Bolt action .223

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  1. timer

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    I bought a Remington model 700 bolt action .223 yesterday. I've been wanting a varmit-type rifle and ammo for a .223 is cheap and - for now at least - available everywhere.

    The rifle has a heavy 26 inch barrel and I'm looking forward to taking it to the farm and wearin' out some groundhogs.

    I'd been looking on-line and believe-it-or-not, the cheapest price I found was at Cabela's. Plus, I had some gift cards that were burning a hole in my pocket.

    The .223 round may not be as sexy as some of the other varmit rounds, but I believe it will work fine for me. I have a couple of old .22s, but my eyes and my aim aren't as good as they used to be and I wanted something that would reach out a little farther.

    What caliber of varmit rifle do y'all have?
     
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  2. Meatstick

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    Favorite is .224 Weatherby Mag
    .220 Swift
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  3. 1wildcatfan

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  4. woodsman92

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    I got a 204 a couple years ago. Really like it
     
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  5. mac0492

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    I use the Rem 700 in 223 as well. It may be the tactical version. It has a shorter bull barrel and is threaded. It’s much easier to navigate in the woods with the shorter barrel and most places I can hunt the shots are less than 100 yds.
     
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  6. turkeyhunter91

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    I used to use a 223 ruger American youth and with a 55 grain v max it was a tack driver. Now I have a heavy barrel Remington 700 in 22-250 and with 50 grain v max it shoots better than I can. At 200 yards it will shoot a cold bore 3/4 group.
     
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  7. JDMiller

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    For yotes ...a Stevens 200 in 22-250 or a S&W M&P-15 Sport II in 223/ 5.56.

    When I first started yote hunting, I hunted mostly by myself and killed many yotes with the 22-250. Made some of the dangdest shots distance wise with the 22-250.

    But for the past few years I’ve been hunting with my son in law who uses a Remington 700 in 22-250. Which on field sets, we had the distance covered but wood’s sets not so much. We were both over-scoped and not too quick on follow-up misses.

    So... I’ve opted for the AR and pack it most of the time now. It’s topped with a 1x4 and usually keep it turned down to 1x for quick shots in the wood and with the AR definitely a good platform for follow-up shots if needed.

    Overall .... I’m awful fond of the 22-250 ... will flat dishrag a yote. But the 223 works equally well.
     
  8. kyoutdoorsman

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    With the 223 and the 22/250 making these long shots for coyotes do you use a 4x 12 or 16 power
     
  9. 1wildcatfan

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    I have a leupold 5-20 (or 25)x50 (have had it for 15 yrs) and have never turned it past 10-12 except for shooting at the range trying different loads. At higher powers, field of view gets so small and any slight movement is magnified (pun intended), follow up shots are tough if recoil takes u off target. New fad is high powered hunting scopes. How far u going to be shooting 2-3-400 yds?
     
  10. 1wildcatfan

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    If u don't have glass for it, this would be hard to beat, on sale at midway. Get a turret made for your load and dial it in for each shot.
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  11. Meatstick

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    Do you have any experience with that concept? Interests the hell out of me, but I've never messed with one
     
  12. 1wildcatfan

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    I got to "play" with one of these scopes in Oct, my first experience with one. Guy in elk camp had one on a custom 7 mag. After he ensured it was hitting where he wanted, he let me fire a few shots off a different distance. He had a turret cut for 8000' and 50 degrees with his velocity. He had another for 1000' as he's from Pa. Bipod up front, used my hand in the rear, needed a squeeze bag. First shot at our box target at 500, spot on. 650 and 725 at rocks was close, again a squeeze bag would have helped, but if they were elk they dead. I have a "few" of these scopes on the way as I'm having two custom mz being built to shoot both BH and smokless. I'll have a turret cut for both loads at two different elevations. First turret is included in price of scope. Each additional is $85 i think. I ordered a vx5 and will have several turrets cut for different rifles and will just swap scopes out. I use talley rings with quick detach (screw, not lever). I'll only have to move one ring when changing actions.
     
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  13. 1wildcatfan

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    UPS just delivered a midway box. :)
    Be in the basement mounting scopes this weekend. Going to be too cold to hit the range.
     
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  14. timer

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