Let’s be clear – guns like the SIG MCX, GLOCKs, the H&K SP5 and AR-15’s are all awesome. Everyone interested in personal protection, shooting sports or just collecting should have some combination of a modern pistol and a semiautomatic rifle and have the training to use them with proficiency. But when we are discussing the pure joy of shooting, I always come back to the one combination that leaves me smiling: an accurate suppressed rimfire rifle. I have several of these setups and they each can provide hours of enjoyment. But I wanted more; I wanted a laser rifle that is also ultra quiet. Enter the Vudoo Gun Works V-22 and the start of TFB’s Precision Rimfire series.
Above: Vudoo V-22 Barreled Action, MDT ACC Chassis, Vortex Optics Razor GenII 4.5-27X FFP, Thunder Beast Arms Corporation 22 Take Down Suppressor
The joys of rimfire rifle shooting are greatly enhanced by the ability to punch one hole groups at 100 yards and beyond. My plan is to take you through the Vudoo V-22 setup, evaluate its performance and test the limits of the rimfire cartridge. In later episodes, I’d like to run some comparisons between the V-22 and a few more affordable rifles considered to be industry-standard rimfire long gun setups.
Precision Rimfire Series: Related Links
- SILENCER SATURDAY #142: Precision Rimfire And Suppressor POI Shift
- The Rimfire Report: Lessons Learned from Competing in a Precision Rimfire Competition
- The Rimfire Report: What’s Up With the Precision Rimfire Competition?
- Ultra Rimfire: Vudoo Gun Works Precision Rifles
- The Rimfire Report: Vudoo Gun Works V-22S Single Shot Target Rifle
- Vudoo Gun Works Adds the JP APAC to the Apparition Line of Rifles
- [NRA 2018] Vudoo Gun Works Custom .22LR
Precision Rimfire Series: Parts List
I chose a 20-inch barrel for quieter shooting, not necessarily for added bullet velocity. Depending on the ammunition used, a full powder burn happens somewhere between 18-20 inches. That is, all the gun powder is used within the barrel to push the bullet forward, not wasted as noise and flash at the muzzle.
My limited experience with precision rimfire rifles has pointed to subsonic ammunition being the most accurate option, at least for shorter ranges. When we start testing the Vudoo’s range limits at 300+ yards, my guess is that we’ll need to move to higher velocity rounds.
I also opted for a 30 MOA rail which seems to be a good balance between short-range precision shooting and long-range target shooting.
- Available in 22LR, 17HM2, .22WMR, 17HMR
- 0, 20, 30, 40, or 60 MOA Rail
- 1 magazine
- Threaded bolt with bolt knob
- Threaded muzzle 1/2 X 28 TPI
- Melonited action
- Cerakoted barreled action in Graphite Black, Mil Spec Green, FDE, Cobalt, Burnt Bronze, Sniper Gray, and our custom Vudoo Green (custom colors can be done for an additional cost)
- Comes with trigger pins, but no trigger is included in cost
- Available as either left or right-handed
Let’s kill the elephant in the room – $1,800 for .22LR barreled action seems to be an outlandish proposition. I mean, you can buy a nice centerfire rifle for that kind of money. And here’s where we arrive at the point – invest your money in the gun that you will shoot and enjoy the most. The sports car versus daily driver analogy can be used here – investing $100K in a supercar that you drive once a month while having a beater daily driver for your 50-mile commutes seems like a priorities issue.
I’d love to have a top-shelf centerfire precision rifle, but I wouldn’t shoot it nearly as much as the Vudoo V-22.
The first thing I did was purchase four additional magazines. The polymer versions are not cheap at $40 a pop, but they are very well made and function reliably. The aluminum versions run from $74.95 for the five-round version and up to $99.95 for the 15-round version. These are out of stock at the moment but I do hope to invest in a few for the sake of the review. Yes, they are pricey.
The Kukri profile is the beefiest of the three tapered profiles running from 0.950” to 0.870” at the muzzle, resulting in a weight just shy of six pounds with the 20” barrel. The 30MOA rail came preinstalled.
There is a lot of special sauce inside the Vudoo bolt, and I’m not brave enough yet to do a complete disassembly. I’ve included a video from Vudoo that should give you a good idea of the patented features.
In this video Mike Bush give you a detailed look at the V22 and all of the features that make it stand out from the rest. This video includes a look at the patent that make the V22 unlike anything on the market today.
The Timney Remington 700 2 Stage is drop in ready, requiring only two pins to be pushed in from alternating sides. I’ve included an installation video that I used to guide me through the process.
Taking my time, the whole trigger installation process took about 10 minutes.
When I went searching for a chassis, my man Tom Gomez from High Desert Rifle Works (and TFB Alumni) pointed me towards Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) and the ACC Chassis. If you are looking for a lightweight woods gun option, MDT has several other options better suited for the task. The ACC Chassis is built for PRS/NRL style shooting and is a heavy, solid beast. Without weights, the ACC Chassis sits right at six pounds.
My goal is to build skills and abilities with a precision rimfire rifle that can later translate into shooting long range centerfire calibers. The ACC is a drop-in free float system that can be used with the Vudoo V-22 and other Remington 700 actions.
The chassis itself is a milled one-piece setup with 10 M-LOK slots on each of the three sides of the forend. An ARCA rail runs the length of the forend for tripod attachments, bipods, bags and other accessories. Since I started using a Really Right Stuff tripod, the full-length ARCA rail was high on my feature list.
Installation of the Vudoo V-22 into the MDT ACC Chassis is simple: drop the barreled action into the chassis and secure it with the two MDT hex bolts.
The MDT SRS-X stock attaches to the rest of the chassis with a large hex bolt. Since it’s buried inside the stock arm, tightening the bolt can be slightly tedious. Using a hex wrench with a ball head makes the process a snap.
The MDT Vertical Grip comes in three pieces – the inner structural attachment and two halves of the grip itself. Attach the aluminum structural piece to the chassis with the included hex bolt.
The complete installation of the Vudoo V-22 barreled action into the MDT ACC Chassis took about an hour with a slow and methodical approach.
Conclusions – The Vudoo V-22 Precision Rimfire Series
I’ve been shooting the Vudoo V-22 for about two months and have shot about 1500 rounds. Yes, it’s a tack driver, laying out groups between .25 and .50 MOA. But more importantly, I’ve learned a lot about myself – picking up a precision gun and expecting greatness is a fool’s errand. To get truly amazing precision, I needed to put the work into form, breathing control, grip and trigger movement.
In the episodes to come, we’ll talk about optics choices, ammunition and support equipment. Then we’ll compare the performance of the Vudoo V-22 to other popular rimfire rifles like the Ruger RPR and The CZ-455.
There really isn’t anything like a well made suppressed rimfire rifle. This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time.
Thanks for reading TFB.
Parts list as pictured above:
- Vudoo V-22 Barreled Action
- MDT ACC Chassis
- Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 5-25X ($799 MSRP)
- Thunder Beast Arms Corporation 22 Take Down Suppressor ($399 MSRP)
- Really Right Stuff SOAR Tripod ($1340 MSRP)