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Old 03-11-2019, 12:27 AM
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So I'm wanting a CZ 527 Varmint for hunting and target shooting. It'll mostly be used for small game like squirrels, rabbits, skunks, crows, etc. I'm considering the 204 Ruger, 223 Remington, and 17 Hornet. Which caliber should I go with?

I considered the Savage 12 BVSS and VLP as well, but I prefer controlled round feed for any hunting guns hence why I'd rather go CZ.
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:14 AM
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If you choose anything else but the 17 Hornet there will be nothing left of the game you listed. The CZ 17 hornet is a small sweet laser round that won't wake the dead.

If you want them to blow apart into hundreds of pieces and don't mind a loud rifle then get the 204 Ruger.

I like my 17 Hornet but I have the 527 American and not the Varmint rifle. if I had to do it over I would have got the varmint rifle instead.

MY 17 Hornet is the one in front:


Good luck on your quest

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Old 03-11-2019, 08:19 AM
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Beautiful rifles! What caliber is the varmint model I see in there?

I am leaning towards the 17 Hornet or 204 Ruger. The 223 is nice, but at this point all but ruled out since I don't like the 1:9" twist as I like to be able to shoot heavier match bullets when needed.
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The 1/9 twist can shoot 68gr HPBT bullets just fine. If you get the 17HH you are very limited to what bullet you can shoot. Most shoot the 20gr but some have good results with the 25.
The 204 is a hot shooting round and isn't known for long barrel life. My choice for those barrel burning rounds are rifles which the barrels can be replaced easily. CZs are not in that category.
I have the 17HH American and like the lighter weight as compared to the Varmint. If target shooting was the primary goal the Varmint model would have been the one I purchased.
If you really want accuracy the 222 is my personal favorite. But I reload.
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:41 PM
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I had a 527 Varmint in .223; just sold it to make room for a 557 American. It was an awesome rifle. Shoots the poly-tipped ammo fantastic with the best being Hornady 55gr VMAX; 1 MOA or better. Will also shoot 68gr match ammo just as well. Had very good results with Federal Gold Medal Match 69gr Sierra Matchking BTHP and Hornady 68gr Match BTHP. It will also shoot the 40gr VMAX's well and those might be better for your intended prey. Personally, I think the .223 is the most versatile, but that's my tastes. I was very happy with that rifle. Only sold it because I wanted a .243 and I literally had zero room left in my safe.
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So I'm wanting a CZ 527 Varmint for hunting and target shooting. It'll mostly be used for small game like squirrels, rabbits, skunks, crows, etc. I'm considering the 204 Ruger, 223 Remington, and 17 Hornet. Which caliber should I go with?
Get a CZ 527 Varmint in 17 Hornet - you will not regret it.
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If you reload the 222 Rem is my choice. I can load it up for PDs and down for squirrels.

Saw a nice 527 FS in 222 the other day, tough to beat IF YOU RELOAD.

For what you intend, a Rimfire would be a better choice. For squirrels, the 22 LR is the way to go (CZ452 FS, my choice). If you take only head shots on tree rats, the 22 mag would cover the other non-edible stuff. 22 mag can shoot the 30 or 40 grain bullets very accurately.

What ever you chose, try to get the FS model.
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Signalman :

The rings on your 17 Hornet seem to be a little shorter than the Burris rings on the three other rifles. What make and height are the 17 Hornet rings? Are they really lower than the Burris rings, and do you find that they fit you better?

I have some Burris rings too, and I like them, but they are a little higher than optimum for my shooting style.

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Beautiful rifles! What caliber is the varmint model I see in there?

I am leaning towards the 17 Hornet or 204 Ruger. The 223 is nice, but at this point all but ruled out since I don't like the 1:9" twist as I like to be able to shoot heavier match bullets when needed.
Its one of those CZ special run of 527 Varmint rifles in 222 and I have not even shot it yet. Good thing is it does Not have the mexican roll mark.

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Signalman :

The rings on your 17 Hornet seem to be a little shorter than the Burris rings on the three other rifles. What make and height are the 17 Hornet rings? Are they really lower than the Burris rings, and do you find that they fit you better?

I have some Burris rings too, and I like them, but they are a little higher than optimum for my shooting style.

Thanks.
Sir all my CZ 527 rifles have the same Burris 420140 rings on them it just looks closer because of the V-24 scope on top. Edit: sorry those are the factory CZ rings but are the same height as the Burris rings I have on all my other CZ.

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It'll mostly be used for small game like squirrels, rabbits, skunks, crows, etc. I'm considering the 204 Ruger, 223 Remington, and 17 Hornet. Which caliber should I go with?
If this will be the limit to what you'll be shooting, you will fall in love with the little 17 Hornet.

But, if you plan to add coyotes to the list, the 204 will be a better choice for you.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:27 PM
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Thank you for the suggestions everyone! I ended up getting the 527 Varmint in 204 Ruger. I got it due to its versatility and speed, and also in case I decide to use it for coyotes eventually like B23 mentioned. For me it'll double as a varmint hunting/target rifle.
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They're all great rifles and I think you'd be happy with any of the 527V caliber offerings. That being said, I think you made a good choice. I recently went through a similar delimma and ended up with the .204. I havent yet started reloading but have had great results with the factory hornady 32 gr V-Max. Congrats on your new baby!

I am however a little jealous of signalman1 having the triple deuce varmint. Unique rifle.
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