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economic 22LR bolt action

Post by mickb » 22 Jun 2022, 9:14 pm

Fellas any recommendations for a cheapish 22LR bolt action? Anything stand out? I currently have a 96/22 in the safe which is pretty accurate and does most of my 22 shooting. I have owned various CZ452 in years past but not looking to spend that sort of coin now. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Post by bladeracer » 22 Jun 2022, 9:24 pm

mickb wrote:Fellas any recommendations for a cheapish 22LR bolt action? Anything stand out? I currently have a 96/22 in the safe which is pretty accurate and does most of my 22 shooting. I have owned various CZ452 in years past but not looking to spend that sort of coin now. Thanks for any suggestions.


Norinco JW15 is a clone of the 452 and is generally respected.
Otherwise look for an old BSA, Lithgow or Remington 5XX-series repeater.
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Post by Blr243 » 22 Jun 2022, 9:48 pm

Long long tim. Ago I had a norinco jw15 it was bloody accurate and only 130 bucks new
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Post by boingk » 22 Jun 2022, 11:45 pm

Another JW15 vote.

People have also had good experiences with the new Citadel Trakr offerings.
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Post by jwai86 » 23 Jun 2022, 10:05 am

Is finding a JW15 that shoots well much of a lottery given the rough production quality?
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Post by bigpete » 23 Jun 2022, 11:01 am

I don't think the accuracy part is the problem with them. Its usually that the action feels like its got a handful of metal shavings thrown in it lol
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Post by northdude » 23 Jun 2022, 11:24 am

How about a mk2 savage
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Post by mickb » 23 Jun 2022, 5:29 pm

Thanks fellas I might give the JW15 another look then. Originally I didnt consider them as had two mates who bought the 22LR lever action version each( I think the 9422 knockoff?) and I cant remember the exact meat of the problem but they had a few visits to the gunsmith regards sights.
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Post by Shootermick » 23 Jun 2022, 6:04 pm

Ruger American is good, not sure on your budget but it’s definitely worth a look. I’ve got three in different calibres.
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Post by bladeracer » 23 Jun 2022, 6:20 pm

mickb wrote:Thanks fellas I might give the JW15 another look then. Originally I didnt consider them as had two mates who bought the 22LR lever action version each( I think the 9422 knockoff?) and I cant remember the exact meat of the problem but they had a few visits to the gunsmith regards sights.


Yep, I have the JW21 lever, also a great rifle.
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Post by Wm.Traynor » 23 Jun 2022, 7:13 pm

From my experience with One JW15, I would say that you should be prepared for a lot of work to get it ready for shooting. For instance, this one was covered in grease, both inside and outside. That is, the barrel and action had to be degreased as well as the mating surfaces of the stock. The bore was chock-a-block with it and thankfully, I took the precaution of having the owner poke a rod through minus the jag/patch. There were just enough specks of bright metal in the grease on that rod, to make me think my caution was justified.
I don't know what sort of groups the owner got but apparently he was satisfied.
p.s. bigpete's comment about the action applied to this rifle too
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Post by jwai86 » 27 Jun 2022, 1:29 pm

Wm.Traynor wrote:From my experience with One JW15, I would say that you should be prepared for a lot of work to get it ready for shooting. For instance, this one was covered in grease, both inside and outside. That is, the barrel and action had to be degreased as well as the mating surfaces of the stock. The bore was chock-a-block with it and thankfully, I took the precaution of having the owner poke a rod through minus the jag/patch. There were just enough specks of bright metal in the grease on that rod, to make me think my caution was justified.
I don't know what sort of groups the owner got but apparently he was satisfied.
p.s. bigpete's comment about the action applied to this rifle too

How did you go about getting all the grease out of everything?
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Post by Billo » 27 Jun 2022, 2:31 pm

Voere 22lr are a nice german made shooter you can get a good one as little as $250, has sweet varmint forend that I love, its the only 22lr I keep in my safe after owning Tikka's, Anschutz,

Krico 22lr is another you can find for around the $300-350 range, probably the best trigger on a 22 with out going crazy on coin, then you have the usually Savage, CZ, Ruger.
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Post by Wm.Traynor » 27 Jun 2022, 7:17 pm

jwai86 wrote:
Wm.Traynor wrote:From my experience with One JW15, I would say that you should be prepared for a lot of work to get it ready for shooting. For instance, this one was covered in grease, both inside and outside. That is, the barrel and action had to be degreased as well as the mating surfaces of the stock. The bore was chock-a-block with it and thankfully, I took the precaution of having the owner poke a rod through minus the jag/patch. There were just enough specks of bright metal in the grease on that rod, to make me think my caution was justified.
I don't know what sort of groups the owner got but apparently he was satisfied.
p.s. bigpete's comment about the action applied to this rifle too

How did you go about getting all the grease out of everything?


I have a LOT of rags in my gge. All of it was clothing that I hung on to as it wore out. I had a motorcycle that the rags were intended for and the owner of the rifle got stuck into rubbing the plastic stock until it wasn't slick anymore. I would have wet the rags with petrol but the owner wasn't that fussy about the barrelled action returning to the same place after every shot.

As for the barrel, a bare rod was poked through initially, so as not to force any of the bright specks into hard contact with the bore. When it became evident that we were getting no more specks on the rod itself, I suggested loose patches on a jag. This bloke insisted on Parker Hale gear, which was what I use. Tighter and tighter patches went through and out the muzzle until I reckoned it was free of specks. In the following weeks or months (I forget now) the owner reckoned he was happy. Did not want it bedded even. Have not heard from him in years.
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