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Tell me about CZ bolt-action .22's

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MIL-DOT, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    Jun 20, 2006
    Hi all, I've really been enjoying my stainless Marlin 60, and it's got me considering a nicer .22 rifle. I know that the CZ stuff is very well spoken of, but not much beyond that. Basically, I'm looking for recommendations, along with the reasons for them, and hopefully an idea of what said recommendation should cost, as price is a consideration. Any and all input much appreciated......M.

    ( yeah,yeah,I know.......... the search function may be YOUR friend,but it's seldom been mine !! :D)
  2. jdc1244

    jdc1244 Active Member

    Sep 2, 2007
    For target shooting/scope the 452 American is the way to go. For irons the 452 Lux is best but the Trainer is just as good for a little less.

    There is a cabal of rabid CZers here – all you need to know:


    My American in .22LR has been excellent, I can highly recommend it.
  3. hans1911

    hans1911 New Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    I own 3 CZ rimfires. I sold all my other .22 rifles. I have a Trainer, an Ultralux and an American. They are all very accurate, even with some cheaper bulk ammo. I am thinking hard about getting another one soon. They are the great addiction. :D
  4. Selfdfenz

    Selfdfenz Participating Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Small-sky country, again
    Great products. The CZs I own have all been top notch and I would:
    a) do it all over again
    2) recommend CZ rimfires to a friend without hesitation (centerfires too, but that's different thread)

    And we're not a cabal... we're students of the gun. :)


  5. RancidSumo

    RancidSumo Participating Member

    May 16, 2007
    Green River, WY
    I love mine. I got a 22mag because I wanted the extra punch for prarie dogs. I really like the irons and think you at least have to try them before you mount a scope. I like the full stock so I went with that one but the lux is probably more accurate. I am nearing 1000rds through mine in a couple months and it is VERY accurate
  6. jmr40

    jmr40 Mentor

    May 26, 2007
    I have the 452 American, my brother has the Varmit. Basically the same gun but the Varmit has a slightly heavier barrel. We paid less than $300 for them. I think they are a bit more now but you will not find a more accurate gun for anywhere near the money. Mine routinely shoots under 1/2" at 50 yards and with match ammo has shot under 3/8". I have not been able to shoot under an inch at 100 yds yet but have come close a few times.

    If you are going to scope it I would reccomend the American because it uses standard 3/8" groved rings. The other CZ's require 11mm groved rings which are expensive and harder to find.

    The bolt was a little rough on mine at first but has smoothed out with use. The trigger is OK compared to most .22's but needs work. My brother had a gunsmith work on his and I plan to do the same. It made a big difference in his rifle.
  7. juk

    juk Active Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    I have a 452 trainer and love it. Easily minute of squirrel to 75 yards with cheaper ammo. The trigger is decent, as is the stock. The sights are very good. Great company, great value, great gun.
  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Elder

    Jun 11, 2005
    The CZ 452, or 453 (with set trigger) is a good choice for a target shooter. I have the heavy barrel varmint model. I put a Mueller APV 4.5-14x scope on mine. Both the scope and the rifle are a good value. I find the stocks to be pretty average, but at least they are made of walnut. I don't like the safety. And the bolts can be a little stiff. But the accuracy is typically very good.

    An alternative rifle to consider is the Savage Mark II. It has just as good a reputation for accuracy. I'd mount the same scope if it is paper you intend to punch with it. In fact, since I have one on layaway, I may just have to pick up the Mueller scope since I intend to use it for target shooting also.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2008
  9. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

    Nov 14, 2007
    And also a cabal on here, and just about everywhere else you go.

    CZ rimfire = good stuff Maynard!


    I'm almost afraid to say how many 452s/453s I've purchased (4 I guess - not that many, right?)...I *think* I'm done.

    Incidentally, CZ centerfire rifles (550s and 527s) and handguns are also top notch, espec. the 550s.

    Be that as it may, I've used standard 3/8ths" rimfire rings ON the 11 mm rails and they work just fine (on the Luxe even). They open up further (most rimfire rings do). So I dunno about "require".
  10. snead888

    snead888 New Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    Richmond, Va or Sewanee, Tn
    American if you want a scope, Ultra Lux if you want iron sights. or Lux if you dont want that long of a rifle as the Ultra Lux
  11. rangerruck

    rangerruck Mentor

    Jan 12, 2006
    Texas, baby!
    cz products are unique in all the gunworld for both primary and secondary parts/supplies/service areas as well. In all the above, there is a certain amount of things we expect, we like, we don't like, or wish we could have gotten.
    Cz is one of the few products, where you say, not only did i get my money's worth, i got more than my money's worth. Now then, If you would have bought any product from them , say, 4 years ago, you would have really been stunned, since you could get a brand new cz 75, with ken onion folder, all in a poly/moly od green finish, for 400 bucks. I got both my 527 carbines, 100% made in Czechland, no finishing or stenciling whatsoever, from Kansas City, for 400 bucks each!!!! To beat a cz 22, you have to be prepared to spend a bunch more money, and that is if you do no tricks, or treats, to your cz rifle at all, just right out of the box, pick it up, fire it. it will be more accurate than you know. And guess what, you haven't even used or adjusted the single set trigger yet...
    Lastly , they are generally beautiful, and if you go to buy them in person, ask the gundude to open several boxes for you, so you can check the wood. i know one dude who got some honey maple, and another guy who got a blanket maple stock.... so fine.

    they even made some parker hale editions, which came to the u.s., with a prethreaded muzzle, and muzzle cap!!!!!!
  12. CH47gunner

    CH47gunner Member

    May 20, 2007
    Santa Cruz, Ca.
    My first Cz was a CZ452 Special/Trainer - decent adjustable trigger, nice wood, & very good metalwork. Workmanship, fit & finish is excellent.
    Iron sights are very good but, I mounted a decent lower power hunting scope on mine (old eyes).
    I'd buy another - Oh, I did. A centerfire CZ527 Varmint in .223 but, that's another story.
    Here's a couple of pics of the CZ452 Special/Trainer.


    CZ452 Special/Trainer w/ Simmons 22Mag 3-9X32.
  13. publiuss

    publiuss Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    My next .22 will be an American. Got a Marlin 60 for a beater, Rem 572 for a plinking (but keep in it's case) gun, and Rem.541t for hunting & target shooting. Need something more accurate than the 572 but not as nice as the 541. CZ American gets the nod.I'm just too careful w/the 541 so end up taking the 572 for bushytails half the time and it isn't quite as accurate as I like for that kind of work.
  14. Larry E

    Larry E Member

    Mar 15, 2005
    Billings, MT
    The only complaint I've got about my CZ's (452 and 527) is the cost of spare magazines. The 452 will easily shoot 1/2" groups at 50 yards with ammunition it likes (Federal American Eagle is one it likes too). It's the standard model with the birch stock, bedded, and trigger breathed on. Nice rifle and well worth the $265 I paid for it a couple of years ago. Much more accurate than my early Ruger 77/22, and cost less than the Ruger did shortly after they came out.
  15. toivo

    toivo Senior Member

    May 27, 2005
    New York State
    The Lux, American, Varmint, and FS are, but the Trainer/Special, Scout, and 513 Basic are beechwood.

    There used to be a "nice wood" option where you could pay a little extra for better-looking wood when you ordered a CZ. I'm not sure if they still do that.
  16. tdb

    tdb New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    CZ American

    I recently Bought a CZ American in .22 long rifle , I also have a CZ Special , they are both fine rifles , if you are going to target shoot I would get the American , CZ .22s are the finest on the market for the money . TEDMI.


    CZ Special

  17. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 19, 2002
  18. jhansman

    jhansman Active Member

    Mar 8, 2007
    One of the best .22LRs available, and perhaps the best for the $$. Check over on the CZ forum on Rimfire Central for detailed info.
  19. IndianaBoy

    IndianaBoy Participating Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    A picture is worth a thousand words.


  20. dreamer56

    dreamer56 New Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    Agreed - been wanting one for over a year and finally ran into a CZ Lux - iron sights - a guy was sighting in his deer rifle the other day and he walked over to look at the Lux - then he looked downrange and said "what are you shooting at!" - I had him look through the spotting scope at the target 100 yards downrange and he just laughed - "you are doing that with iron sights? oh my gosh!"

    They really are terrific. :)

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