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Old 05-20-2012, 12:56 PM
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CZ 455 Varmint review

I finally got my CZ 455 Varmint today, so I thought I'd do a bit of a first impressions review, with a range report follow up in a few weeks after I get a base and optic in, plus a little seasoning of the barrel is established. Within the first hour, had it torn apart and snapped a few pictures.

Fresh out of the box, it has that classic CZ heavy barreled look, with a few pleasant surprises. A Walnut stock with a palm swell, a quality rubber butt pad, nice checkering around the grip, sling studs, a nice even sort of matte blued finish. The stock's barrel channel provided more than enough room to ensure a free float.




The photo does the palm swell no justice, it is only on the bolt side of the stock, Leftie shooters do without one.



Some specs on the CZ 455 Varmint:

Barrel: 20 .22LR as shown, switch barrel optional barrels (.17HMR and .22WMR) 1:16 twist Cold hammered, free floated. .866 diameter, non tapered.
Stock: Walnut, palm swell, large barrel channel, checkered grip
Weight: 7.1 lbs
Trigger: Adjustable for poundage (according to the manual, 3.3 lb to 4 lb range)
Sights: none, 11mm dovetail for optics
Magazine: 5 round polymer, 10 round available. Steel also available.



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Re: CZ 455 Varmint review

The action, much like the other CZ rimfire line, has that "big rifle feel and look". There is a small lever in front of the magazine well that is the magazine release.


The bottom metal is classic CZ, and the action mounting bolts are T-30 torx, which is a nice touch. Note the square section in the rear of the mag well - it is pinned, but easily removeable to allow .17HMR or .22WMR magazines to fit for the switch barrel option.


The top of the action reveals the 11 mm dovetail, the rear mounting bolt hole, the magazine well caliber change spacer, and the guide rail section for the bolt. This is also part of the switch barrel process and will be talked about later. The ejection port is rather large, and allows plenty of room to clean, clear FTEs, and to single feed rounds (single shot adapter available).


The heavy .866" non tapered bull barrel has a simple concaved even crown to it, edge to center.


The overall fit of the bolt, action, barrel, and stock are quite good. There are a few tooling marks here and there, but nothing like the CZ rifles of old.

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Re: CZ 455 Varmint review

The major parts to whole platform. Switch calibers / barrels, you will have to go this far. Note the "extra" piece of formed metal that goes between the stock and the trigger guard. It is not only a dust cover or guide for the trigger, but actually a trigger adjustment tool that fits in that area. Pretty slick actually...


As most CZ's, the action is very beefy, the bottom view shows the rear action mounting bolt hole, trigger assembly and sear, magazine well (plastic, but metal aftermarket ones are available) with caliber change spacer. The second action screw mounting bolt hole is just in front of the mag well. The Two 3mm hex screws to either side of the hole is how to remove the barrel. Simply unscrew and pull (while gently wiggling) the barrel out.



The barrel removal hex bolts didn't have lock tite on them, i suggest applying for the reassembly, or to do it anyway even if not intending on removing the barrel at all so the bolts don't become loose.


The hex bolts set against the cuts you see in the chanber area and keeps the barrel from being removed. The right angle cut in you see on the bottom of the barrel rests on the silverish bolt guide mentioned earlier. This helps bring the whole thing toghether, and prevent twisting.

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Re: CZ 455 Varmint review

Another view of the barrel notches for the srews and for interlocking with the bolt guide.


The action can be further broken down by removing the two 3mm mounting bolts that hold on the magazine well. Be careful, the spacer for caliber change is pinned, and pinned VERY lightly. Make sure not to lose it. The mag well bolts also hold the silverish bolt guide in place.


As I was taking it apart, i figured i might as well take out the magazine release lever. There are extended length aftermarket ones available, just push out the pin. Watch not to lose the pin or the spring.
The trigger assembly. It is adjustable (barely) for poundage. I found it full of creep, and will be replacing it with a spring kit or an adjustable sear, or both. IMO the trigger is the biggest drawback to the rifle. The set trigger available on the 453 line should have been incorporated into the 455. The assembly is pinned, there is much on the internet about removal and adjustments. The main adjustment is the nut that is at the bottom of the large spring.


The bolt is just as beefy as the receiver is, and is as centerfire reminacent.


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Re: CZ 455 Varmint review

Large, beefy extractors, using the familiar C clip for retention.


It has a clean look, and the saftey is large and has a positive engagement feel / function. The round back end of the striker / firing pin assembly shows to some extent a loaded or cocked indication. The bolt can be disassembled further to gain access to the spring.




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Re: CZ 455 Varmint review

Overall the CZ 455 Varmint is an attractive package that allows the switching of calibers to add versatility. Surely there will be custom barrels available from other manufacturers as it is very easy to swap out and no gunsmithing involved, just a 3mm hex wrench. Either a CZ .22WMR, .17HMR, .17Mach2 barrel can be installed (sporter or bull according to CZ), and a quick removal of the magazine spacer and a change of magazines is all that is needed.

The factory trigger has much to be desired, but there are several aftermarket options available. As mentioned previously, the set trigger group should have been used. The action mounting bolts are spaced nicely at either side of the receiver, and the Torx (#T-30) adds a solid grip for torqueing.
The barrel channel is opened very wide, which is hard to find. Perhaps it's to help with the removal / installation of the barrel. But it does offer a true free float.

So far if wanting to make up a dedicated "tool kit" for a CZ 455:
3mm hex (Allen) wrench
T-30 Torx bit
3/32nd punch for the trigger pins (i'll give my brass sight drifts a try first, or use an extra Allen wrench of the same size), and to politely push out the magazine release lever and spacer.

To nit pick a little, the maunual that came with the rifle is less than optimal, with text referring you to figures / pictures that are not in it. So those that are not mechanically inclined may have a little difficulty understanding what to do. However there is a lot of information on the internet on how to adjust or replace the trigger, and an actual video of how to change barrels is available on the CZ site.

Perhaps another suggestion would be the addition of the receiver being drilled and tapped for "regular" scope bases, and maybe a better looking trigger guard should have been considered. A three position saftey would have also been a good addition.

It appears CZ has answered the question of "Which caliber?" by allowing you change as you go, both with sporter and bull barrels. Although this is a not a new concept, it is done really well, wrapped with a Walnut stock, and in a package which is unmistakably CZ.

As a range report is not available at this time one will be added in the future to confirm that the 455 holds true to the same accuracy they are known for.

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Re: CZ 455 Varmint review

Future plans for this particular rifle:

DIP 25 MOA extended base

UTG quick detachable rings

DIP trigger spring kit or adjustable sear & trigger shoe ***UPDATE-DIP 452 and 453 sear will not fit per DIP, but they will have one for the 455 in a few months (maybe a Rifle basix trigger instead $85.00, most likely a Yo Dave trigger kit $18.00. Was looking at Eric Brooks' trigger kit $14.00), awaiting a reply email)

DIP aluminum mag well
DIP extended mag release

Considering a Centerpoint or Leapers 8-32 56mm side focus mildot scope

Anti cant rail mounted bubble

Harris bipod

Oversized bolt knob (haven't decided on round or teardrop)

AICS airsoft stock conversion (Well G96 folder) project.

I was thinking a camo paint job to add some attitude, but we'll see how slick it looks when together. After all it's going to be a bench queen.

Will shoot it with the regular stock to get a baseline, then after the Airsoft stock goes on to compare the difference. May take a while before it's all together.
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