While these rifles have been around for awhile, I have only had mine for a year or two... The CZ 527 Carbine in 7.62x39mm
*If you don't like reading, there is a link to a video review at the bottom*
I have spent most my time shooting ARs and Glocks and haven't gone far into the bolt action world, but this rifle is a lot of fun. It offers a light, compact, reliable package and, it is cheap to shoot. Because the barrel is CIP specced, it is made for .311 diameter bullets, meaning it shoots your surplus Russian steel cased ammo better than "high quality" US ammo.
I haven't found what this particular rifle likes shooting best yet, since I frankly spend more time just having fun with it on the range as opposed to shooting groups. But I have a big box of a bunch of different bullet weight and types of ammo from Tula and Wolf to work through.
While it comes with open sights, the rear site is a blade type sight. Personally I am not a fan of that type of sight. If it had a rear peep sight, I would probably not bother scoping it. As it stands though, I put a variable 1x4 power on it. Reason being, my intended use puts most my shots around 50 yards out. (Where I hunt usually doesn't offer long shots)
The barrel on this is actually 18.5". But... ...choosing not to use the iron sights, and wanting the ability to throw my SureFire SOCOM 7.62 MINI on it... ...I had it chopped down and pinned / welded a SureFire SOCOM Muzzle Brake onto it. Making it a even handier little rifle.
You can check out the video review I did on it here if you would like: https://kitbadger.com/cz-527-carbine-7-62x39mm/