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I used to own a Tikka Varmint in 223 with the heavy barrel, tack driver. Why did I sell it? No idea..... Back to 2023.

The Tikka's I want are too pricey, looking to spend around $500. The candidates are:

Ruger American predator, 22: barrel, threaded and takes AR mags

Howa mini action, similar specs. 

Anybody got any experience with either? I do own the Ruger American ranch in 300 BLK and it's a decent rifle for the money, great for shooting subs with a suppressor!!! 

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All my info is dated, but I've never seen a bad shooting turn bolt 223. 

I've got a varminter barrel Winchester model 70 that will shoot right with my beloved 222. 

Shooting a 12 gage hull off a fence post at 100 yards wuz a nothin with a good rest. 

That said, we used 52 to 55 grain bullets n 1 in 12 twist barrels.  I'ma thinkin the newer rifles are one in eight or so, but there are plenty of good bullets for em too.  I'd pick the one I liked; been looking at a lightweight CZ A600 myself...

Good luck,


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Either will work fine, might consider the Savage Axis platform, caliber changes are DIY if you know which end of a screwdriver to hold if that has any interest.  The Ruger barrel can be swapped out just as easy if desired.

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