New .223 rifle

Jimbob

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I am interested in purchasing a nice .223 rifle for range use, introducing new shooters, and wife/kids gun at range. I don't really see us hunting with it. I like the look of the Ruger American ranch. Is there a better option out there then the Ruger? What do you recommend?
 

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I've been considering the Ruger also. Everyone I've talked to says they are tack drivers. Best bang for the buck is what I hear. Any gun that cheap of a price just scares me.
 

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The Ruger Americans are darn good rifles for the money, I had a 270 that was a tackdriver. A buddy borrowed it and after shooting it wanted it really bad, bad enough I sold it to him. I had one in 223 also and it had feeding issues. The magazine did not work well with 223. Never had that issue in the ones I shot in 243 or 270. I don't know if they fixed that issue or not, I read several other people have the same issue.
 
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I just bought one of those cva wolf single shot 223s for a truck gun. It was like $200 new. Having a single shot with new shooters is nice and they are indestructible.
 

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Ruger + SWFA = Good
Tikka + SWFA = Better

If you're thinking about shooting longer targets, definitely make sure it's 1:8 and 75gr loads will take care of it.

223's are the most fun you can have with your pants on.
 

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Ruger + SWFA = Good
Tikka + SWFA = Better

If you're thinking about shooting longer targets, definitely make sure it's 1:8 and 75gr loads will take care of it.

223's are the most fun you can have with your pants on.



I agree. I lost count of all the calibers I had a few years ago. Every time I walked out I carried the 223 not the 22-250 not the swift. I picked up the 308 not the magnums. So I decided to sell 80% of the ones I didn't use.

That said, I have been wanting a true 556/223 in bolt gun so I can shoot my AR-15 loads as I don't really like shooting semi auto at all. So I keep eyeballing the Ruger ranch in 556 and 300 BO, or both. So many decisions.
 

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I agree. I lost count of all the calibers I had a few years ago. Every time I walked out I carried the 223 not the 22-250 not the swift. I picked up the 308 not the magnums. So I decided to sell 80% of the ones I didn't use.

That said, I have been wanting a true 556/223 in bolt gun so I can shoot my AR-15 loads as I don't really like shooting semi auto at all. So I keep eyeballing the Ruger ranch in 556 and 300 BO, or both. So many decisions.

I'm on the same road. Sold every centerfire I had except my 223 and 270 (7mm currently in the classifieds). Reloading crap, out the door.

Keeping it simple and minimal...
 

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The Ruger American is a nice little rifle for breaking in new shooters or letting your wife shoot like you have planned. They are cheap and shoot great. I bought one for my nephew in 223 to get him into shooting. That gun is just a shit load of fun to shoot! I thought about buying another one in tikka superlite for myself but I'll just use the Ruger.
 

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Ruger American would be hard to beat. But the Howa mini action is pretty sweet. Trigger is nice too.
 

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Tikka 223 Varmint gets my vote. I also have a Ruger American in 243 and the overall quality and feel of the Tikka I prefer. I also prefer the trigger on the Tikka to my Ruger. You cant go wrong with either though- both have fast twist barrels that will allow you to shoot inexpensive 55fmj to 80grains bullets.
 
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