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I finally decided I needed a proper wood and blue steel bolt action .22. Found a used CZ 452 Trainer model and I finally made it to the range. Surrounded by ARs with HUGE comps and huge concussions. Made me concentrate hard.
Since this will be a hunting rifle I took only my box of hunting ammo. It was a bit breezy, but overall accuracy with 10-12 loads was in the 3/4" to 1" range. I found 2 loads that were under 1/2". Wolf Match Extra and SGB so I have 2 hunting rounds. I may take my benchrest box out next time to see what it can really do.
Use details: I had mounted a scope I thought had parallax set at 50yds. It was not. So target was blurry and parallax was a bit of an issue. I have already swapped out the scope to an AO type.
The 5.5oz trigger took some getting used to. I had several discharges before I wanted to just due to the light weight, but they were on paper. I did not adjust it prior to going, but will before I go back. This is a hunting gun, not a benchrest gun. The firing pin not setting was much reduced from early testing. Maybe once every 10-15 shots? I had one discharge on closing the bolt. Surprised me but it was safely pointed so hopefully adjusting the trigger solves that. Gentle bolt work seemed to work best.
I know one thing for sure - I am getting some 10 round mags! Besides the constant reloading of my single mag I noted the last round very often (every 3rd mag full on average) would not chamber, but was too high - the nose hit above the chamber. Easy to fix each time but a pain to mess with.
Overall I am very pleased. Sub 1/2" groups with hunting ammo and a poor scope choice means I will do better in the future. One thing is certain...this CZ outshoots my Ruger Precision Rimfire!