Best .22 rifle

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  1. J.D. Bass

    J.D. Bass New Member

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    I'm thinking of getting a new .22 rifle. Right now all I have is a 10/22, and its great for consistency and its a very hearty gun. I'm looking for the same attributes in a second .22 but I need the accuracy and fit that the 10/22 lacks. The other thing is that I need to stay under or around $350. Is it doable?
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    oh yeah...ps....the only gun I'm checking out right now is the Henry H001 and other models of Henrys. Not to say I wouldn't be open to anything else, open to any sugestions right now.
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    Put your $350 into building the 10/22. Tons of options.
    Also, tons of choices for .22s, doable for that price.
    Look at a large gun store, Gander, Dicks, Cabelas, etc
    and you can find many to touch.
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    If you want accuracy and fit, stick with a bolt and not a Henry. I love Henry's and they're nice guns, but not nearly as accurate as can be had for the money.

    Yes, $350 range is doable, check out the Savage offerings or a CZ452. Probably get some other suggestions here too, but that would be my choice for that budget range; alot of accurate bang for your buck and plenty of mods available to either if you want to tinker with them down the road.
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    Get a CZ 452 American if you want to shoot very accurately with a scoped rifle

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    or a CZ 452 FS if you want to shoot very accurately with an open sighted rifle.

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    I have several .22's, one that sticks in my mind for accuracy is my Remington 597, it drives tacks! I bought me, my three sons, and my two son-in-laws each one and they are all very accurate. However, I always thought the 10/22 was an accurate rifle? I surprised, maybe OZO is right, think about customizing. $350.00 for a new .22 shouldn't be a problem if that is how you want to go.
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    ozo, interesting to think about customizing my 10/22 but I kinda just want a second gun. Also, I visit gun shops and auctions pretty often but, I want something special and I just haven't put my hands on it. Wolleyworm, I took a quick look at the CZ and I like what I see. I'll have to read some reviews and do my homework. I have never been exposed to any CZ guns. I hear they are pretty great. Thanks guys for your suggestions.
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    SheffieldShooter's post is pretty convensing :). AL, I already did the 597 thing. Just the wrong gun for me. The 10/22 isn't bad on the accuracy, but it isn't awesome. I learned to shoot .22 (at the age of 7) a bolt action single shot Remington .22 that was super accurate. Maybe the most accurate rifle I ever shot. I used that for squirrels and other small game all thru high school. I'd like to get that kind of accuracy back but with a little more in the way of size and less limited to one shot.
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    I think for that budget range; you'll find very very little arguement on what the most accurate rifle is - the CZ hands down. They're well made and have a very good feel to them.

    AL - 10/22's are fairly accurate guns, there is just so much that you can customize on them and still plenty of room to squeeze more accuracy from them. I've got a neighbor that has over $1500 into his 10/22; a bit of overkill IMO, but it's what he enjoys and he has let me shoot it, so it's good by me! :D
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    One of my shooting friends, Willie Rhodes, used his left hand model of the CZ 452 American to set the USBR 50 Meter Sporter Class record last year:

    http://usbr.benchrest.net/usbr_rec.htm
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    Wow S.shooter, thats quite an endorsement. I've just been shopping around for the CZ 453 FS (because I like to shoot open sites) and I see that they are going for about $100 out of the olé price range. I'm not in a hurry, so I'll just save for a while. At this point thats on the top of the list. I'll have to get to Jays Sporting Goods and Cabelas before I make up my mind. Its nice that everyone here is so generous with their information. Thanks.
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    The FS is a fine choice but don't wait too long as CZ is phasing out production of the 452 models and replacing them with their new 455s. The 455 is a lesser rifle.

    By the way, the FS is stocked better (low comb) for open sight shooting but I have had a scope on it at times and it handles a small scope in medium height rings quite well:

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    I like the way my FS will even shoot well with cheap ammo like CCI Blazer:

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    Keep in mind, you can get into a CZ 452 Special (aka Trainer, aka Standard) for around $325 to $350. Beech stock, longer barrel, just as accurate:

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    Here are some 50 yard open sight groups from my first outing with this Special on Halloween Day (2010):

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    I called my brother who has the old single shot that he and I shared growing up. He said it is a Remington 514. Crazy accurate for a small light .22 Wouldn't mind having another one of those either.
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    Those 514s are definitely a well-built rifle. I actually like the whole Remington 51X series... I'm going to have the whole set someday. :cool: Just not yet.
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    If I were going to shop for another 51x gun it would be the 513. They had a clip and would hold 5 or 6 rounds. I just can't remember if that gun would take the shorts like the 514 would. Anyway, great, cheap little guns.
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    I have a 1902 wincheaster single bolt action .22 short that I want to restore . It seems the spring for the cocking mechaism is broken. any suggestion?
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    Sorry man. You should post that question in the "technical questions and information" forum. They are pretty good about that kinda thing.
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    Whats it worth?
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    ok. thank you
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