Ultimate Ruger 10/22 vs. (Almost) Stock CZ452 Varmint

Day At The Range compared the accuracy of a Ruger 10/22 (with almost every component upgraded) against a stock CZ452 Varmint (with the trigger pull reduced to 1 lbs).

I disagree with Mr. RevolverGuy’s assertion that the CZ won the shootout. The Ruger shot the smallest groups, even if the CZ did better with a greater variety of ammunition. In a competition I would take that Ultimate Ruger 10/22 and a few boxes of Lapua X-Act. Saying that, it does show that a you can get great accuracy from factory guns without having to spend a fortune on upgrades. The receiver/bolt alone on the Ultimate Ruger 10/22 cost just about as the CZ452.

Steve Johnson

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  • Reverend Clint

    cheaper yet only marginally less accurate… id get the CZ

  • The Ruger surely shot the smallest group with Lapua X-Act ammo. Though remember this is not an upgrade it is a totally new complete build from ground up. I gave the slight edge to the CZ452 due to it’s consistency but this is could be due to the already seasoned barrel.

    Stay tuned for Day2 and the 100 yard shootout.

    • ThomasD

      Unless you are shooting indoors a 100 yard .22 test may just say more about weather conditions than about either rifle.

      Honestly, I’d be more interested in a repeat testing of both at 25 yards.

      • I will be soon posting the 100 yard results, time permitting I will get back out to the range and perform a 25 yard test.

  • KC

    never seen the charging handle on the 10/22 before…

    • SAMMY!

      Tactical Innovations (www.tacticalinc.com) sells/makes them.

    • Looks like it actually makes it HARDER to charge the rifle. The scope is in the way of the charging handle. Tacticool silliness?

  • Masood

    Not a fan. I could reload faster with a bolt.

  • Denny

    Ruger 10/22 is old legend. Can someone briefly sumup where its art is coming from? My uderstanding is the ‘microgrooving’, but it may be more than that.

  • sdog

    i have a cz 455 lux, the “newer” version of the cz 452. This gun rocks, it is so accurate, even with cheapo winchester 500 bulk pack ammo, but it really shines with cci mini mag “green tag” rounds. Thing is a tack driver.

    • ThomasD

      Got my oldest a 455 last year for Christmas, best out of the box .22 I’ve ever shot. It puts my Volquartsen tricked out 10/22 to the test.

  • lolinski

    IMO the CZ is better since when people buy a 1022 they essentially buy 2 rifles, since after changing every part(maybe not the stock screw) you have 2 rifles. So yeah, I think that changing out every part on a gun is silly.

    • This was a complete build from the ground up, no rifle was purchased originally. Though I agree with your comments. This was just meant to test the various ammo and see which was most accurate in the platforms I had.

      So I have Day1 written
      Day2 100 yard review
      Maybe Day3 is a comparison of a completely custom 10/22 against a stock 10/22?

      What do you think?

  • Mike Knox

    Man, that stock’s trippin’..

  • gunslinger

    i don’t get what this post is saying. how much $$ was put into the 10/22 vs the cz?

    and correct me if i’m wrong, but don’t you bring you own ammo to competitions? so woudln’t it make sense to just use the “best” ammo?

    • Though I compared both Rifles in the end this was more about the temperment of the 22LR and testing of the ammunition itself. I just so happen to be building a 10/22 at the time so it was perfect timing.

      “One can buy 500 rounds of 22LR ammunition at your local store for $19 dollars give or take a few bucks depending on your location. Compare this to $10.99 for 50 rounds of centerfire 9mm ammunition, $27.99 for 100 rounds of centerfire 223 ammunition and even $10.99 for 22 Magnum ammunition. You can quickly see why many are showing up to your local range with 22LR in hand. Of course there is always one caveat, in certain firearms 22LR though lots of fun can be inaccurate or unreliable. It use to be common to expect 5 to 10 dud’s within a box of 500 22LR ammunition. Manufacturer’s have improved tremendously on the reliability, but accuracy has always been about the firearm and the person pulling the trigger and if you are a serious competitor premium 22LR ammunition can become rather costly as well.”

    • “Having left 22 rimfire behind for almost 2 decades and fully immersing myself into everything centerfire I could not believe the wealth of knowledge which had congregated in one place. One thing that was most prevalent to me outside of the fun being had on rimfirecentral.com and beautiful 22′s being displayed was that different firearms like different ammo which is the purpose of this review.”

  • JoeBob

    For that kind of money I would pass on the custom 10/22 and get an Anschutz.

  • Dyspeptic Gunsmith

    I always get a kick out of the people who plunk down a truckload of cash on “upgrading” a Ruger 10/22 to get the thing to shoot moderately well, when there are older, used (and pretty inexpensive) bolt action .22’s (like Mossberg’s 15x series rifles from the 50’s) that shoot quite well and are available for about the cost of a Ruger rack-grade 10/22 new.

    But as to the accuracy of the article: There’s nothing on that 10/22 that can be called a 10/22 anymore. It’s a custom semi-auto .22 rifle. Calling it a “10/22” is just marketing. That is not a 10/22. It could be called a “10/22-type semi-auto” at best.

    Folks, here’s a tip: You’re not going to get a semi-auto to shoot as well as consistently as a good bolt gun. Period, full stop, thanks for playing. This test shows that – the CZ produces more consistent groups with more types of ammo. In the .22 accuracy game, you test your rifle against your available makes and lots of ammo until you find something that your rifle or pistol really likes – and you then buy up a whole bunch of that lot of ammo and shoot 10K rounds or so before switching. If one tested the CZ across all the various makes and velocities of ammos out there for .22’s, odds are that there is also one brand and load of ammo that makes the CZ produce smaller groups yet.

    Want a good, new .22 rifle? Look at the CZ’s. They’re quite good for the money. A little trigger work and they’re a very good starting point for a serious marksman.

    Want to really compete in the rimfire game? Look at the used target rifle market, especially older Anschuetz 54-derived rifles. If you want to stay with an American rifle, look at Remington 40X’s or Winchester 52D’s. There are companies that import “new, old stock” Annies, so you can get into an new, but older model Annie for about $2K with sights. A real competition set of sights on a .22 can run you $500 or so, BTW.

    • This never was intended to be an upgrade it was a customized build. By ATF rules it is a 10/22, but thats splitting hairs I do understand your point. Again this was more about finding the right ammo for your platform.

      For the average shooter plinker I think with the right 10/22 platform you can go to your local club and compete, without investing a lot of money. I know tons of money could be invested in this platform but this cost was not much more than you would pay for a standard Browning 22.

  • brian g

    I have both of these as my main range rifles. The CZ452 is stock except for a trigger spring and scope. The 10/22 has a Byers barrel, $35 trigger job and scope. They are both fun and accurate, say like shooting red shotgun shells at 100 yards. When I want to really get down to accuracy I shoot the CZ at 50 yards. It will usually group better than the 10/22 at that distance. But the 10/22 is just more fun with a couple of 25 round clips and a butler creek loader. You actually will save your thumbs with the loader and shoot more of that bad boy brick.