Here is my current gun inventory: .22 marlin 795 .22 marlin 60 dlx .22 marlin 39a .22 cz 452 ultra lux .17 hmr savage 93r17 12 ga Ithaca 37 .410 Winchester .22 ruger mark iii .22 ruger single six .380 cz 83 9mm cz 75 .357 ruger Blackhawk As you can see, I can't do much good (flat) 200 yard shooting with what I've got. I don't mind cheap guns. My ideal gun would probably something in the marlin x series in .223 but they don't make it in .223. I don't really want to pay more than that price range for a plastic gun. I'd probably be happier if I just jumped up to the next price point. Buds has the cz 527s in the $620-650 range (synthetic $525). Is their anything else in the new market I should consider? I am really thinking about getting the carbine or the varmint-- two very different guns. Other considerations: I live in California and don't hunt very often. Thoughts?