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It's Valentines so was given permission to order something. So I ordered a 223 Hunter Compact. Since I had a few Cabelas gift cards I ordered from there. Should be in by next Friday. Just curious though, anybody know why the 243 is $20 more than the 223 or 7mm-08? Will probably set it up with a Bushnell Banner 3-9 x40 for now. Hoping the scope mount isn't too high. Depending on how much I like this gun if I decide to thin out my Handi Rifle collection.

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Who makes the Hunter compact?

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CVA. Kind of like a economic Scout.

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I have the Hunter Compact in 7MM-08 and I am tickled pink with the rifle and it's accuracy. In fact this rifle made me decide to go out and buy a Hunter in 45/70.I am just as satisfied with it also. The CVA Hunter rifles have turned me away from NEF Handi rifles.

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Depending on how much I like this gun if I decide to thin out my Handi Rifle collection.
Well........it's been my experience you better get ready to thin! Even the economical Hunter is hands down a better gun than the Handi's. Loved my Handi's and still have several, but they did get much thinner when I bought a Scout V2 stainless compact in 7-08 and 35 rem. The 35 rem was bought to ream to 356 win, however it shot so good i couldn't do it. Had to find a $169 Hunter compact blued to do the ream job. Funny thing is it turned out to be my go to deer rifle, especially during the rut when the big boys prowl.
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Hoping my 223 shoots as well. I have plenty of fmj's for fun and half as many soft points for predator control.

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Well, the gun is in and if everything goes well I will pick it up tomorrow. Will be a small stop on an otherwise busy shopping day so I don't see much time for getting acquainted with it. Will post pics as soon as I can.

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I was able to pick up my 223 Compact today which took quite a bit longer than I anticipated. Now I know where NOT to go when picking up an online firearm order. In spite of that I'm quite pleased with the little gun. I haven't tested it yet but the trigger pull feels way down there and nice and crisp. The barrel release is quite stiff which I assume will ease up some with use but it locks up solid. Can't wait to get the scope on and try it out. I have no factory rounds so I'll do some research for what does well with the components I have on hand. I took a couple pictures but nothing to get excited about, yet.
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Just an update. This little Compact seemed heavier than I anticipated. I just put it on a baby scale 3 different times and each time it was saying 6 1/2 lbs. I guess I got one with a little denser plastic and metal, lol. But a whole pound off of advertising specs? Also, it's not 35" oal as their site states. It is 34 3/16". Did I get rare find or do others have specs similar to mine? The measurements are how the gun came out of the box with nothing else being done to it.

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Finally got the Bushnell Banner 3-9x40 scope mounted. Looks good. A more compact scope would be nice but it's the only thing I have up to 9 power. I started getting some brass ready to load some fmj's for to see what kind of accuracy I can expect. This gun feels so much better to me than my Handis that have the 14" of pull. Can't wait to shoot it. And yes, the hammer is so much more scope friendly than the Handi hammer.
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