Always one of the most popular Varmint models, the Pro Varmint has a heavy 16.5” barrel threaded 1/2×28 for use with a suppressor or other muzzle device.
Riding in a black-painted laminate stock, it incorporates features found on much more expensive stocks without pushing the price of the rifle through the roof.
The short barrel gives plenty of time for the cartridge to get a full burn while increasing the rigidity of the barrel, resulting in a rifle that drives tacks. Quietly. For more information on how barrel length affects accuracy, check out this article – Optimum length of a 22 barrel.
One thing that has always been missing from CZ platforms is the American-style push-to-fire safety — something Hunter’s Education instructors and 4-H shooting coaches have requested for years. It has now been added.
Though that was the most obvious change, CZ 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, they 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, they 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.
For more detailed information on the CZ 457 Pro Varmint check out the video below created by TFB TV
Chambering .22 LR
Rate Of Twist 1:16 in Magazine
Magazine Type Detachable
Stock Black Painted Laminate
Length Of Pull 13.75 in
Sights No Sights, Integral 11mm Dovetail
Barrel Cold Hammer Forged
Barrel Length 16.5 in
Weight 7.3 lbs
Trigger Mech Fully Adjustable
Safety Two-Position, Push-To-Fire
Also available in 17 hmr.
This little tack driver deserves a great scope that can be used for precision or long range shots. The Athlon brand has become the most popular on the NRL 22 circuit for a reason. You get more for your money.
Optics clarity is super good, especially for the price range. It rivals scopes that cost 10 times more. They hold zero and give you all of the desired features you want in a scope for your tack driver.