I was on the look out for a 223 to put together a fun rifle for my son. 223's are very sought after in our area and even a bad one fetches top dollar. I stumbled across a very little used rem 700 in rem17 with the engraved action for little money as ammo is hard to come by. After thinking about it, decided to find a 223 barrel for her. After a while I found a smith that was pulling off a brand new 223 1/12 barrel off a Remington doner action. I had the barrel fitted and chopped to 20" with my choice crown. We had a box of American Eagle 50gr hp lying around and zeroed them. I only fired 4 rounds to zero and the last two were just about in the same hole. In the meantime I sourced a few more boxes of the AE's. Yesterday I dropped a grey crow at 250yds after missing a magpie at 440yds. The little 50gr bullet is just not great in the wind. I'll try a 300m group today to check drop.
I like this little rifle as it is very simple and lightweight, my son made the stock . Only drawback is that the trigger is a bit on the hard side but it is safer that way and one just needs to concentrate a bit more when firing. The original drop plate seems to be feeding fine so it will stay as is for now.