My CZ 457 Stainless .22

Pat Riot

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Howdy,
Back on April 25 I posted a question and a poll/survey entitled: Which bolt action .22 LR rifle would you recommend for accuracy from a bench or in the field?

Here is a shot of the poll results:
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In the end decided to go with the CZ 457 Varmint but my LGS could not find one available through their distributors. I had given myself a $700 budget, which I went over, but hey, it’s only money right?
Actually it was 2 Glocks and a little money.
Anyway, enough about that.

I ended up with a CZ 457 Stainless, as CZ calls it. It sure looks like an American with a stainless barrel and a synthetic stock. At first I was not real impressed with it, but that has changed. I truly like this .22 rifle.
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I took some good advice from @lovelife and bought a Viridian 6-20x50 scope. I bought a D.I.P. scope rail and had them etch CZ’s name over the ejection port. It was $3. Why not? ;) I bought a set of Warne Vapor 30mm Med height rings and everything went together nicely.
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I read up on the care and feeding of precision rimfire rifles as well as the CZ 457 manual.
The first thing I did was cleaned the rifle barrel bore following CZ’s instructions using Isopropyl Alcohol to remove all machine oils and debris. I used 91% alcohol as I have no pure alcohol. I prefer cotton swabs to fooling with patches and I cleaned the barrel using a bronze brush a couple of times then switched to a nylon brush and plenty of alcohol and swabs. I could not believe how much crud I pulled out of the barrel.
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Then it was off to the range with a selection of subsonic .22 LR with lead bullets - no jacketed ammo for this baby. I used what I could find in my ammo cabinet and locally I did use Federal Auto Match to get the scope dialed in then switched to subsonic ammo.

It was raining while sighting in so my targets look a bit aged.

I began sight in aiming at the bottom right diamond on target 2. You can see the first hits on the left side of target 4. My goal was grouping (precision) not bullseyes (accuracy).
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Ammo used at 50 yards:
CCI Standard Velocity 40 gr
Lapua Center X (no info on label)
Norma Tac-22
Aguila Target Competition 40 gr - Best Group
Aguila Super Extra Standard Velocity 40 gr
Federal Gold Medal Match 40 gr
Aguila Subsoonic 40 gr
Fiocchi Range Dynamics 40 gr
Browning Sub-22 45 gr

Aguila Target Comp. gave the best group:
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I have to say that I really like this gun and the set up I have.
I did some more target practice with CCI STD Velocity and Aguila Target Comp. The CCI did much better at my target practice than on the #2 target above.
Aguila Target Comp is still more accurate and precise.

I shot a rimfire match this past Saturday. Things started off sunny but the clouds and wind rolled in and later the rain.
This is my first 50/50 target using other’s wind flags as a guide. Winds were weird on that hillside. WeatherBug said winds were 9mph. The flags were blowing at various inclinations (?) and directions but I still managed to score a 201 out of 250 on my first club competition.
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I swear we were getting downdrafts during this shoot. All in all it was still a lot of fun.
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Let’s see some more rimfire rifles and carbines and what you like to do with them. :cool:


Be careful what you ask for!

Turkish 7.92x57 with Erma .22 conversion installed -- I like to shoot this with CCI CB ammo and freak out everyone else at the range with how quiet it is. Accuracy is scary good when my eyesight cooperates.

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I like that 457 -- I hope it gives you many years of good accuracy!
 
Be careful what you ask for!

Bring It! 😄

Man, that is one cool .22. :cool:
Definitely lots of style points.

My CZ 457 Varmint bull barrel in 17HMR when I can find an accurate lot of 17 HMR ammo is scary accurate. That's a 2" sticker with a 1" internal ring. Love me some CZ rimfires.

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WOW! Very cool!
A friend of mine bought a .17 HMR when they first came out. I don’t recall what rifle he bought. It was a bolt action. I truly thought “What a joke! A BB sized bullet? Why?”
Then one day he showed me. 😆
Did you know that ketchup doesn’t make Crow taste any better?
 
Bring It! 😄

Man, that is one cool .22. :cool:
Definitely lots of style points.


WOW! Very cool!
A friend of mine bought a .17 HMR when they first came out. I don’t recall what rifle he bought. It was a bolt action. I truly thought “What a joke! A BB sized bullet? Why?”
Then one day he showed me. 😆
Did you know that ketchup doesn’t make Crow taste any better?
Well, if you shoot that crow with a .17 at least itll be plucked......
 
Well this is interesting.

On May 4th I sent an email to CZ Customer Service and I asked:

Hello,
I am the proud new owner of a CZ 457 Stainless (American). This is my first CZ product.
I would like to know if there is anything special I need to do to break in my new rifle.

Searching online there is everything from convoluted 500 round break ins to no break in at all. I am surprised that none of the break in procedures I have found included blessing by Voodoo Priestesses and fasting for a fortnight. 😂

Is there a barrel break in for CZ 457 .22 LR rifles?

Thank you,


They responded today, May 15th.
Good afternoon Tom,

I would not be concerned about a break in period, not necessary at all. It should be printing phenomenal groups right out of the box. Hope you enjoy!


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Austin Furey
Customer Service Representative
CZ-USA | Dan Wesson

Good thing there was no intricate ammo consuming technically dramatic break in after all. Because I cleaned it per the manual and got busy shooting to find accurate ammunition from this baby. ;):cool:

Now I have CZ’s input in writing for future reference.
 
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