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CBC/MagTech Model 7022

Pete Moore looks at a Brazilian-made, semi-auto rimfire rifle and finds a design that -though a bit rough around the edges - is none the less a good field performer

It’s likely that the 22 rimfire rifle in all its diverse makes and mechanism types must be the most prolific long gun in the world, probably even exceeding the Kalashnikov and its variants. In terms of cost you can pay a grand plus for some makes and at the other end of the scale around £100 for something that will get the job done and this is exactly what I am looking at this month…

The CBC/MagTech M7022 is a budget semi-auto in terms of price, but a well presented package none the less. The rifle is pretty much an external copy of the Marlin 7000 but made in Brazil, which is probably one of the reasons why it is so cheap at under £150. CBC used to offer a bolt-action Rimfire and that as I recall was about £50 retail, basic yes, but a great little rifle that would tumble bunnies etc. all day long.

Acceptable

I have to say that I have never been a big fan of semis for field work, considering the reliability offered by a bolt-action far more important than the fast fire ability of a self-loader. But to its credit the 7022 proved more than acceptable in terms of getting the job done. The layout and controls offers few surprises, the receiver is aluminium and shows an integral, ½” dovetail. The light/medium barrel is 18” long with a ramped/protected blade up front and an adjustable, fold-down U-notch at the rear. As standard the muzzle is cut ½” x 20 UNF to take any rimfire moddy and a thread protector is included.

Feed is by a single column, 10-shot magazine, which offers a primitive form of last round hold open, as the platform rises to physically block the bolt going forward. This is backed up by a manual system that allows you to hold the action fully open then push the cocking handle into a recess to do the job. The mag release catch is push-forward lever at the rear of the well and the safety is a cross bolt type at the front of the trigger guard.

The stock is a black synthetic with moulded-in chequering panels on the sides of the forend and pistol grip and the length of pull a generous 14”. The forend is bulbous and offers a hand-filling hold, which tapers forward and finishes off in a semi-Schnable tip. The butt is slim with a low angled comb, which doesn’t do a lot for a natural eye/scope position, also no sling swivels are fitted. Light and apparently handy at 37 ½” back to front, the 7022 was shaping up into something reasonably useful…

Dress-up Time

If you favour a basic iron sight package then the 7022 needs nothing and is probably good to go as a 40-50 yard bunny bumper, however most of us will want to put on a scope and the other extras. For this I fitted my Deben Endurance 30 3-9x44 IR. Up front went an SM11 moderator, and ammo was Remington sub-sonic hollow point.

Most apparent is the slim, low-combed and angled butt, which is set up for the iron sights, with a scope on top even in medium mounts the head is not raised high enough to offer a natural line-up. This can be sorted by using low mounts, if the objective bell is of small enough diameter, though some form of comb raiser is probably the best bet.

Operation is easy – slap in a full mag and give it a shake to make sure it has locked, then cycle the action to put one up the pipe. The trigger pull is long and mushy but not that heavy, though the release point is a little vague and it took me a few magazines worth of ammo to get an understanding of it… The cross bolt safety is well positioned at the front of the guard to allow the trigger finger to come up and push it right to left to set it to FIRE. Typically it will only work when the action is cocked.

Off a range bag at 50-yards the 7022 was printing around the 1-1/1/4” mark with both the subs and standard velocity ammo. I feel it could have done better with a slightly improved trigger, though I don’t think the slim/low combed butt helped either. Given the price point I don’t think it’s worth investing a lot of money into gunsmithing to improve things here. Easier and reasonably effective would be a trigger shoe and a comb raiser of some description or other.

Reliable?

To its credit the rifle mounts easily and the slotted butt plate locks into the shoulder yet offers a little bit of slide to allow final positioning, so neither too aggressive nor too slippery. Reliability was good with the rifle showing the occasional stoppage common to most rimfire auto-loaders and to be honest you are a bit on the edge with the low powered sub-sonic cartridge anyway. Often it’s best to go up a notch just to get a bit more oomph from the operating cycle. The ersatz last round hold open is a bit annoying, as you have to struggle to pull the empty clip out due to the bolt bearing down on it. Plus, as soon as it’s free, the action snaps shut.

The manual bolt hold open is easy, as you hold the action open all the way to the rear then push in on the cocking handle. To release, take the weight of the bolt and pull out the handle and the action will snap shut, the movement here is probably about 1mm.

Taking the action from the stock shows a more Ruger 10/22-like build underneath with a separate trigger mechanism housing (TMH) pinned on the underside of the receiver. Unlike the Marlin 7000, which uses a frame and cross pin construction, this will make the 7022 far easier to strip down to clean and also work on.

Far from polished in some areas, the 7022 is none the less a capable little rifle for those looking for a cheap and effective working semi-auto rimfire. It would also make a great starter gun for a youngster, or general ‘get to know shooting’ club rifle. Plus with iron sights, scope base and muzzle threading as standard it wants for nothing. But I would say, don’t buy one of these if you are expecting to be able to get better stocks and drop-in go faster bits - if that’s your aim get a Ruger 10/22…

Technical Specifications
Name CBC/MagTech Model 7022
Calibre 22 Long Rifle
Capacity 10 (DM)
Action semi-automatic
Barrel 18”
Last round bolt block
Manual hold open
Stock synthetic
Sights Y
Price £142.40
Spare mags £16.50

All Prices Are Guides Due to the Changes in US & European Exchange Rates

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User Comments
  • I have owned a Magtech 7022 for two years, being my first rimfire. Fitted with a 3-9 x 50 scope and a Swift moderator it is the ideal tool for walking up rabbits, the semi being handy for family groups, getting four at a time on occasions, especially at night. While no match for my CZ 17HMR Varmint on accuracy, 40-50 yard chest shots on rabbits give a reliable kill, while rested shots can be taken out to 70-80 yards and at least you've got something left to take home, unlike the HMR. I used Magtech .22 LR subs for the first 1000 rounds with a few recycling problems and jams. The answer was dud bullets and magazine jams. The original mag was fine every time, but the two pattern spares kept sticking. I sorted the mags and switched to Ely subs and no more jams. I have glued a neoprene pad to the butt end to stop slipping and find the lightweight Magtech so easy to bring up to my eye and shoot. Not rushing the trigger pull is the answer for accurate shots.

    Comment by: ken j     Posted on: 03 Mar 2009 at 09:54 PM

  • Yes it's a great little tool and at the money a real bargain...

    Good hunting
    PM

    Comment by: Pete Moore     Posted on: 04 Mar 2009 at 05:15 PM

  • I have had my 7022 for six years and I must say I was surprised when I took it out of the box and took it to the range. This was the first gun I have owned that I have not had to sight in. I use it to practice on my shooting skills but also for hunting. The light weight of this gun is really remarkable. Its easy to bring up to your shoulder on those split second shots. This is a great gun for beginners. Finally the price of this gun is great. You don't have to spend a fortune to have a good quality firearm.

    Comment by: Dale W     Posted on: 22 Jun 2009 at 11:14 AM

  • hi there
    how heavy is the gun
    dwayne

    Comment by: dwayne     Posted on: 20 Jul 2009 at 07:42 PM

  • Not certain, but I doubt if it weighs in at 5lbs soaking wet; probably less...

    PM

    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 21 Jul 2009 at 09:10 AM

  • hi!i would like to find a magtech 7022 gun manual, cause y bought one but i want to disarm it .
    i hope some one could help me!

    Comment by: Diego lattanzio     Posted on: 21 Aug 2009 at 08:40 PM

  • I am looking for spare clips for my magtech 7022. I live in california and can't seem to find any. can you help

    Comment by: mike     Posted on: 01 Oct 2009 at 04:26 AM

  • diego lattanzio I can make a copy of the manual I got with my 7022 for you

    Comment by: mike     Posted on: 01 Oct 2009 at 04:43 AM

  • Hi
    It's a copy of the Mossberg 702, hence the name 7022. It certainly is not a copy of a Marlin 7000. The gun is a Mosberge 702 made by CBC. The Mosberg being one of Wall marts cheapest ever guns about $100. The Mossberg and Marlin are similar to look at but it stops there. Marlin 7000 has a bull barrel and the bolt has two extractors rather than one. Also the action inside is all very different. The Marlin being the best quality. I own one, and 10/22 and 597.

    Comment by: Ratdog.     Posted on: 24 Jan 2010 at 02:34 PM

  • I am looking to guy two clips for my mag-tech 7022.I was viewing your website and found that my gun is missing the end piece to the barrel.Can you help?Thank You.

    Comment by: J.T.     Posted on: 10 May 2010 at 10:37 PM

  • I commented on the Magtech 7022 in 2009 and continue to enjoy successful bunny bashing sessions with this reliable little rifle. It is now sold as the Mossberg 702 plinkster, magazines and spares being readily available on US websites. I downloaded a manual from www.mossbergintl.com, which made stripping down the action for cleaning easy. Tools needed being a No 2 Phillips and a 3/16 (5mm) pin punch, knock out the two pins and all is revealed. I relieved the plastic stock around the barrel by about 1 mm, as mine was touching and causing missed shots with a tripod, until I sussed it. Not as accurate as a bolt action rifle, or HMR, the Magtech still groups well after over 2000 rounds.

    Comment by: Ken J     Posted on: 26 Nov 2010 at 12:36 PM

  • I have a magtech 7022 and cant find a magazine for it- I was told that a Mossberg 702 would fit . I ordered 3 and none of them worked-- Please are there any Magazines for the MAGTECH 7022 SEMI AUTO--

    Comment by: Alan Bolyard     Posted on: 07 Mar 2011 at 01:51 AM

  • Give the importers a bell and they should be able to help:

    Viking Arms Ltd, 01423 780810

    Comment by: peter moore     Posted on: 20 Mar 2011 at 10:34 AM

  • i was in a pawn shop looking at anything unusual to buy.i saw the mag tech rifle on the rack and asked to look at it.the stock was scratched up a bit because it has a nicely grained stock.the guy behind the counter said that i didnt need that because it did not work worth a darn.it had a good finish iasked him how much he wanted for it.he said it would be an as-is gun only.he said he would take 25 dollars for it.i bought it and saw that the mag was bent.i sent off to mag tech and got 4 mags loaded them up went to the range and it shot just great.i sanded the stock down and re did it and i have a wonderful little 22 that is accurate with a scope.call mag tech and they have mags.8 years ago i bought 4 mags at 10 dollars each. may be higher now.enjoy the mag tech.

    Comment by: eddy     Posted on: 28 Jan 2012 at 09:25 AM

  • I have a MagTech Mod 7022 and need a clip, the bigger the better any help would be appreciated.

    Comment by: Philip Schwalbach     Posted on: 09 Dec 2012 at 03:59 AM

  • i am having troubnle with it jamming or not pulling out the empty cartrages?? i am only using 38 grain subsonics is thst the problem do i need a more powerful ammo?

    Comment by: kerry     Posted on: 02 Nov 2013 at 02:55 AM

  • Hi Kerry, you may have answered your own question!

    Give some standard velocity ammo a go and see what happens.

    The problem may have vanished but if it still persists you may just need to give the action a damn good clean, just like a Ruger 10 22.

    Let us know how you get on.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 02 Nov 2013 at 06:53 AM

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