QUOTE=Zednut;794601]First post, so hi everybody.
Got a CZ 455 Thumbhole Varmint about 7 months ago. This is the new model stemming from the older 452's with some changes. It will probably not be available in the US until years end or later. Interchangeable barrels available in .22LR, .22WMR, and .17HMR. Bolt uses 1 lug instead of 2 and receiver was beefed up slightly in several areas such as the back tang ect.
Fit and finish is superb and the barrel interchange is not a pin system but rather a very secure 2 set screw attachment of the barrel stub in the receiver.
Triggers are still a brutish as often seen on new sporters but it is adjustable for weight to some degree and there are some cheap mods to reduce creep and weight some more. Barrel is fully floated with two action screws mounting it to the stock.
Thumb hole stock is most likely a Boyds stock from the looks and to me I find the grip is the right distance to the trigger...but I have big hands with long fingers. Someone with smaller hands may want to handle one first before buying. LOP on the stock is a bit short at 13" but usable off the bench. Off hand, one might want to extend the butt with some pads or something if they are large framed and find a longer LOP is needed.
From the box mine shot very well. A touch over 5/8" with Fed 711b and just under 1/2" with Wolf MT (@ 50 yrds). After a few accurizing upgrades this is a tack driver. Trigger got a YoDave kit and now weighs about 22 oz with maybe .01" creep, it passes the bump test. Action was pillared with 316 SS custom pillars and full bedding with ProBed 2000. Underside of trigger guard was also epoxy bedded to more securely fix the action screws that terminate in the trigger guard chamfers. The rile needs to be tuned to the ammo with a good torque screwdriver on the action screws. Crown was redone on tool room lathe with single point cutter .0002" TIR and trued up square to a indicated mandrel.
After all the work the rifle is shooting .3-.35" with Fed 711b now, .25-.27" with Wolf MT and around .2-.23" with Lapua Center X. All from bench, using front rest and rear bag. Very nice for a modified "sporter". I might squeeze some more out of it but highly suspect I will need a tuner and parrallel bottomed bR stock to do so.
A Mueller 8X32X44 A/O scope sits on top with fine dot reticle using weaver adapter and Burris sig Zee 30 mm highs as rings. Total weight is 9 lbs 2 oz.
Since all the accurizing was done by me total cost to get here including scope is roughly around $800.
Welcome Zednut, I replaced the stock on my 452 American with a BR stock and it improved my groups.