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Old 06-20-2016, 08:31 AM   #1
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Anschutz Exemplar excellence

Sorry for not posting more gun reports, but this has been a very busy summer for us. Have been burning some powder, though, and much to report, but for the sake of keeping it brief and simple, I'll only report on one gun at a time.

Here is our Anschutz Exemplar, this time with an Ultradot 25 for a sight. Have posted on it, before, but for those of you not familiar with the Exemplar, it is a 22 LR bolt action pistol designed for silhouette shooting, made in the late 80s to early 90s, back when silhouette was a much more active shooting sport than it is, today. These are very hard guns to find, now, and they usually command a premium price when you do.


I've often joked that our Exemplar pistol is our most accurate 22 rifle, but it's actually not an exaggeration. This gun, when scoped and shot from a rest, has produced 50 yard groups that rival anything our fine bolt action CZ 22 LRs can do.

The Exemplar is a pistol, though, so I shoot it like one. (I hate shooting pistols from a rest, other than for accuracy and ammo testing.) Have shot the Exemplar, offhand, with a scope, but ended our shooting session, yesterday, with the red dot on the Exemplar for the sake of shooting comfort.

Notice that I said ENDED the session with the Exemplar. I never begin a shooting session with this gun and then switch to another gun. Shooting the Exemplar will completely spoil you for shooting anything else, later. The trigger on the Exemplar is simply the finest of any gun in our collection. It is factory set at 8 ounces, completely adjustable and absolutely without any creep or mush. Take up the first stage, stop, then with the tip of your finger just think "shoot" and the gun fires.

So how did I do with the red dot? Figured a 5 shot group with this gun would be far too easy, so made it at least 10 rounds. Here's my 26 yard offhand group that, frankly, was only so so for this gun. I pulled a couple, but the group is still under 2". Have done down closer to 1" offhand groups at this distance, though, with my average being closer to inch and a half. Oh, well. (Bull is 3")



Moved out to 50 yards from a standing position and did a little better as far as maintaining my usual MOA. Made no adjustment on the elevation, so the gun did shot a little low. Group measures 2.75". (Bull is 6")


Ammo was SK Target, but the Exemplar shoots everything with decent accuracy, though it does show a preference for match grade stuff.


No better way to end a shooting session than with some Exemplar excellence. Nothing else quite like this 22 LR pistol.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:04 AM   #2
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NCG, that is some fine offhand shooting. I am going to have to get a box of match ammo & run it through my Charger to see what it can really do.

Thanks for posting.
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Your Exemplar is exemplary! Sorry I couldn't help it.
As always I love your reports you introduce each gun as a friend. And we get to know them through you. Thanks for sharing your old friend with us.
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I just noticed it was a left handed bolt also!

Or was that the way they all were made?
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:35 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys.

Seabee, yes, this is such a unique gun that it has become a friend and something quite special. The Exemplar really is something of a niche gun, having been designed specifically for the sport of silhouette, though Anschutz did make a very sought after 22 Hornet version of this gun (would LOVE to find one) and has since made other single shot pistols.

Moakes, the bolt on the left side is actually made for right handed shooters. This allows a right handed shooter to operate the gun while keeping a consistent grip on the gun with the right hand. This, of course, is a plus for accurate shooting. Also makes it more convenient and quicker to operate the gun.
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I have always lusted after an Anschutz .22LR rifle but would never spend the money. Your excellent report on their pistol leaves me lusting again. Ahhhh, but alas, retirement and poverty will surely prevent the purchase now.....
Good shooting fair lady.
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Thanks, guys.

Seabee, yes, this is such a unique gun that it has become a friend and something quite special. The Exemplar really is something of a niche gun, having been designed specifically for the sport of silhouette, though Anschutz did make a very sought after 22 Hornet version of this gun (would LOVE to find one) and has since made other single shot pistols.

Moakes, the bolt on the left side is actually made for right handed shooters. This allows a right handed shooter to operate the gun while keeping a consistent grip on the gun with the right hand. This, of course, is a plus for accurate shooting. Also makes it more convenient and quicker to operate the gun.
I have wanted to get a left-bolted pistol and make a Mare's Leg out of it and shoot it with a cheek weld. With it being left-bolted I could shoot it left-handed.
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There have probably been other left bolt, bolt pistols, but I can't recall any. These are, after all, very much in the realm of specialty pistols and anything but common. What makes the Exemplar equally unusual is that it's light and handy and designed for offhand work. The vast majority of bolt pistols are on the heavy side and designed to be shot from a rest. The only other bolt pistol I've owned that was comfy to shoot,offhand, was an original XP-100.

303, there is one very definite possibility, though, with the Crickett 22 LR pistols offered by Chipmunk. These are very affordable and do have a leftie bolt.
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