Hi Guys (my first post on TSD)
I'm a little stumped on what to get in regards to a 223 and its twist rate. I do a lot of range shooting and foxing. I have just purchased a howa heavy barrel in 308 for the range but on some occasions we are restricted on calibers and cant shoot anything above 6.5mm so a 223 will be ideal also.
I'm currently in the market for a 223 both for foxing and use on the range (shooting 300-600 yards). I have looked at the Tikkas with a 1-8 twist varmint barrels but they're on the pricey side and i don't wanna be spending that type of money if i can help it? not that i am tight but we are currently in the process of saving for a deposit on a house and i have to be sensible! (If i don't the mrs will have my nackers for breakfast!)
So my question is what is out there with a tight twist rate for decent money?
Also is a 1-8/1-9 twist really necessary for shooting long range accurately? (i'd imagine ill be sticking to 55grain's in both expanding and FMJ's)
Unfortunately i think ill have to stick with a heavy barrel unless i end up getting two separate rifles
Thanks in advance