Blue collar blaser

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It's nice to have options but it's hard to justify buying more,. Not that I don't want too, it's just I should prioritise shooting more than buying more.
If I had only prioritized buying a blaser earlier when I wanted one, I would have about 4-5 fewer rifles in my safe that I now don’t used and cost the same (combined) as the R8 setup I use now. I wish I had taken the above advice earlier and just practiced more and then bought the rifle I wanted!
 

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The Savage rifles look a bit heavy. I wonder if this is the barrel or a heavier action? If the action is heavy that would be a real downside to me. If the straight pull action is the same weight as a turn bolt I might be tempted eventually. I'd probably swap out the barrel for something lighter and cooler. Maybe a 35 Whelen or some kind of 300 Mag.

I did play with a Savage rifle the other day. That Accustock may be ugly but it actually felt pretty good. Not for everyone but I see a few good points. First an adjustable stock. 6 foot dad, and 12 year old son could use the same rifle. With the switch bolt left handed family members are taken care of. So a Savage rifle in something mid sized like 30-06 could cover a lot of hunting needs if it was a shared family gun.
 

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@Tra3 , I've never really considered buying a Blaser, but I could be tempted. I like nice things and as much as the next person.

I have not handled a Blaser or seen it in the flesh. I do see the advantage to those of you who travel regularly.

My needs are different too, I have what you might call a truck gun, my Tikka CTR in 7mm-08 that gets regular use. I carry a Blaser in the the vehicle that way.

I have 4 "Hunting Rifles" the Blaser combination could replace the .308, .300wm and .375 H&H, but at a price.

I shot more Fallow deer with my HB .223 spotlighting rifle than others because it was opportunistic and I was confident to take head shots.

The one Fallow Buck I took with a nice rack was with my .308, I don't feel I worked for it so I bleached the skull myself and gave it away.

My .280ai is a lightweight because I wanted to build a mountain rifle for regular carry or just because I liked the cartridge and concept.

I'm not against Blaser but I'm not in the market at the moment, I'm approaching 50 and said to the wife I'm going to start living so I'm hoping to do some proper hunting. I still like shooting rabbits and pigs but I want to spend more time hunting and shooting.

A member posted a Blaser with a running Boar scene, Driven Boar I think.
I do wonder if I would hunt with something that nice if I owned it.
 

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Here is another straight pull option here in the US, just found out about them from a friend:


Interesting looking wood options.
 

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Here is another straight pull option here in the US, just found out about them from a friend:


Interesting looking wood options.
Cool rifles, but can't quite qualify for "blue collar Blaser," still coming in at $4K
 

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Cool rifles, but can't quite qualify for "blue collar Blaser," still coming in at $4K
Bugger,
I like the look of them,
 

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Here is another straight pull option here in the US, just found out about them from a friend:


Interesting looking wood options.
Looks pretty neat. But the price point is directly with a blaser R8. And one less round in the rifle 3+1 for standard and 2+1 for a magnum is a small magazine.
I love to test equipment and it would be really cool to see a review of multiple rifles in this category.
I just bought a R8 for my daughter. With a shortened stock, an recoil tube in the stock and an extra thick kickez pad, the rifle will be about $3500. Add $400 for a scope Mount and we are at the same price as the Strasser.
 

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For the fans of straight pull rifles (affordable to working man), here is the new toy on the market.
Beretta BR X1
 

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This thing isn't really much of a clone of a Blaser.

I think most Blaser R8 owners will tell you that a rapid second shot is not at the top of the list when describing the attributes of the rifle. One of the things that makes a Blaser R8 so instinctively usable is its "compact" ergonomic design. Unlike this rifle which has traditional positioning of the trigger, the trigger group on the Blaser is underneath the magazine. This makes for an extremely compact action and thus rifle which still retains a normal length barrel for caliber.

Second, of course is its transportability. A rifle with scope and extra different caliber barrel and scope fit into a carrier about the same dimensions of that of a double rifle. That is a lot of capability in a normal checked luggage sized container.

Third, is indeed that caliber interchangeability without the necessity of re-sighting in the rifle (or dragging along a second rifle).

Number four for me is the rapid second shot with inherent quick target reacquisition.

However, if the straight pull is at the top of a buyer's list, then this rifle might very well be of interest. One seems to be getting a basic Savage (that odd trigger, Savage barrel lockup, and a rail mount) coupled to an innovative action and very innovative bolt handle.
As always, Red Leg has it right about the R8. People seem to notice the straight pull action and take down features. The real innovation is the magazine over the trigger. No other bolt rifle handles as well. If I could get over the sentimental attachment I have to my other rifles I’d empty the safe and live happily with a 375R8 and a 22 barrel for it.
 

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I have a Impulse on order, Industry program with up to a year wait...:cautious: May just pick one up from GB.

The savage barrel system is quite attractive but no where as quick as an R8, but still easy enough with go-nogo gauges at the bench. Bolt faces may present an issue along with mags on caliber choice,, but I'll cross that road when I'm ready.
 

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Is rotary handle comfortable? This is not clear straight action
 

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Interesting to see the list of people, this forum and others, saying - well, it's not an R8 but if I do this and this to it, it'll be good enough. But they won't settle for less than Swarovski glass. Ref Savage, Beretta straight pulls.
 

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Today i handled an R8 and the Beretta BRX1. The Blaser is better built, but the Beretta was better balanced and felt better. I was quite surprised.
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Kevin, have you tried dry fire? How is the trigger on new Beretta?
 

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I have a Impulse on order, Industry program with up to a year wait...:cautious: May just pick one up from GB.

The savage barrel system is quite attractive but no where as quick as an R8, but still easy enough with go-nogo gauges at the bench. Bolt faces may present an issue along with mags on caliber choice,, but I'll cross that road when I'm ready.
Did you order a 6.5 Crudmoor?
 

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