I have no use for an R8. I've already got two Encores, some Ruger No.1's, and a Model 70. Good for you that you enjoy having several barrels for the price of which you could buy a serviceable rifle. I get it that your happy with your darling and can wheel it through an airport with ease. I don't have care in the world about your opinion of your rifles. I'm talking to the poster who has the Mauser and is considering other barrels or starting over with an R8.Whether or not your opinion is unpopular (mine often are) is irrelevant. What is relevant is the mischaracterization of the rifle and your subsequent conclusions about what owners think, or should think about it. Since I actually own one, allow me to reiterate what is so special about the rifle, and why, to me at least, it is not overpriced. I can also tell you what actually goes on in the mind of at least one owner, so you don't have to make further "so you'll think" suppositions.
First, there is no real comparison with an Encore. Other than the refinement of the Blaser, which is light years ahead of an Encore, the Blaser system actually works. I can switch barrels between shots in three different calibers every single shot an produce three MOA groups on three different targets. The system is that repeatable (neither of the two Encore rifles I have owned had anything like that repeatability). If one is traveling with the rifle, which is the intent of 99.9% of the owners on this site, one can indeed travel with multiple calibers in a far more transportable format with no concern about re-sighting after caliber changes. To me, it is the ideal format for a DG/PG hunt or a PG hunt that may have specialized game or range requirements. In that environment, I am absolutely not "better off" with multiple dedicated rifles - particularly several airports and several thousand miles from home. And the barrel change is accomplished in seconds with a single allen type wrench - not a "few wrenches." Something you would know if you would actually learn a bit more about the rifle you are criticizing.
And how is it over priced - exactly? Everything is relative. It is a far more versatile rifle than say a Rigby Big Game or Highland Stalker (wonderful rifles) and can be found for less than half as much. It's quality certainly matches the quality of anything in its price range, and as @One Day... so accurately noted in comparing the 1911 to the modern polymer handgun, the competition with its deep blue and walnut grips may look more traditional, but that appearance has nothing to do with durability, functionality, or accuracy. Those three attributes are major contributors to the term "value." At least to me.
It also works perfectly right out of the box - no trigger, feeding, bedding refinements required. That too is an attribute of value.
So, actually use one a bit. Take it on an international hunt. Then let's have discussion about what I should think about it.
Most folks do not want to pay the cost of a new rifle(for most of us) for the privilege of owning another barrel and possibly bolt head. I have flirted with owning one several times and each time the cost of barrels and accessories come up as a deal breaker as does the lack of a second rifle.
A couple of wrenches away referring to a few turns of same said tool which you have already informed us all is a specialized size allen wrench.