CZ USA Model 550 Safari Magnum .458 Lott 25″ Bolt Action Rifle, MFD 2008
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Make: CZ USA
Model: 550 Safari Magnum
Serial Number: A504721
Year of Manufacture: 2008 (08 Date Code)
Caliber: .458 Lott
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle w/ Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the shank is marked “CAL.458 / LOTT”. The left side of the chamber ring is marked “A504721 / MADE IN / CZECH REPUBLIC”. The left side of the receiver is marked “CZ 550 SAFARI MAGNUM”, the CZ logo, and “CZ-USA, KANSAS CITY, KS”. The right side of the chamber ring and shank are marked with a Czech nitro proof and the “08” date code. The bolt knob is marked with a Nitro proof.
Barrel Length: 25”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded beaded blade atop a checkered ramped riser that is screwed to the barrel. The rear sight is an express sight with a fixed front V-notch with a white line aim guide. There are two additional flip ip leaves that are marked 200 and 300 respectively. The top of the receiver is grooved for mounting an optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered wood with a pistol grip, fluted straight comb, cheek piece, sling stud front and back, and a soft CZ black rubber buttpad. The only visible imperfections are a few light marks on the cheek piece and a tiny nick on the left side above the trigger. Otherwise, only light handling wear is present. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The recoil pad shows scattered rub wear and light discoloration throughout. The stock rates in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore, just some faint fouling on the lands.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a small scuff on the top of the barrel midway. There are some little freckles on the top of the shank. There are some light handling marks. The bolt was intentionally left bright. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is light with a small amount of creep. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes in its original matching box with a piece of brass and paperwork including the manual and the test target.
Our Assessment: CZ is known for its high-quality, reliable sporting and hunting rifle. This Model 550 Safari Magnum is a testament to that with a light trigger that breaks clean and crisp and a bright bore. This is a big game hunter, chambered for .458 Lott. Jack Lott, a big-game hunter and writer from the US, had an adverse encounter with a Cape buffalo in Mozambique in 1959 in which he sustained injuries. He had been hunting with the then new .458 Winchester Magnum. This experience convinced him that a cartridge more powerful than the .458 Winchester Magnum was required when hunting dangerous game in Africa. After the encounter he began a search for a big-bore cartridge which would suit his needs perfectly. Not finding a cartridge that would fit his needs, he designed a cartridge which he felt would meet his requirements in a dangerous-game cartridge. Jack Lott’s original drawings of the cartridge were done on a napkin at a diner. The first cases for the new rifle cartridge were fireformed from .375 H&H Magnum brass into a chamber by using .458 caliber (11.6 mm) bullets which had their bases re-sized .375-inch (9.5 mm) so as to fit in the mouth of the .375 H&H Magnum. This method of fireforming left the newly formed cases slightly shorter than the parent cases. The resulting cartridge is named the .458 Lott in his honor. This rifle is beautiful, in very clean condition, retaining about 98% original finish. Please see our photos and good luck!