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Old 09-16-2012, 5:14 PM
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Default CZ 527(M) 7.62x39 Review ...WOW...

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Here's a quick little review before the 9er game. I purchased the CZ 527(M) in 7.62x39 on an impulse over two months ago because I have a soft spot for Euro-style carbines and Mauser actions.

First is the price point. Though it comes in at a MSRP under $700 it gives you a lot of rifle. The finish and mechanics are definitely from Eastern Europe but it doesn't leave anything to be desired; the rifle is balanced quite well and the craftsmanship is tight with an obvious care to detail.

The most replicated action in the world. The mico-Mauser action gives a pretty clean pull at about 2 1/4 inches with very little lateral play. Word on the street is that one loses rigidity in the bolt as the action gets smaller: magnum > standard > short > mini > micro. I didn't notice any extraction issues and am stoked the micro action can handle the x39 cartridge.

Set trigger? There are not too many manufactures that give you a 1.5lb set trigger out of the factory for under $700. My only complaint is that there is some lateral play on the standard trigger and the take-up without the set is long and grainy. Oh, well - I don't foresee people using this rifle without using the set.

I slapped on a Leupold VX-1, 1-4x20mm. Yes, a shotgun scope. And it works great at 100 yards. Unfortunately CZ uses proprietary rings and I'm not sure if they offer a 30mm. I've yet to shoot past 100 yards so I'll keep things posted for 200 yard shots and know/suspect the bullet drop will be pretty intense. Got to test some reloads for the 1/12 twist rate; any input would be great.

Weight. Fully loaded with scope, magazine, and 5 extra rounds in the stock pack the rifle weighs under 7 pounds. Pretty awesome. And though the rifle is so light recoil is mild to nonexistent.

Over all I'm quite pleased on this one and am already planning my next CZ.





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Old 09-16-2012, 5:24 PM
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Nice lookin little rifle! Would be a nice truck gun / ranch gun for sure.
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Old 09-16-2012, 5:34 PM
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Been thinking of one of these.
Im focusing on x39 now, and a bolt gun would be great.
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Old 09-16-2012, 7:36 PM
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Cool, looks like it would make a fun squirrel gun, light and handy for off hand shots. What kind of ammo did you use? That scope is kinda funny looking, looks backards.
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Old 09-16-2012, 8:04 PM
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They are nicw rifles and shoot great, I had Kendog4570 build me one on a VZ24, 7.62x39 Lapua chamber reamer, and 10" twist Kreiger barrel, deadly accurate with 155 SMK Palma bullets out to 600 yards on metallic silhouettes.
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Other companies make rings for the CZ 527 and offer 30mm, check out Brownells.

I bought the same thing a few months back, my reason (as when I bought the same thing in 223) was to plink away using cheap ammo and not bother reloading. The cheap stuff works fine, I did start reloading for it too. My only dislike on the CZ rifles is that big front sight hood. I replaced it with a Marlin hood, sits a little lower too.
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My only dislike on the CZ rifles is that big front sight hood. I replaced it with a Marlin hood, sits a little lower too.
First thing I did was pull that sucker off
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I really hate nasty man feet, or any man feet for that matter. Please edit photo so we don't all throw-up.
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I really hate nasty man feet, or any man feet for that matter. Please edit photo so we don't all throw-up.
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I really hate nasty man feet, or any man feet for that matter. Please edit photo so we don't all throw-up.
Men come with feet attached and they're always nasty, get over it already...
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Nice rifle. I have a CZ527 Varmint in .223. LOVE it! They are great rifles for the money.
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I really hate nasty man feet, or any man feet for that matter. Please edit photo so we don't all throw-up.
I didn't see any feet, just a rifle.

Is there something that you'd like to share with us? Like why your eyes are drawn to men's feet?
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Great review.

I have the exact same one with 7.62x39.

Mine has a JP muzzle break welded on because I had ValkerieArms shorten the barrel to 14in or so. I experienced alot of muzzle rise because it was so dam light weight but now the cross hairs stay on target.


I use an inexpensive 6x fixed scope and it shoots sub moa with cheap wolf ammo.

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Always wanted one. I think if I got one, I wouldn't even bother scoping it and just shoot with irons... plus I hear unless you modify the action.. you need high rings in order to have full clearance.
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The rings that come with it are high and generally give "just enough" clearance on the rear bell. I use mine mainly with cheapo ammo, bought it for plinking when I didn't feel like reloading. But I did buy the dies, .310 diameter bullets and such. After last week's range time using 123 JSP and the Hornady VMax and a Burris 2 to 7X scope, consistently getting 5 shot touching groups at 100 yds, I'm very happy with the little rifle.
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Dfletcher have you tried shooting at distances past 100 yards? I've had my eye on one of these in x39 as well. I'm curious as to how it performs, and how the scope being seventeen miles above the bore due to design considerations effects performance.

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I have a 527 in 204 ruger.
While the trigger pull IS long in the non-set condition, it's also adjustable.
The owners manual has adjustment instructions.
You can adjust that long creep right out of it.

I much prefer to shoot mine as a single stage than a set trigger.
That way, I can walk around with a cartridge chambered, but the bolt unlocked and snap the bolt shut and be ready to fire without having to set the trigger.
I use my 204 as a squirrel gun so shots present themself in very short time windows...
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I used to have a Ruger bolt action long ago in X39. I just hated that gawd awful UGLY plastic stock that came with it with R U G E R molded on the stock. Very accurate though. I didnt care much for it being a scope only rifle. If it had iron sights I would have kept it.
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Been kicking the idea around for awhile after reading this
http://www.chuckhawks.com/bolt_actio...x39_rifles.htm

I was leaning toward the BARS 4-1. Just can not find one. So how is the balance on the CZ when you heft/shoulder it?
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Dfletcher have you tried shooting at distances past 100 yards? I've had my eye on one of these in x39 as well. I'm curious as to how it performs, and how the scope being seventeen miles above the bore due to design considerations effects performance.
I've done only 250 yds but not on paper, just dinging steel pigs (or sheep) at a southern OR rifle range. IIRC the things were probably 10" side to side and 5" high and after walking a few rounds had no problem hitting center mass consistently. I don't use the single set trigger, I stick with the standard one but have polished the heck out of the sear and bearing surface and am just under 2 lbs.
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Im interested in one too. Im in San Diego. Who has them?
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I really want one of these.
for shots under 150 yards, it may just be the PERFECT hunting rifle. It is so light! Without a scope, you could probably make a shot on deer at 75 or 100 yards with a good rest. With a low power scope (all I would put on it besides a ching-sling) you could reach out to 150 yards for deer in most US states.
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