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Old 08-12-2013, 12:12 AM   #1
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I want to buy an bolt action rifle for target shooting ... My local gun dealer has an new Howa .223 and a used Winchester model 70 .westerner 270. I know the 270 is an more expensive round but I really like its looks, The Howa is new and the same price and in my price range. What would you buy?
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:25 AM   #2
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I would go with the 270, more versatility. However, I own bolt guns to hunt with, not bench rest shooting.

Either rifle you mentioned will serve you well, is up to you to establish the purpose.

Right now, there is very little "plinking priced" center fire rifle ammo available, so ammo cost is not that great a difference.

My $0.02, the opinions of others may vary.

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IMO I think both are good guns. The 223 is good for A LOT of shooting--mild recoil, reasonably priced rounds (for todays market), but doesn't reach out to extended distances. The 270 is a bit more recoil, but can also reach out a bit more, the rounds will cost you more. For me a good trigger really makes or breaks it for target shooting. The Howa has some good aftermarkets (same stuff as Weatherby Vanguard) and so does the Winchester. If feel comfortable adjusting triggers then think on what kind of targets you want to shoot. If you don't feel comfortable adjusting triggers then try dry firing them and see what kind of preference you have.

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For target shooting,I'd go with the 223. The 270 is a great hunting caliber,but I'd go with the 223.
The 223,depending on the twist rate of the barrel,can easily shoot out to 600 yards accurately with heavier bullets.
If the Howa has a 1-9 twist it'll do the job out that far with 68 gr - 75 gr match grade bullets. If it has a slower twist like a 1-12,it won't shoot the heavier bullets,and the range for target shooting will be effected by bullet weight and wind conditions.

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I have an all-weather model 70 that I truly love. Its chambered in .243 and it is my faithful deer rile. When I am not using it my father leaves his Remmy 700 behind in favor of my rifle... It just shoots so well... The Howa is probably a great gun too, but if you ever want to move into hunting with the rifle, the .270 will be a much more versatile platform and give you the flexibility to do more than punch holes in paper or prarie dogs...

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Thanks for your recommendation's... Which one do you think would hold its value or be an easier sale if I want to upgrade in the future?

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For just target shooting it is a no brainer. The .223 is all you need. .223 is available a whole lot cheaper than .270. All the stores now have some as cheap as $6.00 a box.

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For just target shooting it is a no brainer. The .223 is all you need. .223 is available a whole lot cheaper than .270. All the stores now have some as cheap as $6.00 a box.
Send me some of that $6/box 223, it has not hit the market up here.
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270 all the way

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It all depends on what your wanting to do with it for hunting anything larger than yoters the 270 will do almost anything you want. And the 223 will do great for coyotes and varmints out to 300 yards and for target shooting. As for after market parts, I don't know much on that subject but I think the two guns mention will be close to the same the Winchester having the upper hand.

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