Harking back to my paean of praise to the Savage 99 last week, something else about the originating article has stuck with me.
The author suggests that of the ten rifles everyone should own, one should be a custom-made rifle.
Now I’ll be perfectly honest, here: aside from the cost involved (which should frighten almost anyone not named Phil Thee Richbags let alone a Cheap Bastard like me), every time I’ve thought about what I’m looking for in a custom-made rifle, I list all the components and invariably end up with something made by CZ.
Here’s a partial list of “desirable” features:
- Mauser-style bolt
- hogsback stock
- Schnabel fore-end or full stock
- single-set trigger
…which leads to something that looks very much like this:
…which is the CZ 427, basically. Or in a more manly chambering, this:
…which is nothing more than the CZ 557 Safari (a.k.a. Brno 602). As for the full-stock dream rifle:
…which is the CZ 550 FS.
See what I mean?
Sure, I could always say I want a “blueprinted Remington 400x action with a 21″bull barrel, Timney trigger and a Fajen walnut stock” etc. but that’s going to cost me thousands, and I seriously doubt that I’d like it more, or for that matter be able to shoot it better than any of the ones shown.
Maybe — maybe — I could call up the folks at Dakota Arms to make me something to the above specs, but why, when CZ makes exactly what I need as a matter of course, and for a very reasonable price withal?
And if none of the above rifles makes your heart go pitter-pat just a little, then we’re on different pages of the Gun Geek Book entirely.
Don’t even get me started on chambering. Certainly, I would eschew any exotic cartridge such as a .280 Ackley Improved and forget any custom cartridge designed for me exclusively. When it comes to the damage-causing projectiles, I’d be perfectly happy with light ones like .223 Rem or .243 Win; medium ones like .270 Win, 6.5x55mm Swede, 7x57mm, or .308 Win; or for the heavies, .300 Win Mag or .375 H&H. Any further tinkering would be in the realms of bullet weight and -type only.
In fact, now that I think of it, I already own my all-purpose “dream rifle”:
I don’t need a custom rifle; in terms of what I love about rifles, I already have one. And if I want one with more “desirable” features, I’ll get a CZ.