Need help picking a new squirrel shooter


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stuffisgood
January 2, 2012, 07:42 PM
This may be too broad of a question, but I'm gona go ahead and ask it anyway...

I'm looking to get a new .22 rifle, specifically for shooting squirrels and the occasional can or paper. I want it to be high quality, walnut stock, blued, bolt action, sporter weight barrel (possibly medium, but def not heavy/bull. I have plenty of those). Adjustable trigger. Hole puncher at 25 yards is pretty mandatory.
The only gun I have much experience with that fits the bill is a Sako Finnfire that a friends father had when I was a child. It was a paper punchin squirrel killin machine! I almost went ahead and got one of those, but I figured I would see what else the market had to offer before I went ahead with the order.

I guess I'm looking for suggestions, and personal feedback (good and bad) on what various people have. I know everyone has their preferences as I sure do. There are just so many options out there that I'm having trouble finding a good starting place. Thanks for your input and suggestions :)

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CZguy
January 2, 2012, 08:07 PM
I'm looking to get a new .22 rifle, specifically for shooting squirrels and the occasional can or paper. I want it to be high quality, walnut stock, blued, bolt action, sporter weight barrel (possibly medium, but def not heavy/bull. I have plenty of those). Adjustable trigger. Hole puncher at 25 yards is pretty mandatory.

The first rifle that comes to mind that fits your set of guidelines is the CZ 453 American.

LoonWulf
January 2, 2012, 08:15 PM
On the cheaper side there are the Savage mark II series of rifles. I have one of the magnum series and its a great gun, If your interested in a .17 and dont mind the feal of thumbhole stocks, there is a 93r17 TClassic. I handled one of those at sportsauthority and its very likely what i replace my 93r17btvss with. Ive also seen, but never used marlins, very accurate, but like the savage not the best looking. On the pricer side, there are the sakos, and afformentioned CZs (also very nice rifles, that i can recomend), as well as the Coopers (ive only shot ONE, and it was awsome), and remingtons 547 from its custom shop.

TAG2501
January 2, 2012, 08:32 PM
Savage Mk II = various configurations and budgets. good price points. accurate

CZ = sporty, well made, pricier, more classic lines.

can't go wrong with either

cottswald
January 2, 2012, 08:44 PM
I'm with CZguy regarding the 453 American. For the money, I don't know that you can get a rifle that surpasses it in accuracy. If you're a lefty I would say definitely get the 452 model (right hand is no longer in production but I think you can still find some in circulation). There's also the 455 model, but it's a newer model and the verdict is still under review.

Abel
January 2, 2012, 08:51 PM
Ruger M77/22

stuffisgood
January 2, 2012, 10:06 PM
Thanks for the replies :)

I was actually looking at the CZ a little also. I purchased a CZ 452 Scout for our oldest boy for Christmas this year (he's 6). I of course had to check it's safety before Santa could leave it under the tree and I am pleasantly surprised at how well it's made, especially for a youth sized rifle. The accuracy was also impressive for such a short barreled unit, I feel pretty confident it can hold minute of squirrel head out to 50 yards pretty easy. Any of you have personal experience with the mentioned 453?

I have a few Savage rimfire's already. They are all very reliable and accurate, they however are not the most attractive pieces.

I hear the Ruger 77 Mk 2's have a junk trigger? I've got an older tang safety MK1 in 220 Swift that I use for smacking song dogs. The idea of a smaller companion for it is also interesting.

A friend of mine (the same one who's father owns the Sako .22) and his father both own center fire Coopers. One in 22-250 and the other in .308. Both are very nice looking and accurate as can be. I think they are a little too pretty to be used tho. They go from the safe, to a case, to the bags....

So many choices!


EDIT: I will probably be selling one of my Winchester 52's to make a spot for the new addition so I'll have a decent chunk to work with for a gun and optics.

LoonWulf
January 2, 2012, 10:17 PM
If you like the looks of the cooper, and can afford it, they make a version of there jackson game rifle in the model 57. That was the rifle i handled, its still a very nice rifle, but not spectacular like some of the others. Also, if you havent taken alook at the savage classic thumbhole 93r its worth it, the one i looked at had much nicer fit and finish then any of the other savage rifles ive seen.

Smith357
January 2, 2012, 10:55 PM
Don't forget to take a look at the Anschutz line of .22 caliber sporting rifles. They are very accurate rifles with amazing adjustable triggers. But then what do you expect from a manufacturer who's rifle have won more Gold Medals than all the others combined. The only rub is they really don't have the pretty wood of a Cooper or Kimber Super America.

chad1043
January 2, 2012, 10:56 PM
You can spend hundreds of dollars on expensive rigs. I know I bought a Savage 22 Mag Thumbhole. Or you can spend a couple hundred on a Marlin 981T. It takes 22 shorts, Long, and long rifle. It is tube feed and is dead accurate out of the box. I know you will be hearing from a lot of people. It will all come down to what you want and how it feels in your hands when you shoulder it. Take your time and read a lot of reviews. I did, lots. I also read lots and asked questions at rimfirecentral.com

Good Luck!

CZguy
January 2, 2012, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by stuffisgood,

I will probably be selling one of my Winchester 52's to make a spot for the new addition so I'll have a decent chunk to work with for a gun and optics.

Wow, you sure will.......are you sure you're not going to regret this later on?

I think perhaps you might look at a Cooper or an Annie. :cool:

stuffisgood
January 3, 2012, 12:15 AM
So far I'm liking the Kimber the best. The Coopers that are priced where I would feel comfortable taking it into the woods are synthetic with satin barrels. I'm looking for pretty blue and walnut, but not 3K pretty! :) The CZ seems like a nice rifle, but the one's I'm seeing online don't seem to have that pretty of wood. Is that not the case?

I've got a Savage 93 in 17 HMR already. Me and a buddy drove to Kansas City and bought the first two (or so we were told) the Cabelas there got in stock when the cartridge was first introduced years ago. I love that little rifle, and have used it a LOT! It shows too, the blueing is thinning in multiple places and the stock shows character too, but that thing still shoots lights out every single time :) I'm not saying Savage isn't a good rifle, it's just not what I'm looking for this time around.

CZGuy - I've got 3 Win 52's. A pre A repeater, B repeater, and D single shot. The D series is the one I'm considering letting go. What's an Annie ?

CZguy
January 3, 2012, 02:06 AM
Sorry, Annie is just the nickname for Anschütz.

As to the wood on CZ rifles, they are not all equal. If the wood is important to you, only buy from a stocking dealer that you can see the rifle first.

My favorite squirrel rifle is my CZ 452 Lux. They have excellent factory iron sights, but I put a Lyman receiver sight on mine. For the range I use a 452 American that's scope sighted. The stocks are shaped differently (hog's back) for iron sights, or a scope. I just love making a really long shot with an iron sights rifle.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii299/badgerone/CZpeepsight.jpg

Smith357
January 3, 2012, 10:13 AM
10 years ago I was in roughly the same boat you were in, although my budget was about half of yours but if you factor in inflation it probably about the same. I wanted a very nice high quality squirrel rifle, I had plenty of heavy target .22s.

This new rifle needed to have
full sized profile
checkered walnut stock
blued steel
milled trigger guard
fully adjustable trigger
flush magazine

I looked and studied the market for a year before I headed out the door with cash.
The rifles that made my short list were
Anschutz 54
Cooper
Kimber of Oregon 82
Kimber of NY .22
Winchester 52B reissue
Walther Sportwaffen

I ended up finding a Kimber of NY .22 Hunter at a very good price and have never looked back. The thing other than the low price that made me really want it was the mini Mauser action, and the Winchester M70 style 3 position safety.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/Kimber/IMG_4195.jpg

When I do my part the rifle is capable of amazing groups at 50 yards.
I have used it quite a few time to take money from guys with heavy target rifles.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/Kimber/IMG_4263.jpg

Dialing it in at 100 yards.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/Kimber/IMG_4341.jpg

Since you already have Winchester 52s you know your way around a .22, just take your time and have fun and don't settle, wait for that one that speaks to you.

chad1043
January 3, 2012, 10:17 AM
What range are those? When it isn't posted is it assumed 50yards?

Picher
January 3, 2012, 10:29 AM
Kimbers are very nice-looking rifles, but the recent .22s I've seen, including the heavy target model, haven't shot as well as the older ones.

You might also look at the Weatherby which has an Anschutz 64 action. It's a bit pricey, but nice. Anschutz 64 and less expensive models are very good shooters, even better after pillar bedding.

Smith357
January 3, 2012, 10:33 AM
What range are those? When it isn't posted is it assumed 50yards?

50 yard on the first picture, 100 yards on the second, the factory trigger is set to 12 oz.

Kimbers are very nice-looking rifles, but the recent .22s I've seen, including the heavy target model, haven't shot as well as the older ones
Actually the heavy target models aka the 82g are old models. Many years ago I had KoO 82c sporter that was an absolutely gorgeous, but it did not shoot near as I had hoped, it sat neglected in my safe for a few years. I figured it was just a lemon that slipped through QC, all manufactures have them from time to time. I eventually sold it off for some other shiny thing. My KoA .22 Hunter though not as pretty as the 82c could out shoot it without much effort. It has also beat quite a few of the 82g Kimbers that show up to my local clubs .22 BR fun shoots. You should see what it can do when I pony up for the good ammo. Eley Tenex and RWS R50 is what I use when I want to take it to someone using a heavy Anschutz 54, or Remington 40X.

VancMike
January 3, 2012, 04:17 PM
Since you already have Mdl 52s, consider looking for a Mdl 75 with a sporting barrel. I had one and it was as accurate as the one I still own with a target barrel. Uses the same magazines as the 52s, and you won't feel so bad about putting a scope on it.

KodiakBeer
January 3, 2012, 04:40 PM
Consider a rifle with a threaded barrel so you can mount a can on it. Less noise means more dead squirrels.

stuffisgood
January 3, 2012, 11:51 PM
I think I've got some good ideas which will allow me some more research :-)
The gun show will be in town in about 2 weeks so I'll get the opportunity to hopefully handle a few and see how they feel.

I like the look of the Winchester 75. Not so much for the given purchase, but it would make a good addition. I've probably got about 30 rimfires and that's not counting the pistols. My wife says I have a sickness :)

The following are a few of them... The first pic is the two 52 repeaters, a pre-A with Lyman peep, and B model with Junertl scope, next is the boys new CZ (such a perfect sized rifle) and my well used savage 17 hmr, and last is the single shot D series 52 that I'm contemplating letting go.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC03039.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC03040.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC03041.jpg

Jurist
January 4, 2012, 12:58 AM
Just picked this up from Cabela's,would love to shoot some squirrels with it!It is a Winchester 9422 LR,once had one in 22 magnum,wanted one in 22lr,Merry Christmas to me.

stuffisgood
January 4, 2012, 11:10 AM
Looks like a Winchester 9400 series to me. Guessing it's the 17/22 mag version. I've got one in 22lr and one in 17 hmr. Both shoot very well for what they are. I haven't scoped either, but I bet that makes a great tree rat popper!

jerkface11
January 4, 2012, 11:47 AM
The Savage and CZ are comparable in accuracy.

Matt018
January 4, 2012, 12:40 PM
I have a marlin 925 .22 rifle. It was the wood stock and blued finish and hold 7 in a magazine. Its of a good enough weight that it dosnt feel like a toy and I have carried it many days in the woods this year and it has taken prolly 20 squirrels this season. I scoped it with a cheapo centerpoint 4x32 from dicks and trew a camo strap on it. I drop squirrels out of trees at 50 yards standing. The new model is the xt22 Its the same gun except for a 2 stage trigger. Also the marlin has twice the amount of rifling as normal that apparently makes the gun more accurate. All I know is that I group the size of a quarter consistintly with federal bulk pack ammo.

wasr10634unme
January 4, 2012, 12:45 PM
savage 93r17 .17hmr was my christmas present to myself. didnt finish sighting it in because of cold weather and lack of warm clothes but it is very accurate. came with a 3-9x40 for 239.99 will post pics if you like

Red Tornado
January 5, 2012, 12:51 AM
Have you considered a Biathlon Basic? Check RFC under the Russian forum. I'd link, but I can't from the iPad.
RT

stuffisgood
January 21, 2012, 11:00 PM
Now that I've done some researching of my own I'm not sure that one rifle in this category is going to scratch this itch... The gun show is in the area this weekend so I headed out to see what I could find. The first thing I saw that caught my interest was a Kimber hunter silhouette with a Leupold VX3 6.5-20. The individual had the combo or as pieces priced fair, but not the deal I was looking for so I ventured on. I found a few other interesting things, but nothing I had to go home with right then. Our oldest boy had basketball this morning so I went to the game and thought about the stuff I had looked at. Even tho the Kimber wasn't the steal I was wanting, it felt so well balanced and comfortable in my hands that I decided I would ad it to the safe. When I got back to the gun show later this afternoon I was upset to find that someone else had bought MY Kimber! As I wandered around pouting I saw something that I missed earlier in the morning. A Remington 541-S Custom Sporter. If this gun has been fired it has been very little. Needless to say I figured it was fate and bought the little Remington. I have a Leupold 2-7 that I planned to put on it, but the scope is too short between the bells to fit the mounts. Any suggestions on what else to get? I was thinking about either a fixed 4 or 6x Leupold. Something about that size anyway...

Here are a couple shots of the newest addition

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC03230.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC03232.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC03233.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC03235.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC03234.jpg

LoonWulf
January 21, 2012, 11:13 PM
thats a very pretty rifle, im not sure what to suggest for a scope....I like 3-9x40s, but that might be over kill on a gun like that. The 2-7 you were talking about would probably be my choice, if it fit...maybe another 2-7 with alonger tube?

kfgk14
January 22, 2012, 12:01 AM
If you want the bull barrel performance in a sporter contour weight, Tactical solutions' barrels will do just that. match grade liner with an aluminum sleeve, very good kit.

You could slap that in a cheapo 10/22 from your local gun store/pawn shop/wal-mart and could get that together, all said and done for under $400, if you shopped around.

Mac's Precision
January 22, 2012, 12:12 AM
kfgk14 said: "You could slap that in a cheapo 10/22 from your local gun store/pawn shop/wal-mart and could get that together, all said and done for under $400, if you shopped around."

He specified that he wanted bolt action. Otherwise I was thinking just what you posted. My heavy barreled 10/22 with Volquartsen trigger and BIG scope does all that any .22 bolt gun will...but that isn't where he was headed.

Anyway.......back on topic.:D

stuffisgood
January 22, 2012, 01:47 AM
Thanks for the comments guys. Does anyone know if there is a difference in length between the 2-7 Leupold's? The one I tried to mount is a VX2 for what that's worth. Having an extra scope laying around makes for grounds for another rifle purchase as far as I'm concerned anyway :)

I appreciate everyone's comments, but to be honest I'm not interested in Rugers, Savage's, Marlin's, etc this time around... I've got a couple 10/22's with the fat barrel, trigger, stock etc treatment. A handful of Marlins of various models, same goes for the Savages. They are all good rifles for one reason or another, and to be honest a lot of them are just as accurate as the ones that cost many times more. In my opinion, none of them are in the same league as a Kimber, Cooper, Sako, Annie, 52, 40x, 541... There's just something about a fine piece of walnut, rich blueing, and a classic looking bolt action 22 that makes me grin from ear to ear :-)

Sniper66
January 22, 2012, 10:24 AM
I just joined THR and saw this question, which was posted months ago. Don't know if you are still looking, but if you are, here are my thoughts. 35 years ago I asked my brother for the same recommendation and he suggested getting the same rifle he has, a Remington 541S. I bought it new for $325. Since then, my brother and I have shot hundreds of squirrels. I have a Leupold 2.5X8 on mine, brother has 6X Picar and we both shoot same hole groups at 50 yards. Remington no longer makes these fine rifles, but I find them off and on at the Tulsa Gun Show. The price runs around $800-$1,000. There is a 541T, which has a heavy barrel and is equally accurate. You can also find them on the Gun List occasionally or on GunsAmerica.
These are superb firearms.. Hope this is useful.

stuffisgood
January 22, 2012, 04:24 PM
Sniper66 - A friend of mine had a 541T 10-12 years ago that he coincidentally picked up at the Tulsa gun show. It was a nice shooting rifle for sure. Heavier than I would want to carry around in the squirrel woods tho.

To the scope issue... After a little reading it turns out that the 33mm version of the Leupold 2-7x is just a tad longer than the 28mm version (both in the VX2) between the front bell and the magnification ring, just enough to clear the rings on the 541-s. Hopefully that will be here by next weekend :) Now to find something to put the 28mm one on..... SCRATCH THAT ITCH!!

SwampWolf
February 11, 2012, 04:01 PM
I'd give the Remington Model 504 rifle some serious consideration. Though now discontinued, I still occasionally see new ones selling for under $500.00. Mine is equipped with a Nikon Prostaff 4x rimfire scope and has proven to be very accurate (to be fair, there has been some criticism from some shooters as to the random accuracy potential of some Model 504s-I can only speak to my experience with my rifle). Due to its stellar accuracy performance and fine handling qualities, the Model 504 has become one of my favorite squirrel hunting rifles.

stuffisgood
March 15, 2012, 01:34 PM
UPDATE....

So I think I may have finally scratched this awful rimfire itch for the time being.

I wandered over to rimfire central and immidiately had the "I've been here before" feeling come over me. After a little searching it donned on me that I had done all of my research while building 10/22's a few years earlier on that site. After what seemed like weeks on end reading, researching, and then shopping I have spent WAY more money than I had set out to do. I have also accumulated what I personally consider to be a selection of some of the finest squirrel shooters available. There are still a few on my list that I plan to acquire, but those are in the next price league above these and will have to wait for a while. Now that the weather is warming up I'll be able to get some outdoor shots of these beauties, indoor lighting really doesn't do them justice. Sorry no pics yet, but I promise to get some up soon...

Remington 541-S w/ Leupold 2-7x rimfire special
Kimber HS (Hunter Silhouette) w/ Leupold VX2 2-7x
Sako P94S w/ Leupold VX3 6.5-20x
Anschutz 1712 Meister Grade w/ Leupold 3-9x efr cds rimfire
Cooper Jackson Squirrel w/ Leupold 3-9x efr cds rimfire

Sniper66
March 15, 2012, 02:39 PM
Hey Stuffisgood, I like your list and I'm a bit jealous...damn fine rifles. I have the 541S with a Leupold VXIII 2.5X8. I used to have the same one you have, the 2x7, on it, but switched it. Put the 2x7 on a 10/22 and sold it. I would love to have an Anschutz like yours. I have a 1517 MPR in .17 HMR, which is a wonderfully accurate rifle, equipped with a new Leupold Vari-X 3, 3.5-10X...great scope. Also have a Ruger 77/17HMR, but it is not close to the same class as the Anschutz. I'm searching for some fine .22s as well, but need to save a bit first. Have fun with your rifles.

stuffisgood
March 15, 2012, 05:01 PM
Sniper... The 541 is no slouch! I honestly don't think it's quite as accurate as some of the others, but that doesn't mean it doesn't shoot ragged one hole groups. Most 17 hmr's I have shot were inherently accurate, I'm sure your annie is a fly swatter!

These were the two closest in the safe, I'll add the rest over the next few days as I get them dug out.

Cooper 57 JSR w/ Leupold 3-9x33 efr cds rimfire
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC00890-1.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC00902.jpg


Anschutz 1712 Meister Grade w/ Leupold 3-9x33 efr cds rimfire
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC00907.jpg

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC00916.jpg

Sniper66
March 15, 2012, 06:03 PM
Stuff....These guns are making me drool. I killed about 25-30 squirrels this fall with my 541S and dozens of p-dogs with the Anschutz .17 HMR last spring. I have a dog shoot planned for May 1st...can hardly sit still I keep going to the range to be "sure" that every rifle is zeroed and continue to shoot tiny groups. One of these days when I figure out how to get the photos from my iPhoto to this site, I'll show you a couple of mine. In the meantime, thanks for sharing to photos. If those were mine, I would be tempted to hang the pics in my office next to my grandkids.

stuffisgood
April 11, 2012, 02:06 PM
Update on the pics. I think I may have gone past "squirrel shooters"

The previously mentioned Kimber
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC01072.jpg

and the Sako
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC01073.jpg


And what many consider one of the finest 22 sporters of all time (seems it's this or the 52 sporter). Remington 40x sporter repeater
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u74/samhouseman01/DSC01016.jpg

Shoobee
April 11, 2012, 02:55 PM
I plan to get the Ruger 10/22 Sporter for all the same reasons, and use the iron sights, not scoped.

Squirrel and rabbit and other small game shots are normally 25 yards or less.

Iron sights is perfect for that.

http://www.ruger.com/products/1022Sporter/models.html

Sniper66
April 11, 2012, 05:50 PM
I found a Rem 40x at the Tulsa show, but couldn't bring myself to spend the $4700 asking price.

mdauben
April 11, 2012, 06:01 PM
I'm looking to get a new .22 rifle, specifically for shooting squirrels and the occasional can or paper. I want it to be high quality, walnut stock, blued, bolt action, sporter weight barrel (possibly medium, but def not heavy/bull. I have plenty of those). Adjustable trigger. Hole puncher at 25 yards is pretty mandatory.
What about the Browning T-Bolt Sporter? I think it hits all your requirements.

http://www.huntingriflesreviews.com/images/reviews/96-T-Bolt-Sporter-main.jpg

stuffisgood
April 12, 2012, 12:33 AM
I found a Rem 40x at the Tulsa show, but couldn't bring myself to spend the $4700 asking price.

Was it the repeater or single shot?

Cosmoline
April 13, 2012, 08:02 PM
I'd suggest a CZ 452 lux with those fantastic tangent sights. I killed many squirrel with mine, and a bunch of other small game as well. It's a death laser on them. Handles like a mini-Mauser and balances perfectly. Noise is minimal with the long barrel.

303tom
April 13, 2012, 10:24 PM
Best bang for your buck.............

CZguy
April 14, 2012, 12:20 AM
I'd suggest a CZ 452 lux with those fantastic tangent sights. I killed many squirrel with mine, and a bunch of other small game as well. It's a death laser on them. Handles like a mini-Mauser and balances perfectly. Noise is minimal with the long barrel.

I agree with this assessment of a 452 Lux completely. Out of all my .22s this one is my favorite. It just fits me perfectly.

45crittergitter
May 5, 2012, 10:29 PM
Cooper.

henschman
May 7, 2012, 05:17 PM
I am also a happy user of the CZ-452 Lux. If you want an iron sight squirrel sniper, this is just the ticket. While I'm usually more of a fan of aperture sights over tangents, the 452 Lux's sights are great for adjusting quickly for different distances, so you can just put that front post right under their little noggin and squeeze. It is good for reliable squirrel head shots out to 50 yards or so in my hands. As someone else mentioned, it is very quiet with that long barrel, since it burns all the powder before the bullet exits. I use subsonics in it, which is just about like shooting a suppressed rifle. Perfect for low-key game taking. It is my go-to survival rifle. It is super high quality, with beautiful walnut and steel, and a very nice trigger. Supposedly the trigger is adjustable, but I haven't messed with it since it is just fine right where it is, for a field rifle.

CZguy
May 8, 2012, 01:03 AM
I feel that depending on the lighting, my Lux and I can reach out to 75 yards, with a good brace on a tree.

stuffisgood
May 8, 2012, 10:28 AM
Thanks for all the replies!

I think a better name for this thread would have been "What's the ultimate factory 22 sporter".

Most of the suggested rifles are truly great squirrel shooters. For squirrel shooting all a gun really needs to do is hold a 1" group, most will do this pretty easy out to 50 yards with the right ammo. I started this quest initially looking for something new to go shoot squirrels with. After acquiring the first high quality 22 (541-s) I wanted to have the best I could find, and something simply good enough for shooting limb chicken just wasn't going to cut it anymore.

At that point I decided I wanted to accumulate the finest sporters I could find from the various manufacturers. It has turned out to be a great quest and has rekindled the rimfire love from my youth. It has also brought me some fantastic 22's. All with their unique characters and individual strong and weak points. Accuracy out of these rifles can be absolutely unreal with the right ammo and good conditions. Groups at 50 yards tend to be a smudged out bullet hole and 1/2-3/4" at 100 (under 1/2" occasionally).

I know this is going to irk some folks, but I have yet to buy a CZ and I doubt that I do. They are a nice rifle, I have a 452 Scout for my oldest boy and I couldn't be happier with it. I just think that if I were to buy a CZ for myself it would sit in the safe and not get used. When opening the safe I don't see why it would get grabbed over something of higher quality.

Smith357
May 8, 2012, 01:04 PM
It's nice to see you putting together a fine stable of quality .22 rifles, but I feel it must be mentioned you have one obvious hole in your collection. You need the one rifle that is "the" quintissential .22 sporting rifle, the Winchester 52B Sporter.

stuffisgood
May 8, 2012, 01:37 PM
That brings up a very good point!

I have recently purchased an original 52 C sporter. I make the drive to pick it up at the end of the week...time seems to be at a standstill! It was a tough decision between the B and C, but I went with the C since it was the only 52 sporter to come D/T from the factory. I'm really looking forward to getting the 52 and 40x out on the bags to do a side by side comparison to see who the king of the safe is:)

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