CZ Has Updated the 527 Carbine

CZ has updated the 527 carbine, its smallest Mauser bolt-action gun. Featureing a cold-hammer forged barrel, walnut stock, and integrated sights. Its available in only .223 Remington and 7.62×39. CZ’s MSRP for the rifle is $733, with auction and other prices holding around $650. Its a solid plinker, a compact small game gun, or a great rifle for young shooters.

Description from CZ’s Video:

The Carbine is an intermediate range ‘brush gun.’ This handy rifle features open sights, a straight comb walnut stock and weighs less than 6 pounds! It’s the only model in the CZ family of bolt action rifles that is chambered for the popular 7.62×39. This cartridge is a top pick for younger shooters for its low recoil and effectiveness on medium sized game such as deer or wild boar out to 200 yards. Both cartridges offered in the 527 Carbine model are economical to shoot given their service rifle heritage.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

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  • Hank

    On my to-do list, but I sure wish they’d price it more in line with the 455 series.

  • Jeff

    What part(s) did they update? I believe the previous/current 527 had integrated sights and a walnut stock- is the CHF barrel new?

  • MountainKelly

    So great

  • Dracon1201

    In 7.62×39 that would be a fantastic rifle.

  • iksnilol

    What was the update? This is one of the bolt action guns I am sort of interested in. I know they (and the Zastava mini-mausers) are liked here in Norway for fox, beaver and similar animals.

    • StickShift

      The .223 models now have a 1-in-9″ barrel. Previously, only the Varmints (I think – someone correct me on this), had a 1-in-9″. The rest of the lineup had a 1-in-12″.

      • iksnilol

        Thank you!

      • Russ

        Thanks, Stick. That is the single reason I had not purchased the .223 version yet. Now I will have to add one to go with my x39.

      • J-

        SWEET!!! I agree with Russ. I’ve have two CZ rifles, the trainers in 22 LR and 22 WMR, they have the best iron sights I’ve ever seen on a rimfire rifle and they are great for iron sight plinking.

        I’ve always liked the idea of the 527 but the 1-in-12 made it kind of weak since I couldn’t shoot the same 62 gr Fusion MSR or 64 gr PpwerPoints through it that I do through my AR.

  • Tiru Maru

    Are there hunting rounds in 7.62×39 or are they all surplus FMJ?

    • North Polar

      A lot of companies make hunting rounds in x39. Not to mention (slug the barrel to be sure) I think I remember reading these are a true .308 diameter not .311 for reloading, so you’d get a wide variety of bullets that way too.

      • Tiru Maru


      • Eric S

        It’s a .311 bore. The chamber is CIP not SAAMI standard.

        • North Polar

          Thanks for the info, I’d have sworn it was a different diameter.

          Speer, Barnes, Hornady, and a few other outfits make .311 bullets, so there will still be a variety for handloads.

    • iksnilol

      There isn’t much surplus either, WOLF and whatnot is new production.

  • Bryan

    Nice piece of vaporware. If I ever see one in 7.62 I’ll buy it immediately. Then again I’ll likely ride a unicorn first.

    • Hank

      Out of stock lately, but several months ago they were available from several online stores.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I know right! It’s like there, if only there were some available on gunbroker right now…..

      “Vaporware” apparently means available everywhere?

    • Gwolf

      Exactly. On the wish list in 7.62. If I ever see one.

    • iHAL

      Not vaporware. I’ve sold one or two a few years ago when I worked a shop. I do regret not buying one, myself.

    • Kelly Jackson

      I see them all the time at the local gun show.

      CZ’s dealer network is lacking though.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Had one in 223 and sold it. It was good, better than a lot of bolt guns. CZ is known for very respectable quality, but in the end, the gun just has no support outside the couple of small shops.

    They CONTINUE to keep missing the boat year after year by not just offering the 223 version in 300blk. Or the x39 in 6.5G. Both with factory threading.

    • Kelly Jackson

      Blah blah blah, missing the boat for who?

      It’s a hunting and plinking rifle, not the tacti-cool crap you mall ninjas pose with on social media.

    • iksnilol

      You can easily rebarrel it. But it is primarily intended for the European market, as a cheap and lightweight plinking/medium game hunting rifle.

      300 BLK isn’t popular outside the US, neither is 6.5 Grendel. Though I will admit you can easily make those two cartridges, and it is easy to convert guns to use them.

  • Maxpwr

    I love 99% of what CZ does, but just wish this had easier adjustable sights. Something click adjustable for windage and elevation in the rear sight similar to Mossberg MVP. I know most people use optics, but if I’m going to put optics on a “hunting” style rifle, I don’t need iron sights.

  • Alex Nicolin

    It’s actually very popular this side of the Pond. Most bolt guns sold here are Mauser action. The price does not seem to be an issue, since hunting is seen as a pastime for the financially well off here. So may hunters pay EUR1000 ($1100) or more on a rifle, with taxes. The CZ527 is actually on the cheap side.

    • iksnilol

      The reason it is so expensive is because of higher standard of living. Though there are milsurp guns that are cheap for us compared to you. For instance 30-06 Mausers in Norway cost only 1000 NOK (120 usd). A bug reason why many people buy the exotic/expensive rifles is because they don’t intend on changing/replacing the rifle.

      Most people put heavy money in the scopes, stuff like Zeiss or S&B. Most people consider Leupold here to be at the low end.

  • StickShift

    A .223 is my next rifle purchase. The only question is – Carbine or Mannlicher?

  • Southpaw89

    Always thought this was a beautiful little rifle, just with they’d offer it in a left handed action.

  • itsmefool

    I like it when the lead repeats the headline…now, just to be sure, did CZ update the 527 carbine? And it’s “featureing” what? Oh, OK, got it now…thanks.

  • Blake

    Our CZ-527 American in 22H is the most precise gun we own, & has the best trigger.

  • Rob

    How would the 7.62 version do with a can and short barrel I wonder?

    • iksnilol

      Pretty well I would imagine… Especially considering I have been thinking the same thing.

  • Rob

    As much as I like it, I do wish they had designed the 7.62 version to take AK mags and the .223 to go w/ AR mags, there would be no question then…and a 5.45 version would be nice as well.

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    CZs are just great.
    I’d like to try this 527 in 7.62×39, must be a cool little gun!
    With a relocated front sight and threaded muzzle (moderate gunsmithing work),
    this gun would make for a really nice lightweight suppressed hunter.
    Talk about poor man’s .300 BLK.
    And the 6 lbs. weight, damn!
    A light, small 1-4x scope on it and Bob’s your uncle.

  • Mike

    Wish there were more bolt guns in 7.62×39. Maybe Ruger will make their American Rifle in this and other inexpensive calibers