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    Zastava .223

    I've heard they might be shitty. Is this true? Who's got one and how is it?

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    Not as shitty as my Norinco, which I quite like

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    I had a wooden stocked 223. Bloody accurate rifle. Loved 55 grain pills. Didn't like 62 grains though.
    The plastic stocks are crap. Avoid unless you can get a wooden replacement.
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    I'm considering a blued/walnut one. Seems pretty attractive for a blued walnut rifle in this price range

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    Twist is 1:12 from memory. The wooden stock I had was actually not a bad bit of timber.
    I'd definitely get another if the right opportunity arose.
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    mates laminated one was a tack driver .. neat little rifle

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    Have one had it for 7 plus years no 1 go to gun accurate yes!, light yes, early plastic stocks crap unless free floated and bedded. 1 in 12 twist for early models imported by cameron sports? Newer ones 1 in 10 handle up to 64 grain bullets fine.

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    I got one with the plastic stock and it shot crap. After getting a suppressor fitted it became a tack driver. Wooden stock is the way to go.
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    The criticism I have read seams more directed at the action - being hard and gritty to run. One of my pet hates. Any feed back on this? What are the stock triggers like?
    Thanks for the input so far.

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    Stock triggers are okay. With a little tickling they can be very nice. Mine has a timny and some stock triggers with a little work are as good as mine. They will be a bit heavier than some rifles but arnt super fat. My bolt has a little bit of wobble when fully extended. Nothing like a midland i once had. And there is a small spot that the bolt will meet a bot of resistance half way when closing the bolt. I only notice it if im looking for it or slowly working the action. Never when shooting, even at the range. Very good value for money rifles imo.

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    For a rifle that can be had for less than $800 new, I really like them, features like the walnut stock, iron sights (on some rifles) and single set trigger are a nice touch in this day and age. Be aware that the timber varies quite a bit, if you go to your local gun shop and order one, get them to ask the importers (S.R. Marstons) nicely, and they may just pick out one with a nice stock. The ones with iron sights also cost the same as the ones without. Here's a pic of the one we have at work at the moment.Name:  m85-.223-IS.jpg
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    Oh, sorry for the logo; I pinched the photo off the shop website.

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    I had a play around with one today and thought it was good at the price point. The criticism directed towards the action is spot on. It's terrible, visible machine marks along the guide rail. Might be able to be fixed though. It felt nice to shoulder though.

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    get an older one marked zavodi crevana zastava crajuvec? etc that will change your opinion of a sticky action the logo looks like the cz brno one on these

 

 

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