223 Rem. Bolt-Action Shootout: Savages New Model 25 Wins
Our shooters were taken with the Savage and CZ-USAs 527 American field riflesthey shot great and wouldnt break your back. The Ruger Hawkeye just wasnt as good, testers said.
The 223 Remington is a practical cartridge with broad appeal and application. It has already been some 44 years since the U.S. Army adopted it, based on the 222 Remington that itself was quite a commercial success since its 1950 introduction. Like most cartridges or variants adopted by the military, its long-term popularity is virtually guaranteed. It is one of our favorite cartridges, with a variety of ammunition available at reasonable
prices. Unlike some of the older "burn a lot of powder in a small hole" rounds such as the 220 Swift, or perhaps the more recent 204 Ruger, the 223 Remington offers generally good barrel life and overall economy
|For this test, we selected three bolt actions with sporter-profile barrelscall them ranch rifles, coyote rifles, or even whitetail rifles. They have tremendous utility and flexibility. From top, they are the the Savage Model 25 Classic Sporter, $616; the CZ USA 527 American 03022, $711; and Rugers HM77R Hawkeye 07103, $779. Our team said the Savage came supplied with Weaver bases installed (a nice touch), shot superbly, ejected brass well, and looked great. The CZ Micro-Mauser action featured a single set trigger, an addition our shooters loved. After being set, the trigger broke at 1.4 pounds. If we graded the Ruger Hawkeye by itself, it might have gotten a B+ or A rating. But we thought the Ruger was ponderous compared to the CZ or the Savage, had a trigger than did not compare well, and was not in the same league in accuracy.
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