CZ Safari Classics II

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  1. Opposite Pole

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    Has anyone here got any experience with or info about this new CZ or has heard anything about prices?

    https://www.czub.cz/en/cz-550-safari-classic-ii-matt-finish.html

    http://safari-classics.com

    I can’t seem to find any prices or reviews of it.

    I really don’t need another big bore rifle but I kinda want one, maybe in 416 or 404. If this rifle is finished to a standard higher than I’ve seen from CZ in the past and the price is fair I’d buy it.

    I’m thinking about getting a “working class” rifle so don’t care at all if it is pretty looking but I expect for it to work, meaning feed reliably, go bang every time and shoot straight right out of the box. There are very few gunsmiths around my area and far fewer decent ones, had I had someone like AHR to send the rifle to to get it polished out and “shined up” I’d probably do it but I’m in Poland and it is what it is.

    My experience with CZ rifles is limited to the 455 model (my very first rifle). I bought it new and it was very poorly finished and put together, though quite accurate. When the action was torqued to the specs listed in the manual the action screw would stick out so much that it was impossible to move the bolt. Sure it took me all of 10 minutes with my Swiss knife’s file to fix it (and I have 2 left hands) but I expect a newly bought product to simply work. The 455 was a rabbit rifle so a malfunction in the field wouldn’t have dire consequences but with a DG rifle complete reliability is a must.
     

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  2. IdaRam

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    No first hand knowledge, but I like it :) Everything but the front sight hood o_O
    One of those in 404J would be just about right :D
     
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    I used a CZ 550 chambered in 416 Rigby on my lion. Worked like a charm.

    Looks like some nice upgrades on this variant.
     
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    Everything I hear about CZ is good value for the money. Some need the rails polished to get the action to feed properly. After that folks say your good to g!
     
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    I'd love to have one in .404 J. The only one I can find in the US is if you order it through their "custom shop".

    Are you able to purchase one off this website in your county @Opposite Pole ?
     
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  6. Opposite Pole

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    Nope
     

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    Curious aswell! Been on the search for a .404 for awhile and no luck finding any CZ.

    It budget allowed I’d be looking for a heym express but if these become available I’ll definitely be on the lookout.
     

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    For comparison have a look at the Sakos and Kimber Caprivi. CZ is good value for money though.
     

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    Hi, OP,, Your not in Sydney now. Its only 485km from Warsaw to Brno where CZ's are made ( I think they are still made there in Brno) . If I were you, I would go visit the CZ factory and have them build what you want. Best of luck...
     
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    I just received a quote for the CZ Safari Classics II from the official polish distributor. The quoted price was 27000PLN - 6500EUR with a 3 month wait! By comparison: Rigby Big Game PH is listed on Rigby's web site at 7000EUR incl. tax! I could fly to London for 100EUR to pick it up or use their polish distributor. In Poland Sako 85 Safari can be had for 6200EUR, Sako Kodiak is about 2100EUR, Kimber Caprivi in 458 Lott is about 4000EUR and 416 Rem Mag 3800EUR, Blaser R8 Kilombero is about 7100EUR and the synthetic stock version is 5700EUR. Sauer S404 (available in 404 Jeffery) starts at 3200EUR for synthetic and is about 4500EUR for "elegance" grade with nice timber stock. I'm really curious if CZ really picked up their game and these rifles are now made to a much higher standard or if someone at CZ has gone mad! I've asked around and obviously no one has any of these in stock, big bores are always special order in Poland as there is absolutely no need for them for local game. I'd love to handle one of these rifles to see the quality for myself, I'm tempted to drive up to the CZ factory to handle one.
     

  11. SWARA

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    @ O.P, You have got to be Joking!! Is it gold plated?
    CZ has a factory shop in Prague this is the phone number and contact. Phone and speak to them directly, it might save time. But if your going to drop that kind of money seriously look at the Rigby or a Hyem Martini Mauser. Best of luck.
    Telephone: +420 225 375 800

    Fax: +420 225 375 801

    E-mail: prodejna.praha@czub.cz
     
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  12. Opposite Pole

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    Diamond plated - it has DLC coating seriously though, there’s a lot of choice for that €€€£££$$$
     

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    Just out of curiosity, what does a Winchester Model 70 Safari Express cost in Poland?
     

  14. Opposite Pole

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    About 1500EUR
     

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    Then why are you looking at a CZ listed a four times the cost of a Winchester?
     
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    I’m in correspondence finding out for one here. I’ll let you know what I find out.
     

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    Because he is wondering if, at that price, CZ is now putting out a custom product (remember the 3 month wait) that is comparable to a Rigby, etc.
     

  18. Opposite Pole

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    I’m not, just saw a new model/version online, liked the looks and was curious what it cost. I thought it’d be inline with other CZ’s but it most definitely is not. It’s possible that these new guns are drastically better than regular CZ - they would have to be as they are drastically dearer, and one would think CZ is experienced enough a business to understand it, but until I’ve handled one I remain doubtfull. There are just so many rifles in that price range that the CZ would have to be pretty exceptional to be succesful, possible? Yes, likely? Not so sure.
     

  19. Opposite Pole

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    One thing that surprises me is lack of intensive advertising of what seem like a new range of products. If I was a manufacturer trying to expand onto new market I’d attempt to build awarness about it.
     

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    A CZ 550 out of their Custom Shop can easily run into the $5,000 + range in the States especially if you are talking about a custom caliber like 404 Jeffery, Fancy or Extra Fancy wood and the action cleaned up. Then if you add NECG front and rear sights there is an additional cost.
     

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