Best 22 competition rifles out of the box

If you are a shooter, you have noticed the recent growth in popularity of competing with rimfire rifles and handguns. It seems like every shooter you encounter at the range has a 22 LR or 17 HMR somewhere close by.

I believe this is simply due to a few factors. Lower cost of shooting being the first. You can go to the range or field and shoot all day for what it would cost to shoot 30 minutes with some big bore rifles.

Another is you don’t need a 1000 yard range in order to challenge your skills while having a lot of fun. Using adequate safety precautions, enough property, and a good suppressor, you can shoot your back yard without bothering neighbors.

But the biggest reason is the growing opportunities to compete with rimfire, and more specifically, 22 LR firearms. NRL 22 and RCSA Challenge matches to name only a few. Many ranges have also developed their own competitions using targets like the “know your limits” targets.

To accommodate this highly popular trend, manufacturers of rifles have developed new offerings. I have listed and provided detail on the most popular offerings below which can now be purchased right off the shelf in a match ready state.

Features Comparison

Make
Model
ActionBarrel
Length
(ins)
Length
Of
Pull
Adj
Comb
Ht
Adj
Trigger
Wt.
Total
Wt
(lbs)
Threaded
Barrel
Cost
Volquartsen
Summit
Liteweight
push
pull
16YesNo1.755.8Yes<$1050
Savage B22 Precisionbolt18YesYes1.5 &
up
7.4Yes<$500
CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainerbolt16.5NoNo1.8 to
3.4
7.1
No<$1030
Ruger Precision Rimfirebolt18YesYes2.25 to
5
6.8Yes< $450
CZ 457 Varmint
Precision Chassis
bolt23YesYes1.8 to
3.4
7.7
Yes< $1000
Thompson Center
TCR22 22 LR
semi
auto
17NoNo4.55.3Yes< $490

Volquartsen Summit Rifle, .22 LR, 16″ Carbon Barrel

The Volquartsen Summit bolt action 22 LR is based on a concept originally developed by Primary Weapons Systems. The Volquartsen Summit represents the combination of their innovative deisgn and 40+ years of our own rimfire experience.

Designed for both competition shooting as well as small game hunting, this unique rifle is a straight-pull bolt action inspired by the 10/22 style platform. The CNC-machined receiver features an integral 20 MOA Picatinny Rail, making it the perfect rifle for any rimfire long range shooting.

The Summit is built using our lightweight carbon fiber barrel. It features a muzzle threaded 1/2 x 28, making it the perfect companion for your favorite suppressor. It doesn’t get much quieter than a 22 LR bolt gun suppressed!

This innovative design is built for everyone from the junior just getting into shooting to the accomplished competitor. It features everything you could ask for.

  • A suppressor-ready 1/2 x 28 threaded barrel
  • Crisp, clean 1.75 lb trigger pull
  • Magpul stock features adjustable LOP for any size shooter to get comfortable
  • Approximately 5lb 13oz

Rifle is mounted in a black Magpul performance stock. Last price at this writing was < $1050

Savage B22 Precision

Take your target shooting to the next level with the Savage® B22 Precision Semi-Auto Rimfire Rifle. Boasting a reliable bolt-action and a heavy, threaded carbon steel barrel, the Savage B22 Precision delivers hair-splitting accuracy and performance.

The light Savage AccuTrigger™ is easily adjustable without special tools and offers a crisp 1.5-5-lb. pull, while the precision-machined, 1-piece billet aluminum chassis features an adjustable length of pull and an adjustable comb for a custom, performance fit, unique to your shooting style.

The dual-controlled round feed offers reliable feeding from a 10-round rotary magazine (included), and an impressive 1:16 twist ratio drastically improves accuracy at distance.
Manufacturer model #: 70248.

  • Precision-machined, 1-piece MDT billet aluminum chassis
  • 18″ heavy carbon steel barrel
  • Carbon steel receiver
  • Adjustable length of pull
  • Adjustable comb height
  • 1-piece Picatinny rail
  • User-adjustable AccuTrigger
  • 10-round detachable magazine
  • Oversized charging handle

CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer

CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer, Suppressor-Ready with detachable magazine.

  • Category : Rifles Centerfire
  • Caliber : 22 Long Rifle
  • Barrel Length : 16.5″
  • Capacity : 5+1
  • Trigger : Adjustable from 1.8 to 3.4 lbs
  • Weight : 7.1 lbs
  • Stock Description : Target

Ruger Precision Rimfire

Molded, one-piece chassis and adjustable buttstock assembly are manufactured with glass-filled nylon for strength, stiffness and stability, making a solid foundation for accuracy each and every shot.

Adjustable buttstock features a flat Picatinny bag rider making it easy to affix a rear monopod. A molded-in window provides a tether point for your squeeze bag, and a metal QD pocket makes it easy to secure a sling

Quick-Fit adjustable Precision Rimfire stock allows length of pull and comb height to be quickly and easily adjusted to get proper fit over a wide range of shooter sizes, outerwear and shooting positions. Indicating marks molded into the chassis help you quickly return to a previous position.

Big-Gun bolt throw adjustment enables shooters to change from a rimfire 1-1/2” bolt throw to a short-action centerfire 3” bolt throw, reducing the chance of short-stroking your bolt in competition.

Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger has a pull weight range of 2.25 to 5.0 pounds; adjusting wrench is stored in a buttstock compartment.

Ruger’s own AR-Pattern pistol grip and safety selector incorporates an extended reach for maximum control and access to the 45 degree, reversible safety selector. May be configured with most AR-style grips and selectors.

Anodized 0 MOA Picatinny scope base makes it easy to mount and zero optics.

Oversized bolt handle for positive bolt manipulation (same as the Ruger Precision Rifle).

15″ free-float handguard is made of hard black anodized aluminum and features Magpul M-LOK slots on all four sides, for improved scope clearance and easy mounting of M-LOK-compatible rails and accessories.

18″ target barrel is cold hammer-forged from 1137 alloy steel to create ultra precise rifling for excellent accuracy. Barrels can be replaced easily by a competent gunsmith using AR-style wrenches and headspace gauges.

Threaded barrel (1/2″-28) for standard muzzle accessories, like the Silent-SR suppressor, comes with a factory-installed thread protector covering both the threads and crown.

Accepts Ruger magnum rimfire magazines, including the JMX-1 rotary magazine and the BX-15 Magnum magazine.

Stock: Quick-Fit Precision Rimfire Adjustable
Capacity: 15
Barrel Length: 18″
Overall Length: 35.13″ – 38.63″
Grip: AR-Pattern
Handguard: Free-Float With Magpul® M-LOK® Slots
Handguard Finish: Hard Black Anodized
Thread Pattern: 1/2″-28
Length of Pull: 12″ – 15.50″
Sights: None-Rail Installed
Barrel: Threaded Cold Hammer-Forged 1137 Alloy Steel
Weight: 6.8 lb.
Twist: 1:14″ RH
Grooves: 6

CZ 457 Varmint Precision Chassis

Precision rimfire rifle competitions have been gaining steam in the last few years and CZ rifles have been go-to equipment for the sport. Expanding on our premium offerings, the Varmint Precision Chassis pairs our heavy-barreled 457 action with an aluminum chassis of our own design.

Equipped with an adjustable Luth-AR stock, an AR-style grip, QD sling sockets and a dearth of M-LOK slots, proper fit and customization are easy to accomplish.

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.

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.

CZ 457 Varmint Precision Chassis, 24″ Suppressor-Ready
SKU 02361
Firearm Type Rifle
Purpose Competition
MSRP $999.00
Chambering 22 LR
Rate Of Twist 1:16 in
Magazine Capacity 5
Magazine Type Detachable
Stock Aluminum Chassis
Sights No Sights, Integral 11mm Dovetail
Barrel Heavy Tapered Cold Hammer Forged
Barrel Length 24 in
Weight 7.65 lbs
Trigger Mech Fully Adjustable
Safety Two-Position, Push-To-Fire

Thompson Center TCR22 22 LR

The Performance Center T/C T/CR22 rimfire rifles operate using the reliable T/CR22 semi-auto rifle action and 10 round rotary magazine, while maintaining compatibility with most aftermarket 10/22 parts and accessories. Features built-in picatinny rail on top of the receiver for easy, secure mounting of optics; large bolt handle provides easy cycling operation; ergonomic stock designs promote a steady hold and hand filling forend with textured grip panels; and threaded muzzle with 1/2-28 UNEF threads- Performance Center Compensator installed. Includes sling swivel studs.


  • Action : Semi-Auto
  • Caliber : 22 LR
  • Barrel Length : 17″
  • Capacity : 10+1
  • Safety : Trigger Push Button/RTS
  • OAL : 37″
  • Weight : 5.24 lbs
  • Stock Description : Hogue OverMolded Thumbhole