Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bluetopper, Jul 30, 2017.
Another good option are the ubiquitous savages, they offer a really good value especially if your not looking for the added refinement of something like the CZ
Then there are the ruger american rimfires. Ive only used the .22 mag version, but if i didnt want the caliber interchangeability, id probably go with one of these.
Right now my .22s a Mossberg 802 heavy barrel. Its an exceptionally accurate rifle for the cost (right around 200 bucks). With the correct ammo it holds .5-.75" groups at 50yds, and 1.25-1.5" at 100. Its rough, kinda ugly, and has NO upgrade path, but as a simple shooter Its everything i could want.
About 15 years ago, I wasn't impressed by my former Ruger 77/22, and the price back 15 years exceeded your listed limit of 500$.
I have an inexpensive (159ish$) Savage Mark II. It isn't pretty, but it is 100% reliable and very accurate.
Were my CZ and Ruger 77/22 just oddball, bad examples? I have no idea. If not, have these companies made improvements? I do think that the new Ruger American is interesting.
What is your main purpose for this rifle? Strictly targets? Varmints or hunting? Fun?
CZ and Savage are at the top of the list of guns the average man will find of good value. CZ will be the one for those that prefer a nice wood stock. Savage BVSSs will come with a laminate stock and a very interesting barrel. Between these two companies a rifleman, literally, cannot go wrong.
All but two of my rim fires are savages. I put a Boyd's stock on a mark II FV-SR to make my own FV target with a shorter and threaded barrel. This rifle will hold Minute of Angle with any round. With it's preferred Aguila Pistol Match, it will hold three quarters of an inch at one hundred yards. I really didn't think it was possible, until I did it. Then I did it again, and again....
So really, tell us, what are you looking for?
I haven't actually shot one of these. But if it is anymore accurate than the 10/22 LVT it has to be a contender.
Most CZ models have good triggers but a few don't, such as my 512. The 512 has a well earned reputation for bad triggers. I knew that going in and had a trigger job done locally by a smith who is known for his trigger work.
No regrets on my 452. Great value, on a great shooter.
This may be hard to accomplish at the under five hundred price point. But there a lot of after market modifications for a Savage or Ruger. This will also bring the total investment up.
For the money a Savage B22 has a nice but modern hardwood stock. Any of the BVT model names will be exceptionally accurate. Meaning Bench Varmint Target. They also have some with thumbhole stocks and few target versions with peep sights. In fact there are one hundred rim fire models on Savage's site. Look to those with wood stocks, they will behave themselves better on the bags.
I found myself actually considering another rifle for a moment. As if I had time to shoot those that I have now.
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That's what I have. Mine has the single set trigger. 4-14x40 VX-3. But I do know that I wouldn't sell mine for 2x what I have in it. I'd be afraid another would not be as accurate.
You're most likely gonna see CZ and Savage names over and over for a reason
452, 455, 512, 513, dont really matter. All have proven extremely accurate! So has Savage but CZ is just a nicer rifle imho.
My most accurate is probably the 452 ultra lux super exclusive with a 28.5" bbl. It was under $500 when i bought it.
What are you planning to do with it?
What are your criteria for determining "best"?
Accuracy? Durability? Reliability? Price?
When you ask what is "best" you will inevitably receive a response in which the writer subjectively weights a number of criteria and determines one product exceeded the others. Only if their subjective analysis was the same as yours would you reach the same conclusion. So, when you ask someone for the "best", what you're really asking them is what would they buy if they could spend your money.
For my part, I don't shoot 22 competitively, so price becomes a primary determinant of value for me and and so would suggest looking at a Savage B22.
Bluetopper said a few posts later, looking for the best benchrest style rifle possible for $500. Wood was preferred but not a deal breaker.
Sounds as if accuracy is the key criteria imho.
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