Steyr’s new Zephyr II

From  Charlie, one of the readers here, his comments on his new Zephyr II…

Hello Gerald: You asked about my experience with the Steyr Zephyr II. Well, the indoor range I shoot at is limited to 25 yds–but it produced 5 shot one tiny hole results. I also belong to an outdoor range in Pa. but have to wait until warmer weather for more distance. Now the bad news–due to the design— the receiver, the bolt, scope dovetails, etc. are very forward from other 22 bolt receivers. This forces the scope to be mounted in a position that makes eye relief difficult. I use Nikon Rimfire variable scopes (I realize they are not Leupold quality–but I am happy). With the Nikons, the distance from the adjusting turrets to where the scope tube starts to flair out is not long enough to bring to scope backward to a comfortable distance from the eye. I will have to look for a scope with a longer tube to remedy this problem. The trigger is interesting–a bit of slack–stops –touch it–bang. The direction book calls it a “stage trigger”. Aside from the scope situation, I am quite pleased.

10 thoughts on “Steyr’s new Zephyr II

  1. Thanks for your thoughts so far on the Zephyr II, your experiences are the first I’ve read and hopefully will be helpful to others Charlie.

    Gerald

  2. Hello Gerald: Picked up a second Steyr Zephyr II. Scope eye relief with Nikon Rimfire scopes still plagues me. On another subject, I have several CZ 452 American ZKM 2E’s made before 2011. I also purchased 2 CZ452’s ($436 each) in 2016 (barrels marked “16”) that are 2E’s but without the “ZKM”. I went on the CZ site quite a few times but could not find any 2016 reissue stats. As you are more adept with info. than I am, any idea why I cannot find any info. on the reissue CZ452 2E’s with the “16” on the barrel. Thanks, Charlie

  3. Honestly I’ve never looked up any of the Stats on CZ’s, I’m aware you can but never done it, they may be classified differently but I don’t know…

  4. Stumbled onto this while trying to find a review on the Zephyr II. I think I nabbed the second one available in the states. Interesting observation about the whole shebang being forward & eye relief being an issue. As fate would have it, I put an old steel tube Weaver T20 on initially, that sucker is long! No issue there, but I will probably rescope it at some point as I can’t get her to come down to 50ft & I do about 50% of my shooting there (Winter!) Be nice to find a quality set of offset steel rings/mount to comp for this. Claw mount would be nice!! It seems to shoot very well for me indoors, anxious to try it at distance

  5. Interesting problem apparently, I’ve not handled one so I’m no help I’m afraid, looking forward to getting a ZephyrII and a Tikka in hand but none have appeared locally. Thanks for the post Mike and welcome.

  6. I used one regular BKL 30mm double strap ring and one similar
    offset ring with a Nightforce SVT 3x10x42 mm scope to adjust
    for eye relief. Haven’t shot it yet but it’s ready to go. Love the
    incrediblely short bolt lift. No one’s going to bang their thumb
    against the scope with this rifle.

  7. Welcome David, thanks for adding your experiences, I’ve still not encountered one in my area.

  8. To get the Steyr Mannlicher Zephyr II rifle, have your firearms store call Steyr Arms in Bessemer, Alabama (the US distributor) and order one for you. I got both of mine within a week of ordering. Customer service number is 205 417 8644 I wish they would come out with a full stock model soon.

  9. Got my third Zephyr II several weeks ago. Put a Nikon Tactical 22 rimfire scope on it. Shoots great as do the other 2. I also collect high end gunmaker baseball style caps—Holland&Holland, Westley Richards, Rigby, etc. On another note, I tired to order a Steyr Mannlicher cap from Austria. It would have to be sent to my son and his family living in Ireland and they would bring it on their USA visit later in July. The computer transaction got screwed up. Then I got an email from Steyr Arms in Alabama. Steyr in Austria sent Steyr in Alabama my email concerning my cap order. The person I spoke to said he would try to help me get a cap from Austria ( different logo than the one sold in the USA). I told him my story and he said they had a couple of the Austrian logo caps there and he would send me one free of charge. It arrives on 7/14. So again I am really pleased–both with the Zephyr II’s and the cap situation. The person I spoke to said the Zephyrs are selling well and they will start more USA advertising.

  10. Excellent. My LGS says they’ll likely be getting both the Zephyr II and Tikka T1x in stock but still nothing so far, I keep telling myself I’m going to start divesting myself of some of my lesser firearms to make some room for the new ones but that’s not working out too well so far.

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