Which .22 bolt action rifle is the absolute best??

Discussion in 'Rimfire Rifles' started by thnkfst228, May 2, 2009.

  1. thnkfst228

    thnkfst228 G&G Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    Messages:
    10
    Im looking into getting a good bolt action .22. I've looked at the savages, rugers, CZ's, u name it. i am kinda leaning toward the savage mark II rifles, but the CZ american looks pretty good too. I would love to keep the cost under $300, and i need to be able to mount a scope on it. Any advice?
  2. Danny Creasy

    Danny Creasy G&G Regular

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2007
    Messages:
    144
    Location:
    North Alabama
    I suggest a CZ.

    For several years now, CZ has manufactured a beech wood stocked version of the Turkish walnut stocked 24.8" barreled Lux model. It has been issued with various handles. Mine has "Special" printed on the box. A friend's was labeled "Trainer" and another new shooter at my club recently bought one and his box was marked "Standard". Whatever the name, they are fine rifles that sell for less than $300. For scopeing, I would suggest the Warne Model 2.3 tip-off rings. It has reversible jaws which work with U.S. 3/8ths inch tip-off grooves or European 11mm tip-off grooves (Special has 11mm grooves). Here is a pick of mine.

    [​IMG]

    I have owned it for seven years and it has cycled through at least 10,000 rounds without any problems. It will shoot under a half inch at 50 yards with good glass and CCI Std Velocity, SK Std Plus or Wolf MT ammo. It also has superb open sights. I think they are the best open sights provided on any currently manufactured rifle in the world.

    If you are willing to spring for a few more dollars and want a rifle better stocked for scope shooting, then get a CZ American. I own two of them one has a Brookes trigger kit on it (15ozs) and I use it for shooting in our local silhouette matches one of which is a 100 yard prone match that allows bi-pods. The other one has the stock factory trigger adjusted to its lightest setting (3 lbs 2 ozs) and I use it for CMP Sporter Match competition (3 lb trigger required by rules). Here are pics of them respectively:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  3. skiking

    skiking G&G Newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2009
    Messages:
    485
    Location:
    Stumptown, MT
    Reading the title, I was about to suggest an Anschutz, but once I saw that you were budgeting, I would have to agree with the CZ. It may not fit your $300 budget, but they are well worth the $$.
  4. Danny Creasy

    Danny Creasy G&G Regular

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2007
    Messages:
    144
    Location:
    North Alabama
    Correction

    I meant to recommend the Warne model 7.3 tip-off rings - not 2.3. Sorry bought that.
  5. varmithunter

    varmithunter G&G Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2008
    Messages:
    65
    Location:
    Lilburn, GA
    Can't go wrong with the CZ

    It is an excellent rifle and has lived up to it's reputation. If you tried to find a 44US or 44b Mossberg, or a Rem 40X, or a Win 52 in any of its variations, you would probably spend more money, or a lot more money. All of the above will do 1/2 " at 50 yards and 1 inch at a hundred or better with the right ammo, assuming the rifle is in good shape. Trigger jobs come later as needed. If you had lots of money, I was going to suggest a Cooper, but you shot that down. The Savage is an excellent rifle and will give you tiny groups with the right ammo also. Enjoy! VH
  6. catfish

    catfish G&G Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2006
    Messages:
    72
    got a win mod 52 i bought off a friend before he died it smacks 3/4-1" @100 yds with rem standard vel it has a 10x fecker scope on it also heavy target barrel but a excellent shooter would not trsade it for nothing
  7. nathangdad

    nathangdad G&G Newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Messages:
    11,239
    Location:
    Canyon, Texas
    For your budget you have great recommendations

    But if you want a first tier gun for a lifetime save up for the Anshultz.

    Yes, it is pricey. Yes, it is worth it. Yes, it will take some real savings to get there. Yes, you will love it. Yes, other people will be in awe.
  8. big shrek

    big shrek G&G Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2008
    Messages:
    8,500
    Location:
    Northwest, FL
    If you can't afford a CZ, the second best bet is a Marlin.

    New, a 980-S or a good ole 925 with wood stock...or a 925R with a synthetic stock.

    Marlin makes the ONLY .22 rifles that can even get close to CZ accuracy within your price range. I've surprised more than a few CZ shooters at the range with my old beater Marlin rifles that shoot like they're rail guns :D Savage makes decent rimfire rifles, but they just can't do what CZ's & Marlins can do.

    Used, I'd hunt down a Marlin 2000A Target Rifle with the "Summer Biathalon Kit" 5-shot magazine...they were designed to be Direct competition for Anshutz in Olympic event shooting. Slightly uglier, but Effective. If you get a single shot version, just know that you can buy the Biathalon kit separately and can install it easily. (mind you, the sights alone are worth $300...even though you can usually buy the whole rifle for that price, most folks have No Idea how precise these lil rascals are)

    Some of us old sneaky fookers use Model 2000 sears & trigger assemblies in our regular Marlins to make the triggers VERY light & crisp ;) Kinda solves that old pre-T-900 trigger issue for the older marlin rimfires ;)
  9. Mr. 22

    Mr. 22 G&G Newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2009
    Messages:
    495
    Location:
    Idaho
    Which .22 bolt action rifle is the absolute best... for under 300 bucks??

    Isn't that an oxymoron???

    You can't do any better than a Model 52 Winchester and you can't find one for under 300 bucks either! Oh, I'm sure a trashed one exists out there I just don't know where in the hell you would ever find it. I owned a 52C Bull barrel Target with an 8-32 Balvar (the most incredible piece of glass!) mounted to it and I wouldn't even begin to tell you the shots we pulled off with it 'cause you would never believe it and neither would I if I didn't experience it first hand! The only draw back was that it musta weighed 15 lbs!!

    I'll stick with my Kleinguenther K22 pictured. As close to a 52 as I have ever seen as far as accuracy and pretty tough to beat the way it looks too.

    [​IMG]

  10. Link23

    Link23 G&G Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Messages:
    448
    Location:
    Eastren Kentucky
    get a marlin model 80 g i was getting 1/2'' groups at 80 yards with bulk federal ammo and they are 100 bucks which leaves alot of money for a scope and ammo
  11. rimfirenut

    rimfirenut G&G Regular

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2009
    Messages:
    822
    Location:
    michigan
    Marlin 925R for $179.00 and top it with a Nikon pro staff 4x32 for $110 and that leaves a few bucks for some scope rings.. Well built gun that will last a lifetime and good glass all for around your budget..
  12. big boomer

    big boomer G&G Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2007
    Messages:
    3,184
    Location:
    Minn.
    I have mod 52's but another great is the Remington 513T I saw on today in the 500. dollar range
  13. pico

    pico G&G Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Messages:
    1,050
    Location:
    Iowa
    I used to have a Remington 512... best bolt action .22 I ever owned. It was ruined during Hurricane Katrina, so if I ever found another for a couple of hundred I would pounce on it. If you see any of the Remingtons made in the 60's, you need to pounce on one. They shot .22shorts, longs, and long rifles.

    Definitely the best bang for your $$$
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
Rimfire Rifles Recommend a Bolt Action .22 Oct 21, 2012
Rimfire Rifles Marlin revamps it's rimfire bolt-action lineup Jan 8, 2011
Rimfire Rifles Vintage Ranger .22 pump action... Dec 11, 2013
Rimfire Rifles lever action rimfire Feb 24, 2012
Rimfire Rifles lever action .22 and .22 wmr (mag) Nov 16, 2010