New to me CZ550 9.3x62

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  1. jwood1284

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    New member here,

    I just picked up a like new 550 American in the 9.3x62 flavor. I’ve yet to get to Africa, but it is in my 10yr plan. The story on this rifle is it was purchased for a stag hunt in Europe that never materialized. Fired very little, if at all. It came with a Simmons scope in Millet rings...which strikes me as odd for such a high quality rifle. I ordered Talleys, and mounted a VX3i I had laying around. Some $$ later and I have Lapua brass, dies, and a stockpile of 250gr accubonds ready for a load workup. This rifle will serve me well here in the states until I can get it in the field on a PG hunt. At the very least, it will raise eyebrows on whitetail hunts!

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  2. WAB

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    Very nice rifle, welcome to AH. I’ve been working up loads for a new 9.3 myself. Loads of fun.
     

  3. Mr. Zorg

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    Congrats on your purchase! Sometimes preowned rifle / scope combinations make little sense, but that helps the price to be more attractive and as you did, it's not difficult to replace a scope after you purchase a rifle. Best of luck on your future hunts with it!
     

  4. Shootist43

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    Welcome aboard jwood1284. That is a mighty nice looking stock on your 9.3 x 62. Was that rifle possibly done by CZ's Custom Shop? That caliber will make a wonderful Whitetail and or Elk rifle. When it comes time for you to go to Africa, it will be right at home there as well.
     

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    I have the same rifle and have shot 28 head of African game with it. The 9.3x62 is a classic caliber and gets the job done.
     

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    Welcome to AH. Beautiful rifle and caliber.
    9,3 x 62 is my favorite caliber. You'll bee glad.
     

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    Nice!
     

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    Pretty wood.

    Welcome to AH.
     

  9. jwood1284

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    I'm not sure. It is a really nice handle compared to some other CZs I've owned. I'll pull the action and see if it is bedded, or I can probably call CZ and inquire about it.
     

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    Sweet!!! Congrats!!
     

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    Nice rifle, 9.3x62 is my favorite mid bore in a bolt gun, and 9.3x74 in a double.

    For reloads I have found that RL-17 or Ramshot Big Game powder just plain flat work in the x62.

    Enjoy your new rifle
     

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    I had the same rifle and used the same bullet. IMR4064 gave the best and most uniform results. Around 60 grs or a bit more is good.
     

  13. Shootist43

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    Jwood1284, if you are into iron sights at all, take a look at NECG front and rear sight offerings. I have a set on my CZ in 404 Jeffery. With QD rings on the scope you can go from scope to irons or vice-versa in just a couple of minutes with no loss of zero.
     

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    Frequently, people will pull their good glass off the rifle, and throw whatever cheap components they've got laying around to sell it thinking it adds value. It doesn't. Should just sell it without glass.

    Or, many will buy quality steel and put crap glass on it thinking it'll work
     

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    Great rifle in great caliber. And yours seems to have pretty wood. Unless someone had it bedded, it is not bedded from the factory. For whitetails I would recommend softer bullets that expand quickly otherwise you may find yourself shooting clean through animals.
     
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    The Speer 270 would be a great whitetail bullet *and cheap to boot!*
     
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    I was looking at the Speers as well. Might be a tad more suitable for these 100lb deer down South.
     
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    I use the Lapua 285gr Mega's in my CZ 550FS. Accuracy is outstanding...5 shot ragged hole at 100yds.
     
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    Thanks 8X68! I picked up a 100 round nox of 9.3mm 285 grain Mega bullets on sale at Brownells, with a 10% off coupon code on top of the sale price last month. I plan to get Reed's Ammunition & Research to build a load for me in the 2350 -2400 fps muzzle velocity range they load their 9.3X62mm ammo with Prvi Partizan and Hornady projectiles.
     

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    Good deal. Just looked up my load data. 63gr's of H414 (max charge), CCI 200 primer, Lapua brass, C.O.L 3.236". 5 shot 0.60" group at 100yds, 5 shot 1.44" group at 200yds (200yd group was 2.5" low with 1.5" high hold at 100yds). Haven't been able to try 300yds yet. This is what worked in my CZ 550 FS. Results may vary of course with your rifle.
     
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