Most Accurate .22LR Bolt-Action Rifle


March 24, 2010, 06:23 PM
My friend just gave me 250 round of Aguila SSS Sniper Subsonic Ammunition
it works really well in bolt-actions for target shooting
i've been meaning to get a bolt-action .22 just havent gotten to it

I know Marlin makes a few good ones

any suggestions, im in NJ so please give me suggestions that abide by state laws:)


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March 24, 2010, 06:28 PM
Savage Mark II. Best value hands down. Get one with the accu-trigger.

March 24, 2010, 06:44 PM
I like the Savage Mark II TR the best
looks sweet and its only $470 MSRP

March 24, 2010, 06:52 PM
You might want to look at an Anschutz.


March 24, 2010, 07:08 PM
CZ 452 is very popular and has a great reputation for out of the box accuracy. Will be replaced by the 455 but is still available for approx. $400. Mine gets 1/2" groups at 50 yards with reasonably priced ammo.

March 24, 2010, 07:13 PM
Ive had both marlin and savage bolt action .22's. In my opinion the Marlins have better fit and finish, but the Savage mark II has a smoother action. Also the savage accutrigger is alot nicer than the marlin trigger. I found them to be about the same ballpark as far as accuracy.

Both are good guns for the money and you can't really go wrong with either choice.

March 24, 2010, 07:13 PM
Its a nice rifle but $1200 dollars is a little too much for a .22 dont ya think
btw do you mean the company or that specific model

March 24, 2010, 07:15 PM
I'll see what my shop has in stock
i like the look of the Savage better the TR sorta has that M40A3 look in my opinion

March 24, 2010, 07:35 PM
First off, Aguila SSS Sniper Subsonic Ammunition has proven to not stabilize in most 22 RF rifles with standard 1in16 twist barrels. Did your friend mention that when he gave you the ammo?
Here's a link to a test.

Choosing the "Most Accurate .22LR Bolt-Action Rifle" is quite subjective, and most recommendations are based on personal opinions, as expected.
As srsmith made note, Anschutz firearms carry the reputation as the most accurate production rimfire rifles in the world. Whether you want to spend the money that they cost is another question.


March 24, 2010, 07:40 PM
I really like my Anschutz, scary accurate. Whether it is worth the $$ or not is a personal question.

March 24, 2010, 07:40 PM
NC beat me to it. The 60gr ammo takes a 1/9 twist to stabilize and most rifles won't shoot it. Most 22s come with a 1/16 twist. I am not sure I would buy a new gun because I came into 250 rounds of 22 ammo.

A new gun is good and a 22 is even better. Its about as cheap as shooting gets. I have several bolt guns from marlin and remington and all shoot exceptionaly well with proper ammo.

March 24, 2010, 07:57 PM
As far as the ammo goes, I bought a box of the stuff on a whim and it did not stabilize in my Savage.

As far as the gun goes, you just opened a big can of worms expect the Ford vs. Chevy argument to go on for days.:D

I have two Savage Mk IIs, both are good shooters if you can get past the cheap Tupperware stock. Might sell the FSS and get a CZ 452 Varmint.

Col. Plink
March 24, 2010, 08:16 PM
I have the Savage MkII w/out the accutrigger, and it's as good as I can shoot it.

Maybe if I get better I'll change the trigger but for $200 it was more than a good deal...

March 24, 2010, 10:13 PM
i would love to buy an Anschutz
im not just buying it because he gave me the ammo
i've always wanted one, but wasnt my priority
im looking around the 500 range so i'll ask around
and thanks for the info on that ammo but i know guys who have no prob with in marlins and savages

March 24, 2010, 10:13 PM
Anyone have any thoughts on Marlin's Micro-GrooveŽ rifling (16 or 20 grooves)? I don't have a .22 rifle or handgun and have been looking at these two rifles from Marlin. The 981T would be cheaper to shoot but the 983S is only $275 and the stock sure is pretty.


March 24, 2010, 10:20 PM
I had a Ruger 77\22 bolt action--wish I had never sold it--was very accurate with the 12 power scope I had on it.
I about flipped when I saw the price today $777.00 list.....................:eek:

Leaky Waders
March 24, 2010, 10:20 PM
"Its a nice rifle but $1200 dollars is a little too much for a .22 dont ya think"

If you make a blanket statement asking for 'the best .22' then someone is going to recommend anschutz due to their reputation. I think annie has a page on their site stating how many olympic medals were recently won shooting an anschutz.

If your question is, which 22 is the best considering my mediocre shooting ability...then it's very hard to go wrong with a marlin. If you don't want a gritty marlin trigger then a savage or cz would be nice.

March 24, 2010, 10:27 PM
Both Marlin and Savage make good cost effective accurate 22 rifles. I don't have a strong opinion about Marlins other than the Model 60 which is a great little semi-auto 22 for the money. I very much recommend the Marlin 39A, but bolt action rifles tend to be more accurate than lever action ones. I have a Savage Mark II Classic.

You pay for out-of-the-box accuracy. Most like the CZ's. I like the new Remington 547 a lot and I like the Weatherby Mark XXII (bolt). But if you want the best, in general you want either a Cooper or Anshutz rifle.

1858: Good rifles for the money. I'd take the 22LR myself, but if I were buying a 22WMR the 983 would be high on my check out list.

Added: In the $500 price range, the CZ452 or 453 are probably the best choice. The Remington, Weatherby, Cooper, Anshutz (cheapest model is around $800 or so) all are more expensive. The Savage Mark II Classic runs close to $500 new, but it is their top of the line rifle model in the Mark II line. The less expensive ones shoot good too. You pay for that walnut stock in the Classic. And yes, I consider it worth it.

What does a few $100 extra buy you in a 22 rifle? Potentially better accuracy, but you are probably talking about a couple tenths of an inch difference. Which by the way is all it takes to win matchs.

Texas Gun Person
March 24, 2010, 10:31 PM

Made by Tula

Winchester Wildcat is also another good choice.

March 24, 2010, 10:47 PM
Its a nice rifle but $1200 dollars is a little too much for a .22 dont ya think
actually i don't think it's too much, when you consider how much more shooting you'd do with it than you'd ever do with a CF bolt action. by the way i paid $1400 for my 1412 Silhouette last year...but i've been wanting one for over 35's all about the quality of the barrel

if that is a bit steep for your pocket, i can also recommend the CZ 452 as a starter .22lr bolt-action for about $300

March 24, 2010, 10:56 PM
9mm, the 452's aren't $300 like they used to be a few years ago. Price has gone up and CZ is discontinuing it for the new 455. From what I read, the new one is just a cheaper version of the 452/453. But you are right, the CZ is a very good starter rifle for bench shooting in the sporter class. I believe the 455's are supposed to start showing up retail next month.

March 24, 2010, 11:11 PM
If you can find a Winchester 67a or a 69a, these are excellent rifles that should not break the bank when you are at a show or shop. The Remington 521 is also a outstanding shooter for not too much money. Good luck in your search, Andy

March 24, 2010, 11:13 PM
thanks, i guess i stopped looking after i got mine.

i paid $278 from CDNN...too good to pass up

March 25, 2010, 03:33 AM
If you can spend the money, buy the Anschutz, you're going to end up whit one anyway.
So why not start with what you're goingto end up with.

If you can't go CZ.


March 25, 2010, 03:50 AM
I bought a CZ 452 about 2 years ago. After a long ammo search, I found that it shoots Wolf well enough for squirrel use, and nothing else. I guess one bonus is I now have enough 22 ammo to last the rest of my life.

The factory trigger was the worst I've ever had. I bought a spring and spacer kit first, which didn't work, then bought an adjustable sear, which I'm still tinkering with to remove creep. It is much better now.

The safety is about as rough and sticky as possible without requiring the use of a hammer to engage and disengage.

If I had it to do again, I'd spend more and get something a little nicer.

March 25, 2010, 04:06 AM
1200 is a bit high if you are willing to look at a used anschutz. Those start at about 700 for a savage/anschutz target 64 (savage was the importer).

Winchester 52D - very accurate, almost will hang with my anschutz (in good condition, bench ready will run you 1200+)
Kimber 82 - again, very accurate, not quite up to the Winny (600-800)

You said best... that would be a custom rifle. What is your budget? I have experience with rimfires at many different price points, and it is all what you want to spend. Shoot, a Mossberg 144 with a good set of sights, a factory hand stop, and a good barrel will run you about 300 and will do very well once the action is bedded and you tweak the barrel ring. That is the next 22 I am looking to get.

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