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    Quote Originally Posted by HandH View Post
    So does a Blaser R with multiple receivers and barrels count as one haha!? Does for me wink..
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    True Class those Blaser's !!!

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    Thanks for all the replies and the photos are awesome... stunning rifles

    I figured Stug and Akaroa1 would be along to offer advice and much appreciated as I've often read and then reread Stugs report. Also glad to know Rob bought one.

    Have you thought about making a carbon fibre stock for your rifle Stug?

    Micky Duck... yes... the rifle belonged to our mutual friend.

    Akaroa1... you can never own enough guns although wives have a differing view point!

    Dreamer... stunning rifle and I'll remember the offer to look at it.

    You guys have made me think about the suitable calibre. I've shot 7x64 in a combination gun a few times hunting Roe, Foxes, Boar but I've always held a sweet spot for the swede and I'm a bit of a sook when it comes to recoil.

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    thought it mustve been...tis a lovely wee rifle that one.
    there is something special about single shot weapons,look forward to seeing what you end up with.

    the other one I really have hankering for...take Bakail 223 and ream it to .22hp Savage now that would be very different and with the tighter .224 barrel the options projectile wise are endless,the origonal was a 80grn loading so right up there with new stuff...pretty sure simply swapping out die button would give correct enough neck tension to work properly.seeing thread of sixty tens where he has changed bakail to 45/70 shows the possibilities are endless with that platform.
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    If you still have a connection to Austria then buying a tidy kipplauf via Europe would be good option.

    There is often a pretty big selection of some stunning stuff on Egun.de . I would do a bit of research on Rifles other than the two you mentioned, there was a plethora of provincial gunmakers in westeren Europe pre WW2, you can buy some magnificent arms for a fraction of the cost of a Blaser or Merkel.

    Here are some

    Austrian Gunmakers – German Hunting Guns
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    Quote Originally Posted by akaroa1 View Post
    I have just done a count up and realised I have 17 single shot rifles and 4 bolt action rifles
    So I guess I'm a single shot guy through and through

    4 Muzzleloaders
    5 Falling blocks
    2 Martinis
    2 Rolling blocks
    4 Kipplaufs
    This post is worthless without multiple photos
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    This post is worthless without multiple photos
    That sounds like hard work

    If you trawl through some of my posts you will see a few of the vintage ones

    but I can give you some calibers

    .45 FL
    .50 ML
    .52 ML
    .72 ML
    .22 LR x 2
    .22 WMR project
    .22 Hornet
    .22 K Hornet
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    and the 6.5x65R K95

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    Had a play with a Merkel K5 a few weeks ago. Went to my dealer with the intention of buying it, but it didn't win me over.

    The aluminum receiver felt a bit cheap and gave the impression it would scratch/gauge easily. Aluminum doesn't wear as nicely as blued steel, nor can it be retouched as easily as blued steel (the K5 is either nitrided or anodized). I don't mind scratches and nicks, but there's a difference between something ageing gracefully, and looking trashed.

    Despite the steep price ($7800) it still felt like a factory made gun (which it is - both the action and stock are CNC'd). It didn't have the heft or character of something that's been hand-built. It was beautiful to look at, but it had the soul of a Tikka T3, and felt far too fragile (I suspect the aluminum components contributed to this).

    The trigger was nice and crisp, but it had a fair bit of over-travel, and from what I understand, this is not user-adjustable.

    I have quite small hands (being a Hobbit) and the trigger-to-grip length was also a little too long for me.

    The other potential issue is sourcing replacement barrels. These Euro manufacturers have a habit of phasing out rifles, and when that happens, good luck sourcing spare components. What would you do if you buggered the barrel (for whatever reason)? Probably not as straight forward as taking your bolt action to your smith to have a new barrel screwed on. Blaser seem to be more customer-service oriented than Merkel and have a larger presence in NZ, so between the Merkel K5 and Blaser K95, the Blaser would be the safer option.

    If I was going to buy a single-shot rifle, I'd save some more and buy a top quality, all-steel firearm from one of the smaller European builders (i.e the Ferlach gunmakers). There are plenty of 2nd hand rifles on the market that were built by some of the top gunmakers when they were younger/not as established. Guys who are now charging upwards of $50k for a rifle. These early rifles are not particularly ornate, but they're solid, well made, no-nonsense tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norsk View Post
    If you still have a connection to Austria then buying a tidy kipplauf via Europe would be good option.

    There is often a pretty big selection of some stunning stuff on Egun.de . I would do a bit of research on Rifles other than the two you mentioned, there was a plethora of provincial gunmakers in westeren Europe pre WW2, you can buy some magnificent arms for a fraction of the cost of a Blaser or Merkel.

    Here are some

    Austrian Gunmakers German Hunting Guns
    Bring me one next time you come back?


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    Quote Originally Posted by norsk View Post
    If you still have a connection to Austria then buying a tidy kipplauf via Europe would be good option.

    There is often a pretty big selection of some stunning stuff on Egun.de . I would do a bit of research on Rifles other than the two you mentioned, there was a plethora of provincial gunmakers in westeren Europe pre WW2, you can buy some magnificent arms for a fraction of the cost of a Blaser or Merkel.

    Here are some

    Austrian Gunmakers – German Hunting Guns
    Still have family there who are licensed hunters so that is another option and time will tell when we can get back over with the way Covid is going. One place i'd love to visit is Ferlach in southern Austria whihc is ritch in gunmakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodo View Post
    Had a play with a Merkel K5 a few weeks ago. Went to my dealer with the intention of buying it, but it didn't win me over.

    The aluminum receiver felt a bit cheap and gave the impression it would scratch/gauge easily. Aluminum doesn't wear as nicely as blued steel, nor can it be retouched as easily as blued steel (the K5 is either nitrided or anodized). I don't mind scratches and nicks, but there's a difference between something ageing gracefully, and looking trashed.

    Despite the steep price ($7800) it still felt like a factory made gun (which it is - both the action and stock are CNC'd). It didn't have the heft or character of something that's been hand-built. It was beautiful to look at, but it had the soul of a Tikka T3, and felt far too fragile (I suspect the aluminum components contributed to this).

    The trigger was nice and crisp, but it had a fair bit of over-travel, and from what I understand, this is not user-adjustable.

    I have quite small hands (being a Hobbit) and the trigger-to-grip length was also a little too long for me.

    The other potential issue is sourcing replacement barrels. These Euro manufacturers have a habit of phasing out rifles, and when that happens, good luck sourcing spare components. What would you do if you buggered the barrel (for whatever reason)? Probably not as straight forward as taking your bolt action to your smith to have a new barrel screwed on. Blaser seem to be more customer-service oriented than Merkel and have a larger presence in NZ, so between the Merkel K5 and Blaser K95, the Blaser would be the safer option.

    If I was going to buy a single-shot rifle, I'd save some more and buy a top quality, all-steel firearm from one of the smaller European builders (i.e the Ferlach gunmakers). There are plenty of 2nd hand rifles on the market that were built by some of the top gunmakers when they were younger/not as established. Guys who are now charging upwards of $50k for a rifle. These early rifles are not particularly ornate, but they're solid, well made, no-nonsense tools.
    Absolutely totally disagree with most of this post
    Based on handling a Merkel
    Well I have owned and used a K95 for over a decade
    The aluminum used is aluminium only in name
    Far superior to many metals
    Has not marked in any way different to the best high carbon steel
    The receivers on Blasers and Merkels are not stressed like on conventional rifles and their taste can not be compared
    The breech block locks into the barrel extension and is as strong as a bolt action

    Yes second hand pre and post war European kipplaufs are good value but they do not use this locking system and suffer from having to use the traditionally lightly loaded rimmed ammunition

    APPLE'S AND PEARS

    And European hunters use their rifles in a fundamentally different way
    They are cabinet queens and a status symbol
    A long walk is to a tree stand or shooting position

    If you want a quality single shot kipplauf NZ hunting rifle buy a modern well made Blaser or Merkel

    If you want a status symbol still buy a Blaser or Merkel but don't take it hunting

    Ask anyone who owns one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodo View Post
    Had a play with a Merkel K5 a few weeks ago. Went to my dealer with the intention of buying it, but it didn't win me over.

    The aluminum receiver felt a bit cheap and gave the impression it would scratch/gauge easily. Aluminum doesn't wear as nicely as blued steel, nor can it be retouched as easily as blued steel (the K5 is either nitrided or anodized). I don't mind scratches and nicks, but there's a difference between something ageing gracefully, and looking trashed.

    Despite the steep price ($7800) it still felt like a factory made gun (which it is - both the action and stock are CNC'd). It didn't have the heft or character of something that's been hand-built. It was beautiful to look at, but it had the soul of a Tikka T3, and felt far too fragile (I suspect the aluminum components contributed to this).

    The trigger was nice and crisp, but it had a fair bit of over-travel, and from what I understand, this is not user-adjustable.

    I have quite small hands (being a Hobbit) and the trigger-to-grip length was also a little too long for me.

    The other potential issue is sourcing replacement barrels. These Euro manufacturers have a habit of phasing out rifles, and when that happens, good luck sourcing spare components. What would you do if you buggered the barrel (for whatever reason)? Probably not as straight forward as taking your bolt action to your smith to have a new barrel screwed on. Blaser seem to be more customer-service oriented than Merkel and have a larger presence in NZ, so between the Merkel K5 and Blaser K95, the Blaser would be the safer option.

    If I was going to buy a single-shot rifle, I'd save some more and buy a top quality, all-steel firearm from one of the smaller European builders (i.e the Ferlach gunmakers). There are plenty of 2nd hand rifles on the market that were built by some of the top gunmakers when they were younger/not as established. Guys who are now charging upwards of $50k for a rifle. These early rifles are not particularly ornate, but they're solid, well made, no-nonsense tools.

    Wow , you must have owned and used a lot kipplaufs (new and old) to be so knowledgeable on the subject.
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    I’ve used a mates Merkel K3 in 7x57 and it’s one of the lightest rifles I’ve ever handled.
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    There are some quite nice falling block rifles you can take a look at too.

    Its really only indigenous people who are rougher on their sporting guns than Kiwis in my experience.

    Western European hunting is largely as Akaroa has described with some exceptions, you can find kipplaufs in higher preasure cartridges made pre and post war,I guess it depends on what your goals with the Rifle is?
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