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CZ 455 Standard range report

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  1. Frostbite

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    Good day folks. As I have mentioned it, I recently traded my Browning Buckmark Sporter for a brand new CZ 455 Standard. CZ is now offering the 457, so I just got an obsolete rifle! For those who prefer to see instead of reading, pictures are included.

    I am very pleased with this replacement. There was nothing wrong with the Buckmark, but I like this one better.

    The trigger is definitely nicer, very nice in fact, and I think this rifle is more adequately stocked to shoot with open sights. It is also absolutely easier and quicker to clean. I also prefer this magazine, it does not hurt my fingers when I fill it up.

    Before I go any further, I must state that I am just an average shooter, so please don't judge the rifle's inherent capacity based on this report, it can certainly do better in more capable hands, with younger eyes, a scope or better ammunition (given my sight picture -I wear glasses-, I do not blame the ammo). Full disclosure: I was wearing light leather gloves.

    I must say it was a good morning at the range. Temperature was -19°C, wind was blowing from five to ten miles per hour. It has been a bright sunny day. Don't pay attention to what is written in French or in English on the targets, I shot all groups at fifty yards. I had only Winchester white box 36 grain at 1280 FPS on hand, so it is the only ammo I shot today.

    I shot 19 five shots groups and 1 ten shots group resting on sand bags. One of the five shots groups is not taken into account as it was shot through snow and I was not seeing the target, but shooting at where I thought it was. This was corrected with a walk on the snow going back and forth a few times after my first paper target. The average of the five shots groups I shot is 2.12 inches at fifty yards. The ten shots group is 5.5 inches, but 3,75 inches without the high flyer or for nine shots if you prefer. Without the lucky 0.5 inch group, the average of the five inches groups raises to 2.21 inches at 50 yards. I don't remember if I measured it, so don't take this for cash, but I think it is a tad better than what I did with the Buckmark when using the open sights.

    I enjoyed my new rifle a lot. It handles well, works flawlessly, the action is smooth and the trigger is excellent. It can be adjusted, as can the sights, but I did not mess with anything as it already shot good enough to have fun and it was a little cold for that kind of stuff. I thank the good folks here at THR who recommended this rifle, it influenced my decision to part with the Browning and I am glad I did.

    Will try to mount a cheap rimfire scope I have on it to see if I like it better. The range officer offered me a 8x fixed Zeiss (which I have not seen) for 250$, will have to check that too. IMG_20190112_150848.jpg IMG_20190112_150732.jpg IMG_20190112_145034.jpg IMG_20190112_145016.jpg IMG_20190112_145005.jpg IMG_20190112_144953.jpg IMG_20190112_144925.jpg IMG_20190112_144906.jpg IMG_20190112_144846_1.jpg IMG_20190112_144803.jpg
     
  2. troy fairweather

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    nice review. i would like to get a cz 455 fs but they are over 450 where u can finds them.
     
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  3. frankmako

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    if you want to see some small groups then get yourself a box of sk+ ammo. my cz 455 shoots just as good as my anschutz 1712 when it comes to grouping out to 100 meters with good ammo.
     
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  4. ifit

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    Great review n great shooting

    Also have a 455/22lr but a dedicated scoped rifle, my best at 50y is .183" 5-shot group using wolf match extra ammo.
     
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  5. Frostbite

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    I will order different brands of match ammo. Thank you for your recommendation. I don't know if I will find these, but I will look for them.

    Thank you. Is it the Standard? How is your scope mounted? Is the cheek weld adequate (seems like it!)? I fear the scope might be high with what I have here.
     
  6. Hookeye

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    I have a 20" CZ455. Older model, bbl does not interchange.
    Looks like the OP's.
    DSC03935.JPG

    Rings are not cheap.
    Some discussion on other forums about what will work, what won't.

    I ran the Burris aluminum .22 rf rings. They are not for 11mm dovetail but if the clamp screw is torqued to 30 in lbs they hold.
    Ran them on my Anschutz 184 just fine too.
    Might be slightly canted, dunno....but the scope dialed in just fine (Leupold 2-7X).

    At 25 yards the big game scope (parallax set for 150 yards)............the scope will not focus at 7X.
    It is close to focus (good enough) at 4X.
    At 50 yards........max mag is about 6X (to keep in decent focus).

    So OP.............if you are going to shoot 25 or 50 yards, a big game rifle scope of 8X is proly not what you want.
    Unless of course it has an adjustable objective.
    Leupold used to offer an 8X fixed w AO.

    Has the Zeiss you were offered been set for rimfire type distances?
     
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  7. Hookeye

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    I have put about 50 rounds through mine and no match ammo yet.
    Paid 321 bucks for it brand new.

    If wanting to run regular Weaver type rings you can get 11mm rail adapters from DIP
    https://www.diproductsinc.com/Products.aspx?CAT=3600

    J&P makes delrin adapters too, but state they are for Burris zee rings only
    https://www.jnpgunsprings.com/CZ-RIMFIRE-PARTS-c20995123

    I said screw it and ran the same rings that worked on my 184 Anschutz.
    They worked. Did scuff bluing on rail, where aluminum side of ring clamped.
    Touch up blue and looks like new. No big deal IMHO.
     
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  8. Hookeye

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    I got just under an inch w CCI minimag and Blazer at 50 yards scoped (CZ 455)
    My 10/22 w GM match bbl does the same thing with that ammo.
    Have not experimented to find what it likes.
    Bought another dang .22 lr and have three now..........def don't need three.
    Proly ought to put the 3-9X EFR Leupold Freedom I ordered (yesterday)........on the CZ.
    See how it does before I turn it loose.
    Have not given it a fair shake.

    Scope be here proly Tues.
     
  9. Hookeye

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    SK did about .4 at 50 yards w my 10/22 GM barrel.
    Don't have much SK..........can't find any more.
    Been too windy to try and test my CZ.......esp when I sold my 4-12X AO Leupold.
    With the Freedom EFR I can do OK at 50 yards at 9X (testing).
    Hopefully.
     
  10. Frostbite

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    Distances are 50, 100 and 200 yards at the main range where I shoot, with a secondary range offering 40 (unsure, don't go there often) and 100 yards. With the .22 LR, I would shoot mostly at 50 yards (like today, with possibly better groups using a scope ;)) and sometimes at 100 yards when not windy, with good ammo. I am not yet a good enough shooter for 200 yards with the .22 LR, I have enough challenge to group there reasonably with my .223. An adjustable parallax objective would be nice, indeed. I do not know if the scope I was offered has one. The guy said it was high end. I have no idea what is high end when it comes to rimfire scopes or how much I should pay one, and did not think to ask if it was a rimfire scope or a regular centerfire rifle scope. I know where to find him, though.

    All good suggestions are welcomed, but I don't see myself spending much more than that 250$, excluding the rings, on a rimfire scope. Up until now, .22 LR was a side-note to my main target shooting, just for fun, lacking seriousness, and to introduce new people to shooting. It is also good inexpensive practice for open sights, which I don't want to loose: it is still fun even if it is getting more difficult.

    This new rifle might change that lack of seriousness on my part with rimfire shooting a little, I felt an interesting potential today. I think my eyes limit my exploration of this potential, which is why I want to try a scope on it.
     
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  11. 2ndtimer

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    I also recently picked up a CZ-455 in .22 LR. I mounted an old Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14x40SF on it using really cheap high rings from Amazon. Here was my best target in this morning's .22 match at my club. Fired from a bench rest at 100 yards, 32 degrees F, slight breeze. Since this was only the 3rd time I have fired the rifle, I expect it will do even better going forward. Ammo was CCI Standard velocity. received_279244659425577.jpeg
     
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  12. Sappyg2.0

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    These are good rifles. You chose well OP. Almost everyone I shoot with uses a CZ 455.

    I've tried numerous types of eley, sk, federal gold, lapua and cci SV to name a few brands of ammo your gun might like. For the money mine is shooting well with wolf match but it's not a match winner. Close, but not quite there.

    My OTB trigger was pretty bad so I installed a rifle basix, though expensive, it really allows the gun to show what it can do.
     
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  13. Hookeye

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    I don't shoot leagues or compete.
    Just hunt.
    Don't need super clickety click or magnification.
    So figured try the VX Freedom 3-9X w AO.

    Had a 4-12X AO on my target 10/22.
    It was a friction knob model.

    Range toy, shooting 100 yards.........12x is good.
    Hunting I'll be running my scope around 4 or 5X.
    Since I shoot mostly offhand on squirrels.
     
  14. CoalTrain49

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    I have one. I can hit an 18" gong with it at 220 yds.

    I know that's not very good but it's fly swatter at 50 yards.:D

    I'm not sure anyone makes a better 22.
     
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  15. ifit

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    Sorry no....it's the precision trainer, but have a 452fs great for using irons.
     
  16. z7

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    An scope with an appropriate parallax adjustment is really important if you want to shoot tiny groups in my opinion, particularly for rimfire where you will have dramatic distance changes and will shoot close

    Case in point, I got my 7year old daughter a ruger precision Rimfire 22lr for her birthday. I put my Nikon prostaff 3-9 on it that was in my 10/22 and went to sight it in so she could open a box with a functioning, sighted in rifle

    Best groups were about 1” with most 1.5”at 50 within Co sv yds....disappointing

    At 100yds I got 2 1.5” groups, so I played around a little and suspected the parallax was partially to blame

    I ordered some rings and put my vortex pst 4-16ffp with an adjustable parallax (30yds is advertised) and took her to the range to try it out

    My best 10 shot group with cci sv is now .4” at 50, she put down on two different days 3, 5 shot groups in the .3” range....

    The scope made the gun shoot way better, even if you think your head is in the same spot, a tiny difference in eye position translates into inches on target
     
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  17. sparkyv

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    I have the Trainer with tangent sights. Really great out to 50yds so far, but you guys now have me jonseing to go out to 100yds, so I guess I may to put a scope on her.
     
  18. frankmako

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    There are many trigger fixes for the cz family. Go over to rimfire central site to see them all. I played around with some, but in the end I put in a Timney trigger. I use bkl scope rims. I have a 1982 El Paso steel Weavers T-16 scope. My cz is my back up rifle for smallbore silhouette matches. It backs up a anschutz 1712.
     
  19. d2wing

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    I have a Weaver Kaspa on one of mine with adjustable objective. Decent scope for the money, a Mueller on another. You might want to try Lapua ammo, for cheap ammo CCI cv works pretty good. You will like that rifle the more you shoot it. Mine like to be cleaned
     
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    I also got one this christmas. I put a Leupold 4x rimfire scope on it. The bad part is that I haven't had time to get out and shoot it yet.
     
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  21. GunnyUSMC

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    OP. Not bad shooting at 50yds, open sights with bulk ammo. :thumbup:
    A few years ago I got a CZ 514 Farmer. Someone told me that I should have gotten the CZ455. When I told them it was a birthday gift from a friend they said I got a hell of a deal.
    I haven't fired it past 25 yds, but just about everything I have fired through it groups under an inch.
    CZ 514.jpg
     
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  22. Rembrandt

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    Had a liking for the full stock, good shooter. Makes a nice squirrel gun.

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  23. chicharrones

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    Shooting at -19C (-2.2F) with a breeze? You did better than I would have done, Frostbite.

    Considering 39F was the low last night where I live, I would have stayed indoors at -19C. No shots fired at all. :D

    Congrats on the now obsolete CZ455, Frostbite. :cool:
    I have an obsolete CZ452 Trainer and it works fine, too. :)
     
  24. TN Outlaw

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    Gunny, my 1st CZ was a 513(maybe a 514 and I've called it a 513 all this time Lol) Farmer, I love the gun. The trigger was kinda looooooooonnnnnnnng and spongy but I have since worked on it and it's well enough. It's a great shooter and turned me on to CZ products.

    I didn't get it free but it was worth every penny I gave.
     
  25. red rick

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    Nice report and rifle . Find the ammo that rifle likes and your groups will get much smaller . My 10/22 and 60 both like Wolf Match or Wolf Target . I have a 452 American that I bought when I heard they were going to discontinue making them , that I haven't scoped or shot yet . I also would like a CZ designed for open sights .
     
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