.243 Bench rifle


March 19, 2013, 03:50 PM
Let's just jump right in as my first post. So I am a big fan of CZ. I have CZ 455, CZ 527 in .223, and CZ 85 Combat 9mm pistol. All are top notch shooters to my knowledge, I have been shooting less than a year. Now I only shoot paper, but the competition here at the range is HOT!. I am looking for bench rifle in .243. Yes i will handload when components are available. Shooting out to 300M. My daughter seems to have taken over my .223 (whoda thought?)
I have narrowed my search down to another CZ (550), or Savage Model 14.
Savage 12 LRV is out of my price range as I will need a scope, case and reloading stuff also. I like the CZ line but I feel the need to branch out as I expand my experience. Any other brand feedback would be appreciated also.
Thanks in advance for your experience.

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March 19, 2013, 04:03 PM
There are many good rifles out there today, the ones I like the best are the Savage's (Mine) and the Tikka's, price wise you can't beat the Savages for best accuracy out of the box, and the Accutrigger is out of this world for shooting bug holes without having to add an expensive new trigger to the rifle.

But I am bias about them I have two.


By the way Welcome to THR.

March 19, 2013, 04:04 PM
They say the new FN made Winchesters shoot awful good.

March 19, 2013, 04:12 PM
Jim thanks for the welcome. Which Savage models do you own? Are you shooting bug holes at 100m? groupings past 100m? Thanks

March 19, 2013, 04:21 PM
I have the Model 10 with wood stock and put a 6-24x50mm AOE on it. General get about .35 MOA at a 100 yards, that's as long as our range is. I do reload for it and use 105 grain Hornady A-Max for it. Haved switched over to 95 grain SST by Hornady and they work extreemly well.

Good Shooting.

The other is a Model 100 in 270 Winchester.

This is with the 270 at 100 yards 130 grain Hornady SST's (5 shot group)


March 19, 2013, 07:01 PM
Mine started life as a Savage 12FV, later I added a Sharpshooter Supply LVT stock, then finally changed out the barrel (in my garage) for a stainless 8 twist LW.


March 19, 2013, 07:37 PM
I just built a sweet custom bench rig on a CZ-550 action. I couldn't be happier. Problem is it's not factory, and it's not cheap. The problem for me with a factory 243 bench rig, or buying one for that, would be twist, and it sounds like you're looking for a factory setup. The typical twist rate on factory 243's isn't sufficient. Most are a 1:10 or a 1:9.5ish. You really need a 1:8 (or faster) so that you can stabilize the big target bullets like the Bergers, Sierra's, DTAC, etc. If you wanted to build a rig on a CZ, PM me and I'll fill you in on some of the in's-out's. Again though, you're looking at the cost of a donor gun plus ~$700 in barrel and install to really do it top notch.

You might also look at some of the 260 / 6.5mm offerings out there. The factory twist on those is sufficient for 140 grainers, they're easy to load for, etc. Just something to think about.

March 20, 2013, 03:09 PM
when you say bench shooting I think custom rig. If you want to get started out and really like the sport the Savage will be much easier to work on and upgrade. If you can handload you can swap out a savage barrel. CZ is metric and pricey to build off

March 20, 2013, 05:45 PM
Specman 55 Why not buy a savage /stevens 200. Build it for the class you intend to shoot. Just a old school model 10. Do a rifle basic trigger on it and up grade you stock to a simple boyd's or better. Spread the cost out a bit over time. You could cut a 243AI chamber too and target crown only if needed. Rifle can still be bought for 300 dollars. Boyd's make all of savage stocks so depending on class stock upgrades can be a 109 dollar. Give more money for the extras needed for match shooting and reloading.

March 20, 2013, 10:19 PM
CZ is metric and pricey to build off

If your gunsmith cant or wont cut metric threads, you should find another gunsmith. :) Metric isn't any harder to cut than standard. :) Otherwise it's just the same as rebarreling anything else.

A Stevens 200 build would be a nice way to get started. I've got a brand new one in the safe waiting for the right time and barrel. The problem now is finding one at the right price. They're still relatively cheap, but not $200 like they used to be.

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