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Old 11-02-2005, 09:56 PM   #1
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Sako or CZ 375 H&H

I have looking for a 375 H&H for a few months. I have an opportunity to buy either a Sako 995 with a 20" barrel or a CZ550 Safari Magnum with a 25 inch barrel and a Kahles scope they are both priced the same. Could I hear opinions on both these choices. My use is as my all-around rifle in Alaska.
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Old 12-24-2005, 03:02 PM   #2
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I have a CZ5500 in .375 H&H and I'm very pleased with it. Nothing against the Sako, but I would get the best bang for your buck and get the CZ with scope.
Old 12-24-2005, 03:23 PM   #3
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SInce I posted my question I have bought the Sako and made a successful offer on the Kahles 1.1-4X24mm scope. I have some buyers remorse at not going for the CZ550 but I can't buy them spite of my efforts to do so.
Old 12-30-2005, 06:10 AM   #4
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Have no remorse, while I love my CZ, the Sake is also world class and in all probability has a better stock, my CZ is a little substandard in the wood department, being somewhat soft and open grained. Pretty though, love the Germanic styling.
Old 12-30-2005, 09:32 AM   #5
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I just re-read my original post and saw that back then I was talking about a Sako 995. I spoke to a company that builds custom rifles on Sako actions and they steered me away from the 995 design. I managed to find an unfired Sako AV hunter in 375H&H. The seller had an unmounted Borden Rimrock synthetic stock that came with the rifle. So that is my rifle. I just got some Burris Dual Dovetail bases and Leupold low DD rings. I guess I will soon see what I have.
Old 01-23-2006, 01:15 PM   #6
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Cadjak- I know it's been a while since anybody posted on this thread, but maybe I'll get lucky and catch you looking in.
I was wondering if the builder you talked to mentioned what specific problems there were with the Sako M995.

I ask because I have one. It's a TRG-S Carbine (M995 action) that I originally bought in about 1996, traded it off a couple of years later, then got it back a couple of years after that. I really missed it, and was very happy to have it back.
I'm still surprised by it's accuracy.

As there are few Grizzlies in Indiana, I haven't used it for anything more serious than busting rocks. So, I can't say it's seen any hard use, nor probably ever will thanks to me being disabled now.

But I was still wondering what any problems might be.

The magazine has "self-released", but I'm sure I could make a change there if I were to use it for something dangerous- including locking it in place as a non-detachable magazine (I don't think it's a good feature on that kind of rifle anyway).
Old 02-18-2006, 09:03 PM   #7
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The problem was with the way the gas was released if there was a blown case. Apparently, it blows straight into the shooters face. The info came from Accuflite. Best to check with them for the details.
Old 03-27-2006, 12:00 PM   #8
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Hmmmmm, that could be. The bolt has two gas escape holes- one between two of the lugs and another 3/4 of the way back on the bolt body- that are open to the LH lug raceway when in battery, but they aren't all that big.

I wondered about the shroud, because it has an opening in the center for the cocking indicator (firing pin extension). If gas escaped through there, it would come straight for the shooter's face. But looking at the cocking piece that surrounds the firing pin, it is large enough that it should act as a baffle, keeping gas rom coming that far back.

Actually, as I look at it, some gas may get released around the extractor also. Perhaps more than the gas relief holes.
Those are some small gas relief holes- about .100".
Old 09-10-2006, 04:17 PM   #9
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The Sako and the CZ have totally different weight and balance.
You need to handle both rifles to see what I mean. I would not buy a DGR rifle without a lot of handling, and preferably shooting at least one of each in your caliber of choice.

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