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Looking for a nice .22 bolt

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by Hauptmann6, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Hauptmann6


    May 22, 2002
    Portage, MI
    If all goes as planned I will be looking for a nice heirloom .22 bolt action rifle. What do you guys suggest for under 500.

    The CZ 455 Lux keeps catching my eye but I don't know what else is out there.

    I would prefer good iron sights.
  2. CanMan

    CanMan Silver Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    in flagrante
    CZ is a great rifle at a reasonable price. Maybe a used offering from Savage/Anschutz like a 1415, or even one of the new Savage bolt rifles. It's always that darn price bugaboo that gets me too. Rem 541T, Win 52 or one of the Anschutz sporters would be a nice heirloom.... probably could snag the Rem at a gun show or LGS for a fair price.

    Just thought of a Browning T-Bolt. Neat rifles! I'm not sure what the going price is though.

    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012

  3. pizza_pablo

    pizza_pablo USN Retired

    Oct 23, 2009
    Not an heirloom, but looking for a bolt action to replace my really old Marlin.
    Was at LGS, tonight and they had no bolt our lever action rifles that could fire .22 short. I'm pretty sure my old Marlin can shoot short. They did haves a Savage with scope heavy barrel and bipod for $1000!
    Are there any models available that can shoot short and other sizes?
  4. Hauptmann6


    May 22, 2002
    Portage, MI
    CanMan I barely have 500 into my deer rifle minus the scope so it blows my mind spending more on a gun that maxes out at 100 yards compared to one I have sighted in at 200 and have shot at 300.
  5. CanMan

    CanMan Silver Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    in flagrante
  6. Jriss138


    Jun 17, 2012
    Look no further get the cz but if you do be prepared to buy more, they are addictive. I bought a 455 varmit a few months ago and just bought a 452 military this week. My brother has a very nice Anschutz both rifles are most likely more accurate than you can shoot, and if you know what I mean, and the quality to price ratio on the cz is outstanding. I was looking at savage before I bought the cz and the actions do not compare. The savage is just stamped steel and the bolt has a lot of play. The cz receiver and bolt are overbuilt and have very little play and are much smoother.
  7. Can't see spending $500 on a rimfire that only shoots 100 yards.

    What would you say about spending $3500 on an air rifle that is only shot at 10 meters?

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  8. Hauptmann6


    May 22, 2002
    Portage, MI
    VaFish, for 3500 it better be a really good long range rifle, or shoot really fast.

    Air Rifle isn't my thing. I could never justify it. 500 is alot for a gun I really don't need but would like to have. And 500 will most likely be my spending limit in general.
  9. I coach junior rifle teams, smallbore (.22 lr) and air rifle.

    A competitive match air rifle will run you $1,600-$3,500.

    Similar price for a smallbore rifle.

    My 2 daughters competition guns are worth more than the rest of my guns.

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  10. PhantomF4E


    Aug 24, 2010
    South Florida
    :-X I almost have as much money in Air rifles as Powder burners. Nothing says precision like a high quality air gun.
  11. Bow Commander

    Bow Commander

    Mar 23, 2010
    Look no further than a Mannlicher CZ. Seriously.
  12. TexasVine


    Feb 9, 2010
    Central Texas
    I have been extremely impressed with my CZ 455 Varmint. I'm glad I spent the extra money. I find myself shooting this rifle a lot more than I initially thought I would. I think if you shoot a lot, its worth the extra cash.


    Dec 20, 2002
    If you're looking for walnut, steel and open sights for under $500, I think CZ is about the only choice.
    I have the 452 Lux in .22WMR and it is a fine rifle for the money. Feels like a big game rifle and has the best open sights I've ever seen on a rimfire.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012
  14. Hauptmann6


    May 22, 2002
    Portage, MI
    Can you get a drop in .17hmr barrel for the FS or Lux? It wasn't clear on the site. I kinda like the idea of having a .17 for special uses along with the normal .22.
  15. kaboom336


    Oct 4, 2010
    WAY North NY
    I'm looking for a cheap but shootable beater for the indoor range......

    I certainly cannot afford a .22 that costs more than a big game rifle.....

    If I had unlimited funds......the CZ .22 bolt action and the CZ 7.62x39 bolt action would cover just about everything I would ever need......

    Anybody in Northern New York have an old .22 bolt gun they want to sell?

    Back on topic.....CZ is probably the best quality for dollar spent on the market IMHO
  16. rvanpelt


    Mar 1, 2012
    The thing about a .22 is that the wife, grandkids and I can go out and shoot for several hours with cheap bulk shells poking holes in paper targets, tin cans, shooting cottontails etc. creating a lot of great memories with them and it doesn't break the bank like it would if we shot big game rifles. :cool: Compare this to several hours of entertainment elsewhere or shooting the 30-06 or .45 pistol. The price range of .22s is such that you can pick up a good used rifle for under $100 or the sky is the limit. Henry, Savage, Winchester, Remington, etc. make high quality .22s that anyone would be proud to pass on down to the grandkids. I love my .22s for these reasons.
    Just my 2 cents worth and you can keep the change.