Just ordered a cz 455

Discussion in 'Rimfire and Airguns' started by Tikkamike, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    Well I guess didnt really order it but it looks like im going to win it on gun broker. sad part is im bidding on behalf of my sister so she can give it to her husband on his birthday. this is his first 22 of his own. I did a lot of research and the 455 american was the conclusion I came to. its a very nice looking little rifle. looks like it should be fairly easy to walk around and shoot rabbits with. and every CZ I have been around shoots very well. Anyone have any experience with them?
     
  2. timl

    timl Well-Known Member

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    I have a 453 varmint, and it shoots Wolf match VERY well. I like it so much that I am going to buy a Mcmillan stock for it. He should be very happy with it.
     

  3. isaaccarlson

    isaaccarlson Well-Known Member

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    You made the right choice. That is the one I would have recommended anyway!:D
    They love pillars and bolt work. I have done some bolt work on mine and have installed pillars, and the trigger breaks at 8 oz. It will hold MOA to 300 yards. The reason I say 300 is because I have not gone further yet.gun) My brother is getting one and my dad wants one now too. They are wonderful.
     
  4. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    Well if its as nice as the pictures indicate and shoota like youbsay it does ill be ordering one in the target barrel for myself
     
  5. isaaccarlson

    isaaccarlson Well-Known Member

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    Is it new?
     
  6. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    Yes it is new. And I did win it. Sent a pm back to you.
     
  7. FAL Shot

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    You will find the CZ bore tighter than most other .22LR bolt guns, also the chamber is match grade tight. Leading of the throat can be a problem, especially on a new CZ 45X when shooting Stingers or any hyper speed .22LR. I found that JB Paste or Rem 40-X got the lead out the best. My CZ 452 had a somewhat rough throat and first 1/4 of barrel that promoted leading, but a few JB Paste treatments got rid of that. Been using nothing but Rem 40-X lately. 1" groups at 100 yards with cheap CCI Blazer (weight sorted).
     
  8. threejones

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    Well done! Just don't shoot it. If you do, you'll have to have one too, probably sooner than you were planning. It happened to me after shooting my dads one time. I now have an extra 17hmr for no good reason, save that the 455 is just that good, and mine's not even a target barrel.
     
  9. FAL Shot

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    Once you get a CZ 452, 453 or 455, you will find yourself hankering for a CZ 527 centerfire. I have two CZ 527s in .223 Rem and .204 Ruger, heavy varmint barrels. The kevlar stocked rifle is about the lightest .223 heavy barreled rifle you will find, beats the Sako Varmint by about a pound at 7.5#. Same as carrying a sporter weight .308 rifle. My .204 Ruger is the older 26" version, compound tapered barrel, still available out of CZ Europe last I checked. A prairie dog killer supreme.

    There are some rifles available out of CZ Europe not imported by CZ USA. The CZ 550 in 7x64mm Brenneke is one of them. They have one limited production rifle in a beautiful Bavarian hogback stock, rosewood capped. People would think you have a Sako, it's so pretty.

    My CZ 550 7x57mm has been mistaken for a Sako by a guy as the shooting range. (Looking from the left side, couldn't see the Mauser claw extractor). The beautiful figured stock was the reason, and high metal polish. Some CZ rifles are now coming with near custom wood. I visited 4 shops to pick out my CZ 452, and bought the one with the nicest stock. Paid $10 more, but worth it.

    The CZ 527 M1 American weighs almost exactly the same as the CZ 45X rimfires. That makes a CZ 455 the perfect practice rifle during the off season. The CZ 527 does not have the sloppy floppy bolt that many Mauser rifles have, one of the improvements that CZ made to the Mauser 98 design, and is a true mini-Mauser which makes it far lighter than say a Ruger M77 that does not downsize the action like Sako and CZ does. An M1 American is in my future.

    If you shoot the CZ 455 much, there most likely will be a CZ 527 in your future. You are going to get addicted to that crisp trigger and flawless mechanical function. CZ firearms smooth out and start shooting like custom firearms after you get a couple thousand rounds through them.

    You must buy high rings to mount a scope on a CZ 45X rimfire. The Burris or Leupold high rings and a Timberline or Leupold rimfire scope is a combo that clears the bolt, and looks like it was made for the rifle. Forget the scopes with the big ocular bell. A Weaver rimfire scope should also fit. Made by OLW, same as Sightron or VorTex or Bushnell Elite.

    The safety on a CZ rimfire and CZ 527 is backasswards, but at least they are the same as one another, back to fire. CZ 550 was changed to the standard forward to fire, so CZ needs to standardize the smaller rifles. My one legitimate gripe with those little CZ rifles.

    I have actually killed more prairie dogs with my CZ 452 than my CZ 527 rifles combined. Longest shot was 262 lasered yards using standard velocity ammo. Standard velocity ammo is subsonic at the dog hole and they often just turn around to look at the impact sound rather than heading for cover. Not as big a fan of Stingers as I once was, the ballistic crack scares PD's as much as a centerfire round. Stingers are best for close range snake hunting, blows them in half. Your CZ 455 is a PD Terminator if you put in the practice.
     
  10. threejones

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    Do you like the 527as much as the 452-5? I just found the same gun as you're 204 at a pawnshop for $550. I'd have bought it on site, but fun money is still a little low after xmas:D. Plus the mag and bottom metal didn't seem to be finished as well as my other CZs. Have you had any feeding issues, or anything bad to report (other than the goofy safety issue, my Dad can't stand it either) The one I found has an unusually dark walnut stock that I really liked, so I might just buy it anyway (and go hungry for a month), but I'm needing some more convincing. Any thoughts on it at all would be nice.

    Cody
     
  11. Tikkamike

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    I used to have a 527 American in 204. Had the spring camo laminated stock. But had to sell because we had a new baby at the time and needed money. I wish I still had it.
     
  12. threejones

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    I feel for ya Mike, I have some fond memorys of my 63 Comet that was sold when my son was born. I'm glad that it was worth more than any of my guns... sorta:D

    Glad to hear another good review on the 527. If I have a good enough week, I might just get to find out for myself!

    Cody
     
  13. weshootalot

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    Getting hooked on CZ's is easy. I picked up a 204, then a 22-250 (in 550), then saw a 223 Varmint that needed a home. It had a very heavily figured maple stock left natural, heavy barrel, and a 1-9 twist and a price that was "dump it out the door" low.. Now my wife claims it's hers... She lets me case it and clean it and reload for it, but is afraid I'll scratch it if I take it afield. I'd like to pick up a 17 HMR or a 22 mag or the switch barrel model CZ, but my wife says it's her turn to buy a gun.....Whats a guy to do?
     
  14. isaaccarlson

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    tell her to get a 455.