I think they are awesome rifles for the money. I used to think of them as a European Savage, with high accuracy and high value, if not always the nicest fit and finish.
Currently the only CZ rifle I own is a .17 HMR, and it is THE most accurate rifle I own at 100 yards, hands down. It can even outshoot my .223 Browning Abolt, which is no slouch. The one thing I'm less thrilled with (though this isn't enough to stop me from advocating and buying CZ's) is the overall fit and finish on the rifle. The bolt mechanism is not as smooth (as the A-bolt, for example), and the stock is not as nice in its finish, or in its overall contours and lines. You have to jiggle the bolt and struggle with it a bit to get it to lock shut each time.
The next CZ I plan to get would be one of their small-bore centerfire rifles, in the 527 series. The rifles in this series have allegedly won a lot of competitions in Europe. I think the secret to their success is mostly in their high-quality barrels. And, with the success they've been having in the American markets, they're actually improving the fit and finish over time, so they're getting better as they go.
Last edited by timlt; 02-09-2007 at 13:26.