Blaser vs Rigby

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  1. spike.t

    spike.t AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2013 AH Ambassador

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    The ones I have had shot minute of buffalo, lion, leopard etc....the only time I have used a bench rest type Of thing was when zeroing a couple of rigby rifles for Paul when he owned Rigbys....my rest is bonnet of cruiser....happy with a scope when it is couple inches high at hundred yards and in a nice group......probably heresy to lots of people but the one hole fetish to me is great if you target shooting but in hunting I am perfectly happy that the bullet goes where I wanted when I shot....I would have thought that most rifles apart from odd one with technical issue can shoot better than most people.... The ones I had were very nice to shoot....the various .416 I had I didn't find unpleasant to shoot as the stocks I like...my .470 was not a problem shooting either....and as for pricing the highland stalker and the more basic big game or ph versions I don't think are that expensive for what you get compared to other makers.....if you go for the London best then yeah pricing goes up but those are the top end of the makers art.....as I said I am biased.....bit like you have Ferrari people... Porsche people or Lamborghini people........ Or land cruiser or land Rover people...... :D
     
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    I will say that I don't own either. I have seriously looked at the R8, I have seen @Red Leg R8. I have been to the Blaser USA showroom in San Antonio and handled a R8 and Rigby's and Mauser's . What I still in my mind cannot resolve is the plastic parts the R8. So for that reason of the two choices the Rigby wins.

    That said, I am a die hard SAKO fan.
     

  4. Red Leg

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    I would like to believe that you did not mean to imply that I was somehow unethical for using a Blaser. Rather, you were merely virtue signaling. But on the chance you meant what you said, let me elaborate.

    My appreciation of the rifle’s function has to do with the rifle’s ergonomics, trigger, accuracy, sighting system, flexibility, and transportability. Nowhere do I believe that I touted the rifle’s alleged rapid fire characteristics. “Spray and pray” is not something I or any other Blaser owner that I know would practice or condone. I am even a little stunned someone would come to that conclusion, but then again, I live in a country where my AR and FN FAL occupy the same gun room. Perhaps things are different where you are.

    I noted that I am a fan of classic rifles as well as more modern interpretations. But for me, practicality has value as well. I own some very fine firearms. Probably quite a few you would deign to use. I hunt them all. But when I travel abroad, only a double is as easy to transport as my Blaser, and no double is anywhere near as versatile.

    I truly could care less if anyone else on the planet uses a R8. I do, when discussions allow, try to note its unique advantages which tend, in my mind, to mitigate its cost. I know of no examples where any firearm of any type made any particular hunter more or less virtuous or ethical.
     
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  5. Red Leg

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    Not exactly. Rigby would be delighted to build you a bespoke rifle in the same price range as a WR or H&H. However, in both their Big Game and Highland Stalker lines, they are building a production rifle with a few specific custom options. To date, neither WR nor H&H seem interested in taking that plunge.

    My Rigby .275 is sub-MOA accurate with both a 170 and 156 gr Oryx load.
     
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    There is no comparison in price with new base model Rigbys and H&H or WR bolt rifles.
     
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    I miss my old flip phone!:cry: At least it would fit in any pocket without getting the screen scratched.:unsure:

    But, if I could sell enough of my cheap old guns to get an R8 in 375 H&H and 300 Win Mag, I’d do it. A full size Pelican case with even 1 rifle is hard to haul around along with a daypack and a suitcase for this old guy! I fear two rifles in the Pelican would give me a heart attack!

    Alas, I’m more about the hunt than the tool. JMO
     
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    There is for bespoke rifles. The Rigby starts at around 35K-40K and the WR and H&H around 40K - 45K. All three are in the “if you have to ask category .....”. :(

    The Big Game and Stalker are mass production rifles - a class not offered by the other two houses.
     
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    I accept what you say....and I do not say that using a Blaser neccesarily is unethical but it is a fact that many Blaser owners I meet tote the rapid fire characteristics...
    FYI I have an M14, M1 carbine and a FN49 in my gun cabinet..
     

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    Oh really.
    I know some hunters that shoot with a muzzle loader who think anyone that hunts with a modern bolt action rifle is unethical.
     
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    Not "necessarily unethical". Perhaps slightly or sometimes unethical then?
    One great "feature" of most traditional bolt guns is that they require a twist to rotate the bolt.
    This has a tendency to pull one off the sight picture.
    A quick follow-up shot, while being better able to maintain a sight picture, could mean the difference in a humane kill and a wounded animal.
    Ethics? Really?
     
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    I’m getting 1/2” 3 shot groups at 100 with mine. It’s a Highland Stalker In 9.3x62.
     
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    That's it.
    I'm going outside to chip obsidian to make arrow heads...
     
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    Where did you get that picture from.....we only just finished painting it on the cave wall.......:D
     
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    The issue of my arrow speed loader doesn't seem to concern the politicians just yet.
    However, I'm still waiting on approval from BATFE f0r my arrow sound suppressor tax stamp, so the critters are safe for now.
    Can't be using a weapon so quite to hunt animals...it's unethical.
     
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    the stabbing spear has some merit.
    you don't have to reload and you don't run out of ammo.
    bruce.
     

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    I'll throw my 2 cents out there. Some like brunettes, some like blondes and maybe secretly, all I think, like red heads. They're all good in their ways. But what we pay for is refinement. So it's just whatever floats your boat and what you're willing to pay.
     

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    Until you have a Blaser you just don’t know or understand what it has to offer. There is simply nothing like it. I am working with my new R8 and hope to post about it soon. So those that don’t own a Blaser really can’t comment on this. What I mean is it’s complicated! Not trying to be insulting.
    Philip
     
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    What plastic parts? Magazine? Yes. All steel as far as what’s important as far as I know.
     
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