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Old 07-27-2014, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default Russian Izmash Biathlon Basic

These rifles have always had somewhat limited availability and were never widespread. That is a shame since they are really neat rifles. I own two, one in 22 WMR and the other in 22LR. They are without a doubt the most accurate rimfire rifles I've ever owned. When they come up for sale on auction sites they bring good money. Awhile ago Centerfire Systems was blowing them out in 22 WMR for $299 and they quickly sold out. Their toggle action is fast and smooth and they all have great triggers out of the box. Anyone who owns one of these great little rifles knows just what I'm talking about.

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Still kicking myself hard for not buying one of those years ago when they were more plentiful.

One of the "old guys" at the LGS that knew his stuff was telling me they shot better than his Cooper. One of a number of moments in life that I wish I could get a "do-over".....

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Not to take anything away from the rifle, I don't think there is any magic to it, Russian or not. It is just very heavy for its small caliber. I have an Anschutz in the same category, except is is traditional bolt action. It does the same. I expect the Kimber (model-?) and other such rifles to do the same as well.

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The magic is the barrel and the way the action is bedded into the stock, plus the toggle action has to be tried to be appreciated. The action has grooves milled into the bottom of the receiver rings that takes the bedding material for a solid fit, the barrel are free floated. And this Biathlon Basic is their entry level model.
I've owned several high end rim fires that were very accurate with the right ammo, these on the other hand are very accurate with any ammo even bulk ammunition.

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The magic for me was the $200 price tag back when they were trying to talk me into one. Didn't hear opportunity knocking on the door so I lost out. I was too busy thinking about all the money I had just put into building one of my 10/22's. <sigh....>

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I have a Norinco bolt action 22LR that s a tack driver. Bought it for $129 new.

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The magic is the barrel and the way the action is bedded into the stock, plus the toggle action has to be tried to be appreciated. The action has grooves milled into the bottom of the receiver rings that takes the bedding material for a solid fit, the barrel are free floated. And this Biathlon Basic is their entry level model.
I've owned several high end rim fires that were very accurate with the right ammo, these on the other hand are very accurate with any ammo even bulk ammunition.
True. Those are bedded like rocks.
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Went to the range yesterday and after shooting several dime size groups at 50 yards I got bored and decided to try some 100 yard shooting. Naturally the groups opened up somewhat but the accuracy of these Izmash Biathlons is still impressive. I tried several different loads and here are the results. All the groups are 5 rounds.

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