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CZ-USA 527 Varmint Target No. 03056 204 Ruger, $885

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Despite some creep in the trigger, this is a surprisingly efficient precision rifle. A higher-capacity magazine would be more practical and perhaps easier to draw from.

CZ-USA 527 Varmint Target No. 03056 204 Ruger, $885

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The $885 CZ-USA 527 Varmint Target rifle chambered for 204 Ruger offered precision rifle ergonomics. Shown here during our sight-in/break-in session, the integrity of the scope mount ($60 from made fast work of sighting in a $550 Nikon Monarch 4-16X42SF scope with BDC reticle from We could have used the supplied scope rings that seat directly into the 16mm grooved receiver, but we needed to seat the scope higher to clear the bolt. Despite a fully adjustable standard trigger and an optional set trigger, we weren't able to shake the creep in the trigger.
We really liked the solid mount composed of Warne Maxima rings, the CZ-USA scope mount, and the 16mm groovesin the receiver. Likewise, the polished Micro Mauser bolt rode smoothly and chambered rounds with authority. The two-position safety, shown just rearward of the bolt notch in the Kevlar composite stock, offered a long but positive throw, locking down the bolt as well as preventing the gun from firing.
With the magazine release here, the right-handed shooter must reach blindly beneath the magazine and pull the short, stiffly sprung lever from right to left. Awkward, but lefties shooters will probably be happy.
Cycling the bolt of the 527 Varmint Target with rounds in the magazine was entirely different than loading rounds singly into the empty breech. Upward pressure applied by rounds in the magazine against the bolt made cycling more difficult. But we left the magazine loaded for a few days and this problem began to abate.

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