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  • 22 LR Bolt Rifles

    Curious to know what the Brain Trust here thinks:

    Starting to reinvestigate today's current production "better" 22 sporters.A rifle with decent wood...good bedding...a really good trigger that you could take afield readily but wouldn't be overkill for some advanced plinking.Call it a combo small game hunting/fun rig that with a good scope and quality ammo would stay inside 1" at 50 yards from a solid set up.

    Figure a target budget of $1000, give or take, for the rifle.

    Your choices?

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    My Ruger 7722 with 4x Burris scope is an absolute tack driver. Didn't spend anywhere near $1K on it. Not sure if it meets your definition of "better"?
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    • #3
      I recently bought a CZ 452 "Special Training Rifle".... about half your budget and it easily keeps them under an inch at 50. Decent wood and built out of blued steel like a real rifle should be. Trigger could use a little work for serious shooting but that's nickel and dime stuff. For high end plinking and sticking grouse into a crock pot it's perfectly OK as-is.

      I've had high end .22s from Kimber and the CZ shoots every bit as good. If you can find a used Kimber 22 they are very nice and will be hard to come by for your budget. I've shot a Cooper, again- awesome, but hard to fit into your budget.

      I've also messed about with a Browning T-Bolt. Very accurate rifle and just a neat design that meets the need as well.

      Unfortunately for the rimfire aficionado, we are in a slump- most of them are now largely inexpensive, plastic things so the choices are limited.
      "I do not deal in hypotheticals. The world, as it is, is vexing enough..." Col. Stonehill, True Grit

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      • #4
        Kimber:

        http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=443164284

        Also, look around gun broker for Savage-Anschutz guns for a good price.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by iofthetaiga View Post
          My Ruger 7722 with 4x Burris scope is an absolute tack driver. Didn't spend anywhere near $1K on it. Not sure if it meets your definition of "better"?
          Wow something we both agree on.
          I like mine as well and yes its very accurate.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by hodgeman View Post
            I recently bought a CZ 452 "Special Training Rifle".... about half your budget and it easily keeps them under an inch at 50. Decent wood and built out of blued steel like a real rifle should be. Trigger could use a little work for serious shooting but that's nickel and dime stuff. For high end plinking and sticking grouse into a crock pot it's perfectly OK as-is.
            I have the same rifle. Accuracy and reliability are superb. The trigger is not great but a Yo-Dave trigger kit is about $20 and will fix that small problem quickly and easily.

            Another suggestion with this rifle is pick up some 10 round magazines.
            NRA Life Member since 1974

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            • #7
              Buy a half dozen old Rem bolt guns and test them. At least one will shoot well. Then resell the rest. Or a used Savage /Anshutz.

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              • #8
                Been through a lot of them, but finally settled on the CZ 452 American for the classic lines and great balance for offhand shooting. I got the lefty because I am. Only mod was to have a replacement trigger installed. I have an old Remington lefty as well as an Anschutz, and once owned an early Kimber lefty. The CZ outperforms all of them with almost all loads, with groups under half an inch at 50, and approaching 1" at 100 with its favorite load and the nut behind the trigger doing his job. I have a couple of Anschutz match rifles and they won't do any better.

                It's no lightweight, but that's the point. I wanted a rifle with similar handling and balance to my centerfires for cheap practice, as well as great offhand performance. After all, about 99% of my rimfire shooting is offhand at game heads. The CZ getzer done better than any other I've tried. Can't beat the price for that kind of performance either.
                "Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good."
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                • #9
                  The 7722 also gets my vote. I had mind worked on a little and it is deadly on rabbits and other small game.

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                  • #10
                    My savage mkiii tv-sr is a fantastic shooter for less than half of your budget, when you can find one.

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                    • #11
                      Anyone had experience with the current production T Bolts?

                      Had a Browning Belgium for many years...how does the current Japanese(??) model compare?

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                      • #12
                        I bought a old used Remington 22 caliber bolt gun when I retired and it has done very good. I can not remember the model but it is clip fed. The gun was in very good shape to be that old and it shot better than I thought it would. I think I paid $125 for it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 7STW View Post
                          Anyone had experience with the current production T Bolts?

                          Had a Browning Belgium for many years...how does the current Japanese(??) model compare?
                          A friend bought one a couple years ago. I was favorably impressed in both fit and finish. Accuracy was first rate as well.
                          "I do not deal in hypotheticals. The world, as it is, is vexing enough..." Col. Stonehill, True Grit

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                          • #14
                            Remington 541T would be my pick for a nice shooter and small game rig

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                            • #15
                              The CZ trainer rifle is a wonderfully accurate rifle that you would not regret owning. E.

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