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Old 11-30-2010, 10:25 AM
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Default which .223 bolt action?

I have been looking for a .223 for coyote hunting and just a gun to mess around with and im stuck between these 3 models, remington 700 sps varmint, savage model 12fv, and the ruger m77 hawkeye. Im just curious to see what your guys opinions are on the quality and accuracy of these rifles.

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Old 11-30-2010, 11:28 AM
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Each of them are capible of shooting sub MOA (given the "right" ammo) from the bench.

It's all about what "features" YOU WANT in a predator rifle.

I like synthetic, stainless steel with a detachable box magazine.

If I'm going to walk with it (shooting sticks in hand) - no more than 7lbs.

If it's a short walk to stands, then I mount a harris bi-pod on it.

For a carry gun I use a Remington 700 SPS DM (not stainless however) in .243 (75 gr.V-max), if I'm expecting long shots or on windy days. I carry a Bogg pod tri-pod.

For stand hunting, I use a Savage 16 FCSS in .204 (40 gr.V-max) with a harris bi-pod on it.

Enjoy yourself selecting YOUR rig (s) !
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:47 AM
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1 vote for Savage........
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:27 PM
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I'd go with the Ruger Hawkeye. I bought a Winchester M70 "Coyote" some years back. I was real heppy with it. I haven't fired it in a long time. It's a real heavy rifle to be carrying around.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:59 PM
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I have the 700SPS in 308WIN, and it's an amazing rifle.
Everyone should have the opportunity to own and shoot such a fine firearm in their lifetime...not real fun to hump around though...it's a brick.
But, it's super accurate out of the box!
I'd replace the stock with something better as soon as you're able.
Then, you'll see what that rifle will really do!
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:54 PM
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im just gonna have one made next time i buy.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:07 AM
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CZ 527!Have it-love it!
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:46 AM
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Default Bolt 223?

Savage would be my choice. That said, the 12fv is not a "walk around" rifle. I have two; a 22-250 and a 220Swift. I don't like to carry them farther than Jeep to bench. Savage makes several suitable walk around models. Check out their web site savagearms.com
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:26 PM
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I have a few Rem 700's that I really love, and I had a Ruger varminter .22-250 in college that shot very well, but out of your options, I'd recommend the savage.

I purchased a Savage 12BVSS (stainless fluted heavy barrel on laminate stock) .223 for my fiancee' last November as her first rifle... The first rifle she's ever shot in fact. I figured she'd lose interest and I'd have a nice rifle for myself. Boy was I wrong. On a bad day, her "normal" group is .2-3" at 100yrds off of sandbags with a Nikon 4.5-14x glass... We usually shoot 5shot groups at a 6 card when we go out (6 2" targets on one paper), and never fail, she'll deliver at least 2 groups that are less than 2 diameters... That's 5 shots in a hole smaller than .446"! With a pure stock rifle!
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:32 PM
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700 SPS gets my vote.
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