Advice for .375H&H Zastava
I recently purchased a brand new .375H&H Zastava, think the model is something along the lines of the m70...there's nothing written on it that says "model anything' so I have not even been able to fill this out on the SAPS 271 application form (doesnt matter). Cannot get to the Zastava website from my side and from what I have seen from other sites selling Zastavas it looks along the lines of m70ish etc The very standard model. Essentially its another commercialised M98. The safety is on the right side as a switch that you press forward as opposed to the normal flag-type on the left on the 'normal' military type M98, but same thing really...
Anyway, it was either this rifle or some other that I have never tested or used in the field at all, so I chose this one. My original dream was the Winchester Safari Express of the same calibre but hadnt enough dollars. Went for a FN but found out about their payment 'issues', so left that idea, plus no shooting range at their shop and very very far from home and more expensive than the Zastava, and quite possibly over 20 years old. I skipped on the CZ, because I have some unkown thing about owning a CZ (as ive used this particular brand all my life), so opted for the Zastava...a cheaper model in all sense of the word.
Before I purchased this rifle I promised myself to be content with it and use my resources to build it up properly, but I am already eyeing the 9,3 x 62 Obendorff Mauser and a .270 Musgrave with Brno barrel and M98 military....im an addict, simple.
What do you guys think I can/should do to it?
My research on the Zastava points to two important things:
1) Float the barrel
2) Embed the action
These two things based on what I have picked up from individuals who have owned Zastavas. Said the Zastavas tend to need this in the first order, but I wouldnt know, never owned one, and not experienced with floating barrels and embedding actions etc and thats why I need your advice. Also dont know about trigger jobs or the Zastava trigger...and all that, please share your knowledge.
From what I have seen, the recoil pad I am going to definitley change to something more substantial as the rifle itself is relatively light...so I will be doing a change on that definitely, they defintely cut back on that one to save costs! Buying a pack of 20 x 300gr cartridges (solids) to test-run at the range and im 90% sure the recoil is going to be a problem. Ive never been squeemish about recoil ever, but I foresee an issue with the little piece of thin rubber something something they put on the butt.
The fit is perfect, when I lift it all points meet and are comfortable etc the front and rear sight line up quickly and I can see myself at the BASA shoots. But the rear sight is very blockish, the front sight is black as night and sometimes hard to distinguish where EXACTLY the bead is ie I sometimes just see a huge black block... when the light of the gunshop shone on top of the sights it was easy but otherwise, though it lines up nicely when I lift it, I feel like putting at least a brass bead in front. Any suggestions?
Its a good rifle to build from as everything is standard and there is a lot of room for improvement. Zastava is not the worst company around either, in fact they have quite a rich history and make even finer rifles, however the one I have purchased is at the bottom of their range. I can picture a good looking AND good working rifle in the making. At the moment its no oil painting. Im not one to waste cash on gimmicks and stuff, I just want the rifle to be as accurate as it can be after I pull the trigger and do my best to shoot it straight:D
Any suggestions from anyone about this particular rifle or about when/how/why to make changes in general will be highly appreciated.
.375H&H Zastava M70, Leupold VX-1 3-9X40, Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad(slip-on)