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Old 05-29-2021, 05:11 PM
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Recently got one of these, had its first range day today. Wow.

Handy light bolt action carbine not much larger than a "grown up size" 22 like a CZ45x. 20" heavy tapered (to .750") threaded barrel, 5 round mag. Only "bad" about it is the mag and "bottom metal" are all plastic. But apparently there are replacements, including a metal flush fit blind top feed magazine.

Didn't do much shooting, just enough to get it zeroed close enough to start thinking about shooting groups.

These are out there in 204, 223, 6.5 grendel, 300 blackout, and 762x39. Cabela's has them online in the "used gun" section fairly regularly, mine had hang tags, etc. still on it.
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Old 05-31-2021, 07:48 PM
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I couldn't agree more. I have one that I bought as a barreled action with the lightweight profile barrel. I put it in a lightened Boyds stock, with a vortex crossfire 2-7x. It makes for a very nice lightweight package that shoots around MOA with steel case ammo. Hard not to like.

The plastic bottom "metal" and magazine release that is almost impossible not to hit accidentally are the only real shortcomings I have found. I tend to hit it when I carry the rifle, and it would not be hard for the magazine to drop out without my noticing, which would be a real pain if I had just walked a mile in the woods with it... At some point I want to upgrade to a better bottom metal, but for now I shaved the magazine release down to make it a little harder to hit when carrying it.

Anyway, these are great little rifles, very smooth and accurate right out of the box.
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Old 05-31-2021, 08:59 PM
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Had it out to the range again today, shot through a box of Wolf steel stuff using a buddy's Bowers Vers30 can. Not hearing safe for extended use, but a shot or two in a hunting situation no problem. Rang 4" and 6" steel at 200 yards no problem. Think it deserves a better scope than I have on it...
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Old 05-31-2021, 09:07 PM
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Dont have a howa, but I do love shooting AK ammo in a bolt gun.
Mines a Ruger American Ranch
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Old 06-01-2021, 12:02 AM
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Dont have a howa, but I do love shooting AK ammo in a bolt gun.
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Me too. Mine's a CZ 527 Carbine. But I do have the RAR in 5.56 that takes the AR mags.
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Old 06-01-2021, 01:59 AM
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I was looking for a CZ or a Zastava or a Howa, but the lgs had the Ruger, and it takes the mini 30 steel mags, so iI gave it a try.

It needed three things, a lighter spring on the trigger, now its just a click and shoot. I
A dab of nail polish on the trigger spring screw to hold it in place.
And a Muzzle brake indexed at 10 oclock . To use the blast to keep the bipod jump at a minimum.

The only ammo ive had trouble with is the brass cased PPU, copper jacketed heavy hunting round nose,its way shorter than the AK spitzer ammo, and doesnt feed via the mini 30 magazines.

Go figure.

I had a better Vortex on it, but this Crossfire II has a bigger bell and a much wider field of view which are excellent for this intermediate round.and the 100 yard parallax doesnt seem to bother me at shorter or longer distances when the field of view is that huge.

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Old 06-01-2021, 05:23 AM
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My RAR in 7.62x39 is exceptionally accurate with Wolf or Barnaul 123gr HP ammo. It seems odd that it prefers steel case Russian ammo over other, more expensive brass case ammo by a noticeable margin.

I just bought more Barnaul for a rainy day stash in case politics causes the flow of Russian ammo to cease.
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:12 AM
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My RAR 7.62x39 is carrying a Bushnell Trophy XLT 1-4X24. Does well with Wolf and MOA with PPU. Does not like Silver Bear but the Mini 30 does. If things ever calm down I will start reloading for it. Meanwhile I have enough ammo to last a while. The magazines sold me on the RAR. I already had a bunch for the Mini 30.
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:40 AM
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CZ 527 here. 7.62X39 carbines are handy little rifles.
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If SHTF ever occurred the 7.62x39 bolt action rifle would be a top contender. Reliable, accurate, easy to maintain and enough power at close range to take down dangerous critters. 200 yard zero is also zero at about 25 yards. 3 3/4" high at 100 yards and 15" holdover at 300 yards. Pretty much a dead hold out to 250 yards. My RAR will consistently hit a 12" gong at 300 yards with proper holdover.
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Old 06-01-2021, 02:24 PM
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I do wish that howa would bring the mini in stainless to the usa. They do to New Zealand, kinda surprised it never comes here. One in 7.62x39 would be a good boat gun especially now that the aftermarket is picking them up.
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