Gun Review: Vudoo Gun Works Sinister Rifle in .22LR

I should have turned this rifle back in already, but I can’t. Not yet. I’m just not ready to stop shooting the Vudoo Gun Work’s Sinister.

The Sinister is a precision rimfire rifle. It is as well made as the best centerfire precision rifles in the world. As such, it is not cheap. With an MSRP of over $2,300, the Sinister is much more expensive than the vast majority of the rimfire guns people shoot.

It’s worth every penny.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister Rimfire (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister Rimfire (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Heck, if you paid that much for a centerfire rifle of this quality, it would likely be second hand, and you’d have gotten a good deal. The only reason rimfire guns are less expensive is because they aren’t as robust and well built as their centerfire counterparts.

Except when they are. The Sinister is.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister muzzle (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister muzzle (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

I shoot a .22 LR rifle more than anything else. For much of the last decade, I’ve shot a suppressed M&P 15-22 .22 LR rifle almost every day, just for general fun and target practice. I also take that same rifle out on many hunts. Especially when hunting pigs at night, a suppressed .22 LR is great if I want to collect a few varmints along the way. I also use it for pest eradication on our farm.

It’s a handy little rifle, but it’s a 2.5 MOA gun on a very good day. (My Winchester 52 is much more accurate, but it has been relegated to the bench.) My 15-22 is a neat, useful gun, but not precise enough to even be remotely competitive.

Enter the Vudoo Gun Works Sinister. This is about the perfect rimfire rifle for someone like me. I enjoy shooting competitively, but that’s not most of my shooting. I’d love to have a gun I could compete with in rimfire matches, as well as using it to hunt and plink with. This is that gun.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister right side (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister right side (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

I switched from a chassis gun to a more traditional stock for my competition-focused rifle in 2019. That’s one of the reasons I like the Sinister so much. It feels like my competition gun (which has also been my primary hunting rifle over this last season). It’s easy to practice all the same things that I need for my centerfire rifle, but more quietly and very inexpensively using the Sinister rimfire.

In general, a 40gr, supersonic .22 LR round shot from a rifle-length barrel and zeroed at 100 yards will have about 35 inches of drop and about 16 inches of windage with a 10 MPH crosswind, when shot at a 200 yard target. The M118LR 7.62 NATO caliber cartridge will have about 34″ of drop and about 15″ of windage, when shot at a 400 yards target. The 5.56 NATO Mk262 cartridge will have about 34″ of drop and about 17″ of windage, again, at 400 yards.

Pretty neat, huh? The .22 LR allows you to practice everything, including the drop and windage of centerfire cartridges at longer distances.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister magazine (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister magazine (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Nothing matters on a precision rifle if it’s not, in fact, precise. The Vudoo Gun Works Sinister is a precision rifle in every possible sense of the word.

The Vudoo Gun Works representative I spoke with said that their barreled actions are built with the Lapua series of .22 LR rounds in mind. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any of that ammunition near me. It’s available on-line, and if you want to get seriously competitive, I highly recommend you take advantage of Lapua’s Rimfire Test Shooting Service to know exactly how good your rifle can shoot a particular lot of ammo.

Instead, I shot as many different kind of ammo I could find. I bought at least one box of ammo from every single store I visited, plus I dipped into my own stash.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister worst groups (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister worst groups (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

The worst grouping I could get from this rifle was using the Winchester Copper coated 40gr HP bullet moving at 1,300fps. That’s a shame, as it’s the round that I use most often, and has proven to be absolute doom on our grain-thieving raccoons.

But wait…it doesn’t matter. That round — the worst-performing one — shot .8-inch five-round groups at 100 yards. Again, that is the worst performing round I shot through this gun.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister best groups (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister best groups (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Dirt cheap, common Aquila 40gr HP shot .6-inch groups. So did the CCI 45gr subsonic “Suppressor” round.

The CCI “Standard Velocity” shot .5-inch groups. All groups are averages of four strings of rive rounds shot in as much time as it took with the rifle in a Caldwell Singer Shooting rest, at 100 yards. For this review, a Vortex Viper PST set to 24X was used.

Consistent half-inch groups from a .22 LR rifle shooting inexpensive big box store ammunition is a game-changer.

Backing up a bit and shooting off bags, 200 yard shooting was tons of fun. Five-round groups of under 1.5 inches from several different types of ammunition were common. Shooting on steel and using a silencer was particularly fun, as there’s so much time before the faint “ping” sound comes back to the shooter. It’s enough time to shoot, and then just listen for the tiny bell  to go off in front of you.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister 200 yard group (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister 200 yard group (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Of course, shooting just off a bench and bags isn’t what this rifle was designed for. It was made to shoot off anything you might find in the field. Or off nothing at all.

I had a great time shooting from the kneel or seated, with the rifle rested on tree branches, or my pack, or a stump. Although I already liked the Sinister, this is where I became completely smitten with this little rifle.

(It should be noted that, while the rifle itself is exceptional, ammunition has also come a long way. The standard deviation of the muzzle velocity of that CCI “Standard Velocity” round was 10 fps. For a cheap rimfire round, that’s amazing.)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister 175 yard group (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister 175 yard group (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Shooting seated on my pack with the rifle rested on a cedar tree branch, this photo above is my first group on a steel target at 175 yards.

Of course, there’s not much energy left at that range, so even most varmint applications are out. But still, the very notion of hitting a rabbit in the head at 150 yards, consistently and quietly, is a lot of fun. Hasenpfeffer, with either rabbit or squirrel, is one of my favorite dishes.

The Vudoo Gun Works action features a true controlled-feed bolt. The rimmed cartridge is picked up by twin claws as they engage the shell from the magazine. There is no wobble, and the bullet is right in line with the bore from the moment the bolt gets ahold of it.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister controlled feed (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister controlled feed (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Only in the geologic sense is controlled-feed considered new. But for the rimfire, it has particular importance.

Yes, it ensures that the tiny cartridge doesn’t go flying out and about when moved rapidly. That’s actually more important on an easily thrown, low mass case like a .22 LR round than it is something more massive, like the 8mm Mauser. But that’s not the most important reason to have a controlled-round-feed action for your rimfire.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister claws (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister claws (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

As the bullet enters right in line with the bore, there’s no need for a feed ramp. On a jacketed round, or maybe a hard cast crimped bullet, there’s likely no deformation of the bullet as it enters the chamber on a feed ramp.

Not so with the soft lead tips of many .22 LR bullets. The lack of a feed ramp also means that longer bullets also won’t get angled in, possibly loosening the grip of the case mouth on the bullet, which leads to inconsistent pressures.

That doesn’t matter much if you want to hit a rabbit at 50 yards. It matters a lot if you want to hit him in the eye.

The V-22’s action is just as overbuilt as the Mauser K98’s. That is to say, it is not. It’s simply without compromise.

The recoil lug is inherent to the action itself. What a far cry from most factory centerfire rifles of the day. Is the point of an integral recoil lug on a .22LR rifle the safety of the shooter? I mean, kinda? Maybe? But no, it helps keep the receiver still in the action for perfect consistency.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister bolt (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister bolt (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Look at the bolt handle. That’s a solid once-piece, integral bolt handle. That is better than many precision centerfire rifles on the market. The bolt handle is threaded and includes a large, easy-to-find and easy-to-manipulate bolt knob.

As you might imagine, the bolt throw on the V-22 rimfire action is similar in height to a centerfire rifle, just really short.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister bolt knob (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister bolt knob (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Although it doesn’t slide far, the bolt absolutely glides into place. Because of the short amount of travel, it’s difficult to move slowly enough to find any wiggle or play in the bolt. Or maybe it’s just the simple fact that there is no wiggle or play in the bolt. It’s on a tight, short, rail.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister bolt release (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister bolt release (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

The bolt removes from the rear of the action, like many precision rifles, with a press of the release on the side of the receiver.

Like Remington’s action and its clones, the safety come with the trigger. The trigger that comes with the Sinister is the excellent Timney 510. The trigger comes set from Vudoo at 2 lbs. The trigger on this particular T&E model broke at…wait for it…2 lbs. Consistently and cleanly.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister trigger (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister’s Timney 510 trigger (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

However, if that trigger doesn’t do it for you, any quality Remington 700 footprint trigger can be included instead.

An action that includes a controlled-round-feed and also allows for the massive aftermarket trigger (not to mention stock) options of the Remington 700 is the best of both worlds. It gives the shooter tons of options, both before and after the sale, while providing a product that is superior to the vast majority of center fire target rifles.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister rail (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister rail (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

This Sinister rifle comes with a 20 MOA scope base attached to the receiver. A 20 MOA base is the standard for most centerfire competition rifles, but might not give you the elevation you need for the ballistic arc of the .22 LR when shooting longer ranges. If you should choose, you can instead get a zero, 30, 40, or even 60 MOA rail installed on any of the rifles or actions.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister muzzle (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister muzzle (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

You’ll find a threaded muzzle at the end of the hand-lapped, single-point cut 416 stainless steel barrel. Vudoo Gun Works sells full rifles, like this Sinister, but also just sells actions or barreled actions. Not only can you choose your caliber, between .22 LR and .17 HM2, but also the finish, length, and contour of the barrel.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister loaded magazine (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister magazine (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

The patent pending magazines from Vudoo Gun Works are built as an AI-style modified magazine. The 10-round magazines aren’t cheap. They run $40 for a single mag and $100 for a three-pack. They do, however, perform flawlessly.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister magazine release (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister magazine release (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

The magazine release is a little different than most others, and gives you two different release options. The more commonly seen option of a paddle release is attached to the far side of the trigger guard. Inside the trigger guard you’ll find a button release. Either works just fine, and the use will be based purely on your preference.

The Sinister sports a custom Grayboe Terrain stock. I’ve been a fan of the Grayboe stocks since they came out, and I have their Terrain on a couple of my hunting rifles now. I have found them to be consistent, rigid, and extremely well thought out.

This one has been customized a bit for Vudoo, but the Terrain is a smart stock choice for the rifle. The Terrain is a primarily hunting/sometimes competition model, as is the point of the Sinister rifle as a whole.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister’s Grayboe stock (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

It features a good, but not too wide palm swell, so that the gun can be still gripped and controlled off-hand.  You’ll find the cheek rises up, but again, isn’t particularly wide.

The fore end is flatter, and sits well on a bag, pack, or branch. It has twin studs in the front for mounting sling and bipod, as well a one in the back. For most folks, it will feel just like their precision hunting rifle, because it is just like their precision hunting rifle. That’s because this is a precision hunting rifle, just one chambered in .22 LR.

As I said when I started the article, I have been shooting this gun for a bit now. My articles usually publish well after I’ve turned the guns back in, but I’m still holding on to this one, and still shooting it. It certainly has well over 1,000 rounds through it by now. I’ve shot it almost every day I’ve had it.

Any why not? It’s tons of fun, the ammunition is dirt cheap, and with my Underground Tactical “Little Puff” silencer, it’s incredibly quiet.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister in rest (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister in rest (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

As you might expect, during that entire time, I’ve had zero issues with the rifle. I’ve also had no problems with the magazine, including loading, feeding, or inserting and dropping freely. I haven’t cleaned the rifle yet, and I shot most of those rounds suppressed. It has been perfectly reliable.

The fact that .22 LR precision rifle competitions are a thing, and the fact that rimfire competitions are increasing in popularity, gives me hope for our nation. That’s not a joke. I think it’s the best and most reassuring aspect of the shooting sports to happen in a long time.

My long time readers have certainly heard this refrain from me: Your rimfire is the most important rifle you own. Rifles like this one, (although there are none quite like this), will do more to make new shooters good, and good shooters great, than any centerfire rifle on the market.

According to the Vudoo Gun Works website, the V-22 action was a labor of love by their chief engineer, Mike Bush. It shows. This has been one of the finest rifles I have ever reviewed in any caliber.

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister trigger guard (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Vudoo Gun Works Sinister trigger guard (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com)

Specifications: Vudoo Gun Works Sinister Rimfire Rifle

Action:  V-22, Patented Vudoo Rimfire repeater action with control round feed
Caliber: .22 LR or .17HM2
Barrel: 416R Stainless, single point cut with Vudoo chamber. Barrel Length:16”, 18” or 20” in Kukri or Specter contour
Trigger: Timney 510 preset at 2 lbs
Stock: Custom Grayboe Terrain
Magazine: V-2210 Patented Vudoo mag in A.I. format, 10 round capacity
Finish: Cerakoted in Graphite Black, Mil Spec Green, FDE, Cobalt, Burnt Bronze, Sniper Gray, custom Vudoo Green
Weight: 8 lbs.
MSRP: $2,395

Ratings (out of five stars):

Style and Appearance * * * *
This is a precision bolt action rifle that is highly customizable. In this instance, the stock has been done well, but it is the quality, fit and finish of the receiver that bumps up the score a bit.

Customization * * * * *
Built to sit in the footprint of an action it outshines in every possible way, all of the Vudoo Gun Works barreled actions and rifles are extremely customizable, both before and after purchase.

Reliability * * * * *
Perfect.

Accuracy * * * * *
Better than I thought possible for a .22 LR rifle.

Overall * * * * *
The Vudoo Gun Works Sinister rifle is perfectly reliable, infinitely practical, and extremely accurate. Without a doubt, this has been the most enjoyable rifle I’ve shot in quite a while. Unfortunately, shooting is often work, but for this rifle, I have to thank TTAG and Vudoo Gun Works for the opportunity of getting behind this superb gun.

comments

  1. avatar Blackspike2710 says:

    Reminds me of the $40,000 Toyota Camrys.

  2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I’m blown away by those groups!
    And I thought my Volquartzen was good…

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Your Volquartzen is exceptional. Shooting rifles in a bagged up rest with all the time in the world helps a lot.
      But yeah, I’m just blown away by this gun. I’ve asked for an interview with the engineer, Mr. Bush, for a follow-on article.

      1. avatar Mike Bush says:

        Look me up and SHOT next week, I’ll mostly be around the Mile High and JP Rifles booths.

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          No SHOT for me this year, but I look forward to interviewing you in the future.

          And if you are still reading, sir, you did an amazing job. Figuring out all of this on a rimfire is a lot harder than a modern centerfire, and I doubt most people get that it is. Just a fantastic action.

        2. avatar Mike Bush says:

          I humbly appreciate that and appreciate such a nice article. Shoot me an email ([email protected]) and we can work out the details when you’re ready. Thanks again….

        3. avatar JasonM says:

          it’s a 2.5 MOA gun on a very good day
          If you’re only getting 2.5 MOA out of a Vudoo, there’s something wrong. Mine consistently gets 0.75″ groups at 100 yards with Center-X. Everyone I know in NRL22 who uses one gets similar group sizes.

        4. avatar Joel says:

          Jason the M&P is a 2 1/2 MOA rifle. The voodoo was closer to 1/2 MOA. (many a time i have wondered if a commenter has READ the whole article.)

        5. avatar JasonM says:

          I read the article. There was no antecedent to the pronoun in that paragraph, so the assumed antecedent would be the subject of the article. I always wonder if the authors proofread their articles. The answer is always “no”.

        6. avatar jwtaylor says:

          JasonM,
          So you are telling me that you read the whole article, which includes multiple specific examples of the group size for the Spectre, and that’s what you came away with?
          Do you have some kind of reading disability?

        7. avatar JasonM says:

          Do you have some kind of reading disability?

          I can read properly written English just fine. This wouldn’t be the first TTAG article with glaring errors and contradictions. Perhaps you should work on your proofreading skills, instead of insulting your customers.

        8. avatar jwtaylor says:

          JasonM,
          No, you clearly either have some kind of reading disability, or you just skipped bits of the article and are covering up for being embarrassed that you got caught.
          Either way, my customers are people who can read, or will read, apparently not you.

      2. avatar Jake the snake says:

        JWT, it appears that you have a stress crack in the rear scope ring in line with the screws.

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Yup, happened when I put it on the rifle. I threw it away afterward. Those rings are not new, and they’ve gone on and off a whole lot of times. I got my money’s worth.

  3. avatar That Jason says:

    CCI Standard is so good it’s almost unfair. I don’t understand why people buy anything else for a 40g SV.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I can’t remember who turned me on to it but I’m glad they did. It’s not as fast as some of the others, but it is very consistent.

      1. avatar That Jason says:

        This is what turned me on to it. The consistency puts it in a pretty exclusive club for something that goes for under 5c/round.
        https://www.accurateshooter.com/guns-of-week/22lr-rimfire-ammo-comparison-test/

    2. avatar ChoseDeath says:

      Amen brother. That’s been my hunting ammo since I was a little tiny tot. My Uncle was responsible for that and God bless him for it.

  4. avatar Toyota builds a better car because of investment in production technology says:

    .22 rifles have come so far in the last couple of decades. I have a Ruger American Rimfire that does similar groups at these distances. It is much less heavy than this rifle and also quite literally one tenth the cost. There are so many inexpensive .22s that can punch these groups now when using the more expensive match .22 ammo. The great myth of our time is that custom guns or small shop guns remain better. Materials and machining and rifling have become so precise in these large gunmakers that they can nearly match one of their highest grade production barrels and make 1000 of them all the same. So it is no longer the case that custom guns rule the accuracy department and a lot of times you are getting crappier and cheaper quality machining.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      “There are so many inexpensive .22s that can punch these groups now when using the more expensive match .22 ammo.”
      This has not been my experience.

    2. avatar dph says:

      Is that you Vlad?

    3. avatar Tex300BLK says:

      To quote Luke Skywalker “Amazing, every word of what you just said… is wrong”

      Every single one… repeat, every… single… one… of these “mY rIfLe sHoOTs As wELl aS a CUsToM” stories is always qualified by something. Like a 5 shot group with 2 holes touching and 8 called fliers or similar levels of nonsense, or you shot a bunch of groups and only one made your stated accuracy claim, or used 3 shot groups, etc. The list of disclaimers is longer than this article. Does it do it the same when its clean as when it is dirty? hot vs cold bore? Does it do it with a wide variety of ammo? or just one lot of one very specific type of ammo? Could you take ten of the same rifle of the rack at the store and get the same accuracy?

      Most people who claim to have a “.x MOA” gun shot several groups one of which measured close to that, then they rounded down and declared the gun to be that accurate “when they do their part” or some other nonsense. The only rifles I have seen capable or consistently shooting sub .5MOA groups with a wide variety of ammo in a wide variety of conditions have all without exception been customs or very expensive “custom shop” versions of factory rifles.

      I’ve had at least half a dozen very accurate factory rifles, on a good day I could maybe shoot within spitting distance of my custom rifle on a bad day. Most only do it with hand loads, or only one or two specific factory loadings that the rifle shoots well. Meanwhile I have yet to find a box of factory ammo that shoots worse than .75MOA in my custom including some of the cheapest stuff made for the caliber.

      Same with my Vudoo, even with some cheap blue box federal copper plated HPs it groups consistent sub MOA at 100yds (I’m talking 10shot groups, not the 3 shot groups all you “just as good as” types like to quote). Fancier fare such as SK Long Range is a single slightly larger than caliber hole in the target.

    4. avatar Toyota Cars Suck says:

      Often you will hear comparisons of glocks to Tercels and Corollas. Why? Because like Toyota cars, they both hold the distinction of most over-rated. They are dynamically (read handling) numb, inaccurate, and worst of all uninspiringly boring. They also rust something awful.

      Honda, its main rival is vastly superior. Pull the head on both a Honda and Toyota and see the incredible difference in precision the Honda holds.

      There is a good reason, in virtually all comparison tests by experts in the automobile field, that Toyota cars usually occupy the last slot.

      Toyota cars have no passion, and for a car that is an unforgivable sin.

      1. avatar Joel says:

        Wow. On a gun site.

  5. avatar No_Ones_Home says:

    Is the barrel twist rate 1:16”? The product page in the link above doesn’t say.

    With ammo like Aguila’s sniper subsonic 60-grain rounds (and other manufactures making heavier 40+ grain subsonic rounds), I would think gun makers would be producing guns with barrels in faster twist rates.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I just assumed 1:16, but I’ll ask.

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      1 in 16″, confirmed.

  6. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    wonderful. handsome and superb, price be damned.

  7. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Sounds like a great rifle; but what’s up with that magazine?

    1. avatar Mister Furious says:

      Was wondering that too; is there a purpose other than to give it a centerfire look? I imagine it’s more stable than a slender 22 magazine.

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Built on the AI footprint so the shooter can use the same action on any Remington 700 BDL stock without modification. Your rimfire can be set up just like your centerfire.
      Want to run an MDT or Masterpiece chassis on your 6mm competition gun? You can run the exact same chassis on your .22LR, swapping back and forth.

  8. avatar Vlad Tepes says:

    The gun is a joke. I have several custom built .22 heavy barrel competition guns (single shots) that will best that lousy group by at least half and depending on the ammo below 1/2 minute of angle. Even my old 1964 Anshutz will easily shoot 1/2 in groups at 100 yards. I had at one time Kleinguenther with a sporter barrel that shot the same groups at 100 yards.

    1. avatar Boogaloo says:

      You are an idiot

    2. avatar GS650G says:

      You are the joke and embarrassment. Go run your own blog where you can pontificate all day long. You probably don’t even own a gun.

    3. avatar Accur81 says:

      You sound like the guy who shoots 1/2″ groups at 100 yards all day with cheap commie ammo. I’ve read about it, but haven’t ever observed it in the real world. Carry on with yourself, because you’ve lost everyone else.

      1. avatar Keep being a Good Parrot says:

        Youtube is full of guys using cheap ammo to shoot 1″ groups in real time. Have you been with us the last twenty years?

        1. avatar Tex300BLK says:

          Lol… yeah 15 shot group with 5 that are kinda close together and 10 “called fliers”

    4. avatar GluteusMaximus says:

      No you don’t

  9. avatar Dude says:

    What barrel length was used for this test? Apologies if I overlooked it.

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      It’s available in your preferred “finish, length and contour”

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      This one was 16″. Some of the pics look longer because the silencer is screwed on.

  10. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    .17 HM2. Hell yes. Admittedly my favorite cartridge. Im a huge fan boy and have been begging Henry for a small game rifle in .17hm2. HMR blows squirrels to pieces, HM2 pokes a clean hole and knocks them dead.

  11. avatar Joe Grine says:

    Hi Jon: Nice review. I would have loved to see some groups with higher quality “match” ammunition, such as Eley Tenex or Match, Lapua X-Act or Midas, RWS R-100, SK Match, etc. I’ll bet you could have shrunk those groups in half with better ammo.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Me too. I’ve ordered a couple different Lapua types, they just haven’t made it in yet. Cutting it in half would be pretty amazing. Down in the 2s.

      1. avatar Tex300BLK says:

        Try some SK Long Range, the group of guys I shoot 22 matches with have all had great success running this in their Vudoos. Half the price of Center-X.

        Also every month Texas Precision Matches hosts a “mini” PRS match at the CCC shooting range in Navasota. I have had more fun at those than I do at the big gun matches. You should try one before Vudoo makes you give them their rifle back 😉

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Will do. Thanks. And I’ve already told them to invoice me.

  12. avatar WI Patriot says:

    I built a custom one off .17hm2 14yrs ago that will shoot right along side with this, and I’m only into it for $1100…

    Just another ridiculously overpriced rifle, but this time in a rimfire…

  13. avatar John H Haley says:

    A great gun? Maybe. But methinks they’ve climbed yesterday’s mountain. Anschutz has already been there with a lighter rifle. Also Cooper and doubtless more, but those are the two examples I have.

    It’s been said that only accurate guns are interesting. In the last ten years such progress has been made in average accuracy that I now say “only lightweight accurate rifles are interesting.” And that is rapidly evolving to include the modifier “self-loading.”

    Producing a highly accurate .22lr bolt action weighing 12 lbs in 2020 is . . . sort of a waste of talent and effort.

    1. avatar Joe Grine says:

      I own three Anschutz .22LRs, a 1975 Walther UIT Special, and Kimber 82 Govt., which are all tackdrivers (one the Annies will put three shots through the same hole at 50 yards.) Having said that, I cant run a MPA Competition Chassis on any of those rifles. And they all have pretty wood that I don’t want to destroy on a barricade, etc. So I do see a role for this Vudoo as a competition trainer.

    2. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Unlike the rifles you’ve mentioned, you can put this action into dozens of different stocks, widely varying the weight. The genius of the design is not just the accuracy, but the extreme versatility both prior to, as well as after the purchase.

      1. avatar Clownshoes says:

        Oh you hear that guys! You can change the stocks! That’s why it costs $2800! It lets you change the stocks! Lol.

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          Why did you add $400 to the MSRP?
          Pay attention.

        2. avatar Joe Grine says:

          So many poors making comments. “it costs more than a Ruger 10/22, so I have to complain.” Boo Hoo.

  14. avatar BeoBear says:

    Must be something wrong with your M&P15-22. Mine is just as accurate as that fancy big dollar shootin’ stick. Why the first time I shot my M&P I hit dead center at 100 yards and thought I missed the next twenty. That was until I realized they had all gone through the same hole. Too boring so I loosened the sights to give me enough wobble to bring it up to sub MOA. Fools and their money….

    P.S. any chance you could spot me the money to get one of these?

    1. avatar BeoBear says:

      That was supposed to have a sarcasm disclaimer but it disappeared for some reason. Dang I’d love to have a budget that included one of these.

  15. avatar possum and the"Coons of Doom" says:

    $2400 bolt action.22LR, it will shoot groups almost half as small as a $125 pawn shop Marlin. Whats that old joke about cocaine? its God’s way of telling you you’ve got to much money

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Wanna put some money on you shooting 1″ groups with a $125 Marlin?

      1. avatar Hello Faker says:

        This guy edits out comments that go against his paid advertisers.

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          I’ve never edited out a comment in my life, and I have no paid advertisers.

  16. avatar TommyJay says:

    Thanks for the fun review, not that I’m going to spend that kind of cash. How about a comparison review of 3 popular bolt gun .22’s under 600 or $750?

    I love shooting SV .22 ammo out of an 18″ barrel. Ffffp. Do I even need hearing protection? CCI SV is one of the best. Then switch to Winchester hyper HV. Fffick, thwap. You can hear the supersonic crack followed by thwap of hitting the dirt. The hyper HV ammo usually flips the dueling tree steel disks too.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      I think I’d enjoy that review. Any particular new budget rimfire rifles you are interested in?

      1. avatar Rswartze says:

        I think the new CZ 457 should be on the list.

      2. avatar Yeti2 says:

        For budget rimfires, Ruger American Rimfire Long Range Target, Tikka T1x , CZ 457 provarmit.
        For more boutique rimfires maybe the Bergara B14-R if it ever comes out, CZ 457 precision trainer, Lithgow LA 101,

      3. avatar jwtaylor says:

        Thanks both of you, I’ll request them.

      4. avatar TommyJay says:

        I don’t really know enough to recommend. The Tikka sounds interesting. I like light weight, though I realize that may run counter to accuracy. Try to get a couple that I could legally buy in CA. (No threaded barrels? Is that correct?)

  17. avatar Btroll says:

    I want one but it will likely be down the road.
    Also, you consistently entertain me with your writing style.
    One quibble, could you possibly amend the Hassenfefer link. It points to Condé Nast and Hearst publications tend to look askance second amendment rights.

    If I am mistaken please disregard.

    Double points for a hill country grandmother recipe.

    Thanks hombre

  18. avatar Yeti2 says:

    Two more things that I’d like to add that make it worth the cost. For a lefty, it really is the only option that you can get to put in a chassis that I’ve been able to find. Savage and Anshutz make left handed 22LR but not one that would fit in a chassis. In addition to the first class rifle, the customer service has also been first class. Everyone I’ve spoken to or emailed with made sure that I’ve been able to get my questions answered quickly and accurately.

  19. avatar IdahoBoy says:

    I always admire a fine piece of engineering such as this.

    But there are so many other things to buy first that I don’t have yet, and I’m just not willing to spend two grand on a 22, no matter how good it is. A reasonably modified 10/22 is still plenty good enough to get those wascally wabbits.

    Perfect is the enemy of good enough.

  20. avatar Mercutio says:

    Should have saved the name “Sinister” for a left-handed version…. on the other hand, that would mean calling the regular, right-handed version the “Dexter”. Maybe not such a good idea.

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      Brilliant!
      You can also get the action in a left handed version.

  21. avatar Lance F says:

    Great write up! Please add a precision 10/22 volquartsen, kidd, or similar to the bolt gun comparison. If someone spends $2000 + on a rifle, they shouldn’t complain about $40 mags.

    1. avatar GERR says:

      BUT THE MAGS SHOULD WORK AND NOT HAVE TO HOPE YOU GET ONE THAT DOES. VODOO SENT ME THREE ONE WORKED AND TWO DID NOT FEED. SO SURE I DO NOT MIND THE 40 BUCKS BUT MAGS FOR THIS RIFLE SHOULD WORK AS DELIVERED. THEN WHEN I CALLED THEY SAID THAT NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE WHAT A LAME REPLY.

  22. avatar BeoBear says:

    While I wish I could afford one of these sweet rifles it’s not going to happen in this life time.

    For those in the know, who makes an accurate .22LR rifle in the $500 and under range? Assuming such a beast exists. Obviously I’m not talking Vudoo accurate at that price but more accurate than average.

    As someone who’s trying to learning to build a long range skill set on a basically nonexistent budget due to a lot of medical bills and little to no income, a budget precision .22LR might be a big help. It took me a good 5+ years to build my 6.5 Gendel AR and afford a scope so low cost is key. I’ll be honest, my precision shooting game is not good. I need all the help I can get.

  23. avatar John Deinlein says:

    Great article and review! I own a vudoo Gun Works V-22 it would be the last firearm I part with out of all my guns. Absolutely the finest firearm I own both fit and finish and accuracy!

  24. avatar Bob hardy says:

    Savage .22s will fill that under $1k void better than most. My B model with the 21″ heavy barrel can shoot way “beyond its raisin'”.
    Bob

  25. avatar GERR says:

    I JUST GOT MY V22 FROM VODOO FOR 2300 I WANTED TO TOSS MY LUNCH, THE 20 MOA RAIL WAS PUT ON BACKWARDS. YES THE RAIL CAN BE PUT ON BACKWARDS.
    THEN THE WORST PART IS THE MAG WOULD NOT FEED THE .22 LR AMMO. WELL ONE MAG WOULD FEE AND THE SECOND WOULD NOT FEED, I HEARD ABOUT THE PROBLEM AND VODOO TOLD ME THAT THEY FIXED THE PROBLEM THEY HAVE NOT. ONCE MORE I WANT TO TOSS MY LUNCH. DO NOT TRUST THEM THEY JUST WANT TO SELL PRODUCT AND DEAL WITH IT LATER.

    1. avatar RedRobin says:

      I just “pulled the trigger” on a Vudoo Raven. As a poor man I have lusted after a high end 22lr for a while now. I literally lost sleep trying to decide between Cooper, Anschutz, New Ultra Light Arms, and Vudoo. I do not intend to shoot competition, just leisurely 100 yd bench rest, plinking, and occasional hunting. The large format Vudoo magazines are not appealing to me because I am not using it as a “trainer” for a center-fire rifle. However, I completely understand that it was engineered from the get-go for that market. I have owned Anschutz, both 64 and 54 action sporters, in my past when I was better off financially. The Cooper and NULA rifles I have only read many reviews and comments on. My priorities are: #1 – reliability/durability, #2 – accuracy, #3 – light weight. I have come to understand that the extremely tight tolerances of extremely accurate firearms can have a negative effect on reliability. I also keep in mind that extremely light weight firearms are harder to steady for accurate shooting. Therefore, my priorities are somewhat in opposition to each other. When all was said and done I chose the Vudoo because I found fewer complaints of various reliability issues than all the others. I can only HOPE I made the right guess. Honestly, I would love to own one of each of the afore mentioned brands.

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