These European bolt action rifles, although fairly new on the scene here in the U.S. have been around for a while in some other similar models versions such as the older Brno 602. They are based largely on the M98 Mauser action, being a fairly close copy. This does make them attractive to a lot of Mauser fans (like me!). They are reasonably well made, and as well finished as pretty much any American made rifle of the last 10-15 years or so.
They are not extraordinary in any specific manner, but do give the hunter/shooter a very well made rifle based on an old and proven design. Again, many experienced riflemen do favor that proven Mauser design and do not hesitate to buy a rifle based on it, when a nice speciman shows up.
I bought two of the FS versions of the nice CZ 550 in the last couple years and I have been very satisfied with the quality and value I received with their purchase(s). These rifles allow for direct ring attachment to the receiver through a system of dovetails and rails. It's a good sturdy system, not unlike our Ruger 77's integral system. It certainly makes for a strong system, leaving out the extra base "connections".
The rifle also has a single set trigger which is, to me, a great feature. The trigger may be used all the time in the typical manner, simply by squeezing it to make the rifle go boom. It can also, very easily, be used in the set position if preferred at any time. Simply nudge the trigger forward a bit from behind and it will "set" itself and give the shooter a much lighter trigger pull.
Without measuring the pull weights, I'd estimate the triggers on my two rifles to be set at about 3.5 lbs (normal pull) and 1 lb (set pull). So, with the flick of a finger you can easily get a target weight trigger at the range, or even in the field if you desire. I like it.
Both my guns are blued & walnut versions (full stock). The wood and finish are very nice on both guns and the polish level of the blue, while not overly "bright" is nice. I used Warne rings on both of my CZs and found the gloss rings a bit more polished, while the matte scope on one, less polished than the bluing (hope that made sense!)
Excellent rifles and found in a couple of hard to find calibers to, such as 6.5x55 & 9.3x62, which happen to be two chamberings I really like. Want a new rifle? Give the CZ 550 series a look, and I doubt you'll be disappointed. :yes:
There's a picture of these rifles, should you be interested, here: