CZ Basic 513 – Before and After!

I had to have one.  My previous cat killin’ truck gun wasn’t doing it for me so I decided I needed to yield my old not-so-faithful autoloader for a more reliable and favorable CZ bolt gun.  So I sold off the Remington 552 and after some help from an RFC buddy I found a CZ 513 Basic.  Now I had read post after post on RFC and everyone said it was basic, as the name implies, particularly the trigger.  Many of those same folks, mind you much more experienced than me, said more than once, that there was really nothing you could do to the trigger but polish it a bit and even that would only make a very small improvement.  Nevertheless in my typical hard headed fashion (just ask my mother or wife) I thought for sure I could do better.  Anyway, long story short, I can’t.  Big surprise huh?  I polished it and it dropped the pull from around 7 or 8 lbs. (my trigger pull gauge stops at 4.5 lbs so I am guessing) to about 5 lbs.  Then I had the brilliant idea to put a shim under the trigger and that removed some creep but during my initial shooting session with the gun, the shim came loose inadvertently creating a great trigger pull of around 1 pound!  But ultimately it was an unsafe condition, so out came the shim and we made the humble trip back to a 4.5 – 5 lbs. trigger.  Modifications continued and you can see from the pics below how she turned out.  I really like this little gun.  Short, light, fast handling and accurate are all favorable attributes in this kind of rifle and this gun exceeds my expectations in each category.  I zeroed it in at 30 yds as most of my shots at the feral cats I shoot are between 20 and 50 yds and this distance seemed to be the most agreeable.  Accuracy was really good about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch at 30 yds with Winchester 40 grn subsonic lead truncated hollow points.  I felt like this was a good round for the purpose as well so I was pleased it shot well in my Basic.  It has already taken one cat and did so admirably.  Needless to say I’m very happy with this choice.  The scope is a weaver K4 and the paracord sling was done by yours truly, and I installed an Accu-riser on the stock.

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2 thoughts on “CZ Basic 513 – Before and After!

  1. Sgt Dork

    Ain’t she a beaut.?

  2. Jim Cottrell

    I like mine as well. I have an American but got the 513 to take in the woods. I have a 4x Nikon on it, and i put on a trigger shoe. That made a good improvement. Very accurate and SOLID gun.

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