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Old 02-25-2021, 05:08 AM
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Anyone else see this?

https://www.americanhunter.org/artic...allenge-rifle/

I like the rail being Pic / Weaver but not sure why a .22 lr needs a muzzle break...

Also, drop at stock looks very low for mounting an optic.

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Old 02-25-2021, 05:11 AM
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I like it.

I prefer the original slim barrel for field use, but I like this model with the factory threaded barrel.
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Old 02-25-2021, 09:00 AM
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Can't wait for the purists to weigh in but I like it.
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Old 02-25-2021, 09:12 AM
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Why fix something that ain’t broke
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Old 02-25-2021, 11:27 AM
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Not sure I'm a purist, but this sure don't trip my trigger!
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Old 02-25-2021, 12:02 PM
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Threaded barrel for a suppressor ...

My thought, the barrel is threaded for a suppressor if you want one. In the mean time, it is marketed in a politically correct manner.
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Old 02-25-2021, 09:00 PM
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Is it still even a takedown? Looks like a pig to me.
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Old 03-06-2021, 12:43 PM
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It looks horrible and at that price point I find it hard to believe they will sell many.
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Old 03-06-2021, 06:58 PM
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I personally like it. Ill be purchasing one
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Old 03-07-2021, 12:47 PM
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I would view this as a different gun than the old-school SA-22. I like the old SA-22 quite a lot, like the way they're built, the excellent blued steel and walnut finish, the size and overall feel, and the pretty-decent accuracy that most of them will deliver if you have them screwed together tightly and everything is working correctly. But this, to me, isn't a replacement for the old SA-22 (I wouldn't "approve" if it were ). Instead, it's an addition to the line in an effort to compete when the small, light, SA-22 isn't a candidate for the buyer and task at hand.

As far this new Challenge version, I like what they are trying to do, assuming that they've tried to create more of a target gun with the heavy barrel and the non-take-down style. (I wish my 1970 model SA-22 wasn't a take-down gun because I think that would probably make it even more accurate.) I'm interested to learn more when people start reporting on them, curious about trigger quality and accuracy. That said, I don't see myself buying one because I'm not really a semi-auto target gun guy, but I think there could be a market for them if the quality and accuracy is worthy of a $900 +/- gun.

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Old 03-07-2021, 01:19 PM
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It looks horrible and at that price point I find it hard to believe they will sell many.
This right here. The pic rail looks ‘off’, the heavy barrel, the low, descending stock comb and the muzzle break just don’t fit this model. To me, the SA-22 is supposed to be svelte, slim, handy, lightweight. This appears to not be any of that, plus the fairly high MSRP.
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Old 03-07-2021, 01:48 PM
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...the SA-22 is supposed to be svelte, slim, handy, lightweight.
The SA-22 is a svelte, slim, handy lightweight.

The SA-22 Challenge Rifle is a different gun designed for a different purpose, one where the SA-22 doesn't cut the mustard against some of the competition like the $1,250 KIDD Classic Target. Will it measure up? IDK, as that's a very tall order. I do look forward to seeing reports when some good shooters post their results, though.

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Old 03-08-2021, 10:28 AM
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The gadget on the muzzle is not to serve as a break. Common name is "bloop tube"
I don't remember the physics behind it. It's supposed to control the effects of bullet escaping expanding gasses. It cushions the effect of bullet leaving crown, slamming into the atmosphere as well.
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:57 AM
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Re: the drop at comb, it is listed at only 3/4 inch, so it will be fine for scoping. The visual impact of the drop at heel may be causing some to imagine that the comb is low.
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:49 PM
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I like it. I will be curious what the street price will be. I have a feeling more than it would be worth it to me but I like it. I don’t see this as something that is in competition with my SA22 but a well done twist on a classic I would rather have then something like a 10/22.
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