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#7054894 - 01/27/18 09:31 AM new varmint rifle thoughts?
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Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
Hey all,
Wanting to get a paper punching varmint rifle (dual purpose). Will be used for yotes and other misc. critters as well as shooting at paper.

Ruger Hawkeye (LH) 204 Ruger (1:12") - $499
Savage Weather Warrior (LH) 223 (1:9") - $670
CZ 527 American (LH) 223 (1:9") - $681

Curious for my purposes if I'm gaining anything with either the Savage or CZ in quality of rifle?

Would the 204 be suitable for my needs?

Not going to shoot critters at extended range.

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#7054902 - 01/27/18 09:37 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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.223, just for ease and cost, personally of your 3 choices I would go the CZ, great rifles. If you want to stay low cost, I love the Ruger American, ooh just saw you're a lefty. Get the CZ, I think it will outshoot both, with Savage being 2nd choice.

just my 2cents
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#7054925 - 01/27/18 09:58 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
Just to throw out another option...found a Ruger American 22-250 with a Brunton scope for $350. Is that a fair price?

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#7054928 - 01/27/18 10:00 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Buzzsaw]
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^^Agreed

Friend of mine went from a .22-250 to a .204 years ago, and had more coyotes run off than he had ever seen from a .22-250. He sold the rifle.
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#7054965 - 01/27/18 10:35 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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I had a long chat with a BiL a while back, over 204 or 223. I went with 223 because of all the positives of cheap ammo, readily available brass and bullets, and what I considered a big factor, in that bullet weight range goes from 34 gr to 80 or 90 gr. You canít get that with a 204. He went with the 204.

I have a Ruger Hawkeye that was a good shooter, but Horizon turned it into a better shooter. If I was shopping today, even though I really like the Ruger, Iíd probably go with a stainless Tikka if I could get the 8 twist. I donít even know if you can get the Tikka in LH, though.


Edited by 603Country (01/27/18 10:40 AM)

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#7054973 - 01/27/18 10:42 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
^^^ Have found a Tikka T3 (LH) 1:8" twist 223 stainless for $628.

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#7054983 - 01/27/18 10:50 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: Amarillo.Hunter
^^^ Have found a Tikka T3 (LH) 1:8" twist 223 stainless for $628.


Hurry up and buy it!
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#7054991 - 01/27/18 10:56 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Amarillo.Hunter
^^^ Have found a Tikka T3 (LH) 1:8" twist 223 stainless for $628.


Hurry up and buy it!


Thatís cheap for that rifle. Best price Iíve found on a T3 LH is $758 out the door.

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#7054993 - 01/27/18 10:57 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: 603Country]
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Originally Posted By: 603Country
I had a long chat with a BiL a while back, over 204 or 223. I went with 223 because of all the positives of cheap ammo, readily available brass and bullets, and what I considered a big factor, in that bullet weight range goes from 34 gr to 80 or 90 gr. You can’t get that with a 204. He went with the 204.

I have a Ruger Hawkeye that was a good shooter, but Horizon turned it into a better shooter. If I was shopping today, even though I really like the Ruger, I’d probably go with a stainless Tikka if I could get the 8 twist. I don’t even know if you can get the Tikka in LH, though.


Well, if BIL said it was good, it has to be !!!!! banana2
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#7054995 - 01/27/18 10:59 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: wp75169]
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Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
Originally Posted By: wp75169
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Amarillo.Hunter
^^^ Have found a Tikka T3 (LH) 1:8" twist 223 stainless for $628.


Hurry up and buy it!


Thatís cheap for that rifle. Best price Iíve found on a T3 LH is $758 out the door.


Picked up a nib Tikka T3 Stainless (LH) for $570 in 300 wsm a couple weeks ago. Can also pick up a 270wsm for same price as the 300 wsm...but want something lighter.

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#7055000 - 01/27/18 11:02 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Loc: Central Texas
Yep, buy that 223 Tikka, scope it well, and send me a 6 pack of good beer. You will love the Tikka. My 260 is superb (donít get to use that word a lot).

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#7055001 - 01/27/18 11:03 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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I would look at the savage 10/110 in left hand. Then add a shilen or similar prefit Barrel. You will come in around the same price or cheaper than the CZ and will have your first semi-custom that starts all the dreams we canít afford. Likely will outshoot anything you buy off the rack as well. Itís fun to build a savage. And bet someone here can loan you a go/no go gauge for the price of shipping or free. Then a little Bit later you can add a stock. All DIY stuff that you will appreciate.

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#7055055 - 01/27/18 12:25 PM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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#7055431 - 01/27/18 07:22 PM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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223 Tikka would get my vote.

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#7055699 - 01/28/18 05:08 AM Re: new varmint rifle thoughts? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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22-250 in 1:8 twist shooting 75 gr. Or .243 in 1:9 shooting the 87 gr. VLDís, Fight the wind much better.
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