rate on the barrel will determine the bullet weight's that the rifle will stabilize/shoot best.
A 1-7 will shoot the heaviest bullets,and a 1-12 shoots lighter weight bullets. The 1-8/1-9 twist will shoot 45 grain up to 75 grain bullets,and are generally what most people choose.
In general,most bolt action rifles will shoot better groups than semi auto's,but that also depends on the weapon/bullets/shooter.
If you don't load your own ammo,most of the time a bolt action will out shoot a semi auto with factory ammo.
I shoot both,a Savage 12 FLVSS bolt action,and a Rock River 20" Varminter. The Savage will shoot circles around the Rock River any day of the week,but both shoot well under 1 MOA.
Optics will depend on the type of shooting your wanting to do,but I always buy the best that I can afford for any rifle I shoot. Cheap scopes are just that,Cheap Scopes!