Target Rifle options

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by red ryder, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. red ryder

    red ryder New Member

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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?

    TIA
     
  2. opaww

    opaww New Member

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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.
     

  3. red ryder

    red ryder New Member

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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.
     
  4. red ryder

    red ryder New Member

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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.
     
  5. Wheelspin

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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 :confused:
     
  6. jpattersonnh

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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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  7. Dcomf

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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.
     
  8. stalkingbear

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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.
     
  9. TCH2FLY

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    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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  10. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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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.
     
  11. jpattersonnh

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    .204 is a very good choice!
     
  12. Dcomf

    Dcomf New Member

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    Even a 223 will get expensive if all you are doing is plinking at cans and other targets of opportunity. Refine your definition of plinking, most people don't plink at 300 yards.
     
  13. red ryder

    red ryder New Member

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    what I meant is the extent of my target shooting so far has been plinking at cans with my Marlin or Winchester .22's

    they are lever actionand pump action respectively, so i wanted a bolt action rifle that i can get into some more "serious" target shooting.

    the local gun range has target shooting competitions, love to watch and would like to get involved.


    right now i don't have enough "know how" to reload my own. although i'm looking into it.

    TCH2FLY - nice set up, do you mind me asking how much the total package cost you?
     
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  14. hunter Joe

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    Red, if you are going to reload, steer clear of a rim fire. Reloading will reduce your costs and greatly improve your accuracy, besides giving you some quality time alone.
     
  15. TCH2FLY

    TCH2FLY New Member

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    Sent you a PM
     
  16. LotzORemmies

    LotzORemmies New Member

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    It's not all about velocity, I'd say it's more about twist/practice/setup.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2M1hC4c0tc]YouTube - 1,000 yards 1942 91/30 Russian Mosin-Nagant (P/U) sniper rifle[/ame]
     
  17. LotzORemmies

    LotzORemmies New Member

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    That model of Savage is getting quite the reputation. Congrats on an awesome gift.
     
  18. Wheelspin

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    Now that is some impressive long distance shooting :eek:

    Anyone know what kind of scope he'd need to make those shots? They show the view at 80x in the vid which must be from the camera or the spotting scope but what about the scope he's using on the rifle?
     
  19. LotzORemmies

    LotzORemmies New Member

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    its the stock scope... 60 years old!
     
  20. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    The original PU scope is 3.5.