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Jel
10-16-2011, 3:38 PM
I have a CZ 550 American (woodstock) in jail right now and I also happen to have a Nikon Buckmaster 4-12x50 that I can put on it. Just wondering if this would be a good combination. Right now I'll only be using this for bench shooting at the range but it could evolve into a hunting rig if I ever decide to get off my butt and give it a go.

Anyone have experience with either the CZ or the Buckmaster? From what I've read online they both seem to have favorable reviews. The only issues, if you can call it an issue, was the fact that the factory rings on the CZ are a little high. I was thinking of getting some Warne QD rings but since the rifle doesn't have iron sights, I don't see the use of QD.

Thanks!

sk8804
10-16-2011, 5:04 PM
I love my buckmasters scope thats on my .243. Its been slammed down pretty good a few times and held zero. Clear and tough.

sk8804
10-16-2011, 5:05 PM
and yeah get the scope as close to the barrel as possible

Jel
10-16-2011, 7:57 PM
and yeah get the scope as close to the barrel as possible

Thanks for the advice. Why is this?

sk8804
10-16-2011, 8:25 PM
mostly because you want your cheek to touch the stock. If you cannot get a good cheek-weld you will not shoot well. It starts affecting everything else about your shooting.

trob
10-17-2011, 6:53 AM
That 4-12x50 is a great scope. I have one on my AR and it took me a long time to find one at a good price. They have a high resale value.

I have 3 buckmasters, 6-18x40, 4.5-14x40, and the 4-12x50. They're all great.

Btw, the reason to get the scope as close as possible to the barrel is because it makes your POA more accurate at different distances. For example, if someone has a scope that is mounted high off the barrel, the angle between the scope and bullet path is greater. This means that the 2 paths will cross more aggressively when shooting at any distance that is different than where you zero'd your rifle. This is why I wanted a 50mm scope for my AR. The AR stock requires a higher ocular mount in order to look through it comfortably because it is all in-line. As opposed to a traditional bolt action rifle, where the rear stock dips down a little bit. So, with a 50mm scope, I was able to use high rings and still get the objective end of the scope close to the barrel.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s51/trob500/IMGP4239.jpg

Jel
10-18-2011, 11:40 AM
Thanks for the info, trob! Much appreciated! Glad you like your Buckmasters. I originally purchased mine to put on a 20" AR build, but then ended up putting a Nikon Prostaff on it instead. The Buckmaster was then saved for when I finally got a bolt action rifle.

Anyone have any comments good or bad about the CZ 550 American in 308? I chose .308 over .270 and .30-06 as I intend to build at 308 AR in the future and I'm trying to keep similar calibers (at least for now).

trob
10-18-2011, 1:14 PM
the CZ 550 is a gorgeous gun and I dont recall ever hearing anything negative about it. Good choices man.

Waxyac
10-18-2011, 5:28 PM
I have a CZ 550 American .308 with walnut stock. I added Warne non-QD medium height rings with a Leupold VXII 3-9x40. I'm very pleased with it so far. Put approx. 50 rounds through it since I purchased it in February. Sighted in with Federal Vital Shock Barnes TSX 150 grn then killed a wild boar in August near King City. I think you are going to like it.

Jel
10-18-2011, 5:42 PM
I have a CZ 550 American .308 with walnut stock. I added Warne non-QD medium height rings with a Leupold VXII 3-9x40. I'm very pleased with it so far. Put approx. 50 rounds through it since I purchased it in February. Sighted in with Federal Vital Shock Barnes TSX 150 grn then killed a wild boar in August near King City. I think you are going to like it.

Waxyac,

Thanks for your reply. Is there a reason you went with the Warne rings as opposed to the stock rings that come with the rifle? I'm hoping that the stock rings that come with it will work with my Buckmaster since it has a 50mm objective. If not, I'll give the Warne rings a go.

I'm also hoping that recoil is manageable with the heavier wood stock. I shot a buddies Tikka T3 Lite in .308 and that thing surprised me with how much recoil it has.

Thanks!

Waxyac
10-18-2011, 5:51 PM
Jel
My buddy bought the rifle first and used the stock rings to mount his Prostaff with 50mm objective so you should have no problem there. After handling his setup I decided to get the lower rings and 40mm as I wanted it a little more streamlined and I didn't feel I needed the extra scope.

Vacaville
10-18-2011, 5:52 PM
I've got a Buckmasters and love it.

Waxyac
10-18-2011, 6:01 PM
The recoil is managable to me. Probably not an all day range shooter obviously but not too bad. I also shot a buddies T3 in .270 and it was noticably more jarring then my CZ.

Jel
10-27-2011, 11:04 AM
Got the CZ 550 and mounted the scope. Need to break in the gun and site the scope. Any recommendations on ammo to use?

Pics as soon as I can get it out to the range. Hopefully this weekend. Got a sunshade for the scope coming in as well. Now I need to get a sling as well. Any recommendations?

PSH78
10-27-2011, 1:47 PM
No more recommendations until you post pics.

portegee
10-27-2011, 2:23 PM
My CZ 550 in .270win is my favorite riffle in the safe, topped it off with a leopold vari III 3x9x40 and couldn't be happier. Also have you checked out the single set trigger, if you're not ready for it you'll bruise the hell out of your shoulder.

Jel
10-27-2011, 5:13 PM
My CZ 550 in .270win is my favorite riffle in the safe, topped it off with a leopold vari III 3x9x40 and couldn't be happier. Also have you checked out the single set trigger, if you're not ready for it you'll bruise the hell out of your shoulder.

I've heard that the set trigger would go off if a fly landed on it. I'll definitely make sure I know all about that feature before I use it. I'm more concerned with taking it out of single set trigger mode.

Jel
11-04-2011, 9:53 PM
Finally got it all together. I used the stock rings that came with the gun. They were just high enough to allow the 50mm objective to clear.

Pics with and without the sunshade.

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