Re: In another shop today...
Well...around here, it's hard to find a used #1 for under a grand. The guys that have em just aren't parting with em.
I missed a chance at a like-new .25-06 #1 a couple weeks ago for $900 and I'm still kicking myself for waiting til after work to call the gal that had it.
Yeah, the .218 would be an oddball (and another reloading project for ya) but I like the sound of it too. I like the little Hornet-sized cartridges for short range varmints. They're quiet, run cool, and are reloadable.
(Personally, I just can't get into this 17HMR craze. The only reason being is that I can't reload em. But that's just me.)
A friend of mine has a Contender in Hornet and every time we shoot the thing I start snooping around for a Hornet or some other mini 22 centerfire.
I can't help ya out with the rimfire CZs. The only CZs I have is the 550 but I like the little 527 too. The 527 would make a great little walking rifle.
I still kinda get the feeling that you've still got your heart set on that .222 though.