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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Takem406, Dec 29, 2015.

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  1. viking499

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    Rumor is that the 557 line will replace the 550 once it is in full production mode. My recommendation is to not wait if you come across a 550 you want.
     
  2. CH47gunner

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    You can't go wrong with a CZ.
    I own three of their rifles - 452 Special .22lr, 452 Varmint .17HMR, & 527 Varmint .223.
    All are outstanding rifles.
     
  3. SlowFuse

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    I picked this up a while back. Got it for the kids, but man I like shooting this little thing.

    It's a lower end model of CZ, some called it a garden rifle from what I have read. It still feels like it has the same quality you would expect from CZ. This example is in pretty rough shape, but something drew me to it.

    Single shot CZ Brno ZKM 468 made in 1950. It's a shooter, even with plain old Blazer 22.

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  4. I6turbo

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    Be careful. They can get addictive. I bought one about 4 years ago and got hooked on their rifles and handguns. Now I have.... several. The condition is known as CZitis. ;)
     
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  5. HOOfan_1

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    My biggest gripe with the CZ 557, is that the barrels are too short.

    Why would I buy a 20" .270 Win?
     
  6. Pilot

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    Thanks buddy.
     
  7. DPris

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    The 550s are being phased out.
    If you see one you want, buy it now.
    Denis
     
  8. bamajoey

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    I have several CZ's in various flavors. Three are American .22's. I shoot two of them and have one NIB for my grandson. The Scout, Varmint, Lux, and Brno #4 get used, but not as much as the Americans. Great guns, you won't be sorry. (Brno #4 not really a CZ, but a member of the family)
     
  9. OtG

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    Probably not going to help matters any, but I finally got to shoot my 7.62x39 527 Carbine, and...
    It's all true. Handles great, shoots more accurately than I can (not saying much, honestly), light kick, cheap ammo, damn near perfect.
    I'm planning to put a Leupold ultralight scope on it and use it for deer this fall, plus it's just so damn fun to shoot...
     
  10. d'zaster

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    I have a 455 chambered in 17hmr for ground squirrels Great gun. It has the curved euro stock which i don't really like but otherwise, very good experience with CZ.
     
  11. ColtPythonElite

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    I have a 452 FS, 452 Ultra Lux and 452 Trainer. I have recently sold another Trainer and a 455 American .....They are all fantastic sporter weight rifles.
     
  12. CB900F

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    D'zaster;

    You can go to the CZ USA website & buy a 455 American stock. Then go to rimfire central, and sell your hogback there. Shouldn't cost you too much to do it I'd think.

    900F
     
  13. Col. Plink

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    Always enjoy the chance to echo others' positive experiences with the 527 in7.62x39. My take is much the same as 200apples'. It's amazing, and that was before I dared to experiment with the set trigger! For fear of breaking it (I'm something of a lummox), I never tried it, pushing the trigger forward just sounded like a bad idea.

    The factory trigger is already light and breaks clean, but the set trigger is like opening a whole new door! I have renewed enthusiasm for what was already my favorite rifle!
     
  14. CraigC
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    Excellent rifles, I have one at each extreme. A 452FS .22LR...
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    ....and a 550 .416Rigby. Need more.
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  15. bluzman

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    I was aware of the differences in stock material, but thank you for the comments. In the end, I opted for the 455 Trainer (should arrive in next day or so). I went with the Trainer because I wanted a barrel longer than that on the 455 Lux (20.6") but I felt that the Ultra Lux might be a little unwieldy at 28.6".
     
  16. adcoch1

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    +1 on every point. I have had mine 3 days and finally got it out for a walk in the woods, and 50 rounds and a permanent smile later... needless to say I'm hooked. I did have 1 ftf but it was a few rounds of old crappy ammo I was trying. Well I had to test all the different surplus brands I had laying around and that one shell was questionable. If it happens any more I will go with a heavier firing pin spring. But man oh man I love this rifle.
     
  17. Corn-Picker

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    It's a shame that CZ is moving away from CRF, AFAIK they and Winchester were the only CRF manufacturers remaining (the Ruger M77 should theoretically be CRF but many function as PF from the factory). The more I use CRF the more I like it, mostly because I can control how far my empties fly when shooting at the range, but also because I know they should be a little more reliable/idiot proof under adverse conditions.

    My CZ 527 in 7.62x39 is apparently the only one in the world that can't shoot sub-MOA with match grade ammo(s). Accuracy is more than good enough for my needs, but I may try to pillar bed and bed the action to tighten it up a little bit. Maybe I should leave it alone since it wears iron sights and I'll never notice the difference between 1.5 MOA and sub MOA in the real world, but I would really like to shoot tiny groups with it when the 16x scope is attached :)
     
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  18. Corn-Picker

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    New England Custom Gun (NECG) sells a rear peep for the 527 and a front partridge post for the 550 (it fits the 527 with a little sanding).

    I installed the peep on the rear, and removed the front hood and installed the partridge post up front. I strongly prefer this setup over the stock sights. The sight radius is longer with the peep on the rear (notched) dove tail, which matters somewhat in such a short rifle. This configuration seems more accurate and faster on target for me. The only disadvantage is that I had to invest an extra $140 in the rifle.

    I want to customize my 527 a little but I'm afraid I may bubba it up. I'd like to:

    Pillar bed it and bed the action (mine doesn't consistently do better than 1.5" with any brand of ammo, and I've tried over a dozen)

    Hollow out a magazine well (from the bottom) in the rear of the stock so that I could have a spare magazine back there. There was a guy on these forums (armorer dan IIRC) that did this and it looked great.

    Install a 3rd swivel stud for a ching sling, but I'm unsure if there would be enough space between the second and third stud to make it work properly.

    Of all my rifles the little CZ 527 in 7.62x39 is the one that's the most fun to shoot.
     
  19. adcoch1

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    I agree on the fun part, and I LOVE peep sights, but I would have a hard time messing with that front sight. And I really like the sight hood. We will see if I still do after a deer season here in western Washington, but for now the hood has to stay. I would love to have the extra mag in the stock too, but a leather belt pouch or m-1carbine style pouch on the front of the sling might be what it ends up with.
     
  20. adcoch1

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    BTW does anyone know if the FS stock from the 527 223 rifles will fit the 7.62x39 carbine?
     
  21. I6turbo

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    Carbine barrel is about 4" shorter. Here's the Carbine and FS with the same make/model of scope on each for scale perspective. Note that they appear almost the same size in the photos because the Carbine photo is scaled up, but the Carbine is a significantly smaller gun.

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    You might be able to trim the stock and refinish it and make a full-stock Carbine. Would be interesting to see.

    On a related note, the wood UNDER the heavy factory finish on CZs is beautiful. I've refinished several of mine to show the natural grain. That FS shown above is probably next on my list for a refinish.
     
  22. teetertotter

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    Since I don't collect guns, my one and only, 4+ year old 452 Amer., is my pride and joy. One of my granddaughter's will inheret it. :)
     
  23. adcoch1

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    I am in love with the FS stocked rifles, and CZ wood is always worthy of a refinish. What beautiful rifles. I thought the carbine was a bit smaller. I think the best use of the FS stock is in closer range rifles though, where the stock contact with the barrel wouldn't be as much of a problem accuracy wise. Hence the reason for wanting an FS for a 7.62x39.
     
  24. CB900F

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    Adcoch1;

    For some reason, the CZ fullstocks don't seem to have any accuracy problems. That's from feedback on the CZ forum at Rimfire Central, my fullstock .22lr, and another fullstock I don't own but have had experience with. That gun is a CZ550 fullstock in 6.5 Swede. And the owner can ring the 600 yard gong with it 'bout any time he wants to. The gong is 1 foot in diameter. The scope on it is a Vortex Viper PST 4-16X. He got it used!

    900F
     
  25. I6turbo

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    Agree! I'm not sure if the full-stock-causes-accuracy-issues is a myth only where CZs are concerned, or just generally a myth. But like you, I've seen numerous reports from CZ FS owners who have a LOT of guns and shooting experience, and they routinely report that their FS guns are as accurate as, and often more accurate than any of their other styles. Mine are all scoped now and I've never found them to be any less accurate than the non-FS CZs.
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