Recommendation for low recoil bolt action rifle

Acera

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What for? Target? Hunting? Learning tool? Gift?

You can always get a 5.56mm bolt gun, pretty low recoil, centerfire, inexpensive ammo.

http://www.cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-527-m1-american/

Q: "Can CZ rifles chambered in .223 fire 5.56 ammunition safely?" A: All of our .223s will happily eat 5.56. Since our factory is in Europe, we build everything to CIP spec, which doesn’t differentiate between the two cartridges and just has the higher pressure as its standard. So the CZ .223s will shoot everything from the cheapest Russian steel to match .223 brass ammo.
 
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benenglish

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Acera - Good link. I've got a CZ 527 and I think it's great. Between their .223 and 7.62x39 offerings, pretty much any hunting or informal target shooting need in Texas is covered.

Still, without a statement of purpose and budget from the OP, any answer is a shot in the dark.
 

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Not into hunting but never know if the need should arise and wanted something other than a .22 or other rimfire rifle. Mostly target. I like the idea of a .223 once I already have an AR-15 but would like a good bolt action rifle as well.
 

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I've got my eye on a Mossberg MVP Predator bolt action rifle. It is chambered in 5.56 and has a laminate stock. And, it takes the 30 round AR mags too
 

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.223 will probably be cheapest.

.243 is a great all around caliber with light recoil also. Will handle pretty much any type of varmint hunting as well as whitetail. Not as cheap as .223 but very versatile. I've seen videos of guys taking them out to 600 yrds punching paper.

The .22 hornet, 22-250 etc are good varmint guns and can be pretty accurate but ammo savings aren't much over .243 and .223 can do more and cost less.

Do you plan to do any hand loading? If so I vote .243 cause it will be pretty cheap to reload and more versatile than .223. If not I would vote .223 because you can buy twice as much ammo if you aren't buying premium stuff.

If you only plan to shoot premium stuff my vote goes back to .243.

There are some others but those are the main options that come to mind. A 7.62X39 could also be pretty versatile but I'm not sure how common good hunting or target ammo is for it. I've only seen milsurp stuff but never looked for anything else.
 

9x19

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Not into hunting but never know if the need should arise and wanted something other than a .22 or other rimfire rifle. Mostly target. I like the idea of a .223 once I already have an AR-15 but would like a good bolt action rifle as well.
My Remington 700 SPS in .223 is about as easy on the shoulder as you're likely to find in a popular center-fire cartridge.

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AustinN4

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I've got my eye on a Mossberg MVP Predator bolt action rifle. It is chambered in 5.56 and has a laminate stock. And, it takes the 30 round AR mags too
The MVP Patrol is a less expensive version of the Predator: Mossberg & Sons | MVP Patrol

And as 9x19 posted the R700 SPS AAC-SD in 223 is a good choice also.

But, yes, I agree, for a soft shooting bolt gun, 223/556 is a winner, espcially since you already have an AR.
 

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+1 on .243. Beats .223 for game, and is easy on the shoulder. In a pinch, you can neck down .308 brass for reloading.
 

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OP has said he's not into hunting so for casual target shooting I'd definitely go for the .223. Frankly, even if he decides to start hunting there are bullets and factory ammo intended for deer-size game, at least the small whitetail that cover most of Texas. ;)

There are about a thousand alternatives to consider after that, though.
 
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