Looking to try a different bolt action 22:

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  1. Picher

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    Some of the firearms I own or had owned were related to various competitions or uses in hunting/plinking, security, etc. I've shot several types of competitions, from turkey shoots involving rifles, handguns, shotguns. Within competition types there are different classes/gun types, etc.. For instance, I've had Centerfire single-shot or revolver handguns used for metallic silhouette, both rimfire and centerfire. NRA Handgun shooting involved .22 LR, .38 and .45 Centerfire. Police combat and service required a centerfire handgun. Benchrest rifle utilized rimfire rifles. I was both a competitor match director for Rimfire Benchrest for several years and we had different weight classes for that. Turkey shoots. I've competed in centerfire and rimfire rifle, handgun, and 12/20 gauge shotgun shooting. Police service and competitions involved both handgun and shotgun shooting. (On only one occasion, I was asked to get my hunting rifle to provide extra security during a rumored bank robbery (which thankfully, didn't occur)).

    Informal "Turkey Shoots" involved rimfire and centerfire rifles. Both my wife and I were involved with them and both shot a bedded, Remington 700 ADL in .22-250 Rem. I usually shot the limit in each match. Once, on a bet, the wife beat all of us, firing one shot at a turkey shoot match that was a perfect dead-center shot from prone at 100 yards. It's the only time she ever fired in competition of any kind. She liked shooting the .22 Ruger Bearcat handgun I bought for her before we were married...for security at her small beauty shop, (mainly because she worked late and alone). She shot it better than I could, mostly because of the small grips.

    For skeet and bird hunting, I had a 12 Gauge Remington semi-auto and a 20 gauge as well. Today, I mainly use an O/U 20 gauge.



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  2. Frostbite

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    If a scope is in sight, the 457 offers a lower mount possibility. Otherwise, I agree. My previous 455 standard was great for what it was.
     
  3. 22250Rem

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    No experience with 457"s but I love my 455. I would even suggest the OP look at a used 452 if he can find one. I've only seen a few around here and they weren't for sale. I bought my 455 brand new in 2017 after trying for 2 years to get my buddy to sell his 452. He still has it and still won't sell it. Between his 452 and my 455 those CZ rimfires really impress me.
     
  4. Picher

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    I'm lucky, in that I've worked as a part-time gunsmith/accurizer and can tune triggers well. I don't do work for money, but still help folks improve their guns once in a while.
     
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    I like them but I don't think that they make a 22 rimfire.
     
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  6. 12Bravo20

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    I'm a bit of an oddball and got with what is actually available in left hand versions. And most of the time that is Savage. I can't afford an Anschutz at this time. And it seems that CZ has stopped making left handed rimfire rifles.
     
  7. rabid wombat

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    Just to throw a curve…Christensen is offering a rebate on their Ranger 22, more if you get a centerfire to go with it…

    https://christensenarms.com/ranger22-promo/
     
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  8. Picher

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    The creep can be taken out usually quite easily, by a decent gunsmith. I'd do it for you, but am a bit too far for you to drop it off here in Maine. LOL!
     
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  9. redneck2

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    I fail to understand selling a gun to trade even or down. Why? Life is too short to own ugly or inaccurate rifles.

    Some time back I started a thread about upgrading from my CZ 453 Varminter, which is really accurate. The consensus was that the only real upgrade would be a Vudoo or Anschutz. Otherwise why would you change?
     
  10. SwampWolf

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    Though the rifle has been discontinued for several years, it's still fairly easy to find a Remington Model 504 bolt-action, .22 sporter. Mine was affordable, well-made and is plenty accurate; one of my favorite squirrel rifles when topped with a compact-sized, Nikon 4X scope.
     
  11. Picher

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    *6/17/2022 I just measured the trigger pull on my CZ455 and it's 2 3/4 lbs. - Don't recall working on it to reduce it, though the rifle was used when I got it at "Kittery Trading Post". so it's possible that the previous owner had it reduced. I also installed a heavy, fluted barrel and love the way it balances and shoots. It's a little heavy for long-distance carry, but not a problem for me.
     
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  13. BreechFace

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    The problem with the Christensen is that they use the same type of extractor spring as the Savages which are problematic. Me personally due to my experiences with bad extraction on my Savage (excellent accuracy though) it made me steer clear of them and the Ranger.

    I love CZ’s and it would be a strong choice, but for my last 22 I wanted a lighter easy to carry for myself and my kids bolt action and picked up a Bergara BMR Carbon barreled 22. They are very nicely put together. I have not tested its accuracy or found what it likes but once I do I’ll let you know on a thread about it.

    Nice thing about Bergaras is they are a Rem700 profile someone can use 700 stocks, chassis as well as triggers if one desires down the road.

    Personally, of your list I would be considering between CZ, Tikka, Bergara. There are other nice options for more money such as Anschutz, Voodoo (US Made), Lithgow LA101.
     
  14. Picher

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    My Rem.700 SS fluted bull-barrel .223, with new firing pin/bolt cap. Scope is rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise to better clear the action opening. ("UP" is now "left" and "Right" is "up".) Not a problem for me, but wouldn't sell it that way. Also, I got new firing pin and bolt cap, but the cap is not stainless...no "biggie" for me. Action is bedded, barrel, floated. She shoots very well! Bought it used and had some firing pin issues, so replaced the pin and it's a tack-driver now. It's my favorite "carry" varmint rifle.



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  15. ford8nr

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    Not a sporter but the 82G's from the CMP were great deals a few years back.
     
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    I've got a CZ452 Varmint that I loved. Shot NRA Siloutte with it. Just had the opportunity to pick up a very lightly used Anschutz 1416 Sporter. As much as I liked the CZ, the Anschutz is AMAZING.[​IMG]
    Is kinda an oddity as a Sporter barrel that never had iron sights. Was offered in their catalog though.
     
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    Or you could go old school.
    Love this rifle, 1940's Win 75 with period correct Lichert scope and no stock cut for a rear peep sight. Some have chuckled till it shoots.[​IMG] [​IMG]
    50 shots / 100 yds vintage match shot off of bench / front sand bag only.
     
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