Bought my first rifle yesterday - Pics!


March 12, 2011, 03:39 PM
Just bought my first ever rifle... a CZ 452 American. She sure is pretty... ;)

In the last pic, I included all the goodies I received this week:

Cz 452 American
NRA Stanley Tool
Screwdriver kit
Snapcaps .22lr
MWerks metal Bore Guide
Howards Feed n Wax
200 Pack of ear plugs
BKL Scope Rings
Clearidge Ultra RM 3-9x32 Scope
7/8" round patches
Rustys Gun Cloth
Assorted Dewy brushes and adapters
Pro-Shot SS bore cleaning rod
Pro-Shot .20cal jags

How did I do? :D

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March 12, 2011, 03:45 PM
Looks great! I would have gotten the model with the bolt though:D;)

March 12, 2011, 03:49 PM
Congrats on A fine choice for A first rifle. you will certanly enjoy it.

If you got the bolt with it.

March 12, 2011, 03:49 PM
Very nice! Why the :eek:?

March 12, 2011, 03:51 PM
The bolt is in the bubble wrap package under the barrel :)

March 12, 2011, 04:02 PM
That is a heck of a first rifle! I have no doubt that you will thoroughly enjoy it.

March 12, 2011, 04:08 PM
Congrats - excellent choice :)

Nice kit to start with - have fun :)

March 12, 2011, 04:14 PM
nice looking rifle, have fun.

March 12, 2011, 04:37 PM

And, you won the wood lottery too! Very nice stock on that one. A well defined grain structure, nice contrast, and running very parallel to the bore. Congrats, you'll love it.

Do the required ammo testing, and find what the gun wants to shoot. That not only means CCI, Winchester, Federal, but testing the various offerings within the maker's lineup. Federal alone I think makes well over a dozen variants of .22 rimfire ammo. Lotsa range time there. It's tough work, but somebody's gotta do it - snrk!

And, you've undoubtedly got one of the last 452's in the pipeline. You won't regret that either. That gun should hold it's value quite well in the future. Ya done good!


March 12, 2011, 04:42 PM
congrats, you did good. make sure you post some range results

March 12, 2011, 05:16 PM
Christmas came early this year huh?

March 12, 2011, 05:26 PM
Bringing home a new gun always brings a smile to your face. Have fun

March 12, 2011, 06:34 PM
Beautiful rifle. But I'm not that familiar with CZs, what caliber does the 452 come in? Have you shot it yet?

March 12, 2011, 06:39 PM
what caliber does the 452 come in?

.22lr, .22 WMR, .17 HMR and .17 H2M

March 12, 2011, 06:42 PM
Just bought my first ever rifle... a CZ 452 American. She sure is pretty... ;)

How did I do? :D

Fantastic, well done! Congrats on a great rifle and be sure to keep it forever. Some day shooting rimfire ammo may get old to you, but you will come back to it. Even if it is after a couple decades. :cool:

March 12, 2011, 06:51 PM
Fantastic, well done! Congrats on a great rifle and be sure to keep it forever. Some day shooting rimfire ammo may get old to you, but you will come back to it. Even if it is after a couple decades. :cool:
Absolutely...make sure you keep will return to it no matter what eventual calibers you get.

March 12, 2011, 08:19 PM
I definitely plan on keeping it. Thats for certain, I am also looking at getting one lever action and one semi auto .22 rimfire. Probably a Henry h001 or goldenboy for the lever action... Not certain what to get yet for the semi auto.

March 12, 2011, 08:40 PM
That's a fine looking rifle, and one that should last you a lifetime.


March 12, 2011, 09:10 PM
if your looking for a semi auto thats in the quality range of the cz, id be lookin at the weatherby tube fed auto.i dont think they makum anymore but there are plenty to be had for around 400 to 500 bucks.otherwise id go for the ruger 10-22 as they got lots of upgrades available. for a lever 22, the marlin 39a is the primo lever gun.the older the better. nuttin wrong with the henry, they are awesum shooters.there is just sompin about the rock solid feel of a marlin 39a.they hold ther value better than the henry.

March 12, 2011, 09:14 PM
wat scope are yu puttin on that pretty gun?

March 12, 2011, 10:28 PM

scope is a clearidge 3-9x32 at the moment. using bkl rings

March 12, 2011, 10:47 PM
Great choice for a first rifle. Looks as though the only thing you need to pick up is a few boxes of ammo. I'd suggest starting with some Winchester 333 or 555 bulk because it shoots decent, is reliable, and fairly inexpensive...then start trying different types of premium ammo when you start to close your groups.


March 12, 2011, 10:48 PM
Beautiful Rifle and great choice! That will last your lifetime and provide many memories.

Enjoy and have fun shooting,


March 12, 2011, 10:51 PM
Dang fine looking rifle, welcome to thr.

March 13, 2011, 12:51 AM
Nice choice of rifle, scope, and rings. It should be a blast. One word from the experienced, clean that barrel quite well. When they ship it they have a lot of grease in the barrel. Let us know how it shoots.

March 13, 2011, 07:21 AM
Nice. Excellent for a first gun. I got my first gun in 1971. A Ruger 10/22. I enjoyed it as I'm sure you'll enjoy that one...

March 13, 2011, 07:45 AM
Great looking wood.

March 13, 2011, 08:41 AM
Thanks everyone. I am planning on getting the barrel nice and clean this week.

Cop Bob
March 13, 2011, 09:51 AM
Nice wood.. Sweet gun..

March 13, 2011, 04:06 PM

You may want to change out the action screw set and striker spring. The newer JP screw set has all (3) screws. All of the new screws have 4mm hex sockets as opposed to slotted heads. The standard OEM screw slots are narrow and not deep so be careful when removing the barreled action from the stock if the need occurs.

March 13, 2011, 05:38 PM
Thanks for the tip on the screws, I took the stock off and thought it off that they are different sized slots =)

March 13, 2011, 06:26 PM
The firing pin spring is a good idea as well. With rimfires you want a very strong strike of the primer to get a consistent and uniform ignition. Many older rifles are sold off when the owner thinks the barrel is no longer good due to poor group size when in reality, the spring is just not what it used to be. I know this is a brand new rifle, but many people have shown that their groups through their CZs have shrunk and fewer fliers occur with an aftermarket firing pin spring. It's just another idea to look at.

March 13, 2011, 06:41 PM
Excellent choice for your first rifle. Beware the CZ's are addictive ( I have 4 and want a couple more at least) Like others have said the ammo is the key to unbelievable accuracy from an out of the box gun. Buy a box of 50 of everything you can find (it's fun!), you might be surprised on the difference. I'm talking 1/2" @ 50yd - it will shoot most anything in 1"+. :what:

I find Wolf MT and Winchester shoot best in mine.

Also look at the 511 for your semi-auto wishes. Early reports are it is everything that CZ has established for reliability and accuracy. I have my eye on one in my LGS. Very light weight so field carry would be a pleasure.

Marlin 39A another choice to check out with the Henry - can't go wrong with either.

Check out the CZ Lux and FS (full stock) for future additions to the stable.

You did good!

March 13, 2011, 07:18 PM
Thanks for the tip on the firing pin spring as well...

dalv, did you mean the 512

March 13, 2011, 08:26 PM

I'm a contrary cuss, and get cussed at sometimes because of it too. However, I wanted a CZ452 that shot Winchester PowerPoints. I only had to buy three of the LHB Americans before I found one that did. But, at 50 yards, if I do my part, I can put 5 into one ragged hole. I do a lot of varmint shooting with my 452 & the PowerPoint is the clear leader in terminal effect these days. Or you can do like most sane, or at least relatively sane, folks do and just test till you find what it wants to shoot.

The third one I bought is now my #1 varmint gun. The first 452 got sold in a New York Minute to a guy who saw the 50 yard groups with another ammo. They were OK groups, but nuthin' special for a CZ452 that's feelin' good about it's diet. Number two is gonna cost me some serious money though. That one's gonna get turned into a left hand bolt full stock. Simply because I seriously like the full stock concept, but CZ refuses to import a lefty for me.


March 13, 2011, 08:45 PM
Beautiful rifle, she has all the smooth curves in the right places. Range report with pics would be nice.

March 14, 2011, 12:42 AM
Nice tip on the striker spring. What torque are people using on those action bolts? The manual says nothing...

Did some more work with my FS today. Discovered it likes some Aguila ammo when it started shooting 1 hole groups at 40y. I guess I'll have to widen my ammo search a bit.

March 14, 2011, 01:21 AM
Solid choice for a first rifle. You're gonna loooove that gun!

March 14, 2011, 01:26 AM
Don't over clean the bore and use no brushes.

March 14, 2011, 01:57 AM
I was running either 20 or 25 inch pounds on both, don't remember which. I think it was 20 and others were having success with 25 as well.

March 14, 2011, 02:45 PM
I bought a CZ 452 in 22WMR - Variant bull barrel two weeks ago. I took it to the range Saturday and it shoots great right out of the box.

I will do the following to my rig:

1. Stout bolt/striker spring
2. Adjustable sear and lighter trigger spring
3. Float barrel
4. Action bedding

March 14, 2011, 03:31 PM
Don't over clean the bore and use no brushes.
more bores are ruined by over cleaning than anything else

March 14, 2011, 07:43 PM
That is just an awesome picture, I didn't even know about that scope maker or rings and I have been following this stuff for awhile. Great score and great pic. you will look back at that years from now too.

March 14, 2011, 08:21 PM
Check over on Rim Fire Central ( There is a whole sub forum for just about every rimfire you can imagine.

If you have very specific questions, they are a very good resource.

Don't skip that step of cleaning the barrel before you take it out. They package them with a very heavy preservative in the barrel, it you might want to check RFC, as there are lots and lots of threads about initial cleaning. I just set the barrel in a padded vise and ran sopping wet Hoppes patches through it every ten minutes or so while I was cleaning my garage. After about 10 passes, I was done. Cleaning the barrel, not the garage. Not sure I'm ever going to get that done. (Let some solvent sit in there and do the work for you :D and don't bother trying to brush it.)

I have a 452 Varmint, and it does ok with CCI standard velocity, even Remington Golden (about 1 in 10 is a flier, and I'm pretty sure it is the rounds, not me or the rifle as I was shooting from a rest), but it seems to love Winchester Dynapoint GT 40gr. I haven't been able to find any decent local prices on a wide variation locally, and I just haven't gotten around to ordering online. I've heard very good things about Wolf MT, but haven't tried it.

I don't know how barrel heating will affect the American, but I wasn't able to load magazines fast enough to get the Varmint barrel hot enough to change POI after going through a over a brick of ammo. Heck, it wasn't even as hot as the table in direct sunlight. Of the dozen or so 22's out there on Friday, none of them shot as well as my CZ, no matter who was shooting. And every other person that shot it really, really liked it.

Enjoy your new rifle. May it find lots of kills, whether it be tree rats, paper, golf balls, shotgun shells, bottle caps, whatever.

March 16, 2011, 05:26 AM
Thanks for the advice everyone, hope to have it clean for a run this weekend at the range.

March 16, 2011, 08:27 AM
Does your CZ 452 rifle have a lot of trigger creep? ...mine is terrible.

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