Rifle Review: CZ 455 Varmint Precision Trainer

A couple of years ago, a friend came to me with a problem. He’s an avid precision rifle shooter who lives in an urban area where even 100-yard gun ranges are scarce. But every day, commuting to and from work, he drives by a building with a 50-yard rimfire range. He wanted some advice on building a rifle that he could use to hone his long-range skills shooting at shorter distances.

His questions were straightforward: What caliber should I use? Which action? Which stock? And does the project have any merit?

Well, yes, I thought the project had merit. After some thought, I suggested he consider CZ’s latest rimfire action, for which you can easily swap barrels and calibers, paired with a stock from Thomas Manners, the owner of Manners Composite Stocks.

After a few introductions were made at the 2011 SHOT Show, the project rifle was built and the executives at CZ were so pleased with the results that they decided to roll it out in 2012 as a production model, which is called the CZ455 Varmint Precision Trainer.

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