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Old 02-21-2011, 06:55 PM
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I'm looking at getting into 50/50 and silote competition with my sons. I was wondering what would be a good bolt action .22 to get?

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Old 02-22-2011, 02:23 AM
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How much spare change do you have? For .22 match rifles, the sky is the limit. And then you have to add the scope.
For the 50/50 - which class do you intend to shoot?
Just as a general, economical answer to your question, the CZ 452 - I don't own one - seems to be a very popular, accurate, affordable choice and often recommended. If what I read in the different shooting discussions is any indicator, it certainly would be useful in Silhouette matches also.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:26 AM
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I'd look at a CZ 452 to start. They are super accurate.

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Old 02-22-2011, 08:58 AM
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Another vote for the CZ 452 ,it's the most accurate .22 I own followed close by a vintage remington 581 and a Ruger 77/22.The CZ has an easily adjustable trigger.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:59 PM
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A CZ 452 is a fine rifle but with all due respect it is not going to be very competitive in IR 50/50. I shoot 50/50 myself and most every one is shooting custom rifles built off of actions such as Suhl, Hall, Remington 40X, Anschutz, Turbo, etc. The actions are usually mated with Shilen, Lilja, Broughton, Douglas, Hart, or other top quality barrels with barrel tuners and triggers tipping the scales at 2 to 3 ounces. The only exception to this is the sporter class where the Sako 94 is quite popular. I personally shoot a Suhl built by Ed Davis. It has a Shilen barrel, McMillian stock, and 36x Weaver scope. I don't know how competitive you intend to be, but if you really want to get serious I would suggest you find a lightly used custom bench rest rifle or a stock Anschutz built off of their 54 action. As far as silhouette goes, I'm no expert at all but their rifles tend to be a little different than what we shoot in bench rest. They are shooting heavier triggers and don't use barrel tuners as pin point accuracy is not quite as important. Don't get me wrong I know their rifles are quite accurate but they aren't trying to shoot a bullseye the diameter of a pencil eraser. I'm sure the balance of the rifle is much more important to them since unlike us they are not shooting off a bench with a front rest and rear bag. It's just a different game and really requires a different type of set-up.

I will warn you now. The 22 bench rest game can get quite expensive real quick but it is a lot of fun and you will meet a bunch of great people. I would suggest you find some matches in your area and go watch by yourself the first time and just take it all in. Someone is likely to offer to let you shoot, they did me. You can go over to or and see some of the gear the guys are shooting. There are usually some rifles for sale on both sites for some decent prices.
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