The Countryman's Weekly


April 25
08:02 2018

WEB5-25-04-18Comparing the rimfire against the FAC air rifle

By Nick Hill.

RECENTLY, due to minor repairs to my Daystate Pulsar firearms certificate (FAC) air rifle, I had to revert to using my trusty CZ 455 .22 rimfire for three weeks or so. This gets used for specific tasks, but usually it is the air rifle that gets the majority of the action. The enforced time spent with the .22 certainly made me feel more benevolent towards it.

One of the first things I did was to completely rezero with an ATN X-sight II digital sight on board. Usually Winchester 42-grain ammo is used but a visit to the local gunshop had me trying the comparatively new Eley 38-grain subsonics. They certainly suited the CZ and gave better groups than the previous ammo.

Another visit to a different dealer and I inadvertently walked out with some more Eley subs, not realising these were 40-grain Hollow Point Xtra Plus. They were a revelation. Group sizes were very tight at 50 metres, and were an improvement over the 38-grain.Using the ATN X’s ballistic set-up, bunnies at 90 metres presented no problem at all, including a magpie at 109 metres. I always shoot off a tripod gun rest, otherwise these ranges would be out of reach for me.

Using the CZ has certainly reacquainted me with the versatility of the rimfire, but also its limitations with regard to safety.



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