Anyone has experience with Blaser R8?

Discussion in 'Firearms & Ammunition' started by ArmyGrunt, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. ArmyGrunt

    ArmyGrunt AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2013
    Messages:
    998
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    559
    Hunted:
    USA, South Africa
    I've wanted one for a while, but the price has me hesitant, for obvious reasons. I recently found one on the web chambered in 270Wby with a case, scope rings and dies included for much less than retail.
    I'm thinking of selling a couple less-used members of my collection to fund this purchase. I've read a ton and watched loads of videos about the R8, and I still feel like I "need" one.

    So, has anyone here actually got hands on experience?
     
    cem rona ergin and DCN like this.
  2. Patton63

    Patton63 AH Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2016
    Messages:
    50
    Video/Photo:
    8
    Likes Received:
    77
    Location:
    North America
    I have used a friend's R8 chambered in 300 WSM. It was a tack driver. The ergonomics were off for me a bit, as I am a lefty and was shooting his right-handed rifle. But, the action was insanely fast to operate very nice trigger. I have a standing search for a left handed Blaser and when I find the right one I am going to pounce on it.
     
  3. markferrigno

    markferrigno AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2015
    Messages:
    144
    Video/Photo:
    14
    Likes Received:
    133
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Hunted:
    Namibia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Slovania
    I have several when I lived in Germany. They are excellent rifles but not my cup of tea. Good rifles. If you get it with a scope mount it will save you some coin. Of you are interested in straight pull check out the Heym SR 30
     
    Desert Dog likes this.
  4. markferrigno

    markferrigno AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2015
    Messages:
    144
    Video/Photo:
    14
    Likes Received:
    133
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Hunted:
    Namibia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Slovania
     
  5. ArmyGrunt

    ArmyGrunt AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2013
    Messages:
    998
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    559
    Hunted:
    USA, South Africa
    There are a number of lefties I've seen online both at gun broker and arms list, but there's that money thing....

    I looked at the Heym and the Merkel Helix and the Browning Maral. I didn't love the Heym idea, something about the ball bearing system. The Browning is not available in the States, and the Merkel I like but I don't know much about the caliber selection. I've read it over, but Blaser has got my very interested.

    I found an Aussie dealer with the Browning, and a USA importer, if the money makes sense. Though I could drive a short way for the R8 from above
     
    cem rona ergin likes this.
  6. Red Leg

    Red Leg GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2,009
    Video/Photo:
    135
    Likes Received:
    2,821
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Member of:
    SCI DSC life memberships / NRA Life & Benefactor
    Hunted:
    Mexico, Namibia, RSA, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Canada, Mozambique, Spain, US
    Have an R8 with .375, .300WM, and 6.5X55 barrels. Boringly MOA with each caliber. (y) Ergonomics are superb. Perfect trigger pull. The bolt is blindingly fast - just taking a bit of muscle memory time to quit trying to lift the damn thing. Scope mounts work exactly as advertised. And unlike a CZ, it requires no tuning to make it work as designed.
     
  7. lcq

    lcq AH Elite

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Messages:
    1,324
    Video/Photo:
    4
    Likes Received:
    973
    Member of:
    NRA CSSA
    Hunted:
    Canada, RSA
    The muscle memory of a lifetime would be very difficult to overcome. When it comes to guns boring is good
     
    ZG47 likes this.
  8. ArmyGrunt

    ArmyGrunt AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2013
    Messages:
    998
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    559
    Hunted:
    USA, South Africa
    It's starting to sound like it's a good idea to get one...
    I also read that particular chambering is very fast and very flat. A ballistics calculator skied that a ~325m zero will be a couple inches lower hitting at 100 or 500, so mountain critters could probably be little issue aside from a wind shift or angle
     
  9. lcq

    lcq AH Elite

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Messages:
    1,324
    Video/Photo:
    4
    Likes Received:
    973
    Member of:
    NRA CSSA
    Hunted:
    Canada, RSA
    about the same as a 270 wsm. With hindsight I should have bought one instead of the 300wsm
     
  10. ArmyGrunt

    ArmyGrunt AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2013
    Messages:
    998
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    559
    Hunted:
    USA, South Africa
    How does the 270 differ from the 300 inn wsm, aside from bullet weight?
     
  11. aleli

    aleli AH Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2017
    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    8
    I have a left handed R8 with adjustable stock comb. It is insanely accurate in both 6.5×55 and 9.3×62. Can easily cover a 5 shot serie with a small coin @ 120 yards with ny 9.3, the 6.5 is egen better. I think I am the limiting factor, not the rifle.

    Have a couple of scope mounts so I can change quickly from Aimpoint to Trijicon 1-6 to Kahles 3-12. Always keeps the zero...
     
  12. aleli

    aleli AH Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2017
    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    8
    On the negative side: I think it is ugly :)

    It is very compact and the cocking worlds really well once you've learnt it.. it repeats very fast
     
  13. lcq

    lcq AH Elite

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Messages:
    1,324
    Video/Photo:
    4
    Likes Received:
    973
    Member of:
    NRA CSSA
    Hunted:
    Canada, RSA
    way better ballistic coeffecient per grain, same basic cartridge (270 7mm 300) so flatter trajectory less recoil. Any of the wsm and soon to be discontinued wssm ammo and cases are way overpriced. If I had to do it over again I'd have bought a 270 wsm and a plain old 300wm
     
  14. ArmyGrunt

    ArmyGrunt AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2013
    Messages:
    998
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    559
    Hunted:
    USA, South Africa
    How good is the 270 win? There's an R8 near Indy I found this evening at a store, so I may be able to trade a few of my previously loved toys to offset my cost
     
    johnnyblues and lcq like this.
  15. enysse

    enysse AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2009
    Messages:
    9,831
    Video/Photo:
    68
    Likes Received:
    2,600
    Member of:
    Northeast Wisconsin SCI chapter, Lifetime member of NRA,RMEF
    Hunted:
    Namibia, South Africa (East Cape, Guateng and Limpopo)
    Nothing wrong with the 270 Win, when you look at ammo sales it's right up there with 30-06 and .308 in popularity.
     
    Dr Ray, johnnyblues and lcq like this.
  16. rookhawk

    rookhawk AH Elite

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2015
    Messages:
    1,731
    Likes Received:
    1,788
    Location:
    N. Illinois
    Member of:
    NRA Life Benefactor, Trout Unlimited, Safari Club International, Illinois Falconers Organization
    Hunted:
    Zimbabwe, Canada, USA
    Why'd you sully perfection by buying all those extra barrels for the 6.5x55 version? ;)

    All jokes aside, is yours wood or plastic? Drop box or internal magazine? Special rail scope mount or conventional rings?
     
  17. lcq

    lcq AH Elite

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Messages:
    1,324
    Video/Photo:
    4
    Likes Received:
    973
    Member of:
    NRA CSSA
    Hunted:
    Canada, RSA
    absolutely nothing wrong with the old 270 it has stood the test of time for a reason. Hornady superformance ammo will close the gap on the wsm if your gun shoots it and components are way easier to find. That said the case capacity of the wsm enables you to shoot much heavier bullets. think 308-vs 3006. At 150gr there isn't enough diff to matter, bump that over 180 and the 3006 wins big.
     
    Dr Ray and johnnyblues like this.
  18. Red Leg

    Red Leg GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2,009
    Video/Photo:
    135
    Likes Received:
    2,821
    Location:
    Texas Hill Country
    Member of:
    SCI DSC life memberships / NRA Life & Benefactor
    Hunted:
    Mexico, Namibia, RSA, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Canada, Mozambique, Spain, US
    Funny. :rolleyes:

    This is the Classic Sporter model. Think their deep black satin finish with a moderately figured European walnut stock with ebony forend and English cheek piece. All three barrels have very useful open sights. Am using standard Blaser lever detachable mounts on the 6.5 and .300. Have a Contessa detachable mount on the .375. Am pretty sure all the R8's, like this one, have the detachable magazine trigger group? Anyway, a nice rifle. Have a Swarovski Z6 on the .375 - Leicas on the other two.
     
    rinehart0050 and rookhawk like this.
  19. ArmyGrunt

    ArmyGrunt AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2013
    Messages:
    998
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    559
    Hunted:
    USA, South Africa
    The "Off Road" version doesn't have a detachable box/trigger group, but all the rest do
     
    Red Leg likes this.
  20. Code4

    Code4 AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    Messages:
    700
    Video/Photo:
    44
    Likes Received:
    275
    Member of:
    SSAA
    Hunted:
    Australia, Zimbabwe, RSA (2), NZ (2), UK.
    Great rifle. Stalked Row Buck with one in .308W. Action took a bit of getting used to as it was borrowed. Wouldn't hesitate to own one.
     

Share This Page