Another higher end rimfire announced at this year’s SHOT Show is the new Steyr Arms Zephyr II rimfire rifle. This new Zephyr II will be chambered in .22 Long Rifle, .17HMR and .22 Magnum. We were excited to see this new rifle and see if it would be something that could possibly solidify its place in the crowded rimfire world.
This new rifle definitely lives up to the Steyr name. It comes with a beautiful walnut stock, with fish scale checkering and a unique cold hammer forged barrel with “Mannox” finish. What makes the barrel unique is the twisted lines of the barrel (see photo below).
We hope to have one of these rifles in 17HMR in hand when they are available. We will be shooting it at the range, as well as taking it into the field for some spring varmint hunting, so stay-tuned!
Here is a bit more information from the Steyr Arms website:
The Steyr Mannlicher Zephyr II is the rebirth of the original Zephyr rifle, which was produced from 1955 through 1971. This new rifle takes cues from the original Zephyr’s build quality, and also sets new standards in the hunting-style, bolt-action, rimfire rifle segment. It features a classic European walnut stock with a Bavarian cheek piece and fish scale checkering. The Zephyr II has a tang safety, detachable 5-round box magazine, and comes with a threaded barrel option for all calibers. The cold hammer forged barrel with Mannox finish make for tough, reliable design that will withstand the elements while out in the field. This lightweight bolt-action, weighing only 5.8 pounds, is available in .17 HMR, .22 Long Rifle, and .22 WMR.
Caliber: 17 HMR , 22 Long Rifle, 22 WMR
Magazine: 5 Round, Detachable
Trigger: Single Stage Trigger
Stock: European walnut with fish scale pattern
Safety: Tang Safety
Overall Length: 39.2″
Barrel Length: 19.7″
Weight: 5.8 lbs
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