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November 17th, 2021

CZ Introduces New CZ 600 Centerfire Rifles

CZ 600 rifle action lux range trail Alpha controlled feed centerfire

CZ has just introduced the new CZ 600 line of centerfire rifles. The series includes four unique models, with a variety of stock types, barrel profiles, action lengths, and chamberings. User-friendly CZ 600 features include 60-degree bolt throw, adjustable triggers, and the ability to swap barrels/chamberings using optional conversion kits. The CZ 600 Series includes four brand new models: Alpha, Lux, Trail, and Range.* These are designed for accuracy, modularity, and smooth cycling. Expect CZ 600s at dealers in early 2022.

Controlled-Feed Action with 60° Throw: CZ 600 Rifles have a 60-degree bolt throw. This cycles faster than a 90-degree bolt, with more clearance between bolt and optic, allowing for larger scopes. All CZ 600 models boast an oversized bolt knob for improved control with gloved hands. And the actions have controlled-round-feed. The 2-position safety allows bolt cycling with the safety engaged.


CZ USA offers Alpha, Range, Trail, and Lux CZ 600 versions. In Europe CZ offers a fifth model, the “Ergo” model, which is mentioned in this video.

Barrel Conversion Kits: Optional barrel conversion kits offer the ability to change cartridges (within the same-sized action) by swapping barrels, bolt face, and magazines, without the need of a gunsmith. This lets shooters use one rifle for a multiple shooting disciplines. A detachable magazine allows quick mag changes and secure magazine retention, with an optional locking feature. On most CZ 600 models, magazines can be topped off through the ejection port for convenience.

CZ 600 rifle action lux range trail Alpha controlled feed centerfire

User-Adjustable Trigger: The Alpha, Range, and Lux have a user-adjustable, single-stage trigger, while the Trail model utilizes a two-stage trigger. Trigger pull can be adjusted without removing the chassis from the stock. A 4-position dial sets trigger weights from 1.3 to 3 lbs., moving over just 1/2 lb. per click.

CZ 600 Series Rifles Features:

Steel and Alloy Actions, 3 sizes
60-Degree Bolt throw
Vertical two-position safety
Controlled round feed with short extractor
Three barrel profiles: Light, Semi-Heavy, and Heavy
Adjustable trigger – no disassembly needed, 4 weights
Picatinny Rail or Remington 700 scope bases
Detachable magazine with optional lock
Caliber conversion kits (sold separately)
Accuracy guarantees: 3/4 MOA (Range), 1 MOA (Alpha, Lux), and 2 MOA (Trail)

CZ 600 Models — Alpha, Lux, Range, and Trail

CZ 600 Alpha — CZ designed the Alpha as a “do it all” rifle with guaranteed sub-MOA accuracy for a modest $749.00 MSRP. A light-weight aluminum receiver balances the semi-heavy barrel for a 7.3-lb overall weight (before optic). The CZ 600 Alpha is designed to be versatile, durable, and reliable. Available chamberings include .223 Rem, .224 Valkyrie, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 7.62×39, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, and .30-06 SPRG.

This Petersen’s video features the CZ Alpha model on a hunt in Central California

CZ 600 Lux — The refined lines and traditional style of the CZ 600 Lux reflect a long, proud legacy. The Lux features a steel action and oil-finished select-grade walnut stock. The steel receiver is drilled and tapped for Rem 700-pattern bases. The Lux model comes with a sub-MOA guarantee. Weight is 8.2 lbs. in 308 Win without scope.

CZ 600 Range — The Range model, with its cold hammer-forged heavy barrel, was designed to give precision shooters outstanding accuracy. The CZ 600 Range features the best accuracy guarantee ever offered by CZ: Sub-3/4 MOA guaranteed at 100 meters, for 5-shot groups with match-grade factory ammo. This accuracy is verified by CZ.

CZ 600 Trail — The CZ 600 Trail is a very light-weight, compact rifle, weighing just 6.1 lbs. before optics. The Trail uses AR-15 compatible mags for .223 Rem with CZ Bren 2 magazines for the other chambering, 7.62×39. The lightweight Trail model offers AR ergonomics along with ambidextrous mag release and safety lever similar to AR-platform rifles.

CZ 600 Trail Model — Initial Field Test


*In Europe CZ offers a fifth CZ 600 model, the “Ergo” model. See the first video linked above.

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November 17th, 2021

Reactive Steel Target Sets for Affordable Rimfire Fun

Birchwood Casey rimfire .22 LR 22LR steel reactive targets pistol rifle

With loaded centerfire ammo in short supply, and primers almost impossible to find at reasonable prices, more shooters are turning to .22 LR rimfire shooting to maintain their skills and have fun. Check AmmoSeek.com regularly for currently available .22 LR rimfire ammo.

A fast-cycling, semi-auto .22 LR rifle like the Savage A22 is great for shooting reactive targets.
Savage A22 Precision Elite rimfire

While shooting paper targets is enjoyable, we like to include REACTIVE TARGETS during a trip to the range with our .22s. Rimfire plinking with reactive targets is FUN and affordable. Decent .22 LR rimfire ammo is not expensive, and a wide variety of very affordable steel targets are available. Rimfire steel is much less costly than the AR500 steel plates used for centerfire rounds. In fact, Birchwood Casey makes a wide variety of reactive steel rimfire targets that retail for under $50.00. These offer great “Bang for the Buck”.

Read Full Steel Target Review on GunsAmerica.com »

GunsAmerica Digest has reviewed a variety of reactive rimfire target systems from Birchwood Casey. We recommend you read this detailed article Little Targets, Big Fun, by Jordan Michaels. He acquired four different steel target systems and tested them at his Texas range. Michales was impressed: “At $30-$55 a pop, Birchwood-Casey’s targets are small enough to be challenging and cheap enough to buy four or five for the price of one centerfire-rated target. They’re also light, portable, reactive, and easy to set up.”

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Check out how these Birchwood Casey steel targets perform. These animated GIFs show actual shooting sessions with .22 LR rifles and pistols. The targets hold up well, though the black paint comes off. The reviewer notes: “You shouldn’t worry about durability as long as you stick to .22 LR. I shot the heck out of these targets with rifles and handguns using both standard and high-velocity cartridges, and I didn’t notice any denting or cracking. If the targets are going to be kept outside, however, keep an eye out for rust – the black paint comes off immediately.”

Birchwood Casey Gallery Rimfire Target


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Safety Considerations with Steel Reactive Targets
The tester said the targets worked best with a .22 LR ammo with at least 1000 fps MV at the targets. He tested with .22 LR pistols as close as 7 yards, and .22 LR rifles out to 100 yards. Be advised — when shooting steel targets at relatively close ranges ALWAYS wear full-coverage eye protection because ricochets and splash-backs are definite risks. Also comply with all range rules.

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November 17th, 2021

Rebate Case Rims to Shoot Bigger Brass in PPC Actions

30BR 6 PPC rim rebated Butch Lambert

Many short-range Benchresters have thought about converting their 6 PPC to shoot a 30BR for score matches, or a Dasher for mid-range (or even 1000-yard) games. That way you have a rifle that does double duty, giving you the most bang for your buck. Though an action with a PPC bolt won’t normally work with 30BR/6BR/Dasher cases with their larger .308-class rim (0.4728″ diameter), there is a pretty easy solution that allows you to cycle these bigger cartridges with a 6PPC-style bolt (designed to fit .220 Russian rims).

“Rebating case rims … lets you shoot a 30BR in score matches using your PPC action. All you need is a new barrel. This saves buying another bolt, receiver, or rifle.” — Butch Lambert

Butch Lambert of ShadeTree Engineering provided this tip. Butch notes that many 6 PPC benchrest group shooters also enjoy shooting in score matches. But to be really competitive in the BR for score game, that means shooting a 30BR, which has a wider, .308-class rim (0.4728″ diameter). Likewise, if you want to compete in 600-yard registered BR events or in varmint matches, you probably want to run a bigger case, such as the 6BR, 6mm Dasher, or 6-6.5×47. Those cartridges also have the larger 0.4728″ rims.

30Br Butch Lambers 6 PPC

Rebate Your 30 BR Rims
To convert a PPC-boltface action to shoot bigger cases you can spend a ton of money to buy a new bolt. That can cost hundreds of dollars. The simpler solution is to turn down the diameter of the larger cases on a lathe. Butch explains: “We’ve seen plenty of interest in rebating case rims. This lets you shoot a 30BR in score matches using your PPC action. All you need is a new barrel. This saves buying another bolt, receiver, or rifle if you have a PPC boltface. Anyone who has access to a lathe can do this job pretty easily. Yesterday I turned 150 case in about an hour.”

At right is the lathe form tool Butch uses to rebate the case rims.

Cutting Head for Rebating Rims

Editor’s Note: Butch Lambert (and his wife) recently returned from the hospital. We send our best wishes to the Lamberts for a full recovery and happier times in the days ahead.

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