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Can someone recommend a high quality .22 LR rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by catargetshooter, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. I'm relatively new to shooting, and so far my experience has only been with handguns. Now though I'm ready to get my own rifle (yes, I live in one of the worst states in nation for this hobby). Anyway, I have no idea what would be considered a good brand for a .22 rifle so I'd like general recommendations on what companies are considered good manufacturers? I'd like something that would last a lifetime. Help, tips, advice, anything on this topic would be appreciated. Sorry my question is so vague but I have to start somewhere.

  2. BryanP

    BryanP Well-Known Member

    CZ 452 would be my first choice. It's a sweet little bolt action .22lr. You can get them with or without iron sights. I'd suggest with iron sights as you can still mount a scope if you wish to do so. Accurate as hell and reasonably priced. If you're just starting out you can't go wrong with a bolt action .22.

    If you prefer semi-auto you can buy a basic little Ruger 10/22 which can be upgraded/modified in many ways, or buy a pre-"upgraded" target model.

    CZ 452 Lux with iron sights


    CZ 452 American with a scope


    CZ 452 FS (mannlicher stock)


    Basic Ruger 10/22


    Target 10/22 (without a scope mounted)

  3. cgs500

    cgs500 Well-Known Member

    Ruger 10/22 is a fun semi auto with a bunch of accessories.
  4. jwxspoon

    jwxspoon Well-Known Member

    +1 for the Ruger 10/22. Fun as hell to shoot, extremely customizable, very reliable. Cheap too; you can pick em up at wal-mart.

  5. BozemanMT

    BozemanMT Well-Known Member

    use the search Luke :mad:

    We just did this topic in the last week or so, it's about 2 pages back. It's about 4 pages long.
  6. BryanP

    BryanP Well-Known Member

  7. Thanks for the recommendations. I have few questions then, first off what makes the CZ 452 better than the Ruger 10/22 models? Just from the pictures the main difference appears to be the quality of the wood? My main concern is accuracy.

    Next question, I’m already aware Ruger makes good guns but as I recall didn’t that company willingly support some stupid guns laws and regulations? I forget the details but Mr. Ruger said something like: “No honest person needs a magazine that holds more then 10 rounds.” I might be confused though...

    Sorry! I wanted to ask questions if necessary, that's why I started a new thread. I suppose I could have used the search feature though.

    Should add for now I plan to shoot using the sights, rather than a scope (buy that later on). I'd prefer a semi-auto to bolt-action but again my main concern is accuracy above all else.
  8. keyboard commando

    keyboard commando Well-Known Member

    Cz 452 Fs

    :D I bought a CZ 452 FS last year. I couldn't be more pleased with it. I think for the money it is one of the very best rimfire rifles in current production. As for accuracy,it will hold it's own with with any other. Great fit and finish is another plus as it is a very nice looking rifle.:)
    :scrutiny: :scrutiny:
  9. jwxspoon

    jwxspoon Well-Known Member

    Bill Ruger is dead, and Ruger is now coming out with factory hi cap packages of the mini 14.

  10. Steve H

    Steve H Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's really "better", just a different type of rifle, bolt action vs: semi auto. Both can be very accurate.
  11. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    I'll probably get incoming rounds for this (no offense intended).....but CZ's and Rugers are not high quality .22's. I own both and many other brands, those rifles are not in the same class either in fit-finish-or-accuracy...rather they fall into the mid-range catagory.

    Since the question was for "high quality .22LR" rifles....those would be Anschutz, Cooper, Kimber, Remington 40X, Winchester 52's, Suhl, Martini, and one or two others.

    Now Rembrandt hunkers down for incoming from folks who are convinced CZ's are "high quality .22's".....
  12. keyboard commando

    keyboard commando Well-Known Member


    :D The CZ rifles are VERY accurate right out of the box. The barrel and rifleing are hammer forged. My 452 FS is a tack driver.:D:scrutiny::scrutiny:
  13. Steve H

    Steve H Well-Known Member

  14. jsimmons

    jsimmons Well-Known Member

    You didn't say what kind of action you were looking for. Assuming you want out-of-the-box accuracy, I'd recommend the following:

    Bolt action - CZ-452 (any variant)

    Semi-auto - Thompson/Center R-55 (any variant)

    Lever-action - Henry H001T - all lever guns come with buckhorn sights, but there are a number of better sights available at very affordable prices - some require gunsmith services, some don't.

    Your choice of lever gun becomes almost a religious decision - I've found that lever-gunners are much more passionate about their preferred gun and manufacturer.
  15. Eagle1899

    Eagle1899 Well-Known Member

    Cooper or Anschutz, they are the best.
  16. I'd love this one: kimber but I should have mentioned anything more than 500$, 600$ max is probably past my price range for my first rifle. Something around 500$ with reasonable accuracy will do.
  17. Eagle1899

    Eagle1899 Well-Known Member

    Kimber no longer builds rimfires.
  18. Steve H

    Steve H Well-Known Member

  19. Smith357

    Smith357 Well-Known Member

    The CZ 452 while not being a high end rifle it is high quality and it offers the best bang for the buck. It's all steel and wood, the only plastic is the magazine floor plate. Out of the box accuracy is superb my 452 is on par with my Kimber .22 and my Anschutz 64 sporter at 50 yards.

    The triggers are adjustable to a point, mine is set a 2lbs I could go lower but that would require a spring replacement the real rub is there is no trigger stop so I built one using spring steel wire.

    If you really want a high quality high end rifle then get a Cooper, Anschutz, or Winchester 52 but you will pay for it.

    If you are the do it yourself kind of guy then the Ruger 10/22 is just the ticket, but over time you will end up spending well over your $500 mark in building it.

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