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Old 02-21-2021, 12:42 AM
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Izhmash biathlon-7-2-KO, essential accuracy / precision?



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How inherently accurate / precise are these Izhmash biathlon-7-2-KO rifles?

Asking in order to pick an appropriate 'scope for mine. Trying to get a scope >=20x mounted on my currently favorite rifle has been quite frustrating:

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum....php?t=1210775


With a pretty much open budget, gunsmiths don't return my calls.
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Today, with my son, moving around rifles in the safe, I came across an Izhmash biathlon-7-2-KO, already railed for a scope and new in the box. Bought in '11 or '12 for a plan that never came to fruition. By '21 I'd pretty well forgotten it was in there: I'd see the Cyrillic script on the box and conclude it was the carton for the CM-2 I'd used to work my son up on rifle in preparation for a safari. Had to move it today and told him: "This box isn't empty". Inside is a Izhmash biathlon-7-2-KO. Tried the trigger ... oh! my word! How much 'scope does it deserve?

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Old 02-21-2021, 08:40 PM
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Problem solved.

Today mounted a 4-16x50 scope on it and was shooting some very small groups at 100yds; this with the first load tried and 'way too wired on caffeine. Some tweaking of the scope; no caffeine; and trying a few other loads and I expect to be very impressed with this rifle.
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All of ours shoot as good as our better rimfires, they are worthy of as good a scope as you want to put on them. No, they aren't built for Benchrest but at our longrange rimfire matches they hold their own and for any type of timed/precision match they can't be beat.

They may have sold cheap back in the day but I'd pick mine as one of my favorite guns to shoot.

I have friends with Summits and there is no comparison, I just saw a Steyr today for the first time and even though they are similar to the Izhmash they aren't even in the same ballpark to the smoothness of the 7-2.

The scope rail that comes on them is a short version, an extended rail was available which makes positioning the scope better for eye relief and cheek placement But my buddy got the last available one and he didn't plan on making more.

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All of ours shoot as good as our better rimfires, they are worthy of as good a scope as you want to put on them. No, they aren't built for Benchrest but at our longrange rimfire matches they hold their own and for any type of timed/precision match they can't be beat.

They may have sold cheap back in the day but I'd pick mine as one of my favorite guns to shoot.

I have friends with Summits and there is no comparison, I just saw a Steyr today for the first time and even though they are similar to the Izhmash they aren't even in the same ballpark to the smoothness of the 7-2.

The scope rail that comes on them is a short version, an extended rail was available which makes positioning the scope better for eye relief and cheek placement But my buddy got the last available one and he didn't plan on making more.

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My main objective is one-shot, one-kill on small game at <=100yds. The quick, straight-throw action does have a great feel. Had never shot it before yesterday. And it’ll take a little work in order not to break my cheek-weld operating the action; but I believe it’ll be much easier to learn than that was with a conventional bolt handle.

First time out I was hitting or barely missing a 5/8” paster PoA at 100yds. This using good ammunition, Eley “Sport”; but even so I don’t expect to find a .22’s favorite ammo 1st try. And ‘way too much caffeine ... hadn’t expected to be shooting the rifle yet yesterday: ‘scoping it just went faster than expected.

Thanks for the reply.
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