Blaser R8 for Dangerous Game

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It is an unfair comparison to Benz. I'd say an R8 is more like a souped up Toyota Corolla. It is actually less expensive than most custom rifles in basic configurations.

I bought one in .300 RUM as I was concerned my 9.3x74R was not going to be ready for my leopard hunt. I did have a Defiance Machine lefty action I had ordered for a .300 RUM built but by the time I would have it barreled, sent to Accurate Innovations for stock built etc. it would have been too late.

The cost with a Savannah stock in .300 RUM with a steel trigger and their removable scope mount was less than half of the custom build (actually about the cost of the stock alone). I will use it next year in Zambia for PG. Being lefty friendly is also a big deal for R8, not many factory options are out there for lefties. Though the version with adjustable stock unfortunately is NOT lefty friendly.
Note I said similar. :S Beat Dead Horse:

This actually happened to me and my friend at a small grocery mart in Chestertown, MD. It was my friend who actually owned the Benz and let me drive it around town after goose hunting one day. It was one of the bigger sedans but I don't recall exactly which one. We were in line checking out and I was gushing about how cool the car was when someone behind us made the comment. I think my friend got more of a kick out of it than I did as it was a real status symbol for him. I don't even know if he owned it or leased it.

I went hunting with him a few times and rode with him to the area where we all congregated at 4AM before heading out to our blinds with our assigned callers. It was always about 10 +/- pickup trucks and only ever 1 Benz.
 

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LOL!!

I have the same issue when I show up in my Hyundai sedan and everyone else has lifted King Ranch’s and Diesel Cummins LOL!
 

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This actually happened to me and my friend at a small grocery mart in Chestertown, MD. It was my friend who actually owned the Benz and let me drive it around town after goose hunting one day. It was one of the bigger sedans but I don't recall exactly which one. We were in line checking out and I was gushing about how cool the car was when someone behind us made the comment. I think my friend got more of a kick out of it than I did as it was a real status symbol for him. I don't even know if he owned it or leased it.
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I had bought a Porsche Targa C2 a while back in my 30s. More than once I did have a similar comment made. My standard response was: "Does your car come with an automatic pantyhose remover?". That shut them up. Sold it 5 years ago after 25 years, 250K miles and a multitude of panty hose removed ;) for over half of what I paid for it.
 

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Remember Ron White in his routine about Mercedes Benz and the van?
 

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I had bought a Porsche Targa C2 a while back in my 30s. More than once I did have a similar comment made. My standard response was: "Does your car come with an automatic pantyhose remover?". That shut them up. Sold it 5 years ago after 25 years, 250K miles and a multitude of panty hose removed ;) for over half of what I paid for it.
Hilarious! We need a "beer flying out my nose" choice on the Like button.
 

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Oh yeah, I was definitely in a DIFFERENT place at the time. Newly married to my first wife so it seemed like a good idea at the time. Not so good now. Ah well, different time and place....... kinda like now? Ha! Ha!
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Should have sold the first wife instead
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Would need to see pics of first wife before I can pass judgment.
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Doesn't matter how good looking you should never sell a rifle to make a woman happy unless it is to buy her a rifle
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Some would call the 22lr setup expensive...we call it worth it. I bought the stock in nearly new condition from @Ridgewalker (thank you very much sir) so that saved a little bit. The barrel kit came from Top Dog Guns Global and was already threaded 1/2"-28 for my suppressor. The bolt gets run at the same speed and force, but at about half the stroke of a centerfire cartridge. It has seen range work for practice, but it's mostly a dedicated pest rifle for both of us. We prefer doing range work with full power centerfire cartridges. The 22 kit is very robust and I would not hesitate to have it in bad weather, rain or the muck & mud. The finish (not a coating) on the barrel is the same as on any other Blaser barrel...tough as nails.

Good memory, I did have a 416RM with the steel receiver stock and kickstop. I sold that entire package to another member here. Because I bought only the barrel new from a dealer, I didn't loose any money on it. I kept the scope and use it on my lightweight 375 barrel.

22lr vs 223REM for pests...most of our pests around here are fox, groundhog, raccoon and smaller at less than 50 yards. 40 grain HP 22lr is more than enough for these critters and with the cloverleaf groups it shoots, very easy to hit. If the varmints were coyote and larger, I'd get the 223. However I'd more likely get a 257WBY so I don't have to change bolt heads and can still hunt deer with it. If a 223 is good than a 257 has to be better right? Yeah, I thought so too.
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Any 25 is better than the 223
 

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I appreciated the advice I got from RedLeg ,Beemaa, Oneday and others before I bought my R8 and cannot understand all the snarky comments about Blasers from folks who don’t own the gun. I like mine a lot and bought one for my son . A great tool for international hunting and a straight shooting, cool rig in my humble opinion .
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Blasers may be a fine and dandy rifle for some but being a great tool for international travel and one the is spot on at all times is a good attribute but it's all a matter of perspective.
My Savage 35 Whelen was a great tool for international travel and puts all shots exactly where the rifle is pointed.
I'm not saying the Savage is better than the Blaser just that it's a matter of perspective. The Savage was what I had for Namibia and never failed in the dusty conditions so to me it is a great rifle that fits me very well, is accurate and reliable.
Perspective and the size of my wallet is only small.
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Make sure they know what they're doing when they're doing the threading of the barrel and that the threads are concentric to the bore. I would do an alignment check to make sure everything is good and prevent baffle strikes before firing. There's more precision needed than with a muzzle brake or flash hider install. Remember that if you blow up the serialized part in the US...you're in for another glorious waiting period.
 

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