Originally Posted by billt
If I had a dollar for every round of 5.56 MM I fired in .223 chambers, I wouldn't have to wait until 62 to retire.
Vincine,If the intended purpose of the rifle is just target shooting or small game hunting,a 223 caliber weapon will serve you very well,especially if your shooting 300 yards or less.If you intend on hunting bigger game,then a 308 would be better.But ammo cost will be a lot higher with the 308.
A standard length rifle stock shouldn't be a problem,but as others have said,a thicker recoil pad will solve any length problem.
Being that you live in NY,I'd stay away from the AR platform.You just never know what the elected elite are going to think up next about "Evil" black rifles.
Savage,CZ-USA,Howa,and Remington all make rifles that will shoot MOA or less out of the box,and even better with a little work and fine tuning.