Re: Looking at buying a Savage in .204
A Savage represents value, but it is not an example of the finest workmanship. Who cares, as long as it shoots, right? Well, maybe?
The only CZ that I have used, a .19 Calhoon, kind of "retro" but very pleasing lines, with an excellent trigger.
You might like either (or) both, but the CZ has a much nicer finish, and costs more. I don't especially care for the protruding magazine, but that is the only negative I would have with the CZ.
In any case, the pure utility of the 243 cartridge seems an intelligent compromise, although it may be a little boring, compared to the excitement of a new introduction; such as the 204 Ruger. As far as I know, you have a range of bullets from 56 to 105 grain, so handloading will allow you to do everything you want.....with slightly more recoil.
Good luck with your choice, LB