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Old 10-22-2021, 12:42 PM
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Store not too far away has one with the 16" barrel. I really wanted a 24" barrel but these rifles are very scarce in my area. Are the 16's as accurate as the longer barrels? I need to let them know if I'll take it pretty quick.
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Old 10-22-2021, 12:56 PM
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Personally Iíd rather have the 16Ē, just because itís lighter and handier. Nothing wrong with a heavy 16Ē barrel in my book.

The crown, chamber, trigger, ammo, etc. seem to play a bigger role, anyway, from what Iíve read. Plenty of optimal barrel length/velocity/accuracy threads going on right now.

Iíve also noticed that my standard velocity CCI seem to group better from my shorter barrels. But I donít shoot competitively, and itís your money, so take that with a grain of salt. A lot of my own preferences make no sense to others.
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Old 10-22-2021, 01:19 PM
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Assuming this is a .22LR, and not a .17 or .22Mag, take the 16" barrel. as NWFRS said, it's lighter and more maneuverable.

As an aside, a lot of studies have shown that the optimal barrel length for .22LR is 18-20 inches, and muzzle velocities actually start dropping when you get beyond 20". X-Ring did a Youtube video on this about 6 months ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLCmAKGnY9g&t=5s
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Go grab it, now! Shoot it , if you dont like it ,you can get a new barrel and sell the old one
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Old 10-22-2021, 01:37 PM
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Store not too far away has one with the 16" barrel. I really wanted a 24" barrel but these rifles are very scarce in my area. Are the 16's as accurate as the longer barrels? I need to let them know if I'l take it pretty quick.
In my experience... Yes; just as accurate. As others have stated, the 16 is much handier than the 24.
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With the hard to get CZ rifles there's never been a better time for the old saying "a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush", I say get it while the gettin's good. My gun dealer buddy called me this past Monday and said he could get me the same rifle in 16" and I passed wanting the 24", oh man that was really dumb on my part.
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Probably pick it up this afternoon. They are holding it for me.

Thanks for the comments, folks.

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One of the nice things about 457's, is the barrel is easy to change if you want to down the road.
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They really need to offer more of the shorter 457's with a 20" bull barrel. I'd buy the 16" but would likely be selling the barrel and replacing it with a longer one.
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I have used a UK 16" bull barrel CZ 452 .22lr Varmint with a Parker Hale moderator for many years superbly accurate and pointable on the farm, I am a member of the UK N.R.A. At Bisley the Varmint has been shot at 300 yards using Eley hollow point subsonics better than 5" groups.

I bought the Varmint back in 2007 then joined this forum using the information gleaned from these pages it was pillar bedded.

I love the 16"bull barrel as I have posted before several times.
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I was looking at this situation last night, trying to figure which length barrel to get for shooting the 25 yd. matches here. Trying to make sure I can stay under the 9 lb. max limit of the matches, I noticed, on the CZ site, that both the 16.5 in and the 24 in. models are listed at 7.73 lbs. How can that be?
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They really need to offer more of the shorter 457's with a 20" bull barrel. I'd buy the 16" but would likely be selling the barrel and replacing it with a longer one.
I agree which is why I went with the Varmint model. The 16" would be the preferred suppressor host if you were going that route. From what I have researched the 16" barrel will produce accuracy and velocity wise it just feels too stubby.

I know it's more money but they do sell MTR 20" threaded barrels for those of us that are overly picky about this stuff.

Back to the OP. If you want the 24 they are around. For some reason I run across more of them locally than I do the 16's. Fin Feather Fur in Ashland Ohio had one when I was in there last weekend. I don't think that they do online sales of firearms though. I will keep my eye out for one.
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I was looking at this situation last night, trying to figure which length barrel to get for shooting the 25 yd. matches here. Trying to make sure I can stay under the 9 lb. max limit of the matches, I noticed, on the CZ site, that both the 16.5 in and the 24 in. models are listed at 7.73 lbs. How can that be?
Isn't the barrel profile on the 24" different than the 16" bull? They looked like they were different from what I remember (which at my age could be failing) looking at both in the store the 24" looked thinner to me.
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Old 10-24-2021, 01:37 PM
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I have no idea. Have never laid eyes on anything but a picture. That may be the case but I was just curious. Any other opinions?
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My CZ 457 At-One Varmint came with a 16Ē barrel, I since switched to a KRG Bravo chassis
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