Range outing with Tula TOZ-78 Bolt Action 22 LR


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axeman_g
June 15, 2007, 08:47 AM
all,
I purchased this little plinker/truck gun before I moved from Georgia over a year ago and it has just sat in my safe wrapped up, feeling all neglected and lonely. Recently I had been considering acquiring a Taurus Model 63, but I remembered the little Russian rifle in the back of the safe, so decided to hold off on the purchase and go see what that little rifle could do before plunking down some cash on another toy. I decided to take it over to the range today and try it out.

The gun is a Tula TOZ-78 Bolt Action 22 LR that I purchased for about $130. It has adjustable trigger pull with overtravel setting, an integrated scope rail that is drilled and tapped. Revolving rear sight settings for 25,50,75,100 meters and a horribly red stained wood stock with no clear coat, a free floating barrel with just as bad blue job, plastic trigger guard, a cocked and loaded chamber indicator. The muzzled is threaded and has a protective cap. Rifle came with some tools (?) and 2-5 rnd mags and 2-10 rnd mags

This guns looks like and feels toylike. It is very light, not very well finished and seems made of lower quality materials. That being said, it is a very good shape and length. The trigger was very pleasant to pull, crisp and light, I have no idea of a #age. When I bought it I was thinking it would be the perfect "put the gun somewhere and forget about till I need it" gun. Well that opinion has changed.

I was shooting Winchester High Velocity Super X .22 lr out of it. At 25 yards, on a bench but off hand, open sights. The gun shot 1-1.5" groups, about 2 inches high and to the left of center. I was happy with the group, but not with the placement. I then tried to shoot some steel plates out at 50 yds with it. I Easily "pinged" the 8" plates, so I tried the 5".. another satisfying series of pings. Then the 3" plates.... I hit 60%+ of the 3" plate at 50+ yrds... on a bench but off hand!!

I then walked over and sat the gun on a rest table, adjusted the rear sight to 100m and aimed for the 5" plates sitting at 105+ yards way .... bang ....(wait for it) ...ping.!!

I started hitting about 70%+ shots off the rest at 100+yds.... with open sights. With my eyes, I found this to be a bit of a miracle.

Ok, this gun is not perfect. It is pretty ugly to be honest with you. But it shoots pretty. And isn't that what is important.

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Il Duca
June 15, 2007, 01:12 PM
These guns are pretty highly regarded by alot of serious rimfire shooters. Check out the Russian forum at Rimfirecentral.com. If you like the gun enough to have a nicer looking version of it, look at the new "Winchester" Wildcat. Same gun.

Onmilo
June 15, 2007, 02:26 PM
We call them Ishechesters and Kalashnichesters at the shop and they are decent sellers.

The Russian rifles actually sell better.

axeman_g
June 15, 2007, 02:52 PM
I had no idea.... wow I would have paid another $100 for nicer fit and finish.

although a Russian gun sold by an American Firearms iconic company.. seems a little ... weird.

rangerruck
June 16, 2007, 12:18 AM
winchester, bought this model, and made it a bit nicer, and heavier, but still shoots the same. a good shooting rifle, that comes with 4 mags!!!! that is totally sick!!

rockstar.esq
June 16, 2007, 12:25 AM
Mine has grouped sub MOA at 100 yards more than once.

Il Duca
June 16, 2007, 12:34 AM
a Russian gun sold by an American Firearms iconic company.. seems a little ... weird.


Not as wierd as you think. Many of the major manufacturers are importing guns. Even Remington does it.

What I am looking forward to is the Varmint model of the Wildcat with the heavy bbl. I can't wait til shops in my area start getting them in.

Leadhead
June 16, 2007, 01:00 AM
I like mine alot too!
I put a williams peep sight on the back and it lines up nicely with the round hood on the front sight.
Very easy to knock golfballs around at 25-50 yards with bulk ammo.

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