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Old 11-04-2009, 08:36 AM
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Best 22 bolt action hunting rifle ever made?

What do you think is the very best bolt action 22 sporting / hunting rifle ever made and why?

Two guns come to my mind right off, the Winchester 75 Sporter and the 500 Remingtons (510, 511, 512 and 541). The 75 Sporter is just a very fine sporting gun as a companion for the 70 Win. The 500 Remington guns as listed are just well made and very accurate for what they are. I shot a 512 in Small Bore Silhouette for years and only had trouble with just one fellow, a friend of mine. He always showed up with his 541 and we would end up in a shoot off, about 90% of the time, with all of the high dollar target guns watching.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:18 PM
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+1 For the Remington 541-s,it's been my bunny and squirrel gun for many years .Dead accurate and dependable,has always been extreamly accurate with about any brand of ammo you feed it.
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:31 AM
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Wow this is like asking what is better blonds or brunettes, Fords or Chevrolets, etc. - it is going to be so subjective. Oh well, with that having been said, I will cast my vote for the Anshutz. I don't remember the model number of the one I am thinking about but, at the time, it was being imported by Savage and sold as a Savage-Anshutz. I had a chance to buy one in virtually out-of-the-box condition for $75 and didn't do it. A deal like that comes along once in a lifetime.
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:06 PM
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Dovehunter, You took the words right out of my mouth. That Anshultz was the first thing that came to mind. other than that, CZ is putting out a darn good rimfire these days.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:09 AM
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I agree- awfully tough to pick one.
I'd throw the Winchester 52, and the Kimber into the mix.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:49 PM
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i'd have to go with the 510...i've had one quite a while and it's close to the 'tack driver' category out to about 60-65 yds.

and yes CZ, too...

as part of my RF battery i have: win 69A, rem 510 and CZ 452 varmint.

the CZ is the most accurate of the lot though.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:09 AM
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I have been drooling over those CZ .22 bolt-actions every time I go to the gunshop now for a couple of years. I may have to break down and buy one. Maybe they would qualify as a poor man's Anshutz!

I have a pre-war Mauser .22 single-shot bolt-action sporter. It's made like a mini '98 Mauser. It's got a 26" heavy barrel and probably weighs about 8 lbs. It is a beauty and, if I do my part, is capable of ragged one-hole groups at 50 yds. It is certainly the most accurate .22 I own and is probably the most accurate I have shot.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:47 AM
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I have to cast a vote for the lowly Rem. Mod. 510 too. I received mine when I was 8 yrs old and that was 62 years ago. Still have it and shoot it ocassionally. Two most accurate .22 bolts I have now are a CZ 452FS and a rebarreled Ruger 77/22. Another very accurate one I sold was a Springfield 03/22A. Should be kicked for that one.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:48 AM
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Hmmm for me it's a bit of a toss up between:-

BSA Supersport Five

Brno Model 2 (I prefer the tangent sight over the model 1's stand and leaf)

Mannlicher Zepher

I have two of the three there are others that come close as Walther made a fine .22 sporter as did Mauser. I must admit I did like a Remington that a fellow club member had but cannot tell you the model number. I was not so struck by the Rem 513 that our club secretary had. Not have the chance to try the winchester .22 L/R's.
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:05 PM
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I owned an Anchutz Woodchuck imported by Savage that was a good rifle. The Woodchuck might be the S-A you guys were trying to remember. They are a neat little gun.
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Dovehunter, I have the 452 American in 22 WMR. Makes one very small ragged hole at 50 yards!!!! I have a buddy with the same rifle in 17 HMR, Same small ragged hole !!! They are awesome rimfires.
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Old 11-12-2009, 05:15 PM
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I have an old Remington 521. It might not be the prettiest ever made, but it will shoot with the best of them.
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Old 11-13-2009, 04:46 PM
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It depends

There have been a number of great .22 rifles and it depends on the preference of the shooter. I would vote for the Remington Model 581 bolt action. Tkae care...
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When I bought it I asked for the cheapest bolt action .22 repeater they had in stock. Marlin Model 925R. Fairly heavy 22 inch barrel, plain Jane synthetic stock, quater inch 50yard groups! $189.95
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Wow this is like asking what is better blonds or brunettes, Fords or Chevrolets, etc. - it is going to be so subjective. Oh well, with that having been said, I will cast my vote for the Anshutz. I don't remember the model number of the one I am thinking about but, at the time, it was being imported by Savage and sold as a Savage-Anshutz. I had a chance to buy one in virtually out-of-the-box condition for $75 and didn't do it. A deal like that comes along once in a lifetime.
I clean forgot to mention my own most accurate .22. It's a Mauser that my father-in-law liberated from the Germans. It's a single-shot sporter with about a 26" heavy (and I do mean heavy) barrel. The bluing was perfect and I refinished the stock (looked to be European light-colored walnut) since it had a few dings in it. Once I got it finished and mounted a 4X scope on it, it would shoot 5-shot ragged one-hole groups at 50-yds. It is one heck of a squirrel gun but I swear it must weigh more than a 98K. It is probably the most accurate gun I own - rimfire or centerfire.
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