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Old 10-10-2019, 04:36 PM

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I have been considering purchasing an Anschutz .222 and have done a bit of reading. I have found a few comments regarding the accuracy of the 1740 not being quite up to snuff. Does anyone have any experience with the 1740 or, the 1771? Was there a change in design between the 1740 and the 1771?


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Old 10-10-2019, 05:29 PM

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I'm a fan of the 1710 rimfire models and anything 222 Rem centerfire, but I've been hesitant to get a 1740 because of its rear lock action. Frankly, that's not the best for centerfire. Other threads on RFC have posts cautioning that the 1740 is basically a "rimfire" action that can only stand the pressure of "factory" or SAAMI spec small centerfire ammo. I don't balk at that because I don't prefer hot loads, but the hugely lower price of other great 222 rifles makes the Anschutz a purchase that can't be justified by simple utility or accuracy.

That said, your post did give me pause to check the Anschutz NA website for specs on the newer action, the 1771. Well, to my surprise, it's a front lock system, and a two-stage trigger is available! I stole this from the listing there:
1771 Two-Stage Trigger

SKU: 013240
Caliber: .222 Remington
System: 1771 bolt action repeater, six front locking lugs, blued finish.
Weight: 7 lbs, 7 oz.
Barrel Length: 23" heavy barrel, no iron sight provision.
Magazine Capacity: 4
Trigger: 5098/71 Two-Stage Trigger
Stock Style: Germany styled walnut.

***Currently Sold Out***
***Special order available upon request***
***Extra fees and price changes may apply***
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Old 10-10-2019, 05:58 PM
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SMLE is a rear locking action in .303. My 1948 version seems fine and my 1740 is quite accurate.
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Within factory pressure limits, the 1740 is no problem at all, just don't push it...and don't fire loads developed in the winter during hot varminting weather.

I agree, though, with all the eminently affordable Sako L-46s .222s out there, or even the nice-but-less-refined 527 .222s and .221s, there really is no reason to consider the 1740. I have been quite curious about the new 1771s, though. Frankly, Anschutz has released some real centerfire turds in the recent past, so I would really like some objective reviews on the 1771. Even with stellar reviews, it would have to be really exceptional to prompt me to pony up $2400, again with $600 527s, $700 L-46s, and $1400 Cooper 21s available all day every day.

BTW, I just bought a 1961 Sako L-46 .222 with milled bottom metal for under $650. The quality clearly outshines most any rifle I can think of. The rings are little jewels of precision, and, even the detachable magazine is exceedingly well made. Truly nothing made like that anymore.

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Even on a gentle round like a 222, the 1771 action unnerves me because the lugs are machined into the barrel and nobody can rebarrel it. I asked Anschutz and they'll only sell a full new barreled action.
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Back in the 90's I had a beautiful Sako 222, deluxe model. After I figured out the action screws were loose it shot extremely well. It had the "box car" bolt.
I can't say enough good things about Sako's, well built and accurate.
Like a dumb A_ _ I sold it.
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Remington 788s are well-known for their accuracy. At the price point they sold new for, they were stupid accurate, and many a budget benchrest rifle has been built on a 788 action. They are rear-lugged.

The former French sniper rifle, the FR-F1, and its successor, the FR-F2 were both build on a modified MAS 36 action, which is also rear-lugged. Several European sniper competitions have been won with the FR-F1 and FR-F2.

All this is to say that, theoretically, rear-lugged actions shouldn't be as accurate, but that has always been a theory, and has not been scientifically tested. But then, in theory, a bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly...

I don't own any Anschutz rifles, but it would be very hard for me to imagine that they would get a rifle to market that was fundamentally inaccurate.
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The 788 had a very fast lock time.
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