CZ 455 Varmint

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  1. DirtySteve

    DirtySteve Gold $$ Contributor

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    Anyone have a CZ 455 Varmint in 22 WMR??? Please tell me your thoughts about the rifle. I have the itch for a new 22 and don't have a 22 WMR so I am leaning toward this rifle. Last 22 I bought was a Voere 201 back in 1984 so I am out of touch with newer guns.
     
  2. Mark McMahon

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    I am a huge fan of the CZ 455, with the capability to switch barrels in minutes, in my opinion for the money spent, it's by far the best thing going.
     
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  3. MarkS

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    Steve,
    I have a 22 LR and a 17 HMR in 455 Varmint, both shoot great. I think you will be happy with the 455 V.

    Mark
     
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  4. Gary Schiefelbein

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    A Cz is what it is.A good mid priced rifle.They can be hit or miss on accuracy.With most being a hit.
    The guys over on RFC put these things on a pedestal.Go there and you can read for days and days.
    This is not a magic rifle.You will have to tweak it Check bbl grub screws and action screws for torque.Small things like most rifles.I built a 455 bench gun and when done shot .268 @50.
    Personally I like my old Remmy 511 or Win 67 more than my built Cz.But that's me.
    Dollar for dollar they are good.Im sure you will enjoy it.Maybe get a wood lottery winner to boot.
     
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  5. luckyshot52

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    My 455 wmr is not a varmint, but is very accurate. It will consistently hold 1" at 100. A lot of varmints have been sorry I own it. Hornady varmint is best I've found for it.
     
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  6. jepp2

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    Most folks seem pleased with their CZ's. Unfortunately I had the opposite experience. I wanted one in 17 HMR for the under 150 yard shots on prairie dogs. Wound up buying a new one on this forum with all 3 barrels. BUT, I already had an Anschutz 1717D HB that shoots lights out. I just hated to turn it into a truck gun.

    First trip to the range with the CZ and the 17 HMR barrel it came with, was beyond a disappointment. It shot patterns, not groups. It clearly wouldn't work for me. So I started down the rabbit hole. First thing I did was get a Lilja barrel for it in 17 HMR. That fixed the accuracy issue (and yes I had already tried all the accuracy fixes with the stock CZ barrel). Next I replaced the stock with a Boyd At-One stock. Next I replaced the trigger with a Timney. Now I am well above the cost of my Anschutz.

    I did contact CZ about the poor accuracy of the barrel, and they replaced it for me. So my customer experience was excellent.

    And I will use the rifle next year, but every time I work the bolt and know what the match 54 action in the Anschutz feels like, I grit my teeth. I still have a new 22 cal barrel if you find your rifle and decide you want to add the 22 barrel.

    I clearly had my sights set too high from my Annie. And the CZ just couldn't live up to what I hoped for.
     
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  7. Gary Schiefelbein

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    That's the problem.The Cz is not even remotely close to an Annie.Like you that is what a lot of people think they can get out of a Cz.A Cz is not a 2000 dollar gun.Its a 450.00 gun and the quality is evident.Not super not terrible but good .
     
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  8. Mark McMahon

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    No your right, the CZ 455 is not the same as a $2000. Annie, But it's damn close to the one that cost $1100. and for most folks who like to plink or shoot an occasional critter, thats close enough
     
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  9. Don

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    I have a 453 in .22 Rim . Single Set Trigger .
    It shoots one hole groups at 50 yards with the Right Ammo .

    Wish I would have brought two .
     
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  10. shooter65

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    CZ 455 22 magnum with a 16.25 Feddersen barrel very accurate and I highly recommend one. Also have a factory fluted 17HMR barrel.

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  11. Gary Schiefelbein

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    I read all the internet pros/cons and decided buying a 455 was worth a gamble . I knew going in that it would not compete with rifles costing twice or more,I was realistic .Turns out I bought a lemon,not going to give a detailed bashing...but I gave it an honest try .I am pretty stubborn and can get most things to shoot quite well,but that one beat me up bad.I was not expecting benchrest accuracy but thought with the right ammo it would accurate enough,no dice.
     
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    I’ve got one in a full stock and it shoots Hornady 30 grain loads very well. Always under a half inch at 50 yards when I do my part. i’ve Since put a Lilja barrel on it and it shoots better with all ammo. But the factory barrel still shoots the Hornady ammo pretty darn good.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I went with a Savage Bmag in 17 WSM.. Still have yet to shoot it. :(
     
  16. Red Baron

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    I have no intentions of badmouthing CZ but my first go at a 455 (Varmint 22WMR) was a total disappointment. The digital grouping that came with the rifle (no iron sights) showed a 23mm group at 50 yards but the best I and friends could manage was 2 3/8". And that might have even been a fluke because there was a little breeze. I sincerely hope the CZ customer reps are as good as was mentioned earlier.
     
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  17. Gary Schiefelbein

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    That target is strictly a function test.Has nothing to do with the guns accuracy.Check the torque settings on the action and bbl.
     
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  18. Red Baron

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    Ah, ok. Thanks.
    Like I mentioned, 2 3/8" @50 yrds was the best we could come up with after trying to tune it without voiding warrantees. Played with the torque setting of the action screw after watching a Utube video, used different ammo manufacturers/bullet weights/velocities, adj. trigger pull and even used three different scopes. My dealer plans on putting a few rounds through it this weekend to verify my claims and then take it up with the CZ service rep.
     
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  19. Longcarbine

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    Dont have the magnum version but my .22lr is bad ass, five shot one hole groups at 50yrds.
     
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    I have the 455 in 22, 22WMR HB and 17. I also have an older 453 WMR. Nice RFs for the money, sometimes you get nice figured wood too. The 455 isnt as accurate as the 453 IMO, but plenty accurate for thumpin little critters.
     
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