My new to me 22 Hornet-CZ 527 Lux

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  1. Mekaniks

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    I have been doing some horse trading lately trying to thin the herd and I came up with an almost new CZ 527 Lux in 22 Hornet. I have had several hornets over the last 15 years but never a CZ. I also had a box of handloaded 45g spritzers that I loaded for a contender that I sold several years ago.

    So today is a nice day and I don’t have to work so figured I would take the CZ to the range and burn up the box of handloads and see how it shoots.

    I took the front site hood off because I think their ugly and it looked like it was just in the way. Grabbed the rifle, box of shells and my range bag and headed to the gun range.

    I started out with the target at 25 yards, shooting off the bench with my coat for a gun rest, and shot the first two shots on the top. Then I realized that I didn’t have the correct tool to adjust the sights with me.
    So I changed site picture a little and shot the two on the bottom.
    Changed the site picture again and shot the three in the middle.
    Moved out to a 4in steel spinner that was propped up against the 100 yard target. Hit it and knocked it over...
    so then I moved out to a piece of steel at 185 yds (farthest at this gun range) that’s approx 8” by 2’ propped up vertical.
    Hit it 12 for 12....
    So I like my new to me CZ and think it might get to stick around for awhile. I think I am just going dial in the sights and play with a few more handloads. And not even worry about scoping it. :)

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    Nice rifle Chuck! Every CZ I have owned has been exceptionally accurate, even my little boys 22 is a tack driver. I recently bought a 452 grand finale for a good friend and he is getting great results out of it. I been fixing to pick one up like yours in a 17 hornet or a 222.
     
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    Love my CZ American in 22 Hornet. My go to rifle for pests on my farm. 1" accuracy with most factory loads!
     
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    I bought the 527 in 204 Ruger. Used it on a turkey and a pig so far, I'm well please with the way it handles and shoots. I was looking at the Hornet but decided on the 204 instead. Just like all CZ's, good looking rig.
     
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    Impressive results for open sights and for small game that will be all that is needed as long as your eyes are up to seeing them.
    I had a number of hornets years ago and can attest to the accuracy and effectivnes of the little cartridge.
    Have to admit to having gone to a 20 cal for my small game now though.
     
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    Mekaniks, I am jealous! I used an old H&R 22 Hornet for years in Texas on turkeys. Awful trigger, but when I did my part the turkeys went down. Perfect cartridge for that size game. It had an old Weaver K4 on it.
    I have CZs in 22LR, 22WM, 17 HMR, and 223 in Varmint weight. All shoot very well. Your going to really enjoy it!
     
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    Mekaniks, I use to use an old H&R 22 Hornet in Texas many years ago for turkeys. It was perfect! Should work great for anything about that size.

    I own CZs in 22LR, 22 WM, 17 HMR and 223 varmint 527. They all shoot really well! So I think you’re going to really like the Hornet.

    Let us know how it goes please.
     
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    It’s a nice looking rifle for sure!
     

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    Congrats, most people I met are likely satisfied with CZ rifles accuracy.
     

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    I currently have two CZ's and am very happy with both of them.

    One is a rim-fire .22/.22mag and the other is a varmint model .223.

    Both function extremely well and both shoot tight, consistent groups.

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    I have always liked working early in the morning. My work schedule is such that I am usually at work by 4:00 am. But then I am home getting an old guy nap in the middle of the day when the family is gone:). The downside to all that is when I have a day off I am still up at 0400....
    So, this morning I got up early as usual. But I went straight to my reloading bench and stomped out 20 hand loads for this 22 hornet.
    I started with 12.5 grains of 1680 behind Speer 45g spire points. The Old Speer book (13) had 12.5 as the max. The new Speer book (14) has a max of 13g. I figured I would start with 12.5 and see where it goes.
    When it got light out I grabbed my gun, Caldwell sand bag, range bag and headed to the gun range.
    Like I noted above the gun was shooting to the left last time and I didn’t have the tool to adjust it.
    I set the target up at 50 yards and this time I remembered and adjusted the rear site before I started shooting.... The wrong direction :rolleyes:.....
    So I spent the next 10 rounds getting it dialed back in......duh.
    But, after chasing it across the paper I had 5 rounds left. I changed the target, loaded the clip with the 5 cartridges and settled in a took all 5 shots without getting in a hurry. This was the results.... the one on the left was the last shot and I pulled it a little and knew it when I did it. But, dang I am happy with this little gun.(y)
    I think I am gonna stomp out a few more rounds with 13g to see if it changes at all and in the mean time see if I can find a good 2-7 or fixed 3x scope and some QD rings for it.
    I think it’s gonna be a tack driver:)

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