Hello brothers; new member here. Thanks to all who have posted such good info up to this point. It's helped me decide to order a 722 Sporter yesterday from Brownells. $270 minus a $25 gift card I had from ordering my (first and only) AR from them plus the St. Pat's offer of no shipping and $30 off of $300 (had to add a couple trinkets I needed anyway), so I'm looking at it like a $215 bargain.
Can't wait to get this rifle in my hands, shoot it, and report back.
I'm getting into shooting after growing up with guns and then going a looong time without more than a pistol or two around the house. I've had a Marlin 795 for a year or so but recently decided I "need" a bolt-action with which to learn The Way of The Rifleman and shoot suppressed when the HP act passes (it will,
right?). This led me to look the usual suspect threaded-barrel offerings out there which limited most options to heavier and/or synthetic stock offerings. Having the particular tastes that I have and wanting the mythical one-does-it-all rifle, I wanted it to also be lightweight to carry squirrel hunting and more or less traditional-looking with a great trigger and a walnut stock. Made in USA was preferred but not a requirement, as the Czech Republic has never done anything to me. I'm a right-handed but left-eye dominant lefty shooter, so that made it even easier
And so, I've been driving myself nuts for the last month or so trying to find this gem. And I don't think it exists, but the 722 Sporter may be close enough. Other than no threaded barrel, all boxes are ticked. I even LIKE the fact that it doesn't
have checkering. Seems to be a beautiful thing made with some love as opposed to so much of what's out there. Now - my shotgun is a Benelli synthetic and was bought as a tool, so while not all my guns have to get me all emotional, I want to write poetry about my first bolt-action.
FWIW, I got close to picking up the CZ synthetic threaded American or the 455 Scout. Really like both but kept getting hung up on the price of the Scout not including a real magazine and the fact I'd probably want another stock, and didn't want to compromise on the American's synthetic stock either. In short, going either route and adding a mag and/or stock to get me where I wanted would have put me at $500 or more, and I got kids to feed.
Manifesto nearly over for now; thanks for bearing with me. This is kind of a way to document my thoughts for myself, but hopefully it could help someone else sort their thoughts as well. It'll be interesting to come back in a year and see if I really wanted what I thought I wanted, or if I'm trying to trade the Sporter for a bazooka.
I'll leave with a few questions. Thanks in advance and look forward to hearing from you.
1. For mounting a scope, do I need the Keystone picatinny rail or are there Weaver, etc. scope bases that work? Or if either works, is the rail the clear winner for a 40mm scope (Hawke Vantage 3-9x)?
2. Know of a good, cheap, ighweight, made-in-USA sling? Forgot to mention that I will be adding swivel studs.
3. Is there a go-to suppressor adapter I should look at, or should I plan to get the barrel threaded?
4. I'd like to get maybe 2 extra mags: where to order? (read: cheapest including S/H). Brownells didn't list 'em.