CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer MTR
Grabbing the Bushnell Fusion X 10x42s next to me, I soon found the little bugger, standing with only the upper half of his body poking above the rolling horizon. At yards and with a storm front pushing a steady breeze from the north, it would be a challenging shot. Funny thing was, I had little doubt that I could pull it off. Experience with the wind over the last few hours suggested a hold about inches left of my target, which, on a skinny prairie dog, meant an inch or two off the edge of its body.
I settled in for the shot, held a couple inches off the side of the dog, extended my exhale, and pulled the trigger. The rifle answered the varmint with a bark of its own. Prairie dog eliminated. At first glance, the Pro Varmint looks a tad out of proportion. The barrel is of the heavy flavor, but the abbreviated A mismatch?
So, CZ reduced the standard degree bolt rotation to 60 degrees, eliminating possible interference when cycling the action in the presence of a scope boasting a large ocular bell diameter and mounted low to the bore line. Another conforming upgrade conforming to U. The safety lever is located just behind the bolt. The prominent, deeply serrated safety lever thumb knob offers good traction to move between safe and fire modes without fumbling—a great feature when you need to keep your eye on your target.
One aspect of the Pro Varmint that quickly won my approval was the trigger. In the spirit of aftermarket upgrade triggers, the factory trigger is adjustable for pull weight, creep, and overtravel. As adjusted on my test model, creep was practically undetectable and the break exquisitely crisp. Although I was not able to check it on a scale, the pull weight felt to be around 3 pounds—heavy enough for field safety and light enough to not disturb sight alignment during the squeeze.
Should you need to wait on the paperwork, a knurled thread protector is included. Mystery solved. The buttstock features a just-right Monte Carlo comb for optimal head positioning behind large scopes and a near-vertical grip with generous palm swells for ideal hand positioning and the promotion of a straight trigger pull.
A butt hook allows you to control positioning with your non-firing hand or to ride a bag when shooting from a bench. Not that you need it on a rimfire, but the rubber recoil pad is plush and offers a no-slip grip against the shoulder. Up front, the stock includes a svelte beavertail forend. This is great for rotational stability when shooting off a bag on the bench or when employing a field rest on, say, a daypack.
A sling swivel stud and bipod mounting stud come installed from the factory. You can also have the stock in any color and finish you like, so long as it is black and textured thank you, Henry Ford.
Tikka T1x 22LR: The Raw Truth Review
Reviews 0 Description Always a favorite in our rimfire line, the Varmint Precision Trainer gets a boost in accuracy with the addition of a barrel borrowed from the Match Target Rifle. With a Match chamber and a stiff A special color scheme graces its carbon fiber Manners stock, with orange highlights to denote this as an upgraded version of an already premium gun.
A constant in our rimfire line, the Precision Trainer was designed to provide the same look and feel as a full-size tactical rifle while allowing for more economical training. Though the golden days of cheap and plentiful 22 LR ammo may be behind us, the Precision Trainer has become more popular than we ever could have imagined. Based off the PRS1 stock, this special Manners carbon-fiber composite stock provides a rock-solid platform and is finished in a two color camouflage pattern with a base of carbon fiber peeking through the background.
The stock itself has multiple layers of carbon fiber and fiberglass hand-laid in high-temperature epoxy resins, then placed in a vacuum and heat-cured to create the perfect resin-to-fabric ratio.
Though that was the most obvious change, we also took the opportunity to tweak a load of small things at the same time. In addition to the receiver-mounted , push-to-fire safety, we chopped almost an inch of length from the action and slab-sided it to reduce its footprint and weight.
The stamped bottom metal of the is gone, swapped for a classy two-piece interlocking system. To top it all off, the now features a trigger adjustable for weight, creep and over-travel.
With a Match chamber and a stiff A special color scheme graces its carbon fiber Manners stock, with orange highlights to denote this as an upgraded version of an already premium gun.
A constant in our rimfire line, the Precision Trainer was designed to provide the same look and feel as a full-size tactical rifle while allowing for more economical training. Though the golden days of cheap and plentiful 22 LR ammo may be behind us, the Precision Trainer has become more popular than we ever could have imagined.
Based off the PRS1 stock, this special Manners carbon-fiber composite stock provides a rock-solid platform and is finished in a two color camouflage pattern with a base of carbon fiber peeking through the background. Today, my observation is that the T3x is the most recommended starting point for new precision shooters looking to get into PRS.
I had a windfall of funds read: Trump Bucks! Nobody has provided anything to me or is sponsoring this review in any way. I selected the 22LR version both because of the ballistic properties useful as a training rifle and for use in 22LR competitions such as NRL The reason of for this is that 22LR might start supersonic and then cross the transonic barrier, which plays havoc with accuracy. To avoid this, competitors will often use subsonic ammo to maintain predictable performance.
Initial Impressions Pulling the rifle out of the box, I was immediately struck by how light it was. At a scant 5 lbs 11 ozs, it feels extremely lively in the hands and is very quick to point. I could definitely see its utility as a varmint rifle.
CZ 457 MTR – Fully Loaded
The profile is medium-heavy, with a. This provides a slight forward balance. The injection-molded stock is the same one used on the T3x lite series. It weighs 1lb The length of pull is relatively short for me at The replaceable forearm and grip behind the trigger are both aggressively textured, and again Tikka sells aftermarket variants to adjust the grip angle and width of each. Barrel Mounting Three heavy set screws hold the barrel in place.
Either way, many people reported breaking bits while trying to get them out. In his discussion of removing the factory barrel and replacing it with one from Lothar Walther, John McQuay at Tactical mentioned that there is some kind of adhesive bedding compound between the barrel shank and action as well. Obviously, this all complicates changing out the barrel if you are so inclined. I do know that the CZ is easier to change, which is useful for swapping between calibers. Operation The Tikka T1x has the same footprint as its big brother the T3x rifle, though there are some other changes to things like scope base mounting.
The T3x has a degree bolt lift and very smooth action. The T1x maintains the smooth tradition but reduces the bolt lift to a minuscule 45 degrees. Cycling the action only takes 1. The action has bolt release on the side for removing it from the body. One downside to the short angle here is that the cocking ramp must be steeper, and therefore lifting the bolt takes more effort than you might expect.
The bolt handle separates from the body with a little bit of work, and I plan on installing an aftermarket handle at some point in the future.
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Magazine The Tikka T1x magazines are polymer and seem stout. Interestingly, the magazine well is part of the action rather than the stock.
This enables you to use stocks designed for the T3x rifle since the two share the same footprint.