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I've actually been fuming about this for quite some time, but my buddy and I were doing our usual thing, you know, thinking about our next "must have", and the subject of a nice bolt rifle in the fabulous American cartridge of .223 was the subject. I, as a profound lover of traditional firearms, would love to have a really nice walnut bolt rifle in the cartridge.
I find them in bogus cartridges like 450 Bush and .204 Ruger, as well as 22-250 and other much less popular rounds than the .223, and I have to wonder. Are these companies run by a bunch of morons or what? Let's look at it strictly from a financial standpoint or a sales standpoint.....the three cartridges listed above are ok in their own right, but rifles in .223 sell at a rate that must be somewhere around 1,000 times more often. So, if you are making these decisions for me, in the words of DJT: "You're fired"! If you look at the round itself, you know that it is one of the most accurate and flat shooting cartridges in the world, with almost no recoil. It would be outstanding as a Hog rifle and just a blast to shoot. Some, though I wouldn't recommend it, have used them to hunt deer. I have killed the one deer I ever shot at with a .223 myself.
I just had to get this off my chest, and wonder how many feel the same way. Rant over.
** edit.....I really mean an American manufactuer....you know Winchester,Ruger,Mossberg,Savage,Kimber,Remington, etc.
 

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Look for a Ruger M77 RSI "International". They used to make them in a wide variety of calibers, I ordered one in .270 from my LGS back in the 1990s and got it in about a week. Wish I still had it. The asking price is 3x + what I bought mine for.
 

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I have a single shot H&R 223 and one in 22 Hornet. I know you want a bolt gun but I think I saw where Henry made a single shot in 223. It is a wonder that Ruger does not make one in the American rifle and you can buy wood stocks for them now. Remington made a Remington 222 caliber back in the 60s, maybe longer. I knew a man that killed deer with one.
 

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I have a single shot H&R 223 and one in 22 Hornet. I know you want a bolt gun but I think I saw where Henry made a single shot in 223. It is a wonder that Ruger does not make one in the American rifle and you can buy wood stocks for them now. Remington made a Remington 222 caliber back in the 60s, maybe longer. I knew a man that killed deer with one.
My best friend's father owns a Remington .222 bolt action, blue w/ wood stock. Hardwood I believe, not walnut. My friend still has it, has killed many deer and other game with it. IIRC the model is the Remington 722.
 
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My best friend's father owns a Remington .222 bolt action, blue w/ wood stock. Hardwood I believe, not walnut. My friend still has it, has killed many deer and other game with it. IIRC the model is the Remington 722.
I used to own two Remington 722s in .222, but that was a couple decades ago, and they are long gone, sigh. Another possible option is looking for a 722 in .222 Remington magnum. If it were me, and I wanted it specifically in .223, I'd be looking around for a used Remington 788 or Model 7. American manufacturers have been seduced by the (lower manufacturing costs of the) synthetic stocks.
 

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I had the same itch and scratched it with an older Ruger M77. Lately I've been wanting a 308 or 243 with a heavy barrel in a walnut stock. There are a few options floating around from Sako, Kimber, and CZ. There's not much out there though.
 

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LOL, buy one then buy a Boyds stock for it . Problem solved although more expensive.
 

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I love blue and walnut guns. And, the 223/556 round is a sweet little round. I've seen some like new Remington 700's on Gunbroker.com that are really nice. And the CZ 527 Carbine is a nice one that still comes in blue and walnut.
I have seen the cz, and it is nice, just not American.
 

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My best friend's father owns a Remington .222 bolt action, blue w/ wood stock. Hardwood I believe, not walnut. My friend still has it, has killed many deer and other game with it. IIRC the model is the Remington 722.
Well, that's a classic. My father had one. Nice
 

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I have a single shot H&R 223 and one in 22 Hornet. I know you want a bolt gun but I think I saw where Henry made a single shot in 223. It is a wonder that Ruger does not make one in the American rifle and you can buy wood stocks for them now. Remington made a Remington 222 caliber back in the 60s, maybe longer. I knew a man that killed deer with one.
Yes, a friend, an older gent had a car accident. Actually he flipped a F-150 on the levee in Panther Swamp.
When he was recovering from broken ribs, he killed a deer with his 721 in .222 :)
 

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Add Howa to the list of gunmakers offering a .223 bolt action rifle with a blued finish and walnut stock... (y)

Yes, they make a nice rifle, but it is made in Japan. Nothing wrong with that, but lamenting that an American company doesn't offer an American rifle for the completely American cartridge in walnut.
 

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My best friend's father owns a Remington .222 bolt action, blue w/ wood stock. Hardwood I believe, not walnut. My friend still has it, has killed many deer and other game with it. IIRC the model is the Remington 722.
Those were in walnut, just not a high grade. fantastic rifle
 

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I found that Weatherby makes one, but I believe Turkish made, and only with a 24" barrel. Might have to look at it.
or the cz. Or, I could just do what my gut tells me and buy a Browning BLR 81 lightweight in .223 ( I know Japan made)
 

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I used to own two Remington 722s in .222, but that was a couple decades ago, and they are long gone, sigh. Another possible option is looking for a 722 in .222 Remington magnum. If it were me, and I wanted it specifically in .223, I'd be looking around for a used Remington 788 or Model 7. American manufacturers have been seduced by the (lower manufacturing costs of the) synthetic stocks.
Amen to that. They also believe that the .223 is just a military cartridge, which is funny because it's not! lol
 

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Remington makes 2 wood laminate and blue steel, 223's. Although that isn't Walnut.

783 Varmint Laminate
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And the 700 VLS

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