CZ 550 Sonoran

The new CZ 550 Sonoran

The new CZ 550 Sonoran

CZ has introduced the new 550 Sonoran rifle at this year’s SHOT Show.  CZ describes the new rifle as being designed to be a long-range tack-driver rather than a mountain rifle.  Inspiring the Western Series, the 550 Sonoran weighs less than 8 lbs. due to the Manners carbon fiber stock and a fluted barrel.  The Manners stock is OD green, with a recoil reducing soft rubber butt pad.

The Sonoran takes on a very nice profile.

The Sonoran takes on a very nice profile.

CZ built the Sonoran to withstand the harshest of conditions.  The 550 Sonoran is Ferritic Nitrocarburized on the inside and out, raising the surface hardness to 72 on the Rockwell scale.  CZ claims this process will make the Sonoran capable of surviving heavy wear and the corrosive elements.  The outer coating also doubles the expected life of the barrel.

The Sonoran barrel is fluted and Ferritic Nitrocarburized protected.

The Sonoran barrel is fluted and Ferritic Nitrocarburized protected.

In addition, the Ferritic Nitrocarburized process actually increases lubricity.  According to CZ, this lubricity allows only a little application of oil to keep the 550 Sonoran running smoothly even during heavy use.  The Sonoran comes with a single set trigger, and a fixed internal magazine with hinge plate.  The receiver has two pre-set riser mounts for scope rings.

The CZ 550 Sonoran trigger.

The CZ 550 Sonoran trigger.

The Sonoran has a fixed internal magazine with hinged floor plate accessed by the release button at the front of the trigger guard.

The Sonoran has a fixed internal magazine with hinged floor plate accessed by the release button at the front of the trigger guard.

The CZ 550 Sonoran is available in two standard (.270 Win., .30-06), and two magnum calibers (7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag.).  In addition, the CZ 550 “Badlands” is the same rifle chambered in .338 Lapua.  Standard calibers come with a 24-inch fluted barrel with a #3 contour.  Magnum calibers will have a 26-inch barrel and a #4 contour.  The “Badlands” rifle will have a 25-inch barrel.  CZ is prepared to guarantee 1 MOA or better from the CZ 550 Sonoran, when paired with a quality scope and ammunition.

The familiar CZ bolt design.

The familiar CZ bolt design.

The Sonoran comes with an angled bolt lever and enlarged round handle to improve reliability and speed while cycling.

The Sonoran comes with an angled bolt lever and enlarged round handle to improve reliability and speed while cycling.

CZ 550 Sonoran specifications:

  • Calibers – .270 Win.; .30-06; 7mm Rem. Mag.; .300 Win. Mag.; .338 Lapua
  • Stock – Carbon fiber (Kevlar for the .338 Lapua Badlands)
  • Magazine – Fixed internal with hinge plate
  • Magazine Capacity – (5) for standard; (3) for magnum; (4) for .338 Lapua
  • Trigger – single set with approximately 3.5 lbs. of pull
  • Overall Length – 44.8 inches standard; 46.8 inches magnum; 46.5 inches Lapua
  • Barrel Length – 24 inches standard; 26 inches magnum; 25 inches Lapua
  • Weight – 7.6 pounds standard; 7.8 pounds magnum; 9.2 pounds Lapua
  • MSRP – $3199; .338 Lapua Badlands for $2599.
The 550 Sonoran receiver.

The 550 Sonoran receiver.

The opposite view.

The opposite view.

The CZ 550 Sonoran comes with two pre-set scope riser mounts ready to accept a wide variety of rings.

The CZ 550 Sonoran comes with two pre-set scope riser mounts ready to accept a wide variety of rings.

The CZ550 Badlands is in the same Western Series as the Sonoran, but comes with a less expensive Kevlar stock, and a “sporter” style barrel.  Still, the Badlands rifle is designed to deliver accurate shots from the powerful .338 Lapua round.

The CZ550 Badlands in .338 Lapua.

The CZ550 Badlands in .338 Lapua.

A closer look at the CZ550 Badlands action and stock.

A closer look at the CZ550 Badlands action and stock.

The CZ550 Badlands extended bolt handle.

The CZ550 Badlands extended bolt handle.

 

 

 

 

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  • BoHeck

    Why is the Lapua so much cheaper?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Good question….. Volume of scale maybe? Typo most likely.

      • ben

        I think you mean economy of scale. Looks like CZ are making a cost saving somewhere on either the barrel or stock. I guess in the stock but I would have expected Kevlar to be more expensive.

      • Aaron E

        Jumplf NotZero I wrote directly from the CZ literature. I’m not sure why the price is so much lower, especially when one would expect it to be higher. I’m going back to CZ to try to clarify, and perhaps learn about any change in materials that would cause the cost to drop.

    • FourString

      Exactly what I thought. Does it not come with a Carbon Fiber stock?? o_O”

    • Aaron E

      BoHeck I thought the same thing. I expected a higher price, or if anything equal to the others. I’ll double check with CZ and see if I can find an answer to the mystery.

    • Aaron E

      I’ve added a blip of information at the end of the article, along with photos of the Badlands rifle for comparison. In short, the Badlands has the much cheaper Kevlar stock and a less expensive barrel option.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    It’s REALLY a shame that CZ has selected Manners as their goto stock. I thought they were ok until I got some time on them, they manage to actually feel more blocky than they look, an amazing achievement really.

    Plus as someone who has worked in the composites industry I will NEVER forgive them for putting that horrible grip texture right into their molds. That is entirely inexcusable. If you look at companies like Cadex, AI, JAE, Ashbury, Proof and others that are actually using modern composite and molding techniques turning out quality parts, it makes those manners stocks look so…. old.

    Other than that, CZ is doing OK with barrel lengths, good with calibers, the Mauser bolt, the bolt handle, the melonite coating, all good. But that stock… That’s a flat out no.

    • G2

      CZ USA is located in Kansas City as well as both Manner’s Socks and Badger Ordnance. I imagine they choose Manner’s partially because of their close proximity. I have handled many stocks and chassis and there aren’t hardly any I prefer over a Manner’s MCS-TA or MCS-T3 stocks. I’ll agree with you on the grip texture.

      • Aaron E

        I think you’re right G2. GA Precision makes custom rifles and they are just down the street from Manners. Several of their rifles come with Manners stocks, and seem to sell well.
        I shoot a GA Precision Rock with a Manners stock and have become accustomed to the textured grip to the point I don’t even notice it anymore. However, if I had been used to something different I might not be so favorable of that design.

  • GringoFusilero

    No .308?