The CZ 527 — CZ’s Best Rifle

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One of the neatest and classiest rifles of all time is ignored by many shooters. When I fire the CZ 527, I am not concerned with getting off the X or engaging the target in enfilade fire, but rather in hitting what I am aiming at, and getting a clean kill and meat. Not that the rifle would not serve in many situations, but this European stalker is a purebred stalking rifle with many good features. The rifle is a product of CZ and available from CZ USA. They were once marked BRNO. The CZ 527 is a light, neat looking, and effective rifle that will not strain the back with weight or the shoulder with recoil. The price is right as well.

CZ 527 rifle right profile with Leupold scope and wood stock
A classic European stalker, the CZ 527 has much to recommend.

The action is a modified and miniaturized Mauser. The action is smooth, very smooth, and positive in feed. The rifle features a five-round detachable magazine. The magazine is positive in feeding and the magazine lock is rock solid. The Mauser action is in use in the millions world wide. They work and controlled feed actions are the choice for dangerous situations. My rifle is chambered for the 7.62 x 39mm cartridge. That’s the handy, able, and affordable AK rifle cartridge. This means not only that the price of ammunition is modest but that recoil is easy on the shoulder. I can afford to fire this rifle a lot and accuracy is excellent. With the CZ’s 18.5-inch barrel velocity is slightly greater than the average AK rifle with its 16-inch barrel.

The bolt action is very smooth. Lock up is solid. The safety is positive in operation, easy to manipulate, and nearly silent in operation. The trigger has a bit of take up but breaks smoothly at just 3.5 pounds. An advantage that is standard on the CZ 527 is a set trigger. Press the trigger forward from the rear face until it clicks. The safety is then set. The trigger press is a very crisp and short 1.0 pound. This makes for excellent control when firing from the benchrest. If taking an off hand shot at game at long range this set trigger allows the shooter to take a clean shot at long range without disturbing the sight picture.

The wooden stock is absolutely excellent. Fit to the action and the stocks finish as well as ergonomics are first class. The rifle is designed as a European stalker or a hunting rifle for use at modest range. The fixed sights are as nice a set of iron sights as you will find on a bolt-action rifle. The sights are well regulated, firing a little high at 50 yards. Using the iron sights and Tula steel case ammunition, three-shot groups of 2 inches were recorded at 50 yards. With the Fiocchi steel case FMJ loading average groups hovered around one 1.2 inches—all I am good for with iron sights of this type at 50 yards. The sights are adjustable and the front sight features a protective hood over the post.

Hornady 123-grain SST ammunition in red box
Hornady’s 123-grain SST is not only accurate it is a fine hunting load.
  • Action: Bolt Action, Controlled Feed
  • MSRP: $733.00
  • Chambering: 7.62×39
  • Rate of Twist: 1:9.5 in
  • Magazine Capacity: 5
  • Magazine Type: Detachable
  • Stock: Turkish Walnut
  • Barrel: 18.5 in. Cold Hammer Forged
  • Weight: 6.0 lbs
  • Safety: Two-Position

For maximum accuracy, I fitted Leupold rifle scope. Leupold is first class all of the way and after a modest period of adjustment, the rifle was properly sighted in. The 3 x 9 x 50mm scope gave every advantage. Another plus is using inexpensive ball ammunition to sight the rifle in. The Hornady SST hunting load will strike to the same point of aim as most 122-grain FMJ loads. Groups were small at 100 yards, with some as small as 1.25 inches. A number of times, I cut the same bullet hole when using the set trigger. This is a fine, all-around woods carbine, full of class and performance.

Are you a fan of the CZ 527? What has your experience been with the set trigger? Share your review in the comment section.


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  1. Living in NJ and shooting at indoor ranges kind of makes the 527 not a best choice for me—–However, I do own seven CZ 452 .22 cal rifles (3 of which are the Grand Finales) along with three 455 Full stocks and three 455 Thumbhole Varmints. As with your great review of the 527, I think the 22’s I mentioned show a “superior product”. If there were an outdoor range near me, I would get a CZ 527 “asap”

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