It's supposed to be lighter and handier than the 455, while taking the 455 barrels. It has a shorter bolt-lift, a "more natural" safety like the Remington 700 instead of the firing-pin lock of the 452, 453. 455, AND it's supposed to have a fully adjustable trigger. It's also drilled and tapped for regular scope mounts, too. Some of the variants are very good looking, though some of them are pretty odd-looking, too.
You sure are putting a lot on me, Paul . I already have four CZ rimfires, and four CZ centerfires (527s).
I will certainly take a good look at them, but my .22LR needs are surely and certainly all satisfied at the present time. I have a trio of Rugers, too, along with an ancient, decrepit Stevens and a Remington 24, and two Marlins, along with a S&W M&P Compact. My rimfire needs seem to be met well and fully. I honestly am overgunned in the rimfire scheme of things.
Glenn , I am depending on you to review the match 457. I am over CZ'd myself but an $800 rimfire that can do battle with and Annie is interesting.
My ace in the hole is a 527 in .221 Fireball that has seen little use could be sacrificed at some time later. or the Hornet (NO!) ir the 223, not likely.
Judging by appearances only, it will NEED the varmint configuration, as it's smaller than the 455, and lighter, which would make it harder to shoot well. Mechanically, it should be the same, but when you factor in the size of the action (which looks tiny), it will be more difficult to shoot well. Frankly, I have no idea if it will shoot, or not.
Preliminary results from some guy in Thailand seem to indicate that they shoot really well, but he had a Hubble telescope on his, and he was shooting some pricey Eley. I will not allow myself to get into that trap.
I saw that, I think it means they can spell in English, lol. Dunno if it means they put a MATCH chamber in it, that's what's debatable. Ruger has been known to fib about such things (RAR "Target" rifles have standard chambers, for example).
I would hope that CZ is above such things, of course. Time will tell. The fellers on rimfirecentral.com are salivating already, I think I'll reserve opinion until a few guinea pigs have their rifles and have used them awhile.
Glenn and all: I just read though the posts on RFC about the CZ457. There are/will be several models available, including the MTR model. Reading through the posts, one guy claimed that CZ said it has a CIP chamber that is at the minimum spec that CZ can produce in production. That means it is not a match chamber, at least as I read it. One other post claimed CZ said the minimum spec for accuracy was 15mm at 50m. (translated into American, that is 0.6" at 54yds) Hope this helps.
I won't be buying one, so it doesn't make any difference to me. Fortunately, I already have several bolt action 22lr rifles with bona fide match chambers, and that does make a difference. By the way, the Bentz chamber is a design made for semi-autos used on a lot of 10-22 aftermarket barrels, but it is not a true match chamber. Look for rifles with chambers that cause the rifling to 'engrave' the lands when the bullet is chambered and then removed/extracted. You can see the marks easily.
Both have match chambers, but they may vary some between the various years. Both will definitely 'engrave' the lands. I also have Win 52's among other match chambered rifles, including a slow lock pre A, a C, a D, and both the Win and Browning reproductions from Miroku. Just buy a variety of standard velocity ammo and see which one they like best. That can get very expensive. I don't shoot in competition any more, so I just use something that is reasonably price and enjoy the rifle.
TinMan, I do collect all the ammo I can to test. The 52 is less fussy than the CZ's.
RWS does well and so does black box Eley. My competition is between me and myself. And the occasional youngn' that has the newest Ruger precision chassis rifle.
The Unertils intrigue them no end.
Well, a couple of guys on Facebook have gotten their 457 MTRs already, so I guess they're shipping already. Apparently, they'll be used at Jackie's range, as the posters were from a rimfire club that shoots at Jackie's. They were obtained from Hillbilly Gun and Pawn, and I presume that's somewhere here in Kaintuck.
The guns in the photos looked pretty daggoned good, and the stocks looked pretty useful for that type of rimfire shooting. I'll be watching this development very closely.
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