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Old 01-20-2010, 02:28 AM   #1
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i've been thinking about getting a dedicated target rifle for sometime now.

i have a 30-06 and two .22's

30-06 is obviously too big for what i'm looking for.

and i like how cheap the .22's are to shoot.

I really want a bolt action, would a .22 Mag or .17HMR be acceptable for punching paper at say 200-300 yards?

the extent of my target shooting is just excessive plinking at tin cans and other things i find laying around

i have plans of putting a nice scope on it, and probably a bi-pod.

any recommendations?

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Old 01-20-2010, 03:19 AM   #2
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Either one is fair at target though I think the .17 HMR is a tad bit better at 300 yards if the wind is not blowing.

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i'm considering a .223 or .308

.223 sounds appealing since i am putting together my own AR build in the future and plan on using a .223, that way i could share ammunition.

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any suggestions on a good .223/.22mag/.17HMR bolt action?

been looking at the CZ and savage websites, but i guess i'll have to get to the gun stores and look what they have.

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Still havent had a chance to get to the range and fire her but I picked up a Savage 93R17 for just what your after. Bolt action .17HMR, she's wearing a scope and bi-pod now, maybe this weekend i'll get to try her out

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.17HMR is accurate to 150 yards as the .22WMR is good to 120yards, With VG accuracy for targets. 300 yards is about max for .223 for true target accuracy.
I bought a CZ527 varminter .223 a couple years ago. Very accurate rifle. Their website shows it as a 1:12 twist, that is a typo. It is a 1:9 twist. I shoot up to 65gr bullets in mine. Standard 55gr are very accurate. I can take woodchucks,
fox and coyotes out to 300 yards easily. A Harris high bi-pod and Sightron SII 6.5-20x42mmAO scope tops it off. I use a Howa .308 HB for long range and serious target work. It also sports a Harris bi-pod and a Sightron SII 3-12x42mmAO scope. Accuracy w/ this rifle is outstanding. 147..168gr are my normal bullet weights w/ this rifle.

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The Savage 93 in 17HMR I have is more than adequate for your purposes of "plinking". Shooting it in the desert at 300 yards it will do MOA even with a slight wind. Don't sell it short.

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Get a nice .223 and it'll do anything you want it to at 300 yards. 300 yards is stretching it too far for rimfires such as the .22mag and 17HMR.

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any suggestions on a good .223/.22mag/.17HMR bolt action?

been looking at the CZ and savage websites, but i guess i'll have to get to the gun stores and look what they have.
My christmas present to myself was Savage 12BTCSS in .223 and I am very pleased with it so far. The Accutrigger is a sweet setup.
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Red, .223 will do the job nicely, although, (more food for thought) the .204 Ruger is outstanding and re-loadable. This baby hits velocities up 4500 fps.

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