[5 of 5 Stars!]The CZ 527 Varmint in 204 Ruger is my first CZ centerfire long gun. When I ordered the rifle I was not aware that CZ uses a nonstandard dovetail size of 16mm on the 527. This limits your choice of rings to CZ's four offerings which begin at $64.00 or two from Leupold that start at $47.00. I had pre-ordered a Mueller 8.5-25x 50mm 1 inch AO Tactical scope assuming I could find rings locally to accommodate the 50mm bell after the rifle was delivered. I checked 8 gun shops in my area nobody carried rings for the CZ. Had to do another internet order $67.00 plus $9.00 shipping and wait another week. Not a happy camper that the proprietary dovetails where not pointed out in the produce descriptions or specifications.
I have several other varmint guns which all have heavy 24"-26" barrels. I was surprised to see how slim the CZ varmint barrel was. The rig with scope mounted weighs 8Lb 8 oz considerable less than my other varmint/bench long guns.
Having just received the 527 at the end of February and given the weather conditions my range time with the gun has been limited to a sight in session and two load development sessions. The sight-in session went well with first three shots at 25 yards cutting one ragged hole about four inches low and two inches right. Since I was using Hornady factory I was pleasantly surprised. Took half a dozen additional shots to get in the black then moved out to fifty yards. Three shots again in one ragged hole so I moved out to 100 yards. I took four shots to move scope up into the black then five shots that I could cover with a quarter. Moved out to 200 yards and quickly had the 32 grain Hornady A-Max ammo in the black shooting sub 1"MOA groups. Did have some stringing issues when the barrel got a little hot but the gun is incredably accurate as long as I do my part.
After loading up 50 rounds of 32 grain & 40 grain A-Max bullets with a variety of H335 and CFE223 weights of powder I made two more trips to the range. The gun isn't fussey about bullet weight or powder charge, it produces very tight groups at 200 yards with any combination. The 40 grain bullet and H335 are starting to show the most promise.
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[5 of 5 Stars!]Very nice looking gun. Right out of the box great accuracy!!! Only complaints i have of the rifle is the action isnt as smooth as i thought it would be and it doesnt feed well out of the magazine. Nothing i cant get over though. Overall i really like it.Show More Reviews...