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    223 options.

    Have a howa 1500 heavy barrel varmint model with boyds stock in 223,nice rifle very accurate but is just to heavy for what i am now wanting to do with it, (carry more around hills). What would be a good replacement 223? Thinking howa mini action but not sure if i like the stock seems a bit to plasticy...or am i just being to fussy as i know these are great shooters? Any advice be helpful or some other options to look at, mainly shooting roos hares rabbits goats. Cheers.

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    get the barrel turned down n fluted

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    buy another howa if you like it.

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    I got a mini. Seems to shoot pretty good. My boy likes it.
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    Good gun for the $$$

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    I've been looking all over for a nice .223

    I like the Browning X-Bolt. Light, super short action and 5 shot mag

    https://www.browning.com/products/fi...alker-NDT.html

    ...and click on Browning North America
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    Rem Model 7 hard to go past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H.M View Post
    Have a howa 1500 heavy barrel varmint model with boyds stock in 223,nice rifle very accurate but is just to heavy for what i am now wanting to do with it, (carry more around hills). What would be a good replacement 223? Thinking howa mini action but not sure if i like the stock seems a bit to plasticy...or am i just being to fussy as i know these are great shooters? Any advice be helpful or some other options to look at, mainly shooting roos hares rabbits goats. Cheers.
    If you really like the Howa 223, I think I may have a Howa Short action (same as your Heavy barrel) with a ranchland barrel and possibly a laminate black stock if you dont want the Hogue. It is brand new and has the internal mag with the flush plate metal. Blued steel $895 with the Hogue stock, $995 with the laminate. Brand new in the box and has been in shop storage for a while.

    These do turn up form time to time 2nd hand. CZ and Zastava also worth looking for. CZ will be dearer but Zastava a bit cheaper?.I prefer the Zastava or the Howa to carry with the flush mag, but the CZ is a very nice rifle to shoot.

    There is always a Baikal single shot for $500 (new as well) but you would likely have asked for one if that was what you are after....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooseman View Post
    Rem Model 7 hard to go past.
    I bought a Howa mini 223 a couple of years ago. Really accurate; love the gun. But, I really wish they hadn't let Homer Simpson design the magazine latch. It's the one thing that I dislike about it.

    When I was deciding what to buy I fell in love with the Remington model 7; but it was $600 dearer. And as I was pretty broke; decided that the Model 7 wouldn't kill goats and deer $600 "deader"...... Sorta regret it a bit as the Model 7 was the nicest "pointing" and handling rifle I'd had a play with. But overall I'm pleased with the Howa; but would prefer a 5-shot flush mag.......

    I'm thinking of getting new 7mm-08 (sick of the POS Marlin XS&....). Had a play with a Savage light weight; but didn't like it's handling; just felt clunky..... So maybe a Remmy Model 7......

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    Quote Originally Posted by H.M View Post
    Have a howa 1500 heavy barrel varmint model with boyds stock in 223,nice rifle very accurate but is just to heavy for what i am now wanting to do with it, (carry more around hills). What would be a good replacement 223? Thinking howa mini action but not sure if i like the stock seems a bit to plasticy...or am i just being to fussy as i know these are great shooters? Any advice be helpful or some other options to look at, mainly shooting roos hares rabbits goats. Cheers.
    Have a google at a howa mini action in a excl lite or oryx chassis.
    RIP Barry S. 18/01/20

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    Howa 1500 HS precision
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    Not sure on your price range, but there is a new Tikka Strata which should be here in the country any day now. Expected by the end of the month anyway.
    Its both stainless & cerakoted. Fluted, threaded, comes with muzzle brake, 5 round mag (6 round in ,223), big bolt knob, teflon coated bolt, strata camo stock. (the one in image is not fluted, its a pre-production sample).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisW View Post
    Not sure on your price range, but there is a new Tikka Strata which should be here in the country any day now. Expected by the end of the month anyway.
    Its both stainless & cerakoted. Fluted, threaded, comes with muzzle brake, 5 round mag (6 round in ,223), big bolt knob, teflon coated bolt, strata camo stock. (the one in image is not fluted, its a pre-production sample).
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    What barrel length do they come in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 25 /08 IMP View Post
    What barrel length do they come in.

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    Good question. Some have actually shown up today in .308, 6.5cm, .243 and .260 (none in 223 yet). Barrel length is 22.4"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisW View Post
    Good question. Some have actually shown up today in .308, 6.5cm, .243 and .260 (none in 223 yet). Barrel length is 22.4"
    Any word on the 6.5 prc from them yet?

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    Will check eta. What rifle specifically? Maybe pm me

 

 

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