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Old 01-19-2018, 10:57 AM
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I just saw an ad on Armslist for an Anschutz 153 Light Varmint rifle. I am not familiar with that one. I responded to the ad and have received no reply. Can one of you more knowledgeable Anschutz folks fill me in? Sounds suspicious to me.
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Old 01-19-2018, 12:22 PM
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There is a Savage Anschutz 153 in .222, a center fire round. These are Anschutz-made rifles.
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:26 PM
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Made on the 54 action, very nice rifles. Not one that should be fired with hot handloads!
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I've had a couple come through here.

If you need a .222 for its tack-driving accuracy, then buy an old Remington 722. Excellent values. If you need a varminter that's relatively quiet, then stick with 22 Hornet where the 54 action is just fine. Just avoid all the pre-SAAMI (ca1950) Hornets, any "metric" Hornet and weak or cheap guns like the Savage 340-Series or even Winchester 75's. They tend to develop headspace and chamber problems over time. One or even 2-lug rear-lugged rimfire actions don't do centerfire very well for very long.

Much as I like the 153, IMO with the rear locking lugs all in one bolt-ring unit, they are marginal for this cartridge, strength-wise, and I'd keep it as an occasional varminter and not shoot a lot of bench time with it.



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Thank you guys very much for the information. I love learning about Anschutz.
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:40 PM
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A couple of thoughts. First, be very very careful with any transaction arising from an Armslist ad. A number of scams have been reported for this site, and if it were me, I'd steer clear of Armslist. Just my own read on it.

Second, if you're interested in an Anschutz in .222 Rem. (or .223 Rem.), there is now the Anschutz 1771, which has a proper centerfire action (with six front locking lugs). This rifle is available in several stock configurations.
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Sure there are better rifles to shoot a 222 round in. The 153 is a very classy looking sporter with ok accuracy.
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Old 01-19-2018, 08:41 PM
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Bought my first one of these in the early 70s on closeout at a local gun shop. Was puzzled about the marking on the barrel that specified factory ammunition only. Since it is built on basically a rimfire action, pressures have to be somewhat limited. Factory .222 CUP chamber pressure (SAAMI) is 46,000 PSI, where as .223 is 52,000 and .22-250 is 53,000. European ammunition was loaded at even lower levels, since the round was popular in combination guns. While you can load .222 ammo to same pressure level as other CF .22 calibers in proper front locking lug actions, it's not wise to do the same with the 153. I used beginning loads in the manuals and 1" groups were about the norm. It's a great rifle for walking around kicking up jacks and such where it doesn't get heavy use. The trigger and stock design lend themselves well to offhand shooting. My first and second one of these rifles neither one had factory recoil lugs as shown in Bob's pictures; I guess that came later. These stocks are French Walnut with rosewood forend tip, skipline checkering and often some really nice wood. The magazine are straightline feed and work fine.
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Sure there are better rifles to shoot a 222 round in. The 153 is a very classy looking sporter with ok accuracy.
Can you elaborate, please? I have a 1532 that shoots sub 3/4 inch groups with PMP ammo at 100 meters, that is a tad tighter than my Sako L461.
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Can you elaborate, please? I have a 1532 that shoots sub 3/4 inch groups with PMP ammo at 100 meters, that is a tad tighter than my Sako L461.
Elaborate How?? Congratulations if you can shoot small groups with your Anschutz CENTERFIRE. I made a statement my anschutz 153 had accuracy that was ok. I did not mean to ruffle any feathers. I also have a sako varmint 75 chambered in 222 and it does shoot 5 shot groups at 100 yards better than the anschutz 153. I also have a L46 sako varmint in 222 but is not the rifle the sako 75 is. I reload for all my centerfire rifles it is fun and rewarding. Taking the rifles to the prairie dog fields will tell you in a hurry what works and what doesn't. I had the 153 anschutz in South Dakota and did alright but I will be taking the sako 75 or the sako L46 next time. That skinny barrel on the 153 does not do well in volume shooting as it heats up way too fast. Just stating what my experience has been. I can supply you with a reloading recipe that has been working for me if you think it would help you.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:48 AM
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Elaborate How?? Congratulations if you can shoot small groups with your Anschutz CENTERFIRE. I made a statement my anschutz 153 had accuracy that was ok. I did not mean to ruffle any feathers. I also have a sako varmint 75 chambered in 222 and it does shoot 5 shot groups at 100 yards better than the anschutz 153. I also have a L46 sako varmint in 222 but is not the rifle the sako 75 is. I reload for all my centerfire rifles it is fun and rewarding. Taking the rifles to the prairie dog fields will tell you in a hurry what works and what doesn't. I had the 153 anschutz in South Dakota and did alright but I will be taking the sako 75 or the sako L46 next time. That skinny barrel on the 153 does not do well in volume shooting as it heats up way too fast. Just stating what my experience has been. I can supply you with a reloading recipe that has been working for me if you think it would help you.
With elaborating I mean group sizes. Three or five shot group sizes, not vague statements. MY 1532 happens to be more accurate than the L461.
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1532, magazine and spare parts

I have a 1532. Does anyone know of spare 222R magazines? Also my mag release has broken off at the tip, anyone know where to get a replacement ?
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I had a beautiful 153. I sold it and bought a cz 527 also in 222. I like the 527 but the 153 was much classier. I reloaded for it and no issues but I never push things anyway. Great gun. The Anschutz 222 mags do show up on ebay. I suggest looking there. If I had a 54 action 222 I would not worry about it just load at the bottom of the options.
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Well, RFC is a dangerous place, well, dangerous to my wallet at least ...

I've long been a fan of the Savage-Anschutz rifles because of their tendency to have much nicer stocks than other Annies of the same era, but I had no idea there was an Savschutz in .222 until I saw this thread.

And so, I started looking until I found this ...



It looks every bit like any other deluxe Savschutz with a 54 action. The big tell is the bigger magazine sticking out the bottom (which, by the way, has an wonderful release that's both unobtrusive and easy to use).

Let's look under the hood ...



Which Anschutz trigger is this?



1963?



Notice the pillar bedding. There are three action screws. Is that normal for a 54 action?

Thanks!
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:39 PM
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Let me rephrase that...

There are two screws that fit thru the stock and thread into the receiver. Then there’s a third machine screw that fits thru the stock and threads into a lug under the rear sight.
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