View Full Version : Need assistance choosing a 223 bolt rifle

09-25-2011, 3:29 AM
Budget for only the rifle is roughly $600. Under $1000 for rifle, stock & trigger.

Going to be strictly a bench/prone shooting rifle. I eventually plan on changing the trigger and stock. I will be handloading for it.

I am already an owner of a R700 SPS-V 308 and like it a lot. just wondering what other opinions there are on other rifles.

Mail Clerk
09-25-2011, 7:34 AM
Try looking into a Winchester with a super nice stock AND stainless steel bull barrel.
I too am just into bench rest shooting and this rifle is more than enough for me.

Mail Clerk

09-25-2011, 7:54 AM

09-25-2011, 8:23 AM
Just get a Tikka varmint and be done!


09-25-2011, 10:13 AM
$310 and will shoot better than you can.


I love the CZ but in these tough times....

09-25-2011, 10:19 AM
In this order I'd get:


09-25-2011, 10:31 AM
I picked up a Weatherby Vanguard .223 (Howa 1500 action), Nikon Buckmaster 4.5 - 14X scope, and a bipod for less than $800. Already shoots .75" groups at 100 yards (with Remington Core-Lokt ammo). All I need now is the Bell and Carlson pillar-bedded stock to complete the package.


The Vanguard has a 1 1/2" or less at 100 yards guarantee and an adjustable trigger. I'm very happy with it. The Series 2 models come with a .99" or less guarantee.


09-25-2011, 11:39 AM
What are you planning to do with it from a bench or prone? What distances?

This will decide the best 223 bolt rifle for you because of available twist rates.

Remingtons 1:12- good for 50gr light bullets. 100yd paper punching or varmint hunting.

Savages 1:9 - able to shoot 69smks which will go out a bit further and still punch good 100yd groups.

Tikkas 1:8 - able to shoot heavy 75-80gr bullets out to 1000yds in the correct conditions. The most accurate it of the box. Manners/Mcmillan stocks and CDI DBM available. Best trigger and smoother action out of the box. Tikka has by far the best trigger in my mind and there's no reason to upgrade it.

Long story short..when it comes to factory 223s nothing beats a tikka. 308s is another game. Don't get a rifle with a barrel twist that won't handle the bullets you intend to shoot for your intended purpose.

09-25-2011, 3:14 PM
Main purpose is to shoot between 100-400 yrds.