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Old 01-13-2019, 08:22 AM
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I understand that the Anschutz and the CZ are popular and effective choices for 22 Silhouette. I have a CZ452 which is very nice but I want another 22 rifle for accurate offhand shooting. I am looking at getting the Anschutz 1712 Silhouette but I want to consider at least one other choice.

Is there another brand or two that are frequently seen at matches having success? I would like to stay under $1,500 but can go to 2K if needed. I am only looking at NIB.

Suggestions?
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:19 AM
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You're out of my league in that price bracket, but IMO a $500 rifle that fits you like a glove will work better for silhouettes than a $2000 rifle that doesn't.


Look for a $1500-2000 rifle that fits you and is a joy to shoot.
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:13 PM
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I would guess that some of the new models like the Tikka and Steyr will show up on the silhouette ranges. Hard to beat the Anschutz 1712 with a good 6.5-20 Leupold EFR on top.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:28 PM
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I've seen a fair number of Sako rifles at matches. A couple of Kimber rifles too.

However the vast majority of rifles on the firing line are Anschutz-based. (If the shooter is as accurate as the rifle is capable... that's a whole other topic)
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:23 AM
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The majority of rifles are two stage trigger based (not to say single stage is bad), and Anschutz has one of the best two stage triggers as well as one of the most widely available two stage triggers.

You have a plethora of single stage trigger guns that have been proven to be successful in silhouette. Primarily Anschutz, CZ 452/455, Remington 541, Sako, Kimber, among many many others. It's a shooter's preference.

When you decide to go two stage, most of those rifles get knocked out as options without modifications and that's why Anschutz is dominant.

My point is that unless you're wanting to change trigger types, you're not going to gain anything by getting a different rifle if the one you have is good enough unless it's to appease a "want to buy one" feeling. If that's the case, buy something that's pretty and accurate and shoot to your heart is full.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:20 AM
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An Anschutz 64-action rifle, like the 1416, will be in the $1,000 range and is a good candidate for the middle ground between a CZ and a 54-action Anschutz.

If you don't mind buying used you can find a good 1712 for under $1,500.
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Old 01-16-2019, 01:31 PM
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I bought an older Savage-Anschutz 54 sporter a couple years ago. The trigger is not as good as the new 1700 series, but it has some adjustment and works fairly well in the 2 lb range. Most of these were bringing $1000 to $1500 used, and many are in excellent condition.

I loved these old sporters as a kid, so I didn't have sentimental interest in a 17xx.

Most of the Anschutz rifles are accurate, regardless of which model. If you want to shoot in the Master class, you should have the best trigger possible. IMHO
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:45 AM
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I understand that the Anschutz and the CZ are popular and effective choices for 22 Silhouette. I have a CZ452 which is very nice but I want another 22 rifle for accurate offhand shooting. I am looking at getting the Anschutz 1712 Silhouette but I want to consider at least one other choice.

Is there another brand or two that are frequently seen at matches having success? I would like to stay under $1,500 but can go to 2K if needed. I am only looking at NIB.

Suggestions?

You need to go to steelchickens.com and search for equipment lists from the various match reports. Though there’s not been lots of traffic there lately there’s still a wealth of info.
I’ll go out on a limb here & say that when you begin reviewing equipment lists you’re going to find (even when accounting for regional and localized preferences) that Anschutz 1700 series are dominant in number. The other usual suspects I’ve seen most frequently are CZ variants, the Kimber HS series, then perhaps a few Sakos, Remington 541-S, an odd Ruger or two and whatever is standing behind the shed door (which is what the smallbore game was envisioned for).
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@spider It is the person behind the rifle that mostly proves accuracy.....long story short. I assume you are a beginner???

But to each his own. Your 452 will get you to AAA, if you practice and practice and practice. It can be as accurate as you are.

I read 3 years back or so, this Master Class shooter, tried a Ruger American and shot 29 out of 40. Said he should have had 31......long story short.

We have a AAA shooter from 7 years back, that would occasionally bring his TINY pea shooter rifle, iron sights, and pluck turkeys. Did we ever have some good laughs. He'd take some warm up shots and then get serious. I'm still laughing.

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Old 03-22-2019, 07:14 PM
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yes your cz will work fine. set it up and spend the money on ammo and a good scope. off the bench my cz 452, cz 455, anschutz 64 silhouette, and anschutz 1712 groups are so close that it is hard to tell them apart.
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Thanks all. I ended up with an Anschutz 1416 Classic HB with a two stage trigger. It balances beautifully and is a joy to shoot. I have a Sightron 36X on it in Kelbly rings.
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Bet it's going to be a hammer
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If you want to have a second silhouette rifle to give your 1712 company, I would suggest an Anschutz MSR. A 54MSR if you're lucky enough to find one, or the newly available 1903MSR if you want to buy new.
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Thanks all. I ended up with an Anschutz 1416 Classic HB with a two stage trigger. It balances beautifully and is a joy to shoot. I have a Sightron 36X on it in Kelbly rings.
Good Show and thanks for coming back to tell us of your results!
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