Main features

Bolt with minimal clearances

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Matte finish of the barrelled action

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Kickstop built-in the stock to reduce recoil

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360° checkering

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Express rear sight

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luxury oiled walnut stock

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High-tech anticorrosion DLC finish

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Glassbedding

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Product versions

Matte finish

High gloss finish

Technical data

Caliber

.404 JEFFERY (16,5")

416 Rigby (16,5")

.300 H&H Mag. (10")

.375 H&H Mag. (12")

.458 Lott (1:14)

Weight

4,1-4,5 kg

4,1-4,5 kg

4,1-4,5 kg

4,1-4,5 kg

4,1-4,5 kg

Fixed magazine capacity

5

4

5

5

4

Stock

Turkish Walnut Dark ++

Turkish Walnut Dark ++

Turkish Walnut Dark ++

Turkish Walnut Dark ++

Turkish Walnut Dark ++

Filling system

Fixed magazine

Fixed magazine

Fixed magazine

Fixed magazine

Fixed magazine

Sights

Express sight

Express sight

Express sight

Express sight

Express sight

Trigger mechanism

Single Adjustable Trigger

Single Adjustable Trigger

Single Adjustable Trigger

Single Adjustable Trigger

Single Adjustable Trigger

Barrel

Broached barrel

Hammer forged

Broached barrel

Hammer forged

Hammer forged

Width

85 mm

85 mm

85 mm

85 mm

85 mm

Cheekpiece

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stock sutface finish

Oil/Varnish

Oil/Varnish

Oil/Varnish

Oil/Varnish

Oil/Varnish

Height

210 mm

210 mm

210 mm

210 mm

210 mm

Overall length

1150 mm

1175 mm

1140 mm

1175 mm

1175 mm

Barrel length

610mm

635 mm

605 mm

635 mm

635 mm

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About Safari classics

Africa. Though frequently called the Dark Continent, in reality it is unbelievably colourful and full of contrasts. The traveller is caught by surprise with the fascinating blue of the dawn, the blinding noon sun and clouds as well as the lustre black of the night and stars as if they were fluid silver.

It is the home to an incredible number of species. The true heart of the hunting Africa is in the south east of the continent, in Namibia, Uganda and South Africa. During the second half of the 19th century there were no substantial white spots on the map of Africa but as rule, it was a continent where life and hunting called for the presence of a real man. The first half of the 20th century is then referred to as the Golden Age of hunting. Names like Frederick Courteney Selous, Cecil Rhodes, Walter D. M. “Karamojo” Bell, Bill Judd, R. J. Cunninghame, Alan Black, Leslie Tarlton or Denys Finch Hatton have become legendary. Thanks to these famous white hunters,

African safari gained in popularity.

Safaris were popular amongst members of the aristocracy and royal dynasties (especially the English) as well as among heads of democratic states (like Theodore Roosevelt), writers (Ernest Hemingway) and other celebrities.

The most famous gun used by the white hunter at that time was the double rifle, however, if you study their equipment really carefully, you will find that the most frequently used gun was a Mauser type repeating bolt action rifle. This was the everyday working weapon. In an overwhelming majority of cases it was a powerful African calibre with a bore at least .35” in diameter, but it was still a Mauser type weapon with an ultra-reliable controlled feed and an exceptionally durable bolt.

The popularity of Mauser type weapons in tropical calibres in Africa survived both World Wars and has continued till today. After 1970, the ZKK 602 rifles from Uherský Brod acquired a very good reputation. Many professional hunters and guides in Africa still use them today and it is often regarded as an almost perfect embodiment of a hunting mauser. The ZKK 602 production in Uherský Brod terminated around 1996, when CZ replaced them with the CZ 550 series.

The African safari continues to be the dream of most hunters worthy of this name. However, nowadays it is very unlikely that someone would bag hundreds, or not even dozens, of animals of the Big Five – lions, elephants, cape buffalos, leopards and rhinos. Still, the African mauser has its place even today.

A professional hunter can use it to protect a photographer or a cameraman. And, it can of course be used for hunting other game, not just the Big Five. In this respect, Africa offers many opportunities. Remember that today, in many corners of Africa hunting has become a true industry; an industry operated in perfect harmony with the principles of game preservation and environmental management. In fact, it is an example of a rare but true sustainable utilization of the environment.

With such a rifle, you can hunt any game anywhere in the world. Contrary to widespread rumours, the large and heavy bullet of the tropical calibre does not necessarily have a devastating effect. But the powerful stopping effect and terminal wound ballistics are truly impressive.

The CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS II. is a respectable successor of the famous powerful Rigby rifles or the ZKK 602s. This is not a rifle that has just had a bit of a facelift and been given a new stock from some ordinary serial rifle. It is true that the SAFARI CLASSICS II. share the basis with bolt rifles produced serially – the forged blanks of the receiver and the bolt, plus the barrel is hammer forged too. However, regarding the CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS II. in 300 Holland&Holland Magnum and 404 Jeffery calibres, there is a difference. These blanks are broached and produced for CZ by the renowned German manufacture, Lothar Walther.

An African mauser must be absolutely reliable, since the hunter’s life depends on it. Therefore, the blanks are processed and assembled manually, one rifle after another, by skilled master gunsmiths. Each rifle is individually assembled so that the bolt’s run is smooth and the handling of all controls is reliable, precise and silent.

And that’s just the beginning. Despite its beauty (or because of it), Africa can be very harsh on guns. Dust, sweat, salty wind and fluctuating temperatures – all of these relentlessly attack the gun as it is carried in the hand of a hunter walking across the savannah. The surface treatment has to be perfect. Current modern times offer a wide spectrum of surface treatments and for the new generation of the CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS II., CZ has opted for one of the most modern one – metastable polymorphic carbon coating, commonly known as DLC, that is Diamond Like Coating. This type of treatment coats the surface with a layer of metastable polymorphous carbon. The result is a very hard surface with improved friction qualities and high aesthetic level. The advantage of DLC is that there is a choice of lustre or matt finishes. Therefore, the new CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS II. allows customers a unique choice – they can either opt for the traditional high lustre (in the days of traditional bluing is used to guarantee a high quality of the surface treatment) or for a modern, elegant velvet matt black finish.

But a barrelled action is just a start.

Linking the steel of the weapon and the flesh of the hunter is wood. The perfect link for a classic rifle is walnut. For the CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS II., only premium walnut is used, providing both strength and elegance. And for an African bolt action, a touch of ebony is a must. The contact between the wood of the stock and the barrelled action made of steel is glass bedded. This provides stable zeroing and a reliable transfer for every joule of energy released by a shot without having an adverse effect on the wood. And there are quite a few joules. Therefore, there is also a kick stop in the stock to dampen the recoil. This is not because the hunter might not manage the recoil of a tropical calibre, after all a modern hunter must be fit. Dampening the recoil enables faster repeating of a shot and that fraction of a second can make the difference between a 3D hunter and a 2D one (or as said in the old days: the difference between a memory and an everlasting memory).

The elegance and handling of the gun are enhanced by a precise diamond cut checkering on the stock. Being softer than steel, the wood also needs protection. Again here you have a choice. Either you can have a matt oil surface (which is easy to maintain, does not slip and the surface is slightly absorbent) or you can opt for high lustre shellac. The shellac is a natural, hard and waterproof high lustre finish, needing a skilled worker. In contrast to most modern surfaces of similar appearance, a skilled craftsman can repair even very substantial scratches and pitting. No matter what you do, they are inevitable on an African hunt.

Although the CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS II. rifles have grooves for the installation of a riflescope, they are primarily equipped with mechanical sights with three wide angle opened blades. You will be glad to have them when you hunt really dangerous game. These sights enable shooting with both eyes opened without losing peripheral vison, at a moving target, from close quarters or at a large distance. Open sights are robust, there is no glass to break or to attract dirt and dust. And they don’t stamp your eyebrows.

Africa is a place of fascinating extremes. It is both heaven and hell, a heart of darkness that still beats just like it did in the days of the great white hunters. Hunting in Africa is a powerful experience even if you do not encounter any really dangerous situations. The CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS II. rifles are designed and made so that you can fully concentrate on the hunt itself. It follows the tried and tested tradition and we have not taken a single pointless shortcut in its making. Simply to make sure that when the moment comes, you can rely on things being as you want them to be. So that your experience would be pleasant and that the quality of your gun would enhance this pleasure.

And once you return home, maybe after many years and many safaris, the CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS II. rifle will become a grand part of your trophy collection. It is not hard to imagine that if the famous white hunters who made Africa and the African hunts a legend would come to your place for a visit, they would without a doubt notice your trusted rifle and look at it with fondness and affection. Because your CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS II. is a jewel of a weapon without which your trophies would not be hanging above your fireplace.

Contact

Safari Classics is a brand of Česká zbrojovka a.s. If you are interested in these products, please click on the CZ logo below. It is a link to the official CZ website where you can easily find a dealer for your country.