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Old March 2nd, 2017, 07:01 AM   #1
 
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Best 22 rifle for distance target shooting

Not looking for a custom or a high dollar rifle but looking for a 22 store bought that has some decent features and it pretty accurate. Been eyeing the standard bolt action and the bolt action target model. Wouldn't a longer barrel be better for long distance?



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Check out the CZ from reports they are by far the most economical and accurate .22LR firearms.
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The accuracy level for money spent...........CZ is the winner. Likely nothing else even close
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Not looking for a custom or a high dollar rifle but looking for a 22 store bought that has some decent features and it pretty accurate. Been eyeing the standard bolt action and the bolt action target model. Wouldn't a longer barrel be better for long distance?
If you must spend big bucks, go straight to an Anschutz custom. top it with premium glass at a minimum of 5x32 and you should be set. That will be at or above $3000.

That being said, I love my 10-22 for 50 yards and less, but the winner (in my hands anyway, even against CZ and sometimes Anschutz ) is a 22" barrel Marlin model 60 I have a KAT trigger on it and nothing else except a 4-16 center point scope. Shooting cci standard speed for 50 yards gives me " and at 100 yards, I am finding Aquilla hissed copper washed only 40 grain I get consistent 1" groups unless the wind is one 5 mph. you can't buy my kind of rifle new as they are 18" barrels, but if you cruise your local shop and look on Cabelas library, you can find one. Also, if you can't find one, try a newer marlin I think 597 it has a box magazine instead of tube feed and is the same rifle, but is easier to work than my old tube feeder as most ranges limit you to 5 shots in a magazine. My all in money spent is just about $200 (my rifle I have had most of my life and was $30.00 when my grandpa bought it.

good luck.

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Accuracy is usually in the hands of the one wielding the rifle........but.......99 times out a 100, a quality bolt gun is going to outshoot a semi-auto, all things being equal. Now I do have a tricked out 10/22 that outshoots many off the shelf bolt guns, but that's a $1000 10/22. But then I have Kimber, Anschutz and 40X bolt guns that outshoot the 10/22.

I still say for money spent, the CZ heavy barrel can't be beat for accuracy in most cases

My collection of rimfires from mild to wild, in both semi-auto and bolt is fairly extensive.

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I have to agree .... the CZ is the best accuracy for the buck. I own an older CZ 452-2E .... 24 3/4" barrel bolt action. It is the least fussy 22 LR I have ever seen. Seems no matter what type of ammo you use, it makes tiny holes very close together at considerable distances. These CZ rifles are built more like a centerfire rifle with solid steel parts and heavy duty magazines .... no plastic or pot metal .... just wood and steel.

I own quite a few 22 LR rifles .... mostly because I really enjoy taking my grandkids out for some fun at the range. My oldest is a Stevens "Favorite" falling block single shot made in 1909 ... still shoots great and I use it as a "first gun" for my grandkids. I have a Henry H001, a Marlin 39A, and two Winchester Mod 9422s in lever action. I have a Remington Mod 572 and a Winchester Mod 1906 in pump action .... the Mod 1906 was made in 1912 and although it looks great, the bore is pretty much wiped out. In semi-autos, I have a Browning SA, a 10/22 Carbine, a 10/22 TD, a 10/22 Manlicher and a 10/22 custom bench rest. My bolt action rifles include a CZ 452-2E, a Remington 511, and a Savage MK II BTVS.

If I had to rate the above in order of accuracy, the bolt actions would come in first with the CZ being the best of the best. Next comes the Marlin 39A and Winchester 9422. My 10/22 custom build comes in next followed by the Browning SA. Last place is pretty much a tie between my 3 factory 10/22s and my Henry. I have a S&W Mod 41 pistol that will out shoot the 10/22s and the Henry at 50 yards.
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Agree with Iowegan. Get a CZ 452. Although they've officially been discontinued, new ones are still around. Amazingly good shooters for the money.
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I have a 77/22 and with rifle match ammo and a leupold scope I can do under 2 inches at 100 yards from a rest all day long and I live the wood stock blued and I own several czs and they are a great value.
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I have a 77/22 and with rifle match ammo and a leupold scope I can do under 2 inches at 100 yards from a rest all day long and I live the wood stock blued and I own several czs and they are a great value.
Uuuummmm, hope you aren't bragging about that Ruger grouping, because that's not even remotely good. I have a Marlin bolt I picked up a gun show for a hundred bucks, that shoots better than that. And have several other 22s that shoot under an inch at 100 yards with ease.

I thought lowegan reported last year that he also had a cheap Marlin bolt gun that shot close to inch or so groups........maybe that was someone else
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Lower end, CZ-452. Higher end, Anschutz. But at what distance are you shooting and what budget do you have? A 10/22 can be pretty darned accurate at closer distances.

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Dollar for dollar CZ will be hard to beat. I had a 455 model until I discovered that my mid 80's built Marlin model 25n would shoot as well. I cannot quote group size because I just can't remember. Both of those guns would out shoot my 1022 target model.
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Has anyone tried the heavy barrel Ruger American Rimfire?
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Has anyone tried the heavy barrel Ruger American Rimfire?
I have mounted scopes on two and sighted them in for customers. Those two were mediocre at best at 50 yards. Didn't try them at 100, but nothing at 50 indicated they would be anything special.

I provide the above service for lots of people and try to sort out issues, so I get to shoot lots of rifles. NEVER had my hands on a CZ rimfire that wouldn't shoot. Can't say that for others
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I have to agree .... the CZ is the best accuracy for the buck. I own an older CZ 452-2E .... 24 3/4" barrel bolt action. It is the least fussy 22 LR I have ever seen. Seems no matter what type of ammo you use, it makes tiny holes very close together at considerable distances. These CZ rifles are built more like a centerfire rifle with solid steel parts and heavy duty magazines .... no plastic or pot metal .... just wood and steel.
I also have a CZ 452 - 2E, a CZ 455 American, and a CZ 455 varmint.

They are quite easily the most accurate and best 22's Ive ever owned or seen.
The 455 varmint is downright incredible @ 150 + yards.

They ALL have very smooth actions, nice looking wood, and precision machine work.

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Do the CZ's have threaded barrels so they can wear a can?
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