Best/ favorite bolt action .22 rifle?


May 16, 2009, 12:11 AM
What is your best and/ or favorite bolt action .22 rifle and why, and what is the best one for the price?

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May 16, 2009, 01:17 AM
Just bought a Marlin 983s, tube fed bolt action 22 mag. Very, Very accurate, under $300 out the door NIB. I said Marlin because I not kin to Donald Trump(LOL)

May 16, 2009, 01:48 AM
the best bolt action would be the Anschutz 1710/1712. it's based on their Olympic winning action and has an outstanding barrel and trigger. the only improvement over this would be a custom Cooper...their stock guns aren't any better

i think the "best for the price" would be the CZ 452. i got my 452 open sights...for $278 from CDNN. for open sights, i have a Romanian M-69 which i got from Big 5 for about $79

May 16, 2009, 02:15 AM
Savage Mark II

May 16, 2009, 02:34 AM
Ditto. No need to buy extras to upgrade to shoot accurately. It comes accurate, light, and fun to shoot. :D

May 16, 2009, 03:07 AM
Mark 2's seem to be able to outshoot much more expensive center-fire rifles. Funny isn't it?

May 16, 2009, 03:10 AM
Ill second the anchutz (suhls are up there too) recommendation for the best .22lr. My favorite (I have an annie that I will be inheriting, but I can't look at it to determine model #) is my mossberg 44us though. Sentimentality will add a lot of value to a gun.

Best for the price...

Look to a marlin bolt action. They are very accurate.

May 16, 2009, 03:11 AM,
What sized groups are being reported from the Mark II's at 100y?

May 16, 2009, 03:25 AM
I have personally shot 1 MOA targets with my Mark 2. A friend of mine has been able to do slightly better than that with his brother's Mark 2. Same said friend confidently plans on shooting similiar groups with his own Mark 2 now that he has stopped using crap ammo.

LA Rondo
May 16, 2009, 03:38 AM
I shoot a CZ 452 Special which I acquired last year. She shoots definitely better then I do. It's a well balanced, rather light weight rifle, that I love to shoot off hand with open sights.

Last week I got lucky enough to buy a Winchester Mod 75 Target, which I have yet to shoot.
She sports a Weaver 2x tube scope instead of the iron sights which was installed when the rifle was new. Original sling came attached as well.

She's in very good condition. I'd give her no less then a conservative 95%. The barrel bore is super clean, like a mirror.

Tomorrow might be the day!

Ps, "crap ammo" is a big handicap.

May 16, 2009, 05:21 AM
Cz 452

May 16, 2009, 07:17 AM
Yep. I agree. I love my 452.

May 16, 2009, 08:09 AM
Winchester 72A.

50+ years old and still kicking a$$. ;-)

May 16, 2009, 08:36 AM
I used to have a 72A with a peep sight and it was a great gun. I let my father trade it in on something or other that he wanted. Might have been a Smith Model 17 w/8.75" barrel and a Burris 2x. It's almost as accurate as the rifle w/the peep sight. My uncle still has an early 72 and it's extremely accurate as well.

Now my favorite is a Cooper Custom Classic with a Leupold 3x-9 EFR ...

May 16, 2009, 08:39 AM
The best shooting 22lr for the money in my opinion is the 452 or 453 for around $400.00 less than half inch groups @ 50 yards on everyone that I have ever shot even my sons Scout for $250.00 is capable and it like a wide aray of ammo. That being said I hunt with my 77/22. Ilike the way it feels and shoots almost as accurate as the CZ. Just my .02

May 16, 2009, 09:13 AM
"Best" is very subjective, my personal favorite is my Kimber Hunter. It's light, accurate, and has a wonderful trigger. I often use it to play and win games going up against heavy target rifles. My second choice would be the Anschutz 1700. The CZ452s are also fine rifles and are arguably the best bang for the back in a .22 bolt action. The only cons of the CZ is the trigger, IMHO they need a bit of minor tweeking to get them where I like them, and the stamped metal triggerguard, it just does not fit the quality of the rest of the rifle.

Kimber .22 Hunter

Vern Humphrey
May 16, 2009, 09:21 AM
My Kimber M82 is one of the finest bolt action .22s I have ever seen.

I also have an M1922 Springfield, MKII that is a fine rifle.

May 16, 2009, 09:22 AM
For training purposes I regard the little Chipmunk I bought my son when he was 12 as the best deal around.

May 16, 2009, 09:26 AM
My favorite is a Remington 512 with a Weaver G6 scope mounted. Lot of sentimental value, yes. But this piece has been banging away since 1948 and puts up good competition against the Anschutz, CZ and NS 522 that are in my rack. I enjoy putting them all in a little competition against one another.

May 16, 2009, 11:17 AM
I love my CZs but they are just the nicest I own, certainly not near the nicest out there. I have to go with an Anschutz 54 action with whatever barrel profile and stock profile that fits your shooting best.

May 16, 2009, 11:20 AM
My favorite is my savage MKII, and for the money, i consider it unbeatable. VERY accurate.

May 16, 2009, 12:42 PM
I am a big fan of the 77/22

May 16, 2009, 01:08 PM
I've done a bunch of homework on this same subject. I've narrowed it down to 2 -- Savage Mk II and CZ 452. From what I've been able to gather, the CZ is built nicer -- nicer wood, nicer fit & finish. Both apparently shoot about the same w/ the weak link being the shooter.

May 16, 2009, 01:31 PM
I quite like my kimber 82.

May 16, 2009, 01:41 PM
Kimber, Weatherby/Anschutz, Anschutz, etc. are all really nice. And expensive.

CZs are really nice, and less expensive.

Marlin and Savage make some accurate, dependable, fun, American-made bolt rimfires for downright cheap, though.

Then there are used Winchesters, etc., and the Winchester Wildcat, which can be had for some great prices if you look around.

If you want a stand-in for a centerfire, Ruger makes exactly that: a gun with the size, proportions and ergos of their centerfires. The 77/22 is not inexpensive, though.

Old Mossbergs are possibly the best "sleepers." Their barrels are EXCELLENT, but the guns aren't the prettiest things and collectors don't go ga-ga over "Mossberg". For a good shooter for cheap, comb the gun shows and used racks for one.

LA Rondo
May 16, 2009, 03:20 PM
Winchester 72A.

50+ years old and still kicking a$$. ;-)

Genuine American Craftsmanship.

May 16, 2009, 03:38 PM
My Remington Model Five is quite accurate. It's easily in the same arena with the CZ's and Savages...

I also have a Browning T-Bolt (new production) that's also quite impressive... but, it IS a Browning...

All of the other previously mentioned rifles are all quite good... some better (for the money) than others. But you can't go wrong with any of them...


Vern Humphrey
May 16, 2009, 05:59 PM
I am a big fan of the 77/22
I have heard bad things about the 77/22. However, my 77/22M is an honest minute-of-angle rifle with ammo it likes,

May 16, 2009, 06:37 PM
Cz 452. Cz 452. Cz 452.

May 16, 2009, 06:58 PM
Marlin 782 22 mag....Next is my CZ 452 22mag....Most Fun is my new GSG-5.....500rds Friday without a problem Thanks Frank

May 16, 2009, 07:57 PM
My absolute favorite was the Anschutz I used during my time in college. I think the model was 1913L. The rifle was a dream to shoot offhand and shot beyond my abilities as a marksman. Sadly, we had to part ways on December 22nd last year :(

So now I have to "settle" for my CZ-452 LUX, which is still an incredible shooter and nicely fills every role for a .22 that I have.

May 16, 2009, 08:09 PM
I have a Cooey Model 39 that still shoots as good as it did 50 years ago.It is single shot and I won a scope from CIL back in the early 70's and it cost me $10 bucks to mount it and I got my first deer with it. I have a 1 inch scope on it now 40 years later and it probbably has many more years left in it.

Dave B
May 16, 2009, 08:36 PM
I sure like my Rem model 5. Got it late last year from Cabelas for $189.

May 16, 2009, 08:49 PM
My Tula Toz 78-01, was $100 back in the day from Centerfire. Ugly as heck, but shoots alot better than I can.

May 16, 2009, 09:11 PM
My favorite is my little Chipmunk. Shoots great, has a pretty good trigger, and I just love the "miniature" rifle proportions.

I would also say that the best bang for the buck would be any of the older used American made 22s. often can be found for around$100. I just picked up a Remington 341-p for 99.95 today. We will see how it shoots soon. I've found some good deals on older Mossbergs from time to time, and they all shot very well.

Take care,


May 16, 2009, 10:09 PM
My favorite is the Winchester 52 Sporter......took 25 years to find it. Price?....I'm not telling, but it's worth every penny.

What every .22 bolt action has tied to equal....only a couple have come close.

May 16, 2009, 10:21 PM
You win.

Another great shooter for 1/8th the money is the Remington 541-S. I think the 100 yard rimfire world sporter record is still held by one. I like mine anyway, faux Weatherby styling and all.


May 16, 2009, 10:22 PM
Kimber Model 82 Gov't via CMP for $600.00! Why is it the best? It just plain shoots.

May 16, 2009, 11:57 PM
My favorite is the Remington 541-S. It is hard to beat as an overall great rifle where accuracy is deemed a top priority on a sleek sporter design.

If buying a new rifle today, I think the best value for the price is either the Savage Mark II Classic or CZ 452.

May 17, 2009, 01:35 AM
my favorite, cz452 fs pretty much accurate outa the box w/scope or iron sights but found myself shooting more with irons, more fun and challenging

May 17, 2009, 01:55 AM
I have a remington target master that my Dad just passed down to me, he has had it since the 60s. It is always dead on, has the target peep sights, single shot, never misses a beat!!

May 17, 2009, 05:53 AM
I have heard bad things about the 77/22. However, my 77/22M is an honest minute-of-angle rifle with ammo it likes,

Well, they're Rugers. I expect to hear bad things about them.

On the other hand, both of my 77/22's (LR) shoot just fine also.

I don't know if they're "the best" or not, there's a lot I haven't shot, but they're my favorite.

Why? Classic good looks. I admit I wanted one from the first time I saw them twenty years or so ago. Solid feel. They look and feel like a "big rifle." Performance is plenty good enough for me.

Made in 1984. First year for the 77/22. Scope is an old Japanese 2x7x32 Simmons. I've killed a lot of squirrels with this gun.

1987. I don't know who put the Green Mountain barrel on it, or what other work has been done to it. I bought it this way except for the scope. I've shot it one time "out back" and it shot just fine. One of these days I'm going to have to take it to the range.

May 17, 2009, 06:56 AM
You have to spend twice as much as a 452 to get better. For less money, the Savage Mark IIs.

May 17, 2009, 12:53 PM
It’s hard to beat CZ’s for the price. There are a couple of Sako Quads w/ single barrel around or about $450 online or at
CZ was my favorite until the Quad hit the range. I don’t think you can beat ether one unless you go with a 54 action Anschutz at over twice the cost.

I was able to get this group with the Quad and Wolf MT yesterday.

May 17, 2009, 02:05 PM
With this rifle and a $5 daisy BB gun scope I can shoot out primers of 12ga shells with every shot at 25 yards.
Oh yeah, the best part about this gun was that I paid less than $100 for it as I had a $50 gift card to Gander Mtn. And I suppose I should mention the ammo I shoot in my .22LRs...bulk 550 crap from Wallyworld.

May 17, 2009, 05:05 PM
"from Wallyworld."

Oh c'mon, you can't fool me, everybody knows Wallyworld doesn't have any ammo. :p

I haven't shot a Sako Quad, but it looks like it's a good shooter like the Finnfire - mine is a sporter.


41 magnum fan
May 17, 2009, 05:24 PM
My favorite is the 77/22.

Boris Barowski
May 17, 2009, 06:01 PM


Check the uploader, it's mine :)

It's not the best, it's not the prettiest or most accurate. But it is my favorite! :)

and dirt cheap :p

May 17, 2009, 06:09 PM
Remington 40x; U.S.M.C. surplus.:neener:

May 17, 2009, 06:26 PM
Another Winchester 72 shooter here:D

May 17, 2009, 06:37 PM
Were I buying another, I'd opt for a CZ; I have one in the safe and it's a great shooter. But my favorite is a Remington 541T, sporter barrel, with a Leupold 6.5-20X EFR scope on it. It's a classic beauty that is accurate to boot.

Redneck with a 40
May 17, 2009, 06:56 PM
Here's mine, its a Marlin 22 magnum. I like a little more punch with my rounds.:p This thing will do 1" at 100 yards all day with cheap armscor ammo.

May 17, 2009, 09:15 PM
The Remington Model 5 is tough to beat in terms of value. Excellent accuracy, fit, and finish. Much better than you'd expect for a rifle that sells below $200 with a nice laminated wood stock.

May 17, 2009, 09:19 PM
To all the CZ owners on this thread: what ammo do you guys use?

I have a 452 FS and while its beautiful, it has been having pretty poor accuracy with the ammo ive tried- which is just Remington wal-mart bulk packs and CCI stingers. With either of those rounds it seems like its getting 2" at 50 yards or worse. Could just be me, but I doubt it as I shoot way better groups with my Sub2000 in .40 with cheap ammo.

May 17, 2009, 09:54 PM
To all the CZ owners on this thread: what ammo do you guys use?

I have a 452 FS and while its beautiful, it has been having pretty poor accuracy with the ammo ive tried- which is just Remington wal-mart bulk packs and CCI stingers. With either of those rounds it seems like its getting 2" at 50 yards or worse. Could just be me, but I doubt it as I shoot way better groups with my Sub2000 in .40 with cheap ammo.

Try to feed that rifle some sub-sonic ammo. You should see your groups shrink immediately. That rifle should be consistently shooting around 1/2" at fifty yards with some decent ammo.

Mine likes Wolf MT and Eley HP's equally and will keep under 1/2" @ 50 yards all day.

Keep the stingers away from that rifle, they could mess up your chamber.

May 17, 2009, 09:57 PM
Mine like federal champion 510 very well. Better than some of the mid grade stuff. Remington is junk, can't stand that ammo. Stingers are far from the accuracy round as well. I would try any standard velocity stuff or he 510 and see how that does.

May 18, 2009, 07:28 PM
bullpup, i also have an fs. my rifle is not really picky about ammo heres some range results @50 yards

these are cci mini mags 40gr i shot a while back @ 50yards, 5 shot

May 18, 2009, 07:36 PM
Thanks for the replies, I actually have a pack of federal 510 that I should try out as well as some remington sub sonic ammo. I whole-heartedly agree that Remington ammo sucks for rimfires, in addition to bad accuracy I have had several FTF with their ammo.

May 18, 2009, 07:56 PM
My 452lux seems to like Blazer rimfire ammo, I also shoot Winchester XpertHV high velocity 36gr bulk ammo though I have that on hand mostly because the Ruger mkII seems to like it. I am going to try get my hands on some subsonic stuff, is the Remington subsonic any good? It would probably be the easiest for me to find. Remington doesn't seem to have a good reputation with rimfire ammo, was wondering if their subsonic gets thrown in the same boat. Any particular subsonic brand I should look for with my 452?

May 18, 2009, 08:19 PM
is the Remington subsonic any good? It would probably be the easiest for me to find. Remington doesn't seem to have a good reputation with rimfire ammo, was wondering if their subsonic gets thrown in the same boat. Any particular subsonic brand I should look for with my 452?

The answer is NO to the first question.

My benchmark ammo is Wolf MT, it's consistently more accurate and less $ then others I've tried, including CCI, Eley up to Team, and RWS. If you want to keep the cost down I would go with some CCI, it may be easier to find and won't break the bank and should cost around $6.50 to $7.50 per 100.

May 18, 2009, 09:25 PM
My 452 also likes Federal 510. As for the Remington Five, I don't think you can get one for under $200 any more, can you?

May 18, 2009, 10:53 PM
I like my Marlin 981T.

May 18, 2009, 10:53 PM
My personal favorite bolt .22 is my Remington 511. It is the only .22 that I own that I will shoot at 100 yards with open sights.


September 27, 2009, 11:38 AM
I have a Winchester 72 given to me as a Christmas present when I was 13. I'm now 56 and I still have this rifle. It take shorts, long and long rifle cartridges. I have kept it unmodded with open sights. This old girl is dead on accurate. Probably worth more than my SKS or my AK. It's an excellent small game rifle and adds to my collection of various rifles and shotgun, that rounds out my small arsenal of weapons that covers all scenerios if the SHTF for survival purposes. I stocked up on ammo back in the 90s when it was inexpensive. I hope 7.62 ammo eventually goes back down but I have 1500 rnds. and about the same count on 9mm ammo stashed away and a couple bricks of 22 LR. Need to stock up on 12 gauge shells though for my Remington 870 shotgun.

September 27, 2009, 02:53 PM
the best of the 22 ammo choices are;
winny all types
feddy all types
cci all types
eley all types
aguila, all types made by eley
golden eagle, all types also made by eley.
wolf all types, also made in the same plant as lapua and sk.
american eagle red/black box. made by Feddy. surprisingly cheap and good.
feddy bulk pacs
winny bulk pacs, avoid cci bulk pacs.
remington, in the orange box, or yellow box, both made by Eley.

Since those top 5 brands have about 20 diff types of ammo each that they load, that is about 100 diff boxes to test out right there, alone.
If you use this whole list, you are going to find some ammo, your rifle can really shoot. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.
Did I mention that remmy ammo is testicular juiceage, and should be avoided?

September 27, 2009, 07:59 PM
My West German Anschutz 164

Well it may not be the best bolt action .22 ever. However it's the only bolt action .22 I own and it's beautiful and does exactly what it's supposed to, it puts the rounds where they are supposed to go. It's one of those cases where the gun is certainly more accurate than I am.

September 27, 2009, 08:27 PM
My vote is for the Savage Mark II. I love that accutrigger. I put a cheap Bushnell 4x32 on mine and it is a tack driver at 50 yards with federal bulk round nose.

September 27, 2009, 09:17 PM
I'm very fond of my CZ 452 Trainer. But NWilliams has me salivating over that Annie 164 Sporter. It's on my to-buy list now.

Colton White
September 28, 2009, 01:11 AM
Remington model five $179 at Academy wood and steel no fn plastic it really has a big center fire feel to it. Deck o cards at a hundred yards accurate is good enough for me and it comes with perty good iron sights and swing studs for a sling and integrated scope mount if u want to trow one on no need to drill or tap. Im happy with mine

September 28, 2009, 01:16 AM
i have a 77/22 that shoots awesome i love it. savage and marlin make great cheap guns though.

September 28, 2009, 04:10 PM
Both of my CZ's Federal target ammo. My Lux shoots pretty well with most ammo. But my Amercan is fussier and prefers Federal Target, it doesn't shoot stingers well at all. I think subsonic works best.

September 28, 2009, 04:16 PM
I recently landed myself a new (used) Savage MKII for a great price from a local guy. I mounted a Bushnell rimfire scope 4x32 on it, and it is a great little shooter. At 25 yards, it is one tiny ragged little hole barely bigger than a single round. At 100 yards, it groups around 1.5" on average. Very good for a bone stock Wally World special. The whole thing only ran me about $120 with scope and sling.

September 28, 2009, 04:50 PM
Winchester Model 67. Sweetest shooting .22 I have ever seen.

September 28, 2009, 05:30 PM
I have a Remington 541T as well. Mine has the heavy barrel, and a maple stock with a Redfield 3x9 scope. Total investment? $2.00 I won it in a raffle about 15 years ago. It will keep 5 shots on a nickle at 50 yards all day long. If I do my part.

justashooter in pa
September 28, 2009, 05:41 PM
winchester 69A was a nice gun. mine has a lyman micrometer and whelen sling.

September 30, 2009, 06:43 PM
I have a very accurate, nice handling Remington Model 504 sporter rifle. Nice rifle and priced @ around $400.00, give or take. Discontinued but still not hard to find.

September 30, 2009, 10:37 PM
I purchased a CZ 452 American after studying this last year. After many, many hours of reading I came to the conclusion that I would be most satisfied with this 22. For the money I doubt that there is another bolt action 22 that rivals it. Mine has unbelievable accuracy and I have not even had the trigger worked on yet. Last time I had it out I cut about a 1 1/2 inch diameter tree down with it from about 40 yards away with 5-6 shots. It is a tack driver.....very good decision.

September 30, 2009, 10:51 PM
My favorite bolt 22 is a 1960s Rem 512-X, tube feeder. It shoots anything you can put in the tube: short, long and long rifle. I love it, shoot it often and will pass it on to my first born child as it was passed to me. If we are talking new bolt 22s, I would love to get my hands on one of the Browning T-Bolts in .22 mag. Can anyone spare a grand for a scoped 22?

didn't think so. I still love my 512-X, it's awesome.

September 30, 2009, 10:58 PM
I like my Savage MK II FV the stock comb could be a little higher, it has the accu-trigger, I need to shoot it more but if it matches up to my Savage 93R17 I'll be more than happy it shoots 25 rounds at a 100 yds in a quarter size group.
Not as pricey as some mentioned here but they shoot here there with them.

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