I can not vouch for the
story I am about
to tell you. But
it came from a very nice person I know in Europe.
It seems a European gun dealer asked Brno-CZ to
build him a very special 22 Rimfire 452 bolt action rifle.
He wanted upgraded wood, in a modern continental
profile, a rubber
butt pad, and polyurethane finish... and the biggy... a 29
inch barrel !!!
Why a 29 inch barrel?.... I
have no idea. The
order was for 200 to 250 of them, when CZ was ready to deliver
the order, the buyer refused the sale. So CZ dropped them on
the American market very quietly, and I was auspicious enough
to get one. Wish I
had gotten two, it turned out so good.
One of the things about the CZ-452
with the 24 inch barrel, either the continental style or the American...they
are some of the most accurate little rifles i have used.
They just try hard to group in very small clusters with
any ammo you feed it. And
at the price (my 24 inch was $225.00 with taxes), itís
amazing that it is as accurate as top of the line bolt action
Winchester, Cooper, Kimber, Anschutz,
or any others of the expensive 22 Rimfire bolt action rifles.
The CZ-452 is a miniature Mauser.
Even the battle sights are miniaturized.
The battle sights on the Mauser 1896S and 1898S donít
turn me on...quite the opposite.
But these little jobs are just the ticket for this
little rifle. The
29 inch barreled 452 is marked on the upper barrel ďSuper
Brno 2500 ď, and on the left side of the action the standard
then in small letters beside that is Ďmade in Kansas city,
KSí... but both the action and the barrel have the stamped
European pressure test markings.
So I suspect that more assembly of Brnoís European
parts, than American manufacture of parts, goes on in
These are clip fed rifles,
that hold five rounds nicely.
And they love my ACU'RZR
tool formed ammo, because the BARREL LAND AND
BORE diameter is .220/.222. Very tight.
So I accurize the ammo to .223 and it works very
well... (please forgive the plug on my ACUíRZR tool, but
it does work so well in these rifles, I really wanted to let
you know). The
1-in-15 twist also is different than the American standard of
checked both rifles twice, the twists in both is 1-in-15
Europe uses millimeters and not inches, that may be the
reason. 25.4 is
the number to use for changing inches to millimeters and back,
so 15 divided by 25.4 gives .6 mm in length.
14 Gives an uneven number, like .551 so
they go with 1 in 15 inches of twist.
The back sights are, as
mentioned, miniature battle sights on the barrel with a barrel
band that looks almost integral to the barrel.
But They are adjustable for both height and windage...really
neat. And they
give readings to 300 yards.
Now none of us are going to shoot anything with a 22
Rimfire out to 300 yards.
But just to see how well they were regulated... we
fired Federal round nose lead rifle ammo at 100...
200... and 300 yards. Using
the scribe points on the sights.
We really had to be careful with hold, sighting off the
bench with the 300 yard settings... but they worked!
It was a large group but it was a group and centered on
The front sight is not the
old battle sight. It
is a modern target type and hooded...with an open section in
the hood over the adjustable
sight rod. Yes,
thatís right an adjustable front sight and it works
mighty-fine with high velocity ammo. You set the front sight
at 100 yards for the velocity of the ammo... and the back
sight is again regulated all the way out to 300 yards. Neat
system; takes a little practice, but it is worth it.
wood on the 24-inch is, I believe, birch, or something like it
stained to look like walnut.
But it is done very nicely, and in the European 1920s and
30s continental style with
the schnoble fore end. The
Super 2500 stock is a dark blonde color and it is not birch.
First thing you realize is,
it is heavier than the 24-incherís stock, even though
it is the same length and width..
It is saw cut against the grain, and is very attractive
if you like dark blonde. It has a slight but useable cheek
swell. It is a
stock with a European shaped back stock and an American straight
tapered fore-end. All
this gives a nice look. Then
add a thin 3/4 ď butt pad.
Again donít ask me why.. But it is nice looking.
Oh, just a quick note on the stocks, they are not the
over grown big rifle type cuts.
Their size fits the mini action.
It is hard to explain, itís like They are almost...
barrels are a very straight taper, the chamber area is an inch
in diameter. Starting
right in front of the back sight it is .800 and tapers to almost
.600 at the muzzle, for both rifles.
we have a secret from Brno: they have been manufacturing the CZ
22 Rimfires for decades, in many designs and many different
stock shapes. Heavy
barrels on the American, tapered on the others.
Then along comes a 29-incher with luxury fittings, and it
is not cataloged. It
comes with a strange story if true, but we donít know. What we
do know is that CZ-Brno super 2500 is one of two secrets the
other? It is the CZ
452 Rimfire rifle's accuracy,
and for the life of me, I canít figure out why that
isnít better known among Rimfire lovers. The super 2500 was only $280, while the standard 24-inch 452
is much less. Maybe folks equate this kind of quality with
higher prices and just donít go there....
Ed. Note: To find out where you can buy one
of these surprising rifles, check out CZ's web site: www.cz-usa.com.
Along with more info on CZ's product line, the site features a
Dealer Locator to help you find a dealer near you.
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