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    So i'm at a a cross road, i'm trying to decide on a new rifle that i would use for predators. I think the caliber that I'm going with will be the 223 because the ammo is readily available, and more fur friendly than my frist choice which was a 22-250. and i load for my ar 15. so hear is my 2 rifles I have it narrowed to 223 tikka t3 synthetic stock stainless fluted barrel or a ar platform with a 24 inch bull barrel 1/8 twist. leaning towards the bolt action for dependability in the cold weather and I feel it would be a more accurate for the longer shots



    With the tikka I'm not sure what rate of twist I should get. the faster 1-8 for an all around bullet or just stick with the 1-12 that would be more accurate with the varmint weight bullets.


    the scope I will be putting on is the Nikon m223 4x16 with the nikoplex reticle

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    .223 is a great caliber for predators if you want to use regular 55 grain bullets dont go 1/8twist i had that same twist on a remington ar and it wouldnt shoot a ligjt bullet for crap . I have a single shot .223 that has a 1/12 and that thing couldnt be anymore accurate

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    You can't go wrong with the Tikka for sure, another calyou might look at would be 17 win super mag. I have been looking at that for abit and that one may be my next shooter. I have the Nikon M223 in 3.5x14 BDCturrets for one of my target AR I would not go any further in power that the 14because of dark lighting condition. You will also find that on the Nikon... theBDC turrets tend to get turned un-inadvertently when putting in rifle casesduring transport. I have been happy with the scope, I rarely shoot past the 600yrd turret max with that cal so it works find for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweepint View Post
    You can't go wrong with the Tikka for sure, another calyou might look at would be 17 win super mag. I have been looking at that for abit and that one may be my next shooter. I have the Nikon M223 in 3.5x14 BDCturrets for one of my target AR I would not go any further in power that the 14because of dark lighting condition. You will also find that on the Nikon... theBDC turrets tend to get turned un-inadvertently when putting in rifle casesduring transport. I have been happy with the scope, I rarely shoot past the 600yrd turret max with that cal so it works find for me.

    I was really thinking hard on the .17 super mag, but I dont think think it would have what i wanted if a wolf was to wonder past. I also have seen big coyotes get hit with the 17 and shrug it off leading into multiple shots. not saying its not a hell of a gun. i would love to get one myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mccrimmon View Post
    I was really thinking hard on the .17 super mag, but I dont think think it would have what i wanted if a wolf was to wonder past. I also have seen big coyotes get hit with the 17 and shrug it off leading into multiple shots. not saying its not a hell of a gun. i would love to get one myself.
    Not sure but I think your talking about the 17 rem or the 17 fireball, maybe the 17 hmr... the 17 wsm hasn't even hit the market yet, savage plans to offer a rifle next month. It is a rimfire round in 25 cal. Necked down to 17 with pretty impresive ballistics (for a rimfire anyways) out to several hundred yards... it will be my next rifle for groundhogs and coyotes here in ohio but I agree, if wolves roamed our fields I would be shoping for a larger rifle

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    what confuses me about the tikka, is why in the world would someone take an action that is long enough to cycle 30-06 cartridges, and chamber a rifle for a micro sized cartridge? Why didn't they jut make a more trim action?

    Check out the CZ's. They make a true micro bolt rifle, size appropriately for the 223 sizes cartridges:
    http://www.cz-usa.com/products/by-category/rifles/

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    Don't know where your hunting but I put a 4-16 scope on my predator AR and I hate it. Way too narrow field of view for 90% of th places I end up hunting. My AR has a polymer lower and it performed flawlessly all winter, we hunted one evening that got to -15 and the AR cycled fine. I was a bit worried about that polymer in the cold but I bought it when they were cheap and it did just fine.

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