Lots of good options have already been discussed. You have to ask yourself how much you’re going to be shooting this large bore versus a regular caliber.
Personally, I would get a Standard R8 and have a custom barrel made in 19mm configuration as long as time allows(last time it took 6 months).
Another option is to purchase an additional forearm made for the 22mm barrel. Takes a minute to switch out if you go that route.
Pelican 1700, without foam. Order PE foam from Amazon and cut to shape.Exactly my approach with my coming R8, plus adding the .22 rimfire conversion.
What hard case is recommended for a multi-barrel setup?
Another caliber that I have and is an excellent all round cartridge for any game , anywhere, is the 340 Weatherby. Shoots as flat as the 7 mm mag and hits as hard as the 375 mag.Pelican 1700, without foam. Order PE foam from Amazon and cut to shape.
The Blaser branded Pelican case was discontinued years ago and cost up to $600. A regular Pelican 1700 and DIY PE foam should be much less expensive.
To save a little more money you can check eBay. They usually have lightly used 1700’s for much cheaper than the new price. Just keep an eye on the shipping costs.
A bigger caliber does NOT mean shot placement would not be present. However, a bigger caliber does give you more options on the type of shots one could take. I still don't get why people think bigger calibers and accuracy are mutually exclusive.Personally I would not worry to much on what the PH recommends. There’s been far more buff shot with the 375 or 9.3 x 62 for that matter than any 416, and they are far more versatile. A bigger caliber is no substitute for shot placement.
I have 375hh and 7mm magnum, my son has 375 hh and 300 win mag.
Bigger caliber’s can be and are just as accurate as smaller ones, only most people carn’t handle or shoot then as accurately as the smaller one . This maybe why PH’s always have a 375 or 30-06 caliber in camp.A bigger caliber does NOT mean shot placement would not be present. However, a bigger caliber does give you more options on the type of shots one could take. I still don't get why people think bigger calibers and accuracy are mutually exclusive.
In the past year I bought 2 professional success stocks, 3 scope mounts and .223, .300 win mag and .375 H&H barrels from Cove Creek. Their pricing was significantly better than some of the other sources mentioned. I would definitely at least get a quote from themFantastic info and experience on display on this thread, thanks to all! When considering selling/trading 4 memorable rifles, all wood stocks, all with Leupold scopes, keeping my .223 semi auto, and going with the Blaser platform, I was hoping to have it all; a .22 rimfire for plinking and small game, a .223 for varmints, (and to compliment my AR .223), as my "ranch rifle" to ride along in the Ranger on the property, and a big bore, (.416 Rem Mag or larger) for a future cape Buffalo hunt.
It looks like I need to go with the Safari Kilombero and get special small bore and rimfire add on's. Cost is a consideration, but this will be my legacy set, so I'd plan to add upgrades.
I'm not enthused about wait times and availability that I'm seeing. Who is the "best" Blaser source to deal with in the US? I'm in Iowa. Mike.