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Thanks for the opinions, looks like I'll be getting a new CZ. I'll get a selection of ammo to try out, see what works well with it.

Looking forward to the extended range of the 17 as only owned a 22lr previously.

I must say that Shropshire/West Mercia did a great job with the application process, applied on 23rd March and had my interview on 26th April. They did an equally fast turn around last year with my SGC. Hopefully other departments follow suit.

5 minutes ago, WalkedUp said:

17 is definitely the most versatile. I’ve a .22LR, .17HMR, .223Rem & .308Win. They all have their place but the 17 gets by far the most use. 

The keeper next to my perm said the same, he has a range of calibres, he finds himself using the 17 a lot.

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43 minutes ago, Whitester said:

I’d try and pick up a cz455 stainless, it’ll be tough, accurate,cheap  and you can swap the barrel easily if you shoot it out.

 

when you get onto the 243 , check out the Mauser m18

Will have a look at the Mauser. (Edit - just had a nose, looks like it may only come in synthetic, not really into synthetic, thanks though.

Im probably going to get the 455 Varmint.

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8 hours ago, villaman said:

Tikka t1x are very good and CZ 457 royal . I have the tikka with about 15 mm groups at 100 yards with federal premium 17 gr and Norma 17 are slighter tighter group @100 yards 

Will takena look at those loads.

The Royal is nice but it adds a fair bit to the price.

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Take the weight of the rifle into consideration as well especially if walking / shooting , i used to have a 455 in laminate stock and found it very heavy , swapped it into a synthetic stock and there was no difference in weight , obviously the weight is in the rifle itself , i have now gone back to anschutz and the weight difference is significant plus its a much better gun imo

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7 minutes ago, telf said:

Take the weight of the rifle into consideration as well especially if walking / shooting , i used to have a 455 in laminate stock and found it very heavy , swapped it into a synthetic stock and there was no difference in weight , obviously the weight is in the rifle itself , i have now gone back to anschutz and the weight difference is significant plus its a much better gun imo

I dont mind a heavy gun tbh, the varmint version of the 455 is about 400g or 500g heavier than standard.

I'd prefer the heavier gun for steadier aiming when walking and shooting and carry weight doesnt really bother me.

I think the Anschutz is more than I want to spend.

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I much prefer a heavy barrel. My T3 was the Varmint model with a heavy barrel, but stalking for Roe in woods didn’t bother me. There are sling/harness combinations out there which can make the weight unnoticeable. 

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Just now, Scully said:

I much prefer a heavy barrel. My T3 was the Varmint model with a heavy barrel, but stalking for Roe in woods didn’t bother me. There are sling/harness combinations out there which can make the weight unnoticeable. 

I had a heavy on my old 22lr and never found it a problem.

I suppose everyone is a bit different, I see lots of people on here asking about reducing recoil when theyre only firing 28g, it honestly doesnt bother me shooting 36g, 42g plus all day. Each to their own.

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15 minutes ago, Pangolin said:

I had a heavy on my old 22lr and never found it a problem.

I suppose everyone is a bit different, I see lots of people on here asking about reducing recoil when theyre only firing 28g, it honestly doesn't bother me shooting 36g, 42g plus all day. Each to their own.

(posting as an old man) - Yet.

Looked back to your original post, so won't, but was going to ask if you considered a 22 WMR in lieu of the HMR (I thoroughly enjoyed mine with the Remington ammo.)

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I have cz 452s in .22 and .17hmr, both bought second hand without testing first and both fine use eley subs in the .22 and hornady in the 17 have never had any ammo issues. The one thing I would say is that the bolts are almost identical so I make sure I have the right one if only taking out one calibre. I put in the lighter trigger springs available from rimfire magic and this made the world of difference to my accuracy.

I had a howa 1500 in 243, hogue stock also bought second hand, unfired and it had done a fair bit of work as a foxing rifle, it was very accurate with federal powashok 100gr softpoints even out to 300m, only sold because I had the chance of a 6.5 x 55 sako 75 which will see me out. I also tested the federal 85gr copper bullets in the howa and at 100m the poi was less than 1/2 inch different.

If considering new then I would also throw Bergara into the ring, I am hearing good things and they are a sensible price point.

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