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Offline jkingrph

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2017, 03:13:44 PM »
I bought mine at a nearby Gander Mountain about six years ago,  They had of the 550's on the rack, a 416 Rigby, 458 Lott and the 375 H&H, all on sale.  Of the three the  375 had drop dead gorgeous wood, tiger stripped walnut. The other two were rather plain so the .375 followed me home.  At the time I thought I would have liked the Rigby, but am glad I went with the 375, as brass and bullets are much more economical for what is really a big bench gun for me.   The configuration of those rifles fit me like a glove, I shoulder it and the express sights line up perfectly.  What's fun is to go to one of the ranges back home that allows bench shooting only, and sit there with those big cartridges, and watch others shoot their little short and ultra magnums , and offer to let them try it and they always refuse saying recoil would be too great, not knowing that the weight and large size buttplate make it a bleepcat.  I have a Win M70 featherweight in 30-06 that kicks much harder, so the CZ is my fun gun.

If you want it buy it, I don't think you will regret it.

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2017, 11:53:02 AM »
Update here, this may be sacrilege but I just put in a successful bid on a LH Ruger African in .375 ruger.   I know its not a CZ but it should be good for hunting in Alaska, which I'm hoping to do this year. 

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2017, 11:54:01 AM »
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Offline 2bytandem

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2017, 09:18:05 AM »
Another fine stout rifle choice!


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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2017, 01:58:09 PM »
What is the range on a 375 H&H?  Looking at getting a high caliber rifle later in the year and am down to a CZ 550 in 375 H&H, Weatherby MkV in 300 Weatherby Magnum, or a Weatherby MkV in 338 Lapua

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2017, 04:11:24 PM »
The cartridge is reputed to be highly accurate.  Take a look at the ballistic tables to determine drop.  I'm sure you could reasonable reach out to 3-400 yards with a proper rest and the skills to properly hold and squeeze off a round. 

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2017, 09:26:51 PM »
I cannot remember where I read it quite a few years back, but it seemed to be that the flight ballistics on the 375H&H are very similar to the 30-06,  ie the trajectory.

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2017, 10:50:32 AM »
I cannot remember where I read it quite a few years back, but it seemed to be that the flight ballistics on the 375H&H are very similar to the 30-06,  ie the trajectory.


Agree.  The issue is can you hold a hard recoiling rifle steady at long range. 

I always try to get as close a shot as possible.  Of the last 10 big game animals I've taken, 9 have been taken from within 100 yards.  The tenth was an elk at 300 plus but I was prone with a solid rest. 

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2017, 02:21:15 PM »
I cannot remember where I read it quite a few years back, but it seemed to be that the flight ballistics on the 375H&H are very similar to the 30-06,  ie the trajectory.


Agree.  The issue is can you hold a hard recoiling rifle steady at long range. 

I always try to get as close a shot as possible.  Of the last 10 big game animals I've taken, 9 have been taken from within 100 yards.  The tenth was an elk at 300 plus but I was prone with a solid rest.

No argument here.  I do find my 550 in .375H&H to be softer in the recoil dept as compared the Win 70 featherweight in 30-06 I have been shooting  for a bit over 50 years now.  I attribute this to the greater weight of the CZ plus the buttplate is much wider to spread the recoil over a greater area.   

That little Win kicked so hard out of the box with some factory 180's it bruised my shoulder so bad it was oozing blood the first time I shot it. Dad had gotten it via prize points in a sales contest, so no choice as to model or caliber back in 1963, when I had just graduated high school.

I promptly added a thick recoil pad, and did not remove any wood, just increased the LOP about 1 1/4" which helped to tame it for me.

I still find the big CZ more pleasant to shoot.  I also have a Ruger #1 Tropical in 357 H&H and it kicks hard.  Again weight, and stock shape.

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2017, 06:13:32 PM »
My ruger is scheduled to be delivered to my dealer today.  I should have a chance to pick it up over the next several days, and get it to the range next week.   

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2017, 02:36:14 PM »
Hi ,
I am knew to this forum,
But I do own a CZ 550 safari magnum, in .375 H&H
I can tell you , personally I love it it shoots beautifully,
I currently shoot it with open sights , but will be putting on some optics soon.
It's one heck of of rifle, sorry but I can't talk you out of this, you'll regret not buying that sucker
Cheers TB1
CZ 527 .17 hornet
CZ 557 30/06
CZ 550 .375 H&H
Sako TRG 42 .338 lap mag

Offline phoenix 721

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Re: 550 safari magnum
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2020, 03:19:59 PM »
I've got an irrational desire to buy a left hand safari magnum in .375 H and H.  I can't figure out why.  The last elk I shot with my very early Remington KS mountain rifle in .300 win mag fell over dead without taking a step.  Will you guys please talk me out of it?
Are you guys shooting 550 Safari Magnums using the American stock or standard? I too am thinking of getting a big bore but have not shouldered one.

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