a caliber I really like and a rifle (452 Varmint) I didn’t have in great condition to boot, what’s not to like. The 452 Varmint .17m2 has only one action screw with likely will mean having it bedded but I know a Guy. The seller on Gunbroker had 29 photos from every angle imaginable (hint: that’s the way to sell your firearm, lots of photos), the wood while not exceptional, has nice grain and I can’t find a mark on it nor any on the metal. The bolt face shows its been fired at least a little but I’m guessing- scope mounted and maybe sighted in and then into the safe or rack to sit until the owner decided it was surplus. At any rate the condition is exceptional for a 13 year old rifle, darkness and a Budget meeting to attend at Church prevented good photos but hopefully some sunshine today will remedy that.
Won a Gunbroker auction for a 2004 Varmint in .17m2, a caliber I’m very fond of in a rifle I had no example of. Never have been very fond of the CZ Varmints, I’ve owned them in .22wmr and .22lr in the 452 version an do have much modified 455 with Lilja barrel glued in and action bedded. All versions of the 452 are getting a good bit more scarce and there were never many Vamints in .17m2, the rifle appears to be in near new condition so hopefully it will be a shooter.
The Winchester 310/320 line was built on an Australian action from Sportco from 1972-1975 or so, barreled and stocked by Winchester here in the States, a direct precursor to the Kimber rifles built by the Warne’s when they came to the US. A very well built little rifle I’ve acquired one after many years of looking for a nice example.
I’ve mounted a Bushnell 4.5-14x Legend HD scope and we’ll just have to see if this little beauty lives up to its reputation, I’m betting it will.
A much more common addition is a CZ 455 Ultra Lux, the 28.6″ barreled model known for being extremely quiet and accurate with good Subsonic ammunition, other than a almost unwieldy barrel length these might be the best .22lr Squirrel Rifles made, Not great for sneaking through the woods but a Stand hunters dream with their quiet and iron sighted accuracy, they feature CZ’s most excellent Tangent style rear sight.
That barrel just seems to go on forever…
It’s also the only CZ Rimfire featuring a Cheek piece, I need to test this one and its Iron sights against the Wifama I purchased not too long ago.
The Rifle in question was/is a 1954 Steyr Zephyr .22lr Mannlicher stocked, somewhere between 5 and 6 thousand were produced between 1953 and 1965 or so, some single trigger and some double triggered. Serial number is 528 and is single triggered and this is the first I’ve encountered in person, in pretty good condition for 63 years old, a lot better than I was 4 years ago at least.
While I have several other Mannlichers the Steyr is smaller and trimmer and handles very well.
A friend will be having some eye surgery soon and needed a diversion so we made a little trip to some of our favorite gunshops, at one I looked at a nice little Mannlicher .22lr that I know a bit about. Condition was good but not what I usually look for, price wasn’t abargain so I left it there. I asked a couple of questions on another sight and got reminded by one person why I have so little use for some folks as they are more interested in pumping themselves up than giving a straight answer. Still pondering the purchase of that rifle but I’ll do some more study before I decide and hopefully someone will buy it before I make up my mind.
From my Contacts…
From Charlie H.
I have Grand Finale #1xx in my CZ collection. Checkering is great. The engraving follows the Farewell Editions. I recently started buying the Sako Finnfire II rifles. I think they are really superb. My regrets ( big regrets ) were selling my Savage Anshutz Model 54 sporters and my Weatherby XXII semi autos. But that was back in 1970–however, it still bothers me all these years
Congratulations on some fine Firearms, my GF is in the 350 range (its in the the safe), a friend just got 972, we’re both very pleased with ours, as to getting rid of the 70’s SA 54 series, what were you thinking….just kidding, I’ve done a lot worse than that over the years. Thanks for the contact Charlie
Thanks for the contact and comments…
For a couple of years I’ve been looking for a Belgium Browning SA22, I’ve always liked the looks and handling qualities of them and had purchased a Miroku SA 22 a while back for my Daughter in Law to use as she is the family Leftie. The Miroku is well used and had to have its Crown re-cut as it was well ovalised but after that shot very well, this led me to start keeping an eye out for a Belgium at a reasonable price. Yesterday my local Pawn Shop offered me one before he put it out for sale and I appreciate it Haw River Gun and Pawn. 😉 A very clean ’72 which appears to have had little to no use, fairly plain wood but the metal work is near perfect.
Pat treated me right on the price and its a little gem, I’m looking forward to giving it a trial one day in the not too distant future.
Funny but someone on RFC earlier this month posted wanting to know what one of these was, its called a TNZ, supposedly standing for Target New Zealand as the stock was designed by a New Zealander. Don’t know but they’re said to be rare and I encountered it at Ed’s Gun Shop in Vass, NC at a price I knew was better than good so home it came. Has a heavy tapered barrel similar to Green Mountains and the trigger is good for a un modded 10/22, said to be quite accurate, we’ll have to get a scope mounted up and see.
A bit odd looking but quite comfortable to hold
Actually paid $259, always haggle, even on a bargain…
Gotta love road trips, yesterday was the First anniversary of my Dad’s passing and of course Memorial Day. Put a bit of a smile on a solemn day.
what a controversial rifle this is turning into, pseudo experts are crawling out of the wood work but CZ’s seem to bring those out anyway. This is supposed to be the 452’s Swan Song which we’ll have to wait and see, wood is varying a good bit and that is causing many folks palpitations. Mine is very nice and will likely stay a “safe queen” a friends is closer to the average but he’s not pleased.
Back in 2012 these became the rage on one of the forums I frequent, several of my friends told me I really ought to buy one but my interests were elsewhere. A couple of days ago I spotted one on consignment in a near by Gun Shop (Liberty Guns in Hillsborough NC), price seemed a little bit high so I went home and did a bit of research. The price wasn’t out of line as the rifle is in excellent condition and came with the box it was shipped in, factory cleaning rod and sling both of which were still wrapped in original packaging. These Polish trainers will not win any beauty contests but have the reputation of being excellent shooters and with their AK/SKS type sights have a very distinctive look. I’m so far behind on firearms testing I have no idea when I’ll shoot it but I look forward to it.