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Old 05-19-2013, 12:15 AM   #1
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Looking for a decent 223 bolt action

Went to the range a few weeks back with a buddy that brought along a few rifles, including a golden boy (lever) and I think it was a Savage bolt. Loved the goldenboy (the level action on that thing is sooooooo satisfying) and truly enjoyed the bolt action as well. I *think* his was a 300WIN, but I figured owning an AR, might as well have a bolt action of the same caliber (stupid logic?) so I wanted to grab one that's decent (nothing crazy, but accurate and well made.)

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If I was going to deal with a bolt I would do larger like .308 or more.

I don't know much about them, but the American Rifle is suppose to be a great value to get started with at half the price.

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If I was going to deal with a bolt I would do larger like .308 or more.

I don't know much about them, but the American Rifle is suppose to be a great value to get started with at half the price.

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Why a 308 out of curiosity? Ammo price/availability? That would be something I'd consider since 223 is like gold right now. I don't hunt and a 223 round has plenty of range for plinking purposes. I was actually thinking of something smaller than a 223 only for capacity purposes. Loved the lever action goldenboy and the 20 round capacity.


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i havent been able to find .308 around, it's about as hard to find as .223/5.56 in my area. and it is more expensive. as a result i never get to shoot my bolt rifle
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i havent been able to find .308 around, it's about as hard to find as .223/5.56 in my area. and it is more expensive. as a result i never get to shoot my bolt rifle
I buy it all the time from MidwayUSA for under $1 per round.

$16 for 20 available right now...

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Oh, and if possible, I think I'd prefer a nice wood stock. I know it doesn't add functionality to the rifle, it's purely an aesthetic choice.
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Oh, and if possible, I think I'd prefer a nice wood stock. I know it doesn't add functionality to the rifle, it's purely an aesthetic choice.
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Savage has a nice threaded barrel model with iron sights.
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Unless otherwise specified, I believe Remington is still making their .223 bolt actions with 1:12 twist. Remingtons are very accurate and easy to modify if you want later, but Remington has always been goofy about twist rate.
I would recommend finding something with a 1:9, 8 or 7 twist rate. Unless it's for varmint hunting, I don't find a lot of use in .223 bolt rifles. I have a Remington 700 VS in .223 that I rarely use. I basically just use it for markmanship practice to stay fluent with bolt action dynamics, since I primarily use semi-autos.
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Unless otherwise specified, I believe Remington is still making their .223 bolt actions with 1:12 twist. Remingtons are very accurate and easy to modify if you want later, but Remington has always been goofy about twist rate.
I would recommend finding something with a 1:9, 8 or 7 twist rate. Unless it's for varmint hunting, I don't find a lot of use in .223 bolt rifles. I have a Remington 700 VS in .223 that I rarely use. I basically just use it for markmanship practice to stay fluent with bolt action dynamics, since I primarily use semi-autos.
So what caliber would you recommend for a bolt? Im not hunting anything, this is just for range time. My AR will be a varmint style (I have no use for a short tactical barrel as I don't normally need to clear a building ) I just loved the "fun" of a bolt and lever action rifle. Goldenboy I'll grab in a 22 but figured the bolt I'd want in a long distance flavor, just in case the zombies do come around and I do need to hunt manbearpig or something.
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Looking for a decent 223 bolt action

I have a savage axis .308. Very accurate fun bolt plinker.


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I'd also go with a .308. Ammo is plentiful too.
I'm not saying don't get a .223- just be aware of the limited applicability of the load. It's good to have the continuity of the .223/5.56 load, but you need to make sure that you're using the right load since most bolt action rifles are rated for .223, not 5.56. I would say that 98% of .223 bolt rifles are varmint or small game hunting rifles.
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I'd also go with a .308. Ammo is plentiful too.
I'm not saying don't get a .223- just be aware of the limited applicability of the load. It's good to have the continuity of the .223/5.56 load, but you need to make sure that you're using the right load since most bolt action rifles are rated for .223, not 5.56. I would say that 98% of .223 bolt rifles are varmint or small game hunting rifles.
I think you guys are right. Since one of my ARs will be a varmint, I'll probably go with a 308 for the bolt. That way, if the zombies come, I'll have a number of firearms capable of shooting a variety of ammo, and not tie myself down to a single caliber.
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holy thread revival, but any info on a bolt action AR setup?
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Sure. Buy an adjustable gas block and turn the gas all the way off. Boom, instant bolt action AR.
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yeah, that's an option but I'm looking for something a little more permanent for NY purposes. i didn't know if there was a side charging upper that was already setup for single shot or not
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not quite what I was talkin about, but i'll take it.
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yeah, that's an option but I'm looking for something a little more permanent for NY purposes. i didn't know if there was a side charging upper that was already setup for single shot or not
I had a pump action .223 Remington that was pretty neat (sold to a friend of mine who wanted it more than I did.) It was based on the 870. I was made so Police could lock it (and were familiar with) it in the same blocks as the 870 they already had.

It also uses AR-15 mags.

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