Originally Posted by supergus
I'm moving to the only county in NC who has a law prohibiting any copy of a military automatic rifle.
(Long story... suffice it to say when you're married, compromises have to be made. At least I don't have to go back to NH
) I have several hundred rounds of .223 ammo, so I thought about a bolt gun. Two questions: In past years, Ruger's Mini's have had thin walled barrels which made them only mildly accurate IMO. Are today's Rugers, such as the Model 77, made with good heavy barrels? Also, does anyone have any experience with Savage bolt guns? TIA.
SG - Sorry I missed this thread when it first hit.
First off, you need to check and see if your model and year of AR is grandfathered in. Most states, and I can't see yours being any different, that went with the first AWB, still allowed models previously purchased to be grandfathered in. As such, you would be "allowed" to keep your weapon.
If you can't keep it, make sure and price it right for the market. Let's be honest, people are paying double what they should for parts right now, a complete weapon is going to make you a good profit.
The Savage is getting some good reviews. I haven't shot it, but the reports are that it is a good, out of the box rifled action.
Personally, right now, I don't think there is a better boltgun for the money than the Weatherby Vanguard Sub-Moa. It's basically the Howa 1500 that Weatherby has made to "their specs" at the CNC shop of Howa in Japan. The action is very sturdy, the extractor is rock solid, and their actions have a very tight tolerance.
I have a Howa 1500 that I built into a .25-06 for my grandfather before he passed. He had given me my first boltgun and I ended up giving him his last one. He said he never had a weapon that shot that well, and he had collected weapons his whole life.
This thing has a standard Douglas barrel on it, a hunting profile at that, and it shoots .40 groups if I do my part.
For the money, the Vanguard is the way to go. .99 MOA guaranteed from the factory with standard over the counter ammo. You're going to find it hard to beat that type of a guarantee.....