CZ 453 Varmint 17 HMR

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by clr8ter, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I'm interested in getting this rifle. While I have not read anything bad about it, info seems somewhat limited, compared to say the 455. Nothing came up in a search of this forum. I understand this is a more expensive model, and also CZ's website states that they are discontinuing it for '13.

    Anyone own/shoot it, and have any comments? Thanks
     
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  2. big shrek

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    Jeff at Gunblast.com seems to like it...
     

  3. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I think I saw that review.......I don't suppose you have an opinion?
     
  4. Olympus

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    You want enough info to read for a month? Go to Rimfire Central forum and go to the CZ section.

    That being said, I almost bout the 453 Varmint in 22lr, but I wasn't crazy about the set trigger. Seemed really cheaply made to me. I ended up buying the 455 Varmint and installing a YoDave trigger kit and I live that gun. I can easily put 5 shots in a dime at 50 yards.
     

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  5. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Olympus, could you describe in more detail how you didn't like it? What made it seem cheaply made? For the little I have read about it, it sounds like an awesome trigger. Anyway, going to RC right now. Thanks.

    Alright, after reading about them, and today searching for one, seems like CZ is discontinuing them for next year, and they are already gone from the market........sigh.......everything I want is either not made, or impossible to find.

    So, new question. How about some recommendations for a 17 HMR heavy barrel bolt action costing no more than $600? Preferably CZ, but not Savage (already have one), or Marlin. (Sorry BigShrek)
     
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  6. clr8ter

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    Does 5 shots in an inch from a "shaky bench" @ 50 yds with this gun wearing a 10X scope seem appropriate to you guys?
     
  7. jpattersonnh

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    If you pass around what your smok'in! I love the option of the sngle set on my 527, can't say anything pro or con about the 453. I do have a Marlin 917v. It is a good rifle. I also have a Browning A-bolt Gold medalion that nothing in either .17HMR or .22WMR comes close to. Made for less then 2 years in the early '90's. Bought it new. $475.00. Appraised at $895.00. I'd sell if you want it! Trigger is outstanding. ;)
     
  8. clr8ter

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    Thanks for the offer. But that's a little too rich for my blood......
     
  9. Olympus

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    The actual trigger was very small and thin and felt floppy in the action. It was also gritty and didn't seem to "engage" to the set function smoothly.

    I'd recommend the 455 Varmint. You can interchange the barrels from .17 to 22lr to 22 Mag. Get a YoDave trigger kit on eBay and you'll have a great shooting gun.
     
  10. cbibb

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    You need to go to rimfire central and rimfire shooter go to the cz section and ask your questions Ive had a 452 and have a 452ultra lux and a friend of mine has a 453 varmit all good shooters friends 453 is the best one we bedded it and floated it and its a real shooter 50yd groups .3to.5
     
  11. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Thanks, Olympus. I did go to Rimfire Central. Didn't sign up, but read a lot of stuff.
     
  12. clr8ter

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    Today I got to fingerbang, (not shoot) several guns I've heard about.
    1. Browning T-Bolt. Really cool action. I have heard good things about the mag that goes with this gun. But, it seemed a little off in the feel of it. And that gold trigger is hideous! For the money they apparently get for them, I'll pass.
    2. CZ 455. This model was the trainer with that awful tan stock. Not sure why the stock makes it worth 2x the price of the other 455's? But the 455 platform seems decent. Actually, there were a couple of them, mostly the LUX models, and the full stock models. I did notice that some of them had rough-feeling bolts. Some of the were nice. The triggers were very good, I thought. General finish was very nice.
    3. CZ 452, used. 17HM2, varmint, threaded barrel, wood stock. Seemed slightly used if at all. VERY impressed with the trigger!! Holy crap! Overall this gun was super nice, and, if it was a 17HMR instead, it would have gone home with me.
    4. Bigshrek sent me a PM about the marlin line, including a link to them. Also nice-looking guns, for a lot less money, I'm guessing. As everyone knows, he speaks very highly of them......

    So many choices, I can't decide........
     
  13. cbibb

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    Marlins are a good rifle if your talking a 917. I think its the correct model. Very accurate but you might find the trigger a little heavy. Rifle basic has a fix for that.The CZ-452 17m2 another very accurate round only 400fps slower than a HMR. The CZ-trainer is a burch stock? but some were walnut we usually open a couple of boxes to find nice wood as for bolt stiffness they loosen and smooth up pretty quick with use I have used a lapping compound and lap it in to speed up the process.There is a sticky at rimfire shooter site on how to do that. Good luck in your search.
     
  14. mrBull

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    I have the marlin 917v & it's my favorite gun. This past weekend I put 6 shots in a dime @ 50 yds.
     

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  15. clr8ter

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    I have been told by bigshrek that the 917 have been replaced by the XT series, I think it was. The CZ trainer I was looking at, (if it was that), had a hideous ?plastic? stock on it. It looks weird, and feels weird.