And a Thirty Aught Six

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I didn't know a .22 could do that...

Certainly not a .22 with me at the trigger... I was at the range today testing some 7x57 loads. (My mauser does not like Remington Core-Lokt) While I was there, I played around with a 1911 and .22 conversion kit. Shortly before I left, I took out this:

A CZ-452. This model is the "trainer," I believe. Basically, it's the same rifle as the Lux (with the hogsback stock) but with beechwood (If I remember correctly) instead of walnut. The rifle cost me about $200 new (about $150-$200 less than the Lux) a little over two years ago. I've never heard anyone say anything bad about the CZs. I didn't have much time before the cease-fire was called, so I only shot four rounds at 100 yards. The scope was last zeroed with a different loading at 25 yards. The group was shot off a rest with some high-velocity .22LR. (Zapper is the name, I believe) It's only four shots, but well, here it is. Remember, it's at 100 yards with a .22LR:

Did I mention I really like this rifle? That's a .72" group (center to center). If you're in the market for a .22 rifle, you could do a whole heck of a lot worse than this one, and not all that much better.


  • Betcha most of that spread was due to the ammo.
    If you weren't shooting "match" .22, the standard stuff is pretty irregular. Try some match in there and see how much the group closes on up.

    By Anonymous Unix-Jedi, at 10:27 AM  

  • "Try some match in there and see how much the group closes on up."

    Thanks for the advice, I'll have to go out and buy some of the good stuff. But I seriously doubt I can shoot any better than that at 100 yards.

    By Blogger aughtSix, at 1:46 PM  

  • NICE! That's a hell of a lot better than my "match" 10/22 will do at 100 yards....

    As a southpaw, I've been looking at the CZ .22s because they now have them available in a left-hand action.

    By Anonymous David, at 8:26 PM  

  • David, it sure is a great little rifle. And they make 'em in left handed versions. Also, if you don't care about iron sights, they make a bull-barrel one with the single-set trigger, which is really nice.

    I think if I were going to buy it over again, I'd save up a bit more and buy either the Lux (same as mine with a walnut stock) or the full-stock one (also walnut). I'll have it for a long time, might as well look as nice as it can.

    By Blogger aughtSix, at 12:57 PM  

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