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For a bolt-action, a good choice is a
"tube gun," a chassis which essentially puts
a bolt-gun action onto an AR platform.

Choices and
Recommendations
If you're looking for a match rifle there are two
main avenues: AR-15-based or a bolt-action.
The AR is the easier fork in the road to follow.
To get the most from a bolt-action, it really
needs to be custom built. There's nothing
ready-made on the market I suggest starting
with, at least not out-of-the-box. To create a
match-winning bolt-gun, it will cost you far
less money in the long run to start with an
action sent to your chosen builder. Right now,
I will also say that action should be based on
a Remington 700, and that's because of the
greater availability of worthwhile additions
such as triggers and "chassis" platforms, and
also because it's well-understood by builders
(and because they can shoot really well).

What do you get with a bolt-action? There
are a few "givens" I can make blanket
statements. One is that there will be more
flexibility in ammunition structure and
cartridge choice. Another is that the locktime (time from trigger break to ignition) will
be faster. That is a help to better shooting,
especially in the standing position. The main
difference is that the bolt-action gun is likely
to outshoot the semi-automatic-smaller
groups. It's true that an AR-15 can shoot
well, but it's also true that a bolt-gun can
shoot better. My experience having had the
better examples of each is that it's about a
quarter-minute of angle difference, maybe a
little more. And, the learning curve might be
steeper because you have to learn to run the
bolt in rapid-fire events.

This AR-platform adjustable stock from CSS is the
best I've used for competition.

The most important improvement derived from a
Match Rifle is a fully-adjustable stock.

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