Budget .22LR Long Range Rig

Discussion in 'Rimfire and Airguns' started by Bull45cal., Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Bull45cal.

    Bull45cal. Well-Known Member

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    What do you guys think about a budget ($300-$400) .22 LR rig. I've looked at the Savage Mark II-F at Walmart $150, with Accu-Trigger. I'm going to pillar and glass bed, as well as add an adjustable check rest. That will all be stuff I make, so it don't really figure into the price that much. I need good glass and mounts. What are your recommendations?

    Thanks,
    Bull
     
  2. browningvarmintwssm

    browningvarmintwssm Active Member

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    you can get a nikon buckmaster 4.5-14x40SF for $300 new, maybe less used...
     

  3. katokoch

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    Given a .22 has a limited "long range," something like a Mueller APV (around $130) should work. It's a 4.5-14x 40mmAO and works well for ranges that a .22 can reach. It's not extremely high quality glass, but it is very clear from edge to edge and focuses very well. I like mine.
    Using Burris rings and maybe Weaver bases (what else can you use for a Savage?) that'll get your scope cost up to $160-170.

    If you have a lathe or have a friend that owns one, or are on good terms with a machine shop, you could get ahold of a 10/22 aftermarket barrel and have them lathe down the barrel shank to fit the Savage reciever. Doing it with a lower cost barrel like a Green Mountain could keep you below your price limit, and if you did it with a sporter weight barrel you could keep the rifle light and have it shooting well.

    I basically did that with my Marlin 980S and saved alot of money by doing all of the custom stock work and bedding myself. It shoots extremely well and you'll be saving money by using a Savage 'cause the Accu-trigger will work well. I replaced the T-900 trigger with a Rifle Basix that I got barely used but works very well.
     
  4. esshup

    esshup Well-Known Member

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    I'm picking up a Savage Accutrigger MK-II-G and having a Lilja 1-9" barrel fitted to it for the Aguila SSS bullets. I also picked up a Bushnell 3200 10x - 40mm off of ebay for pretty cheap $$. That'll be my long range practice gun for the backyard. That should get me accustomed to dialing for elevation and windage. With a longer barrel it should be pretty quiet. The scope was cheaper than the gun, but not so for the barrel.
     
  5. Mysticplayer

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    A CZ 452 varminter is a much more accurate rig with plenty of aftermarket parts if needed. The barrel is accurate enough to plink a very long ways out.

    I would suggest you look at the Elite 3200 10X or super sniper 16X/10X. You are going to need tons of elevation adj.

    I have a friend that has plinked over 600yds with his. made it out to around 700yds. Yes, you are aiming at the moon.

    For 200yds, it is a no brainer. 300yds get interesting and by 400yds, you really got to watch any puff of wind.

    Jerry
     
  6. katokoch

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    I will agree that the CZ 452 rifles are about as accurate out of the box that you'll need... with some trigger work and a decent scope they could shoot a long ways.
     
  7. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    Watch out for those rimfires.....they are addictive....and I am a certified addict. Find something that will shoot some cheap ammo. Seems like everything I own likes the good stuff like 9 bucks a box Eley EPS. At least mine do not prefer the really good stuff 16-28 bucks a box for tenex and the new lapua.
     
  8. Flybuster

    Flybuster Well-Known Member

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    Been looking hard at the CZ 452 Varmint. Brooks has a trigger spring kit and also a dovetail to weaver conversion base.

    The Super 16x sounds like a good idea, dang I never considered shooting 22LR to 600 yards. That sounds fun.

    I have heard about high power shooters practicing with 22 long rifle at 200 yards on certain targets, this is somehow supposed to simulate shooting a centerfire at 1000 yards. Don't know if that really works, but I bet its still challenging.

    This ever climbing price in bullets has me looking more at rimfires for practice.
     
  9. 6mm Shooter

    6mm Shooter Well-Known Member

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    I'm with Jerry on this one. I have exactly what he is suggesting. CZ 452 Varmint, brooks trigger job, and Bushnell 3200 10X scope. It is very accurate and I have lots of fun lobbing bullets 300+ yards at ground squirls. One thing with the 22 is that you spot your own shots.
     
  10. savage rookie

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    Who and how are you having the barrel fitted? Is going to be a re-pin job or threading the reciever? Is threading what threads are you using? I've been conemplating this but the thin reciever wall has me in a quandry.
     
  11. esshup

    esshup Well-Known Member

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    Sam @:
    Wildcat Traders LLC
    55 Wildcat Lane
    Alamogordo, NM 88310
    1-575-491-1889

    is doing the barrel fit. I didn't ask how he was going to fit it. Sam was recommended by a friend, this is the first work that he will be doing for me.
     
  12. savage rookie

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    Thanks for that, I'll be getting in touch with him.
     
  13. squeaker

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    savage lr

    You should save your pennies and get the savage stainless BTVS, much more gun for the money and a stiffer stock for bipod use.
     
  14. savage rookie

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    Its a nice rifle but I'm thinking a lilja barrel on a sav RF action in a set of aics skins with custom chassis will trump it.

    heck, a lilja RF match barrel in a tupperware stock trumps it. :)