Winchester Wildcat .22 impressions


February 9, 2008, 10:39 PM
After much deliberation I finally ordered one. The finish on the outside is acceptable. The finish on the inside is very good. The rifle is on the light side. The trigger brakes like a glass rod after about 1/4" of takeup. The safety is located in a strange area (trigger guard). Their is only 1 screw holding the bbld. action to the stock. The bbl. is floated. The trigger guard and mag. housing are all plastic. The wood is better than I had imagined, but will vary. The bolt is stiff but should smooth up. I has dual extractors. All magazines are plastic. The rifle balances well and shoulders well too. The checkering is not bad. I completely disassembled the bolt and it is robust and very nicely finished/fitted. The sights are no where as good as a cz452.

I haven't had a chance to mount a scope yet, much less shoot it but for a few dollars more I would have gotten another cz452. On a scale of 1 to 10 given the price paid $219.95 plus tax I'll give it a 7.5. After shooting it I'll get back to ya'll. From all reports I've read most wildcats shoot good respectablel groups.

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February 10, 2008, 12:31 AM
I bought one a couple of months back. Waiting for better weather.

February 10, 2008, 12:37 AM
yep, wood is truly hit or miss here, so if you get one with bad wood, make it your beater. The TOZ' usually came with a bit better wood. Accuracy should still be double tough here, though, so that is a plus. Did these happen to come with 4 mags?

February 10, 2008, 06:58 PM
Yes, It came with 4 magazines. By most accounts these rifles are shooters, probably not too far off from a cz (hopefully).

kart racer
February 11, 2008, 07:33 PM
I bought one for my son a couple of weeks ago.I put a clearidge 3x9 scope on it.

His is right at a moa rifle at 100 yards with cci blazer.At 50 yards a lot of targets could be covered with a dime-some with a nickle,although there were a few with larger groups.At 100 it was easy to blow some groups if you weren't really concentrating.He got to where he was hitting a golf ball consistantly at 100 yards.At 50 yards he never missed the spinners once sighted in.

The trigger needs some work,but is much better than a stock 10/22.
It has functioned flawlessly thru almost a thousand rounds,we did lose the 5 round mag yesterday trying to shoot in 35-45mph winds...trying to teach him the effects of wind:).

The finish on the stock is cheaply done and the metal finish is a lot rougher than my cz's.If someone figures out how to work on the triggers,let me know.I hate to experiment on his.

February 11, 2008, 09:39 PM
That chrome plated bolt head is pretty neat. It makes it easy to clean the rim recess.

If the sights were nicer then it'd be a 8 or 9 out of 10 at that price.

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