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.22 LR Sniper Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mainsail, Jan 17, 2008.

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  1. Mainsail

    Mainsail Member

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    Well, not exactly. I want a good .22 tack-driver, could be bolt action or semi-auto. I know I can spend a boatload of money and make a 10-22 really accurate, but I’m looking for something that’s good right from the box. AIM Surplus had some really nice bolt action .22s recently but I snoozed and missed out on them. Suggestions?
     
  2. Quack

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    how far out are you going to shoot? what's the most you want to spend? i just built a new 10/22 for ~$425. when breaking it in, i ws shooting 10rds in a 1/2" groups @ 25yds without a rest (only elbows on the shooting ledge). with a rest/bipod i'm sure it'll do 1/4", along with better ammo. i was using Remmy bulk ammo for break-in.

    all i bought was a Hogue stock, Green Mountain barrel, PC base, PC hammer, cheapo scope, Burris rings, and some home trigger work.
     
  3. kingjoey

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    For an out-of-the-box gun that shoots precisely you probably should look at a Marlin. They make some very good barrels and will generally shoot very tight groups. Check out their heavy barrel bolt guns.
     
  4. rcmodel

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    You can't do much better for the money, right out of the box, then a CZ 452 or 453.

    http://www.cz-usa.com/products_rimfire_rifles.php

    They will shoot rings around most custom 10/22's with no fiddling or after-market parts required, other then a good RF scope.

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  5. kamagong

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    CZ 452s are great rifles for the money. Whether you want to use scopes or iron sights, CZ has a model for you.

    I just picked this up, it's a CZ 452 Trainer. This is an excellent firearm, and it feels like a real rifle as opposed to the toy-ish quality that many .22s have.

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  6. cracked butt

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    CZ or an older Remington 541

    Edit: I have to throw in for the Savage MKII also- great rifle, low price.
     
  7. Quoheleth

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    I bought a $170 Remington 597 scope combo at Academy a few weeks ago. When I took it to the range the other day, I put all ten shots into one not-that-ragged-hole at 25 yards, not any bigger than a .38 hole. This is stock...no mods at all. Can't beat that price with a stick...

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  8. Urbana John

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    I have a Ruger all weather bolt in 22LR and when I first got it some 10 or 15 years ago, I could hit a dime sized target with it 8 out of 10 times of a good rest. Simions (sp) scope 3x9.
    Eyes and nerves were better than, and I don't remember the cost.
    And I think Rugers are good guns.

    UJ
     
  9. 357fan

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    +1 for a Savage mkII.
     
  10. Mainsail

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    I’m thinking in the 50 to 100 yard range, even though that may be pushing the envelope for the mighty .22 LR. I think it would be a lot cheaper to improve my marksmanship with the .22 though, and I want a rifle that can group tightly at longer ranges.
     
  11. TAB

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    The CZs are the best bang for the buck right now when it comes to new.
     
  12. NG VI

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    definitely have to throw my vote behind the CZ 452, great 22 rifle, and the one with iron sights still has an attachment point for optices on top. i love iron sights
     
  13. jaholder1971

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    Savage Mk2 FVT

    Super accurate rifle, spare match irons part of the package with accutrigger was $260 bucks when I ordered it. Put a Bushnell 4-16X50AO scope and it shoots tiny bugholes.
     
  14. theNoid

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    I'd say if budget isn't that much of a concern, then go CZ. If it is however, do not overlook the Savage. Of course, hotrodding your own, such as 10/22 can be fun and end up with tack driving accuracy if done right. Shoot, it wasn't mentioned but the Marlin 39a lever is also known for it's superb accuracy. I think regardless of the gun you buy, the most important part will be finding the right ammo, and working on the mechanics of shooting properly. I think most often, that most of the guns out there, are usually far more accurate than their owners allow them to be.

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  15. UnTainted

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    The .22 is a small bullet. When an object passes the speed of sound, or slows down from beyond the speed of sound, there is a moment of instability that occurs which will in cases affect accuracy.

    Subsonic bullets do not transcend the speed of sound. Thus, I would prefer this as a .22 sniper system:

    http://www.impactguns.com/store/AAC-CLOAK.html
    :D
     
  16. Rembrandt

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    With all due respect....I wouldn't classify any of the rifles mentioned as candidates for a .22 Sniper rifle. While they are nice plinkers with interesting features the herd gets thinned out if you use 200 yards as a qualifier. Yes, .22's can be extremely accurate at that distance, average rifles fail to make the grade. A true "Sniper" rifle contains all the elements of a target grade firearm. At 100 yards a quality .22 should make one ragged hole. If your rifle can't shoot flies at 100 yards, it's not ready to be classified as a Sniper Rifle.

    The rifles currently in production today that would make good .22 Sniper rifles would be....
    - 40X
    - Cooper
    - Anschutz
    - Walther
    - Kimber

    Others that are no longer made but available on the used market...
    - Winchester 52's
    - Remington 37's
     
  17. Shawnee

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    It is wind that defeats the .22 rimfire - no matter what rifle it is fired from.

    That point is made to explain why you don't need an excessively costly gun.

    Since others have already named off the currently fashionable models I'll go out on the Proverbial limb and offer the Remington 552 (semi-auto) and (Surprise! Surprise!) the Remington 572 pump-action .22 rimfire.

    I just had the extreme pleasure of doing a goodly amount of shooting with the Remington pump (with factory iron sights) a couple weekends ago and was astonished at the accuracy and achievable rate of fire.

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  18. theNoid

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    Yeah, because we all know how hard it is to get closer than 100yds, let alone how dangerous it can be when stalking those elusive, sniper killing flies...:neener:

    Noidster
     
  19. unlearned69

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    I have heard that these are incredibly accurate rifles.
    http://www.tennesseeguns.com/toz.html
    No affiliation with TN guns, just the first I saw with them.
    If you want a real tack driver look at a Kimber or Anschutz.
     
  20. CZ 42

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    You know, Spetsnaz uses a .22lr sniper. They've found it very effective... Pretty silenced, perfectly accurate for short urban range, NO recoil, and plus the .22 does perverse things to people's heads- it's apparently a real 'fight stopper' with head shots. Called SV-99. Also a silent weapon deadly to 200 yards - the first guy's eyebrows.
     

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    new, go for cz or cooper or kimber or anschutz. or biathalon basic, or finnish lion, or such. Used, then go old, and go for winnie, remmie, or Mossberg.
     
  22. goon

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    CZ-452 if you can find one. I think CZ stopped making the trainer that we all know and love and replaced it with a cheap knock off imitation.
    That is kind of heartbreaking.
     
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    Kamagong i checked the CZ website and i think your gun is a 452 Lux and not a basic. Its a nice looking gun though.
     
  24. doc2rn

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    My vote is CZ or Marlin the rest need to much work.
     
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    another vote for the savage mkII - I can consistantly hit clays at 100 yards with mine, once I figure out the drop
     
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