Bolt action 308 vs 223

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by somedayrider, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. somedayrider

    somedayrider New Member

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    So am months away from picking up a bolt action gun and stuck on which calibers . My dilemma here is I like the price off 223 but want the big bang of 308. Another upset is there isn't much more than 150 yards there's one or two 200 yard shooting ranges but very few . So my problem is really a toss up it would be nothing more then target shooting so looking for all inputs?
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Welcome to the forum. I would say If it's just for punching holes in paper go for the cheaper caliber.
     

  3. TLuker

    TLuker New Member

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    Go with the .223 for paper. You'll like the price of .223 ammo a lot more as well!!!:)
     
  4. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    If you don't have a quality rimfire maybe a 17HMR would be a good place to start?? Accurate as heck to 150 yards.

    After than get a 223 rifle or the mossberg MVP thats a 5.56 chamber . Or a savage or stevens that can be upgrade as time goes buy. The .223/5.56 is good to 500 yards. More dollars to spend up front a savage 12 target series rifles.
     
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  5. somedayrider

    somedayrider New Member

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    Thank you for the welcoming and I've got a 22 but I want some center fire besides my handguns and I was down between these two in a cheap bolt action soon in a savage axis but still in the air ..although i am liking the idea of the 223 but 308 sounds so fun
     
  6. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    A LOT of difference between a 223 & 308- If you just want to punch paper & not hunt go with the 223-
     
  7. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    ^^^which is one reason it's really fun to shoot a 308! :D
     
  8. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    For mostly anything but medium/big-game hunting I'd have to go with the .223.
     
  9. somedayrider

    somedayrider New Member

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    Now do you all think the 223 can give me the enjoyment factor similar to a 308?
     
  10. elfmdl

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    The savings in ammo will give you plenty of enjoyment. I have a savage .223 and I can hit milk jugs at 300 yards with no problem. If you are only going to be shooting a max of 200 yards it would really be a waste to have a .308. Look at the savage axis it is extremely accurate for an affordable price, but you will need a replacement trigger as mine breaks at 7.5 pounds.
     
  11. mrfox556

    mrfox556 New Member

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    This is my dilemma. I want a 223 bolt gun. But after a few trips to the lgs, I think I'm going 308. I'd prefer a 223, but nobody has what I want in my price range.
     
  12. Vincine

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    200 yards won’t even begin to stretch the legs of a .308. If you’re not trying to bring down a deer, you’re just throwing money away. If you do want to use it to hunt someday, then maybe the range time with the .308 recoil would be beneficial. If you’re just shooting at the range, you’ll enjoy not spending so much for .223 ammo.
     
  13. cj84

    cj84 New Member

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    Are you dead set on 223&308?
     
  14. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    yes and there is a simple $3 fix for the trigger , I got mine down to 3.18#s and its a great shooter . There are also a few othere in that relative price range of the Savage Axis with a better trigger like the Stevens or Marlin .

    One of them is not the Reminton 770 , the action is rough and the trigger is even worse .
     
  15. somedayrider

    somedayrider New Member

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    Not exactly just two in gun I was looking at that wouldn't completely brake the bank shooting them. Did you have others in mind?
     
  16. somedayrider

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    That was a lot of my worry is that the 308 would just be over kill for the short range.
     
  17. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    People like to understate the recoil of 5.56/223, while not substantial it does have a good punch that is great fun.

    If you get the 223 make sure that it has a 5.56 chamber, I would also suggest the Mossberg MVP. What other bolt action can accept 30, 60 and 90 round magazines?.
     
  18. somedayrider

    somedayrider New Member

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    Mossberg MVP is out of the budget I have to stick around 300-350 range.
     
  19. purehavoc

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    Savage Axis $269 and you still have $80 to spend on a decent scope .
     
  20. somedayrider

    somedayrider New Member

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    Exactly my thought