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Old 10-15-2012, 09:10 PM
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Rimfire help!

So I'm looking to get a rimfire for training for long range shooting. A few that have caught my eye and just wondering on opinions, ideas, and help for these.

-Savage 93r17 TR or TRR-SR in .17 HMR
-Savage Mark II TR or TRR-SR in .22 LR
-CZ 455 Varmint in .17 HMR
-Marlin XT-22 VR in .22 LR
-Marlin XT-17 VR in .17 HMR
-Marlin XT-17 VSFL in .17 HMR

I've heard good and bad for the 455's trigger and that was one major factor in this. I've looked at after market triggers and they're pricey and seem to be on back order on just about ever site I've managed to find. The upside is if I do go with the CZ the interchangeable barrels later down the line. Plus Lilja is now making drop in barrels for the 455, so that was a huge upside. Another downside, is possibly getting a CZ to a FFL dealer around me, our guys seem to be picky.
I'm just looking for out of the box accuracy and all around plinker. They're all within the general price range of each other.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:28 PM
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Re: Rimfire help!

I'd get a Ruger 10-22 carbine with a snot stock and can the OEM trigger and install a Volkquartsen trigger, firing pin, extractor and Buffer Technologies recoil buffer. Up top, hang a Leupy Rifleman VX3 and don't look back.

Mine is a tack driver with any factory round, cheap to shoot and devistating on small game. I tend to run Agulia Hyper Velocity.

All the accuracy with no flinch inducing recoil. Just the ticket to develop outstanding long range manners.... (and dropping a pile of squirrels, chucks or rabbits).........

Not bad on the neighbors cat either...............................
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:48 PM
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Re: Rimfire help!

I had a 10/22 a while back and I wasnt impressed. Sure it was the standard model, but constant FTE's and FTL's. Every 2-5 rounds constant, even with meticulous cleaning. I don't want to have to upgrade it. I just want something that'll be good straight out of the box. Plus, I'm leaning more towards a bolt action setup.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:09 PM
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Re: Rimfire help!

I have a CZ 453 varmint, and I love it. I like the trigger right out of the box, and it has the set trigger also. There are a number of aftermarket stocks out there for them now, too. All that being said...if I could hunt with a semi in PA I'd have a 10/22!
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:15 AM
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Re: Rimfire help!

Im leaning more towards the CZ 455 in .17 HMR right now, but does anyone know if the Boyds Tacticool stock will fit the 455. It says the 452 fits, but doesnt say anything about the 455 in .17 HMR. Just wondering if anyone had any experience with that. Just for later down the road, not a huge factor now, but maybe in the future.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:09 AM
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Re: Rimfire help!

Myself, my son n law, and about a half dozen buddies have the Savage Mark II TR's and BVSS 22LR rifles. They have typically demonstrated accuracy in the 1/2"-1" range on average with match grade ammo at 100 yards. Sometimes you have to try a couple of different brands of ammo to get that accuracy. The balance, weight, barrels, stock design, and trigger are nicely suited for practice without giving a substantially different feel when switching to a heavier centerfire. For long range practice, I mounted a 6x20 VX 3 ER Leupold with turrets/ ballistic chart that simulates long range shots on red squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks, and winged pests at ranges from 25-100 yards. It's great practice since ranging, wind, and shooting skills, are as critical for one shot kills as when hunting game with center fires. It's very cost effective, and great practice year round to keep the skills sharp.

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Old 10-17-2012, 05:24 PM
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Re: Rimfire help!

CZ 455 with good glass on top. Had a Savager 93r17fv in 17hmr... sold it and upgraded to the 455. They were putting up identical groups at first, then the CZ barrel finally broke in and it pulled way ahead. Plus the action just feels much better in general. Just my 2cents
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