CZ USA 457 Varmint .22LR Bolt-Action Rifle, 20.5″ Barrel, Turkish Walnut Varmint Stock, 5-Round – CZ USA 02340
The standard heavy-barreled version of the 457, the Varmint has a .866” cylindrical barrel. Not only does the heavy barrel make for good harmonics, it also allows the Varmint to perform well with a wide variety of rimfire loads, translating into an accurate platform for shooting targets or getting game. The Turkish walnut stock has an American-style comb for use with a scope and a wide, flat forend that rides a sandbag well. Laser-cut stippling gives grip fore and aft.
If we were to pick one thing that our previous rimfire platforms were lacking, it was an American-style push-to-fire safety — something Hunter’s Education instructors and 4-H shooting coaches have begged us to incorporate for years. Though that was the most obvious change, we also took the opportunity to tweak a load of small things at the same time. In addition to the receiver-mounted, push-to-fire safety, we chopped almost an inch of length from the action and slab-sided it to reduce its footprint and weight.
The stamped bottom metal of the 455 is gone, swapped for a classy two-piece interlocking system. To make scope fitment easier, we ditched the 90° bolt rotation in favor of 60°, allowing for larger ocular bell diameters with lower ring heights. To top it all off, the 457 now features a trigger adjustable for weight, creep and over-travel.
With the exact same swappable barrel system as the 455 and the same reliable polymer magazine system, the 457 is without a doubt the best rimfire platform we’ve ever fielded.
- FAMILY:457 Rifle Series
- MODEL:457 Varmint
- ACTION:Bolt Action
- FINISH:Nitride Finish
- STOCK/FRAME:Wood Stock
- STOCK/GRIPS:Turkish Walnut Varmint-Style
- WEIGHT:7.08 lbs.
- CALIBER/GAUGE:22 LR
- CAPACITY:5 + 1
- # OF MAGS:1
- MAGAZINE DESC:5 rd.
- SIGHTS:No Sights
- SAFETY:Push-to-Fire Safety
- ADDL INFO:Cold Hammer Forged Barrel
- ADDL INFO:Detachable Magazine
- ADDL INFO:60 Degree Bolt Rotation