April 2000

.22LR Bolt-Actions: How Much Quality Can You Buy For $300?

The answer: It depends on where you shop. In our tests, the CMP’s army-surplus H&R CM12 and CZ’s 452-series guns top Marlin’s 880SQ in accuracy and functionality.

[IMGCAP(1)] Looking for a bargain in firearms is usually a bad place to start, because, over the years we’ve found that in most cases, you get what you pay for. But on rare occasions, Gun Tests has found well-made, accurate, easy-to-shoot inexpensive firearms in all categories.

Perhaps one of the deepest segments in which to find a bargain is in .22 LR bolt actions, depending, of course, on your definition of bargain. What we wanted to find in this test was a step up from plinker-grade guns that usually retail for $100 to $150, something that didn’t break the bank, yet shot accurately and had a good list of features—decent trigger, good stock, and wide application. That course led us to a...

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