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CZ 550 American Safari Magnum .416 Rigby

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CZ's 550 American fell short of ideal, we thought. The stock was too bulky for most of us, especially around the wrist. The rifle had some nice features, and plenty enough weight for its power, but needed much more attention to details. The black-walnut stock wood was strong, but Turkish walnut, as on the european version, is stronger. This sample had enough problems that we could not recommend buying it.

CZ 550 American Safari Magnum .416 Rigby

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Our first impression was that this was a clumsy-feeling rifle. When we handled it, we all thought it had dimensions that were a touch too big. The overall look was not bad, we thought, but bulky. The stock of this American version was big everywhere. The wrist measured 5.3 inches at its smallest, compared to the Dakota’s 4.8 inches. The forend of our CZ tapered abruptly. In real numbers, the diameter of the forend and barrel just in front of the action ring, where the checkering began, was 7.4 inches. Just in front of the front sight, where the checkering ended, it measured 5.6 inches. The Dakota’s dimensions were 6.9 and 5.5 at those locations. Not a huge difference numerically, but easily felt in the hands. We thought we could live with the forend dimensions, but the pistol grip was not to our liking.
The bolt can be made slicker through hand-lapping by the owner, something that needs to be done. The trigger needed a bit of work, and it's easy to work on these. We liked the magazine release button, and the solid way it worked.
The white arrow points to a marred area on the bolt shroud, caused by the safety lever having been moved to the On position with the bolt open. In that position the safety button rubbed firmly against the bolt shroud as the bolt was moved forward and back, nearly causing the bolt to jam. The safety could be easily moved to the On position when working the bolt briskly, a situation that can get its owner killed.

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