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    Need a Recommendation for a heavy bbl .223 bolt gun.

    I would like to buy and setup a .223 bolt gun. Looking for something that has a fast twist with heavy to medium barrel. It will actually be a West coast gun. Looking to shoot long ranges and heavy bullets.
    Any input would be appreciated.

    #2
    Remington 700s can be found in heavy barrel 223 setups

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      #3
      The Tika T3 varmint is a tack driver. 1/8 twist so 69/77s will work. Im a huge Sako and Tika fan. They shoot or your money back. 1moa guarantee

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        #4
        Looking for at least 1/8 or 1/7 twist. I have shot a Tikka before. Thanks
        Last edited by angelonm; 05-12-2016, 07:47 PM.

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          #5
          Originally posted by wdeister08 View Post
          Remington 700s can be found in heavy barrel 223 setups
          I have the 700 but mine is 1:12 heavy bbl. It shoots 55g reloads awesome. Right out of the box it was very accurate with a very impressive factory trigger.

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            #6
            Thanks guys. I see lots of great heavy bbl rifles. Partial to 700's they just work. Problem is the twist rate. I will need the faster twist. Shortest distance will be 200 yds. Looking for something that can shoot the heavys. Even as heavy as 90grs.

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              #7
              You may have to build one or special order it. Looks like 1:7 is tough to find. Here's an article on the various .223 bolt guns and the twist rates they are available in.

              "Among popular .223 commercial bolt-actions the Tikka T3 is available in either 1:12″ or 1:8″. Savage rifles, notable for offering outstanding accuracy at reasonable cost, use a 1:9″ twist on most models, with 1:7″ offered in some specialty models."

              http://gunsmagazine.com/the-223-may-...valuable-tool/

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                #8
                That is pretty much what I am seeing also. Thanks.
                1/8 will probably handle everything short of 90 grains.

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                  #9
                  Is .223 the best caliper for what you're seeking to do?
                  I'm not making a statement. It's a real question. You probably know more about this than I.
                  This is an interesting thread and was wondering about some of the newer rounds.
                  Before SAFE for example I was thinking of building an AR in 6.8 Grendel.

                  "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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                    #10
                    Savage 11VT is a great gun. 1:9 though.

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                      #11
                      Ruger precision you can easily change the barrel.

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                        #12
                        Ok so nothing is set in stone. In a very short time I intend to retire. I intend to move out west where there are many open spaces and long ranges. I have plenty of heavy caliber rifles that can easily hit past 600. My intention is to have a rifle where it will be inexpensive to shoot and provide a challenge to hit a target. I do reload so I can easily tailor ammo to my needs. I don't intend to work after I retire so I am just looking forward to a hobby of sorts. It will be one rifle in a collection. I actually find shooting rifles more enjoyable than handguns.
                        I have found a few rifles that will provide 1/7 and 1/8, now it is just a matter of locating one. I might wait till I move. I am sure some guns shop in Nevada or Arizona will have a much better selection.
                        Last edited by angelonm; 05-15-2016, 10:32 AM.

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                          #13
                          That's 90 grain smk single load territory. 1:7 twist hv bbl, Rem or Rem clone action, and a custom ground reamer. You'll be the man

                          You can make an off the shelf 223 work for long range but are better off having someone build you one.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by JPS439 View Post
                            Ruger precision you can easily change the barrel.
                            Can you? Are those in 223? Do they make 223 bolt heads? What happens when the skinny 1" barrel heats up?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by McCaffrey View Post
                              Savage 11VT is a great gun. 1:9 though.
                              I bought a new savage 10 fcp sr. Piece of junk. 2-3moa. Failed to eject 20% of the time. Etc.

                              I grabbed an axis from campsite for cheap and it worked better.

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