Most accurate bolt-action .223 rifle for $800?

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    Most accurate bolt-action .223 rifle for $800?

    Thinking of getting into casual target shooting, nothing past 300 yards. I know there are more accurate calibers but .223 should have less recoil and hopefully ammo will someday be plentiful but maybe not if that walking corpse and the ho get in there.

    Any suggestions in the $800 range?

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    For casual target shooting just pick one Tikka, Ruger, Savage just about any thing at that price point. They all make good shooters under $800. It all depends do you want to make little clover leaf holes at 100yds with handloaded ammo, or do you just want to hit a 8" gong at 300yds? .223 Ruger American Predator that takes AR mags with Vortex diamondback tactical 6-25x50 will be right about $800. Youll hit a 3" gong at 300yds with good factory ammo. Savage and Tikka both have good rifles under your mark too.
    Last edited by Stuck; 5 days ago.

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      #3
      I have a Tikka T3x varmint in 22-250 that I am very satisfied with. Was about 850 I think without a scope
      Last edited by Fullsize80cherokee; 5 days ago.

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        #4
        i just bought a weatherby vanguard in .223 a few weeks back, stupid accurate out of the box with the first box of shells i grabbed, paid $550..

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          #5
          No love for the Thompson Center compass?
          The shithead formerly known as cn'tafordit & Brocko2

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            #6
            Originally posted by Thatg9659 View Post
            No love for the Thompson Center compass?
            i like mine in 6.5 creedmore

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              #7
              I've got a CZ527M in 223. Great shooter, super light so it might not be what you want. The CZ trigger is fantastic.

              Also shoot a Tikka T3 in 308. The trigger is good, not hands down amazing like the CZ but not that you would notice unless you shot them side by side. The action though is buttery smooth.

              Had a savage stealth. It was meh. Meg trigger, clunky action. Not sure I would buy another savage

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                #8
                Originally posted by Saloon65 View Post
                i just bought a weatherby vanguard in .223 a few weeks back, stupid accurate out of the box with the first box of shells i grabbed, paid $550..
                I’ve said it plenty of times, IMO they are the best built guns until you get into the $1,000+ range. A $250 rifle can be accurate these days, but it will have a gritty bolt, plastic trigger guard, and stamped steel washer for a recoil lug.

                Only thing you need to watch out for with most .223’s is the twist rate. 1:12 will let you shoot < 60 gr bullets, 1:9 will generally take you to the 70-75 gr range depending on shape, and 1:8 will handle everything heavier. The 1:7 that many AR’s use was for the tracer rounds, or the > 90 gr Berger type stuff.

                For $800 you should be able to get one plus a Bell and Carlson stock. They also have some nice factory wood stocked options.
                Last edited by Gatorgrizz27; 4 days ago.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Gatorgrizz27 View Post

                  I’ve said it plenty of times, IMO they are the best built guns until you get into the $1,000+ range. A $250 rifle can be accurate these days, but it will have a gritty bolt, plastic trigger guard, and stamped steel washer for a recoil lug.

                  Only thing you need to watch out for with most .223’s is the twist rate. 1:12 will let you shoot < 60 gr bullets, 1:9 will generally take you to the 70-75 gr range depending on shape, and 1:8 will handle everything heavier. The 1:7 that many AR’s use was for the tracer rounds, or the > 90 gr Berger type stuff.

                  For $800 you should be able to get one plus a Bell and Carlson stock. They also have some nice factory wood stocked options.
                  im glad to see someone else recognize the unsung goodness that is the weatherby vanguard. in this day and age of custom rifles, the vanguard/Howa is overlooked because its metric barrel threads and guys dont want to mess with them. i picked up a Vanguard that someone had chambered in .250 savage with a Lilja fluted barrel. cost me $650. just a terrific rifle.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Saloon65 View Post
                    i just bought a weatherby vanguard in .223 a few weeks back, stupid accurate out of the box with the first box of shells i grabbed, paid $550..
                    Little known fact... Howa of Japan makes the barrels for weatherby and other rifles. Howa rifles kick some butt.... or at least they used to.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by flecker View Post

                      Little known fact... Howa of Japan makes the barrels for weatherby and other rifles. Howa rifles kick some butt.... or at least they used to.
                      And on top of that they make the rest of the vanguard as well
                      Imagine, if you will, a porcupine with dildos for quills, and it can fly.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by TheFlyingDildocupine View Post

                        And on top of that they make the rest of the vanguard as well
                        True story...

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