22LR Know Your Skills Challenge

| May 31, 2021 | 21 Comments

Ron H Joins All Three Challenges With A Strong Showing

WOW this looks to be a beautiful morning for Ron and a great story to boot. Thank you for sharing with us.

     As you can see by my pictures, I am the proud owner of a CZ457 Trainer.  I really should tell the story of how I came to know of CZ rifles.  Back in 1975 at the tender age of 10 I read a story in one of my Dads Field and Stream’s or Sports Afield magazine’s about a gentleman who went to Germany on a driven boar hunt.  As a sidebar story he wrote about a little known rifle (at that time in the West) called a CZ BRNO .22 rimfire rifle.  The story only contained one picture of the rifle with its plain wood stock and Schnabel fore end, well needless to say I was quite smitten.  However, at that time and for many more years CZ lay behind the iron curtain and were off limits for the most part.  I had many .22lr rifles over the years but I always remembered the little CZ rifle. 

     Well in March of 2021 I finally bought my CZ457 Trainer.  She appears to be the closest I could get to the original CZ BRNO rifle that I saw all those years ago.  I wanted her for many reasons, one was because I wanted a rifle similar in usage to my Winchester Model 70 to use as a trainer.  The second was to use chasing Squirrels on the old family farm in North East Mississippi and the third was for fun.  I love to shoot and it is getting both hard to find components for reloading and expensive, so, to find a rim fire that I could take to the range and spend $20 for ammo on and shoot 100 rounds sounded great to me.

Once in my hands I took the fantastic iron sights off so that I could mount my 2×7 Leupold rim fire scope as low as possible over the bore and secondly, my old eyes just can’t handle three aim points.  Yes, 2×7 scope, that is what is mounted on my Model 70 and I wanted to approximate my shooting experience between the two so the CZ would be a good trainer.

With SK Standard Plus I am getting .5” groups, at 50 yards on a very consistent basis.  Looking forward to chasing Squirrels with it this fall.  I have spent so much time with my new rifle that my wife has started calling her my “Czech Girlfriend”!  Actually, she has had a great time shooting her as well and is to the point that she is wanting a Czech Boyfriend for herself.  I am all for it, my son can’t compete with his 10/22 and the only people at our range that seem to do better are the serious bench rest shooters. I found your site a couple of months ago and am loving it, you are making very good quality videos that are enjoyable to watch.  Actually, I generally only watch you and Buffalo Outdoors.  I have been to the site several times and enjoy the content very much.  Keep up the good work and have fun.  Oh, by the way, like your buddy I am ex Air Force, or Chair Force as you like to say, Ha Ha.

Your Friend in Shooting and Your Brother in Christ


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  1. Martin says:

    Sir,thanks for all the challenge videos you put on youtube.
    The new one takes the cake.simple,yet very challenging.
    Can’t wait to get my shooting friends together and try it out.
    The hostage target was a big hit with us,probably the most difficult.
    You’ve put the FUN back into .22 shooting for me and my friends,and I
    Thank you for that. Please keep making videos your enthusiasm is

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  4. Old School says:

    Thank goodness your content made its way into my feed. Confirmation that I’m not the only one who geeks out over the 22lr. Am really enjoying your work and greatly appreciate you keeping the content flowing. I’ll have to download the target and give it whirl. Have been shooting the cicadas. My farm is a favorite cicada hang out and if you’re going to land on the target face……. Smack! Thank you again.

  5. Jim_Hounddawg says:

    absolutely addicting. My 22LR ammo supply took a major hit this week thanks to this

  6. stagpanther says:

    Despite all the different guns I’ve shot in my life, I have virtually no experience with 22LR…AND THEN YOU HAD TO COME UP WITH THIS IDEA! So you MADE me invest in a 22lr gun and ammo with this contest! LOL

    Your infectious enthusiasm and polished presentations on YouTube are a credit to the sport!

    thanks. : )

  7. stagpanther says:

    PS–forgot to mention… it’s gonna be about 2 or 3 more weeks before I finally get my gun together the way I want it, so please keep the contest going for at least a few more weeks. : )

  8. WOW Stag what do I say, thank you, sorry 😁 Can’t wait to see your targets.

  9. John Picher says:

    A couple of weeks ago, I sold all of my left-over (benchrest) target ammo that I haven’t used for matches for over 10 years. I also sold my target rifles, so won’t be entering this endeavor, but wish all of you the best of luck/skill.
    John Picher

  10. Charles Irby says:

    I can’t find the leaderboard Eli, on this challenge.

    I did it today, [img]https://i.imgur.com/b0iEcay.jpg[/img]

  11. Tia4Birds says:

    I hope you keep doing the rimfire videos, they are informative and the content is high quality. Could you do a few more with the ranger 22?

  12. CharlieBS'er says:

    Stagpanther . . . . “I’ll be back!” . . . . 😉

  13. stagpanther says:

    @ CharlieBS’er–Im surprised you haven’t already knocked them all off–I know if I can get 4 of them than a real shooter with experience should get them no problem. And lucky for you I’ve had numerous setbacks which keep me from getting back 100%. LOL

  14. CharlieBS'er says:

    @stagpanther……It’s a lucky day when all goes well for me, I am no pro by a long shot.
    But…I certainly enjoy a good challenge and some crafty gamesmanship thrown in on the side.
    Good luck to’Ya Pard.

    On TRN (The Reloaders Network.com / discord channel)we have a Life Savers Challenge…glue 10 life savers to a card and use one shot each and try to get one shot or more through the center without breaking the life saver. The hole is .285″ so you can see that a fella needs a lucky day to get’er done.
    I went through 2 bags of life savers to get lucky enough on this one.

  15. stapanther says:

    Lemmee see Charlie, that would mean ten shots would have to be within roughly .062″ of dead center to not hit the lifesaver? Good day indeed. I don’t know why–but my shootings dropped off in accuracy; I can only get a few of the top row on about 1 out of eight tries, and haven’t been able to repeat a 4 hit. I thought I was gonna get all 5 any day now.

  16. CharlieBS'er says:

    stagpanther, I wonder if you are having action screw problems, they have become loose? Another thought is that unit on the muzzle, is that a can? Are you having a carbon build-up and getting suppressor strikes? Perhaps it’s time to run one wet patch through the bore and dry it and go again? Hard to say but my money would be on getting that bench shored up a bit.
    The .22lr BR is a finicky woman at best…your always having to keep track, I even keep track of my round count in the barrel as accuracy will drop off after 300 rounds so I clean it moderately every 250 shots or so.
    You need to work it out soon or leave me lonely at the top…I cleaned that top row on the 16’th, have no idea why Eli hasn’t posted it yet, said he would this past weekend. I hope he is not having problems of some sort.
    See’Ya later Pard…get back on the bench…charlie

  17. stagpanther says:

    Charlie CONGRATS! Not only did you sweep the top row–you did it within the prescribed time. That is stupendous shooting! While I think I could eventually get the top row (provided my ammo and barrel hold out)–I don’t think I have the skill to shoot them all that fast. You da man! ; )

  18. stagpanther says:

    That’s just a standard muzzle brake that I put on–partly cause it looks cool–and partly to mitigate the recoil which hits harder than a 416 Weatherby Magnum. LOL

  19. CharlieBS'er says:

    Thanks stagpanther…it is a relief to this job done, sorta like getting a Monkey off your back.
    I didn’t think it fast, in fact I wasn’t sure I could make the time limit since I single feed this rifle…’slow & steady is fast’ if you get my meaning.
    I will be expecting to share the top row honors with you soon…get back at it!
    Start your timer and forget it, don’t race the timer…make each shot deliberate & when your done, that’s your time. Who gives a dang about time, it is accuracy that gets the job done.

  20. Tia4Birds says:

    Any suggestions on ammo for the Christianson arms Ranger. And choice’s about the trigger. What is your opinion on the best 22lr production gun to shoot target’s off the bench at 50 yards.

  21. Good cost effective ammo that has shot well for me is SK Rifle Match and SK Plus ammo. As it pertains triggers, I am very familiar with TriggerTech and they offer a direct replacement. Easy to install and offers a great improvement over the standard trigger. Though the standard trigger is not bad.

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