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Thread: Single Shot Rifles - Blaser & Merkel

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    I am looking at a single shot takedown myself, currently Wolverine sports in Canada, has just got in 6-7 Merkel K5,(6.5x57, .270, 7x65 etc) few Blaser k95 about,
    A K95 deluxe used, in 7x65 has popped up, debating hard about this.
    Ive got a few nice single shots, Ruger #1 in 30-30 and 219 zipper, and copper single shots in 20 vartarg and 6x47 rem,
    K95 I think is more appealing, as there is the odd spare barrel about, Epps currently has 3 spare barrels, not cheap thought.
    Hannel also makes a takedown single shot, Fair makes rifles, on shot gun frame, including a kipplauf on there 28gr frame. both these are a bit cheaper than K5, K95.
    Winchester is making the low wall again aviable in 22 hornet to 6.5 creed, Ive got a .22 hornet on order,
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    Quote Originally Posted by akaroa1 View Post
    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
    We'll have to agree to disagree, then.

    The Jaeger block is used in some fully-steel Kipplaufs as well. And the Blaser K95, from what I understand, can also be had in a steel receiver (albeit it's very expensive).

    As I said, I wanted to like the K5 and was prepared to buy it (and I love the concept of a take-down singleshot) but it didn't satisfy MY tastes (prefer steel in traditional firearms) - so for anyone who is looking at buying one, try one before you front up the $$. There's nothing 'wrong' with the alloy used in the K5 and K95's, but it does create a different feeling firearm which may or may not be to your liking.

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    Honestly I think the K95 are great wee rifles , there are more of these in the country than you would think and you seldom see one for sale second hand which tells you something ,and it does not look out of place next to some much older firearms @Frodo
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    Mohawk, yup the Rugers are fantastic. I've lusted after a Farquharson style action for most of my adult life...

    In the context of this thread though, they are very heavy rifles, and known to be finicky to work on, couple of gunsmiths I know are not keen to work on their internals.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mohawk .308 View Post
    Yeah, probably not a very practical hunting rifle, but would still love to have one in the safe. I had a fully wooded ruger bolt action carbine .308 once.
    Sold it and still kicking myself, was a lovely little rifle.
    I would politely disagree with you there. The 303brit one I used was very good as a hunting rifle. It was far more accurate than I will ever be, and was given the name "the hammer" by my hunting companions. Everything I pointed it at went down. Right there, right then. Good old BOOM Flop. ( This probably had more to do with my/its preferred hunting load of a 215gr Woodleigh RN doing 2100fps......)

    I had a mate look at some of my rifles at the time and he said it 'felt heavy' so I weighed a few of them. The BLR 30/06 was 4.1kg, the Ruger was 4.0 and his 308 M77 that he had lightened ' was 3.9.....I told him he had very sensitive hands to tell the difference of 5% (Bear in mind the full magazines weighed more than the difference....)

    I also enjoyed shooting the 375 H&H Magnum in another Ruger #1 that I owned, but at $180 for 20 rounds it was not really what I wanted to spend on Ammo.

    If you are really chasing lightweight Try finding an SSR (Scott Trail made) single shot. Rarer than hens teeth but worth it. I know of just one and it is 2.3kg / 4 pounds and take down...Or perhaps get one made....The real advantage is takedowns can be put in the pack for the carry out. And while it is nice if they are lighter, 4kg in the pack is easier than 4kg in the hands...Remember though, you cant hit anything with it in the pack.

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    .22lr lightweight

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    There's a Thompson Contender G1 in 30-30 on trademe currently. Link provided in the trademe good deals thread.
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    tracked this down too,,its a 264/204 case n with 90 gr tnt hurtles along at 2900

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    and this is what the tnt does to a fallow neck,only the skin holding the head,,shot at 17 yrds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Fog View Post
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    That is a very nice rifle @Dusty Fog , there wouldn’t be many of those in NZ , very classy

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    Lucky,the photos dont do it justice.....that is one beautiful rifle and oh so light.

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    Single Shot Rifles - Blaser & Merkel

    I've got a Merkel K3 in 7x57R, with a 3-9x42 Kahles in Rectnagel qr mounts. The k3 has the "alloy" reciever, the k4 the steel reciever and hexagonal barrel. The k3 reciever is not cheap, light flimsy etc. Its a good solid alloy. ON my first reloading session it put 4 out of 5 in the same hole. I pulled the 5 shot as i filled my pants. 7x57r brass is pretty easy to find. I use geco , rws and privi. Weight is 2.8 kg scoped so even a 7x57 is pretty lively in the hands off a bench.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky View Post
    That is a very nice rifle @Dusty Fog , there wouldn’t be many of those in NZ , very classy
    I think there's a chap on the other forum that has one but went to a 300 WSM from memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nor-west View Post
    I think there's a chap on the other forum that has one but went to a 300 WSM from memory.
    @nor-west , that would be a handful and some , I have been looking at Martini Gunmakers in Canada website for years , he builds some beautiful rifles on the Hagn action , bucket list rifle for me , medium action in 6.5 x 55 would be sweet .
    Soroka rifles are another nice one but I don’t know if they are still going , based on a Farquason styled action .

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    A different angle on the single shot: Ranking of Single Shot Actions.
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