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best bolt action 22 under $500

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mainecoon, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. mainecoon

    mainecoon Member

    Yes, this is another one of those boring "best .... under ...." threads. Couldn't help it. I want a 22 that will shoot subsonic ammo, which rules out the Ruger 10/22 because the ammo won't cycle the bolt. Have been checking out the CZs. Any suggestions?
  2. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish New Member

    Is it something you're gonna put a can on?
  3. Lee D

    Lee D New Member

    in my experience, for the money the Savage rimfires are excellent shooters
  4. Der Stro

    Der Stro New Member

    Savage MkII. For $250 you get a great rifle, plus the accutrigger is drool worthy.
  5. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Active Member

    I think there's probably a lot of good advice in this sentence. 22LR really requires a great trigger to shoot well.

    The limiting factor on a whole lot of 22 rifles probably isn't the barrel quality: it's the amount of force needed to pull the trigger!

    I do think the CZ's look sweet--and they make a lefty version too.
  6. LongTimeGone

    LongTimeGone New Member

    I vote for a CZ.
    I have 2, a Trainer and a Scout. Both are tack drivers.
  7. ROAshooter

    ROAshooter member

    sold my ruger 77/22 after trying out a CZ452FS...so I could buy more CZs....
  8. almherdfan

    almherdfan New Member

    I had a really nice savage bolt that was much better then me. My buddy has a CZ that is awesome.
  9. chaser_2332

    chaser_2332 New Member

    CZ all the way with the savage very closely behind.
  10. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 New Member

    CZ and Savage. Get a Savage with the Accutrigger and a heavy barrel, wearing the stock you prefer (or can afford), and you have the makings of a very accurate shooter.
  11. LTR shooter

    LTR shooter New Member

    I picked up my first CZ 10 years ago , called the 452 Special then , an amazing rifle for the price at that time - $189. Shoots with a degree of precision that completely exceeded my expectations. Ten shots at 50 yards:
    I think it is called a Trainer these days but the price should still be far under $500.

    For a scoped 22 rifle I once again went with CZ , the American. A great rifle , not sure of the price today.

  12. oldcelt

    oldcelt New Member

    This is a picture of my rifle and scope also. weaver scope, 452-2e zkm. Fine rifle excellent shooter.
  13. Kachok

    Kachok New Member

    I don't think there could be a better 22 then a Savage MkII, but if there was it would be a CZ.
  14. firesky101

    firesky101 New Member

    Just curious, Is subsonic ammo not cycling the bolt on a 10/22 normal? All my target work is done with subsonic, some even with Aguila SSS, and I have had no problems.
  15. nosmr2

    nosmr2 New Member

    CZ 452 or 455
  16. Orkan

    Orkan New Member

    Some will cycle, some won't. It hinges on bullet design more than anything. You can radius the rear of the 10/22 bolt and it will usually cycle subs very reliably.
  17. valnar

    valnar Active Member

    CZ...and I'd almost say regardless of price.
  18. DJW

    DJW New Member

    The title of this thread led me to believe it was about bolt action rifles. A Ruger 10/22 is a semi-auto action. There is a difference in these 2 actions. No ammo will "cycle" a bolt action rifle. Sometimes I think there should be a required intelligence test but this is a free country so don't bother to learn or think.............just say anything that comes to mind.
  19. CraigC

    CraigC Active Member

    CZ and Savage both produce a very good, very accurate rimfire boltgun. I like CZ's because they are a little nicer made but Savages are a real bargain. That said, my walnut stocked CZ452FS cost me $350 used, my Savage MKII with a laminated thumbhole cost me $285 used. Both shoot about the same.

    I don't know where you get this but it is not true. In four different rifles, I have no issues with subsonic or match ammo.

    No but there is ammo that won't cycle "IN" a bolt gun. Many won't cycle Shorts or Longs.

    While I agree in sentiment, I do not think your statement is appropriate here.
  20. Girodin

    Girodin New Member

    I don't know if they can still be had, and if so what they go for anymore. However, I have an izhmash biathlon ko that I picked up for under $300 that will make ragged one hole 25 shot groups at 50 yards. Even shooting bulk federal ammo it can shoot rather impressive,given the ammo, groups at that distance.

    It is free floated, pillar bedded, with a deeply recessed target crown. It is a toggle action, which I personally find to be easy to operate quickly and just plain cool. The trigger is very light and crisp as well. It is not an Anshutz trigger but I think it would compare VERY favorably to anything else you could find for $500. It is one of my favorite guns I own and definitely one of the best values. One has to spend a lot more money before they start to get much more rifle.

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