Went out today to work with a pair of Sakos and a CZ, all of them recently rescoped and/or reworked. Things are starting to shake out nicely. First up was my L461 carbine in .222. I bought that off Gunbroker a few months ago and have been fiddling with it to see how well it will shoot. A couple of weeks ago I replaced the Burris compact scope I had on it with a secondhand 3-9x Zeiss Diavari-C that I picked up off eBay. I am just incredibly impressed with the West German Diavari. The picture is visibly bigger and brighter and sharper than an equivalent Leupold or Burris. I think the larger eyepiece may be a factor, as well as just plain better glass. Anyway, I may just be replacing some more of my Leupold, Burris, etc. scopes with Zeiss, as finances and availability permit. I've had a 6x Diatal-C for a long time and that's also a superlative scope, but the Diavari is a real eye-opener. Anyway I got the scope more or less sighted in at 100 yards with Remington ammo and then loaded up 3 rounds of Lapua 50-grain JSP to see what it would do with good ammo. I was rewarded with a nice little half-inch triangle. I think we have a winner there. I had also been fiddling with the tension on the barrel band screw, as a lot of shooters say that affects the accuracy of a full-stock rifle. The Finnish m/39 infantry rifle is known to be sensitive to this factor. Anyway I got the half-inch group with the barrel band screw backed off about half a turn from tight. Then I turned to a .300 H&H FN-Sako that I have been fooling around with for ages. I got this thing years ago as a custom with an ugly Weatherby-era Bishop stock. I completely reshaped the stock, installed a recoil pad, and did a few other things; the last time out I managed a one-inch, three-shot group. This time was a little better with four rounds in 7/8". There was a fifth round but it was a called flyer way out in the ozone. So, I'm pretty pleased with that one too. The FN-Sako has a 2.5-8x Leupold Vari-X III in a fake EAW pivot mount. That is an excellent scope and I've favored that model for years, but it isn't the equal of the Zeiss. I also spent some quality time with a CZ 527 in .22 Hornet. I bought that rifle at a show up in Phoenix and it's been driving me up the wall ever since. I've had constant feeding problems with it, which turned out to have two causes. First, you have to slam the bolt forward rapidly or the nose of the bullet will flip up and jam. Second, I had a bad batch of reloads that some SOB at a show sold me with the lie that they were factory. I even bought an extra mag for the gun, but the mag wasn't really the problem. Anyway I finally got that sorted out and replaced the 6x Burris compact I had on it in factory CZ rings with a 3-9x Leupold compact in Warne QD rings. I spent the extra for QD rings because the little CZ has a nice set of iron sights on it and I thought it might be fun to pull the scope off and plink with the iron sights. This was also an opportunity to lower the sight line of the scope, as the factory CZ rings are very high, presumably to accommodate a European scope with a larger front bell. I didn't get any itty-bitty groups but I did get the new scope sighted in and the rifle showed some promising results for next time. I like the Warne QD mounts. Warne used to make them for Sako, but unfortunately they have been discontinued. I have a set on an AIII full-stock carbine that has iron sights. Final note: I just went through this post to fix the damage done by spell check. My favorite was that it changed "rescoped" to "rescued." Here are some images. L461 carbine in .222 with Zeiss Diavari-C in Sako medium rings Custom FN-Sako in .300 H&H CZ 527 in .22 Hornet (older, Brno-built gun) The scope could go quite a bit lower, but these were the lowest QD rings I could find and they are way lower than the original CZ rings. The detachable magazine is not in the rifle.