Big-game hunters rejoice and Bambi beware: CZ-USA has just introduced their new CZ 557 American, purpose-built from the ground up to be a hunter's dream rifle. In fact, this might just wind up being your hunting family's next heirloom, given that it's a terrific choice for new shooters and experienced old hands alike. Its reliable and hardy construction means it'll serve your family for generations. It's loaded with custom features, but you'll be paying a very standard over-the-counter price. Speaking of cost savings, the CZ 557 is intended for use with a scope (it has a high comb and no sights), and built-in 19mm dovetails mean there are no bases required to attach that scope. A good set of rings will mount the optic directly to the receiver for a simpler, more robust attachment. And save the hunter the cost of bases!
The CZ 557 is a new rifle platform for the company, because it's a departure from the Mauser-style bolt found on CZ 550 guns. Instead, the 557 line (which includes the American, of course) features a bolt action with a short extractor and plunger-style ejector. This allows for smooth bolt operation and enhanced ejection of spent brass. The short extractor or "push feed" system also makes it easier to "single load" the rifle. Many shooters prefer single loading for their range work, while hunters in a hurry often need to get that one cartridge in the chamber--fast.
The CZ 557 American features a 24-inch, cold-hammer forged and lapped barrel. The longer barrel helps squeeze out more feet per second (fps) than shorter 16- or 20-inch barrels, especially for hotter rounds like the 6.5 Creedmoor and the 7mm-08 Rem (both of which are available in the short action 557 American line). It also wears an American-pattern stock, complete with a strong pistol grip and just a bit of a palm swell. Add in the classic checkering on the grip and fore-end, and the rifle will remain in hand even in wet and cold conditions.
Equipped with a 2-position safety, the bolt can be cycled while the rifle is on "Safe." To top it off, it comes with a fully adjustable trigger that allows the owner to tune weight, creep and overtravel to their liking.