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Hello All,

Trying to decide on what to get as my second rifle (I own Marling 795 22LR) and I'm thinking of getting Savage 200 in .223 caliber.

Any opinions on my choice? I'm planning on doing target shooting up to 200 yards.

Happy New Year,

MM
 

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It's a good step up and ammo is cheap.
 

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I just recently bought a Browning A Bolt in 223 and I bought it for fun at the range and because it shoots available cheap ammo. So I think your plan is a good one and I'd say - Get it.
 

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I got a Stevens in .223 about 2 years ago. It is an excellent rifle and quite accurate. Is now my main coyote rifle. I shoot mostly handloads and out to 300yds it does very well. Our range goes to 400 yds, mostly steel gongs past 200 yds. Great fun to shoot at 300 and watch the steel start swinging and wait for the sound to get back. The Stevens has a 1 in 9 twist, so it shoots 50-69 gr bullets very well.
Only thing to watch for is the tupperware stock is flexible in the forearm, so make sure there is plenty of clearance between the barrel and the stock.
 

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I think you're definitely on the right track, but have you considered an H&R handi-rifle, instead? They are very affordable, single-shot rifles that are quite accurate and offer a lot of flexibility, if you want to get a larger caliber, big-game cartridge, later. You just switch barrels and go from a .223 fun-shooting target gun to a serious 270 or 30-'06 deer gun.

Also, I would stay away from the 22 Hornet, unless you're planning to hand load. It is notorious for being accurate only with specific loads and is nowhere near as powerful as the .223 you have in mind. If the Hornet is cheaper to shoot, it would be by a small margin and frankly, I would be surprised to find that is true.
 

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I think you're definitely on the right track, but have you considered an H&R handi-rifle, instead? They are very affordable, single-shot rifles that are quite accurate and offer a lot of flexibility, if you want to get a larger caliber, big-game cartridge, later. You just switch barrels and go from a .223 fun-shooting target gun to a serious 270 or 30-'06 deer gun.
This is a good, economical suggestion.
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I have Marlin 795 22LR and now I'm ready to move up to something bigger. I'm looking at Savage Stevens 200 .223. I would like to get something for around $300-all I will use it for will be making holes in the paper..no hunting whatsoever.
 

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I am just waiting to pick up my MOD 200 Stevens in 223. Could you advise what loads you found good and then marginal. Factory if you have used any.
Mine will be a general working rifle. Dog size animals and other small critters.
 

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Stevens 200

You'll love it. Mine will put 5 round group that can be covered by a quarter using Wolf 55 gr FMJ. The ones at WallyWorld have the accu-triger for $349. I got mine off Gunbroker about 3 years ago for a hundred less but no accu-trigger.
 

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Didn't know you could get the accu-trigger in the Stevens 200. I was lead to believe that was why they were marketed so reasonable. Might have to check that out next visit to Wally World.
 

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The Stevens 200 is just the plain jane Savage 110. Like they all used to be, but with a really budget minded stock. I had one in .300 Win. Mag. and I used bedding compound down through the foreend to stiffen it up for bipod use. I did keep it free floating as well. This rifle shot among my best ever. I only sold it because the recoil of the .300 was a bit stout on such a light rifle. Excellent rifle for carrying and hunting.
 
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