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#6959013 - 10/11/12 12:17 PM Re: Looking for a decent target 22 lr? [Re: avagadro]
BarryC Offline
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Email I got didn't mention any rust.

Kimber Model 82 .22LR Available. 20,000 of these rifles were produced for the US Army between 1987 and 1990. Most were sold by the CMP in the past few years, but CMP recently received the remaining 2,000 from Army inventory. Rifles are still in original manufacturer's packaging and have never been used, but many of the stocks, barrels, and receivers may have a few light scratches or razor cuts from when the protective bags were opened to conduct serial number inventory in the mid 90s. This is a minor cosmetic deficiency that detracts slightly from the appearance, but does not affect the functioning of the rifle. NLU is R22M82R and price is $425 + $24.95 S&H. For additional information, please visit
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#6959476 - 10/11/12 02:39 PM Re: Looking for a decent target 22 lr? [Re: BarryC]
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The attachment said the good ones are sold out and the rusty ones are left.

#6971653 - 10/15/12 01:53 PM Re: Looking for a decent target 22 lr? [Re: butchlambert1]
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I started four-position shooting in an indoor league last winter with a CZ 452FS (Mannlicher stock). I added a Williams receiver sight and military web sling and was good to go for the first year. My scores are not as high as the members who shoot a dedicated target rifle, but this is a very good way in and I am not too far below them in score either. You can shoot in the sporter class if you decide to compete and you have a very nice field .22 also.

#6973017 - 10/15/12 10:25 PM Re: Looking for a decent target 22 lr? [Re: butchlambert1]
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Originally Posted By: butchlambert1
The attachment said the good ones are sold out and the rusty ones are left.

If I had the coin I'd give one a whirl for $450 ... I'm not typically a lucky guy, but I'd still give one a whirl!
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#7041304 - 11/05/12 07:46 AM Re: Looking for a decent target 22 lr? [Re: avagadro]
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I test-shot many, many of the Kimber Army Contract .22s as they came off the factory assembly line. They are heavy and obviously single-shot, but they really perform fantastically with decent ammo.

We had several Winchester 52 and Anschutz target rifles, just for comparison, and I often out-shot those with the off-the-line Kimber Army Contract rifles. They ARE shooters, for sure.

At $425, they are a phenomenal value.

Best of luck with whatever you choose.

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#7065970 - 11/11/12 10:58 PM Re: Looking for a decent target 22 lr? [Re: taylorce1]
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Registered: 06/08/09
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Loc: Maine, ayuh.
It depends on how you are defining "22 LR target rifle." Most "22 LR target rifles" are single shot.

It also depends on what you want to do. Sound like you just want "cheap trigger time", and fun/familiarity for practice, and not any competition (smallbore prone, 3-position, rimfire benchrest, rimfire silouette etc). So it sounds like you are looking for a moderately priced 22 LR bolt action sporter.

Marlin 782, 2000,

Remington 521 (or "500" series for single shot/repeaters like 510, 512, 513, 514, 521, or the newer 540 series)

Winchester 320 (310 single shot), 69a, 75 target.

Ruger 77/22

It's up to you and what you want to to. I used to shoot smallbore varsity rifle at a service academy (Anshutz 1413). I like serious target rifles.

I really enjoy range shooting with my Remington 540x, and Win 310 (sporter). I used to have a Win 75 and a couple of Win 69a's, but the trigger and accuracy is better on the Rem 540x. You can probably find a Rem 540x with excellent receiver sights for less than $500. Not cheap, but it is an excellent training platform (and great squirrel rifle).

You can do an great deal of shooting/training/practice with a Remington 510 Matchmaster for ~ $150 or less. Single shot sporter. Will need receiver sights, and drill/tapped receiver for scope, but a good simple accurate rifle.

The Rem 513 is a classic too.

If you find a suitable rifle, try to find one with a grooved receiver for easy scope mounting. Not all Win 69a's or 75's had this feature (or most of the Rem "500 series"-the Rem 540x DOES have a grooved receiver).

Keep it simple, and definitely get a good rifle. It's great practice.
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#7080180 - 11/16/12 03:57 AM Re: Looking for a decent target 22 lr? [Re: buttstock]
Lycanthrope Offline

Registered: 01/15/12
Posts: 14
In my experience, the CZ 452/453 just bury everything up to the Anschutz.

We used to shoot small rifle primers stuck to a board at 25 yards......and then that got too we went out to 50 yards.

#7081721 - 11/16/12 07:15 PM Re: Looking for a decent target 22 lr? [Re: Lycanthrope]
PennDog Offline
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Registered: 12/19/06
Posts: 1062
Loc: Pennsylvania
Avagadro......check the rimfire central forum (under Kimber) and see what others have gotten from this recent batch of "rusty" Kimbers....seems to be a way for CMP to "cover" themselves and many "appear" to have rust but it seems to be dried "preservative/oil". Overall they appear to be MUCH better than advertised and at $425 really can't go wrong (unless of course one got lucky with a heavily rusted bore eek - that's my kind of luck!!).


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