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Dangerous game rifle: CZ550 / Winchester M70???

 
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:58 PM
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Dangerous game rifle: CZ550 / Winchester M70???

I am trying to find a "all in one" rifle for African/Alaska hunting.

---CZ550 safari magnum
416 Rigby "Hog Back stock"
9.38lbs
Grabagun.com CZ 04201 CZ550 SafarI 416 Rigby Online Gun Store

---Winchester M70 Safari express
416 Rem
9lbs
Grabagun.com Winchester 535116139 M70 SafarI 416 REM Online Gun Store


Which one is better for me? Thanks guys!
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:18 AM
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Re: Dangerous game rifle: CZ550 / Winchester M70???

I can tell you something about the differences between the two rifles, but without more information, I can't possibly tell you which rifle is a better one for you.

Have you physically held either model rifle in your hands? If not, that should be your first step.

You stated that you want an all around rifle for Alaska/Africa. What do you want your rifle to be able to do? What features are important to you? Will you hand load or use factory ammo? Are you looking for blued finish/wood stock or do you prefer stainless/synthetic?

Provide better details and someone can provide better answers.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:07 AM
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Re: Dangerous game rifle: CZ550 / Winchester M70???

Both companies have a great reputation & IMHO a CRF action is a must for a DG rifle.

Will the gunsmiths in your area be willing or able to work on the CZ should it malfunction or should you decide to change something?

The Winchester is here to stay & you will have more aftermarket parts & willing gunsmiths for a good 'ole product of the US of A.

The CZ is plain sexy, & capable to boot. High quality is usually synonymous with the CZ name & product.

This one might come down to individual preference.


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Old 06-06-2013, 10:28 AM
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Re: Dangerous game rifle: CZ550 / Winchester M70???

Well there is no wrong choice, I like the higher comb of the CZ. It would come down to which one I could get a better deal on or which one I could get in stainless. Also the Win has more support, like say if you want an HS stock, you just order it easy as pie. Also 375 H&H sounds more "all around" to me than 416 Rigby.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:23 PM
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Re: Dangerous game rifle: CZ550 / Winchester M70???

Thanks!
I want blued finish barrel, either stock is ok. The first thing I really want to know is the difference between 416 Rigby and 416 Remington Magnum.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:35 PM
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Re: Dangerous game rifle: CZ550 / Winchester M70???

Here is some comparison info to get you started:

.416 Rigby and .416 Rem. Mag.

http://www.africahunting.com/375-up/911-416-why.html

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Old 06-08-2013, 12:05 AM
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Re: Dangerous game rifle: CZ550 / Winchester M70???

The Winchester Model 70 is a fine rifle. It would be hard to go wrong with one of those.

However, I do own a CZ550 Safari Magnum in .375 H&H. It's magnum action is larger than that of the Winchester, which gives you greater magazine length and greater magazine capacity. The greater magazine length allows me to load my .375 to performance levels that are unreachable in the smaller actions.

The price of the greater ballistic performance and magazine capacity is additional gun weight. Depending on your point of view, you may consider that a negative. Personally, I consider greater gun weight in the larger calibers to be an asset because it tends to reduce recoil and makes for a steadier aim.

Another feature of the CZ that I really like is the factory set trigger. When taking a deliberate shot (as opposed to a quicker snap shot), I find that the set trigger does a lot to improve my accuracy. I can concentrate more on sight alignment and breathing. When I am steady and my sights are on target, I don't have to even think about trigger squeeze. I just think "Fire!" and my bullet is on its way. The set trigger helps a lot to avoid flinching when shooting from the bench.

My two favorite rifles are the CZ 550 series and the Winchester Model 70. Both are well made rifles and a joy to use. In DG calibers, each one offers something a bit different. I think your choice really has to boil down to your personal preferences and how each particular rifle fits you and feels in your hands. I remain convinced that you will know which one is right for you the moment you pick it up.
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